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Who Votes As Proxy For Shares Standing In The Name Of Another Corporation?

The Proxy Season blog yesterday discussed the following question from the Q&A Forum of TheCorporateCounsel.net...more

Delaware Supreme Court Finds Pre-Suit Demand Was Excused

When a stockholder files a derivative suit she can avoid dismissal under Rule 23.1’s pre-suit demand-on-the-board requirement by showing that a majority of the directors were not independent enough to fairly consider her...more

2016 Silicon Valley Proxy Season Results

A Comparison of Silicon Valley Public Companies and Other Large Bay Area Public Companies - This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - December 2016

EMPHASIS ON DIRECTOR EDUCATION - The board development committee may wish to reconsider its director education program for 2017 following two recent and unrelated developments. The first is a greater articulation of...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season"

On November 16, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season.” The panelists were Amy Borrus, deputy director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII); Skadden M&A and corporate...more

NY Financial Services Companies’ 2017 Resolution: Cybersecurity

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made headlines back in late September with a “first-in-the-nation” piece of legislation aimed at mandating specific cybersecurity protocols for banks, insurance...more

Worker representation on boards…or not?

Theresa May, during her campaign and at the beginning of her term as prime minister, repeatedly committed to introducing worker representation on company boards as part of her corporate governance reform package. The news at...more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon...more

From Making the Right Decisions to Asking the Right Questions: Linda Graebner Discusses Her Move from the C-Suite to the Boardroom...

Linda Graebner spent many years as a CEO leading consumer product companies, and has held numerous other leadership positions in the business world. But she is currently thriving in a new role: the boardroom. At the request...more

GAMCO Folds on Rejection of Proxy Access Nominee

As previously noted, National Fuel Gas had rejected a proxy access nominee submitted by GAMCO Asset Management Inc. because of non-conformance with National Fuel’s proxy access by-law. Many wondered what would happen next. ...more

When A Director May Not Be Interested In Director Compensation

Suppose that a corporation has three directors, A, B & C, each of whom is compensated by the corporation. Is director A financially interested in a resolution fixing the compensation of director B? Corporations Section...more

First Proxy Access Nominee Rejected

GAMCO Asset Management Inc. made the news when it became the first to submit a nominee for National Fuel Gas’ board of directors using a proxy access by-law. National Fuel Gas has now rejected the nominee because the...more

Conflict of Interest Issues – A Significant Risk

In the risk mitigation business, we often focus on legal risks, such as anti-corruption, sanctions, export controls, antitrust and AML. As compliance programs mature, and the CCOs focus on proactive strategies, one key issue...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The US Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees....more

2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

"Plaintiffs Facing Headwinds in Pending Mutual Fund Fee Litigation"

With the first-filed cases at or near completion, the results are not looking good for the plaintiffs in the latest wave of mutual fund fee litigation. Defendants prevailed after trial in one of those cases and achieved...more

DFS Cyber Regulation: Part II – An Interview with Bay Dynamics’ Steven Grossman

This is the second installment in our interview with Steven Grossman, VP Strategy & Enablement at Bay Dynamics, the cyber risk analytics company. Here, Steven discusses the importance of aligning an institution’s risk...more

InterOil and heightened judicial scrutiny of plans of arrangement

A recent decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal (comprised of justices of the British Columbia Court of Appeal) has confirmed the importance for boards of directors to ensure not only that a proposed plan of arrangement is...more

"After Corwin, Court of Chancery Provides Additional Guidance on Application of Business Judgment Rule to Post-Closing Damages...

As previously reported in Insights: The Delaware Edition, the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015) articulated a new defendant-friendly rule for...more

Board composition – new rules from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Oman

"Boards supervise while management manages". This governance principle is re-emphasised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MOCI) in its recent decision no. 201/2016 relating to the Boards of public joint stock companies...more

"Two Court of Chancery Deal Litigation Decisions Provide Helpful Guidance"

Chelsea Therapeutics: Post-Closing Bad Faith Claim a ‘Rare Bird’ in Delaware Absent Allegations of Self-Interestedness or Lack of Independence - In In re Chelsea Therapeutics International LTD Stockholders Litigation,...more

Does The Foolish Director Abide Whilst The Wise Director Flees?

Never fear? Smith Is No Longer Here - Yesterday’s post highlighted Section 316 of the California Corporations Code, a statute that imposes joint and several liability on directors who approve specified transactions such...more

SEC Proposes Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

On October 26, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxies in all non-exempt solicitations in contested elections of directors. The focus of the SEC proposal is to...more

Seventh Circuit Recognizes “Substantial Truthfulness” Defense to Tortious Interference Claims under Wisconsin Law

As we wrap up another election cycle that has kept “fact checkers” working overtime analyzing the many dubious claims by candidates of all political persuasions, the Seventh Circuit has issued a decision that reminds us of...more

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