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Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Highlight the Promise of Consumer/Utility Collaboration in Renewable Power...

As we wrote earlier this year, end-use corporate energy consumers large and small are increasingly turning to distributed power generation using solar, wind and other technologies to reduce purchased power costs and price...more

7/25/2014 - Corporate Social Responsibility Electricity Energy Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

2014 Changes to Delaware Corporate Law

Earlier this month, several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were approved. These amendments are substantially the same as the amendments originally proposed in April 2014 and will...more

7/24/2014 - Board of Directors Delaware General Corporation Law Directors New Amendments Shareholders Written Consent

Second Bite at the Apple

As reported (see link below), Apple has appointed a second woman to its board of directors. Sue Wagner is a co-founder of Blackrock with a strong background in finance and M&A across various global markets. She is replacing...more

7/22/2014 - Apple Board of Directors

Serving as a Shareholder Representative is No Joke. . .

There is a saying that a man who serves as his own lawyer has a fool for a client. The same may be true for a fund that rushes to act as its own shareholder representative without thinking through the consequences....more

4/1/2014 - Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

In re MFW Decision Upheld by Delaware Supreme Court

Last week in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. March 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Chancery in the In re MFW Shareholders Litigation (Del. Ch. May 29, 2013) case and also upheld the...more

3/18/2014 - Business Judgment Rule MFW Standard of Review Summary Judgment

Practice Tips for M&A Practitioners for 2014

Based on a number of cases decided by the Delaware courts in 2013, below we summarize practice tips regarding careful drafting of contractual provisions and complying with technical and statutory requirements....more

1/24/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Disclaimers Fiduciary Duty Fiduciary Liability Fraud LLC Reverse Triangular Mergers

Top 5 Delaware Case Developments in 2013 for M&A Practitioners

During 2013, in addition to the important changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) and the Limited Liability Company Act, described here, the Delaware courts issued a number of decisions that have a direct...more

1/22/2014 - Board of Directors Business Judgment Rule CEOs Fairness Hearings Forum Selection Clause Going-Private Transactions Minority Shareholders Preferred Shares Shareholders Single-Bidder Sales Standard of Review

An Apple, an Orange and Maybe a Kiwi a Day Keeps the Activist Away (and Makes for a Stronger Board)

With proxy season just around the corner, I would be remiss if I did not (once again) remind Nominating and Governance Committees that it is time, and it is not too late, for you mix it up a little . . . or a lot. Think fruit...more

1/16/2014 - Apple Board of Directors Corporate Governance Diversity Nominee Directors Sex Discrimination

Address Boardroom Confidentiality

Bill Ackman’s public disclosure earlier this year of confidential JC Penney board deliberations not only outraged his fellow directors but also stunned the corporate community. His actions, however, were not without...more

1/6/2014 - Board of Directors Confidential Information Confidentiality Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance

Dealing with Activist Investors

Shareholder activism is on the rise. Through the first three quarters of 2013, activist investors submitted 91 initial Schedule 13D filings, well on pace to eclipse the 109 filings made in all of 2012. In addition, proxy...more

1/3/2014 - Investors Proxies Proxy Contests Shareholder Activism Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Push to Diversify Boards Picks Up Steam

In addition to heightened focus on director tenure, companies are facing increasing pressure to diversify their boards. The SEC requires companies to disclose whether and how the board or nominating committee considers...more

1/2/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Diversity EU SEC

Director Tenure Draws Increasing Investor Attention

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted director tenure in an article titled “The 40-Year Club: America’s Longest Serving Directors.” While the article noted that fewer than 30 public company directors have at least 40...more

12/31/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Directors Independent Boards Proxy Season S&P

Split Decision: Whether to Separate the CEO and Board Chair Positions

Whether to separate the CEO and chairman positions is one of the most hotly debated issues in corporate governance. During the 2013 proxy season, calls for an independent board chair were the second most frequent proposal...more

12/30/2013 - Board of Directors CEOs Corporate Governance JPMorgan Chase

Changing Healthcare Landscape Poses Challenges for Directors

Despite the continuing legal challenges and political hardball, as well as the delays and technical glitches, it appears that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is here to stay. ...more

12/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act Board of Directors Compliance Directors Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more

12/26/2013 - Board of Directors CEOs Chief Compliance Officers Clawbacks Compensation Committee Corporate Counsel Directors Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay Ratio Pay-for-Performance Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines Sarbanes-Oxley Say-on-Pay SEC

Growing Demands of Compliance Oversight Weighing Down Directors

Constantly changing and overlapping legislative and regulatory requirements are weighing down corporations and usurping more and more board time. It is a telling sign when, according to a recent survey, directors ranked...more

12/26/2013 - Board of Directors Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Directors Whistleblowers

2013 Changes to Delaware Corporate and LLC Law

In this alert we summarize the most important recent additions and amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) and the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the “DLLCA”). These changes include...more

12/20/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Defective Corporate Acts Delaware Limited Liability Company Act Issuers Jurisdiction LLC Mergers Public Benefit Corporation Shareholder Votes Shareholders Shelf Corporations

What's Love Got To Do With It? Disclosure, Governance and Getting Personal

Some marriages last forever. Some may only last for hours, weeks or a short few years. Some divorces are quick and quiet. Some are high profile. Think: Brad and Jen, Tiger and Elin, Ashton and Demi. Names, faces and assets...more

12/20/2013 - CEOs Corporate Governance Divorce Shareholders

Cybersecurity on Radar Screen of Boards of Directors

Cybersecurity has become one of the hottest topics in the boardroom as companies wrestle with ever increasing threats to their information systems and intellectual property. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that...more

12/17/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Risk Management

Women on Boards: Moving from Why to How?

Last week, New York Times OpEd columnist Nicholas Kristof joined the chorus of writers and academics calling for public companies to add women to their boards of directors in a piece called “Twitter, Women and Power.” Mr....more

11/5/2013 - Board of Directors Diversity

Money Talks, Be Prepared to Greet It

Activists. You’ve heard of them. A lot. And, as a board member of a public company you should be wondering to yourself: will they ring our bell? And if they ring, do we answer? And if we answer, what do we say?...more

10/8/2013 - Board of Directors Crisis Management

SEC Proposes CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On September 18, 2013, the SEC commissioners voted 3-2 to propose a new rule that would amend existing executive compensation disclosure rules by requiring public companies to disclose the ratio of a CEO’s annual total...more

9/20/2013 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay Ratio Transparency

Is It Time to Adopt a Forum Selection Bylaw?

On June 25, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld the facial validity of forum selection bylaws unilaterally adopted by the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and FedEx Corporation.1The decision is welcome news...more

7/1/2013 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Governance Forum Selection Clause

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