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4 Things Most People Get Wrong About Seconds

So, your meeting is rolling along fine. The chairperson begins on time and the preliminaries are dealt with in short order. The first topic on the order of business arrives, and the chairperson recognizes a member who makes a...more

Parliamentary Procedure Quick Guide: How to Make Motions

Let’s start with an “according to Robert’s Rules” definition. A motion is a proposal that an organization, board, or committee take a specific action (according to Robert’s Rules of Order and other parliamentary procedure...more

4 Myths About Robert’s Rules and Quorum – And Why the Truth Matters

Almost everyone can define the basic parliamentary procedure concept of “quorum” – the number of members needed at a meeting to take valid action. Dig a little deeper in Robert’s Rules, though, and you’ll find some common...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

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Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...more

National Association of Corporate Directors Updates Cyber-Risk Oversight Handbook

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Earlier this year, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) released an updated version of its Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight (Handbook). The updates add 16 pages of content to the previously...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

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In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: D&O Insurance Coverage - How Careful Should the Drafting Be?...

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Directors are required to review and approve transformative M&A transactions. The power to approve, however, comes with the potential liability that could be asserted if the transactions do not turn out as projected....more

Supreme Court of Canada reaffirms personal liability for directors in oppression actions

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On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously reaffirmed that a corporation’s directors may be personally liable in an oppression action, and set out the criteria for imposing personal liability. In Wilson...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge To Two-Step Merger Under Corwin Finding Tendering Stockholders Were Fully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a former stockholder’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former directors of Diamond Resorts International...more

NASDAQ Proposes Revisions to Shareholder Approval Rules

by Dechert LLP on

Nasdaq, Inc. recently requested comments regarding possible updates to its “20% voting rule.” That rule, adopted in 1990, requires Nasdaq listed companies to obtain shareholder approval when issuing 20% or more of its stock...more

Commercial Division Rules that U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Access to a Company’s Detailed Financial Information in His Role as a...

Members of a company’s board who are also investors in the company often have access to detailed information about the company’s finances and its lending facilities. But what happens when an investor-board member could,...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

Do you have an ATM-oriented board in an increasingly iPhone-oriented world?

by Bryan Cave on

In the run up to the Fourth of July holiday, you may have missed that June 27 was the 50th anniversary of the first ATM and June 29 was the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone. I was struck by the coincidence of these two...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Stock Restriction Law

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Henry v. Phixios Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 12504-VCMR (July 10, 2017) - This is the rare decision explaining when restrictions on stock transfers (permitted by Section 202 of the DGCL) can be enforced. While the statute...more

New register of beneficial ownership of UK real estate

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David Seymour, Ropes & Gray real estate partner, analyses the new register of overseas beneficial owners of UK real estate. _____________________ Real estate is an operational asset by its very nature and it has many touch...more

Plan Early to Avoid Failing the Directors 75% Meeting Attendance Test

Securities counsel typically works hand-in-glove with a public company’s corporate secretary throughout a typical year, with their collaboration intensifying when planning the annual shareholders’ meeting and related year-end...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

Court Reverses Summary Judgment For Directors Because They Could Not Consent To Their Own Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

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In Corley v. Hendricks, three individuals (Gaylen, Dan, and Corley) operated a business as shareholders, officers, and directors. No. 02-16-00293-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth April 27, 2017, no pet....more

A Field Guide To Distinguishing Directors From Officers

by Allen Matkins on

A colleague who is not a corporate lawyer recently noted that in common parlance directors and officers are often simply lumped together as the “same thing”. He suggested that I devote a post to a primer on the differences...more

Still More Changes Affecting Not-For-Profit Corporations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2016, New York amended its Not-For-Profit Corporation Law once more, building upon the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (“the Act”), and the changes (“the Amendment”) took full effect as of May 27, 2017. This...more

New Disclosure Requirements on Nonfinancial Information for Italian Public Interest Entities

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Legislative Decree No. 254 ("Decree") was approved by the Italian government on December 30, 2016, and implemented the European Union framework on the disclosure of nonfinancial and diversity information by certain large...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Is Your Company Paying Its Board Members Too Much?"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The Challenge of a Well-Paid Board - You get what you pay for, right? Conventional wisdom says that the more you pay for something – a car, a suit, a handbag – the higher the quality....more

A Minute Guide to Minutes

Among the many elements of corporate housekeeping and compliance that demand the time and attention of directors and officers (and staff), minutes often seem like a burden. No one doubts that minutes matter. A...more

Changes in Georgia’s Law on Director Duties

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On July 1, 2017, significant amendments to the director and officer liability provisions of Georgia’s Financial Institution Code and Business Corporation Code will take effect. These amendments, adopted as House Bill 192...more

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