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Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2016

Corporate governance has changed dramatically since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The level of shareholder engagement and institutional...more

Bank Executives, Board Members Hit With SEC Fraud Charges

Why it matters - A group of bank executives and board members were hit with fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with the agency accusing the defendants of engaging in a scheme to mislead...more

Board of Directors’ Response to Shareholder Demand Not Subject to Heightened Boland Scrutiny

A Maryland appellate court has ruled that a demand refusal by an entire board, consisting of a majority of disinterested and independent directors who chose not to appoint a special litigation committee, is entitled to the...more

How to Answer When an Activist Calls

The increasing activist stockholder demands upon boards of directors call for careful responses. The recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision In re Ebix Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 8526-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 15, 2016),...more

Defining Diversity

In 1970, Helen Reddy secured a record contract. Then, she changed music and helped to shape and define the women’s movement in the ’70s by recording 10 new songs, one of which was the iconic and enduring “I Am Woman,” which...more

Blog: NACD Governance Survey Reports On Top Board Priorities, Time Commitment And Other Matters

The National Association of Corporate Directors has made available the highlights of its 2015-2016 Public Company Governance Survey of over a thousand directors and executives. The survey reveals that the top...more

New Bill Would Require Cybersecurity Disclosures by Publicly Traded Companies

Why it matters - In the continuing efforts to enact cybersecurity legislation and advise the public about cybersecurity preparedness, a new bill introduced in the Senate would mandate that publicly traded companies...more

M&A Team News - January 2016

Here is a look back at the top M&A developments that affected deal-making last year and a look forward to our expectations for 2016....more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Distribution Arrangements

Recently issued SEC staff guidance reminds mutual fund directors of their obligations to evaluate fund payments to financial intermediaries and emphasizes investment advisers’ and other service providers’ obligation to...more

FTC Announces 2016 Thresholds Under HSR Act and Clayton Act

Primary merger filing threshold raised from $76.3 million to $78.2 million - Last week, the FTC announced revisions to HSR Act and Clayton Act Section 8 thresholds, which it revises each January to account for inflation...more

GAO Publishes Report on Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards

On December 3, 2015, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report analyzing the history of gender diversity of U.S. corporate boards and provided recommendations for improving female board...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Executive Compensation

Executive and Director Compensation - Perennially in the spotlight, executive compensation will continue to be a hot topic for directors in 2016. But this year, due to the SEC’s active rulemaking in 2015, directors will...more

Reminders for Public Companies for the 2016 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

This memorandum summarizes key developments that public companies should consider in drafting their disclosures and reviewing their existing corporate governance policies and procedures in preparation for the 2016 annual...more

Court Of Chancery Explores The Effect Of Federal Settlements On A Delaware Action And Applies Unocal To Bylaw Amendments

First, the Court explores the effect settlement agreements in two federal court actions might have on claims in a Delaware action. The decision holds that the settlements did not release the Delaware plaintiffs’ derivative...more

Court Explains Rigorous 'Caremark' Pleading Requirements

A recent opinion containing the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, In re Chemed Shareholder Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 13-1854-LPS-CJB (D.Del. Dec....more

"Hong Kong Stock Exchange Opens Doors to Russia-Incorporated Issuers"

On January 15, 2016, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx) published its Country Guide on Russia and placed Russia on its list of “acceptable jurisdictions,” formally signifying that Hong Kong’s sole regulated stock...more

"Indian Insurance Sector Welcomes Foreign Investment With Limits on Control"

As part of the Indian government’s plans to encourage foreign investment, in 2015 it increased the foreign ownership cap in the Indian insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent. The increase, however, did not affect the...more

Cybersecurity and Data Breaches: How In-House Counsel Can Engage the Board

A company's board of directors has a duty to oversee all aspects of the company's risk management efforts. This includes a duty to recognize and minimize the company's exposure to cyber attacks. In today's increasingly...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Earlier Rulings, Chancery Court Stakes Out New Positions"

Delaware courts tackled a number of issues of importance in 2015. The Delaware Supreme Court clarified prior inconsistent case law by reiterating that deference must be given to decisions made by disinterested directors. It...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Settlement with an Activist Investor is not a Defensive Measure

A recent case decided by the Delaware Court of Chancery, In Re Ebix, Inc., held settlement with an activist investor, Barrington Capital Group, L.P. was not a defensive measure subject to scrutiny under Unocal. Ebix entered...more

"Director Compensation in the Spotlight"

Individuals serving on company boards of directors should carefully examine director compensation programs and decisions involving their own compensation following an April 30, 2015, ruling by the Delaware Court of Chancery....more

"US Corporate Governance: Have We Crossed the Rubicon?"

The general themes on the corporate governance front — shareholder activism, governance activism, scrutiny of board composition, concerns regarding board oversight of risk management, director-shareholder engagement — remain...more

"Insights Conversations: M&A"

Skadden M&A partners Steve Arcano, Tom Kennedy (moderator), Jeremy London, Amr Razzak and Rodd Schreiber discussed their perspectives on M&A activity in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. The conversation covered the current...more

5 Securities Litigation Issues to Watch in 2016

The coming year promises to be a pivotal one in the world of securities and corporate governance litigation. In particular, there are five developing issues we are watching that have the greatest potential to significantly...more

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