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The Role of Shareholder Activists in Scrutinizing Corporate Behavior

In the present uncertain legal and regulatory environment, the role of shareholder activists in scrutinizing corporate behavior seems to be gaining steam. See, e.g., An Activist Investment in Whole Foods Exposes Shifting...more

Different Power Rules Apply to Men than to Women (LWB Farewell Series)

by William Henderson on

A just released study by the Yale Law Women documents that class participation at Yale Law tends to be disproportionately male (H/T to Jeff and Lior Strahilevitz at Prawfblawg). Although the report offers prescriptive advice...more

Selecting an Advisory Board – Do’s & Don’ts

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Beginning as a part-time college job walking friends’ dogs, Cary Barker’s full time business now employs over 30 college students to walk neighborhood dogs and to deliver them for daily activities to and from his Barkingham...more

Court Of Chancery Discusses Interrelationship Between Corwin and Santa Fe

by Morris James LLP on

In its now famous Corwin decision the Delaware Supreme Court held that when a majority of the stockholders in a fully informed, noncoercive vote approve a transaction, the business judgment rule applies and the transaction is...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fiduciary Duty Of Preferred Stockholders’ Directors

by Morris James LLP on

This decision is a primer on most of the major issues in Delaware corporate law. However, what it is most likely to be remembered for is its explanation of the duties that directors have to the enterprise as a whole, even...more

For closely held companies: Is there, or will there soon be, a significant lender in your life?

by Mintz Levin on

Ten considerations for closely held companies incurring debt in connection with minority investments by private equity sponsors, growth financing, or dividend recapitalizations....more

Court of Chancery Explains When There Is A Basis To Investigate

by Morris James LLP on

This decision does a good job of explaining when there is an adequate showing of possible wrongdoing sufficient to justify a books and records inspection. It also explains why conducting a proxy contest does not warrant...more

Delaware Court Orders Sale of Solvent Company’s Stock Despite Shareholder Objections

by Cole Schotz on

Delaware General Corporate Law § 226 (the “Custodian Statute”) bestows the Delaware Court of Chancery with the power to appoint a custodian for solvent companies and receivers for insolvent companies in certain circumstances....more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits Of The Dual Claims Rule

by Morris James LLP on

Under the well-known Brinckerhoff decision, a claim may be both a direct claim and a derivative claim. When that occurs the complaint need not comply with Rule 32.1 demand requirements. This decision points out that...more

Canadian shareholders engage with U.S.-style proxy access: A Brave New World, or Much Ado About Nothing?

by DLA Piper on

Shareholders of the Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD Bank”) and the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) voted in the last few weeks on shareholder proposals made to confer additional proxy access rights to shareholders in the nomination...more

Suggested Questions for the Compliance Officer

by Ruder Ware on

In a previous blog post, I promised to release a list of questions a Board of Directors (Board) might ask its compliance officer. This post is intended to fulfill that promise. My intent is to help Board members exercise...more

Exercising Board Oversight of the Compliance Function

by Ruder Ware on

The Board of Directors (Board) of an organization has oversight responsibilities over the compliance program. Board members are often unsure of the nature and scope of their responsibilities over compliance. The roll of many...more

Banks’ Boards of Directors Face New Cybersecurity Challenges

by BakerHostetler on

Banks’ boards of directors must, among other things, understand the risks associated with existing and planned IT operations, monitor risk management, and work with senior bank managers on strategic technology planning. See...more

Failure To Return Shares Subject To Repurchase Right Supports Conversion Claim

by Allen Matkins on

Closely held issuers often include a repurchase right in their equity award agreements. I expect that in most cases, shareholders will comply with these provisions. When a shareholder doesn’t, the company’s most obvious...more

"Cybersecurity Trends for Boards of Directors"

Cybersecurity has in recent years become an integral component of a board’s role in risk oversight, but directors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to formulating policies and oversight processes...more

How to Assemble a Board of Directors for a Startup

by JD Supra Perspectives on

A successful startup will likely see the structure and composition of its board of directors change significantly over time....more

What Startup Founders Should Consider When Choosing a Board of Directors

by JD Supra Perspectives on

The board of directors has tremendous significance to a startup company....more

Bond Issues

by White & Case LLP on

France’s draft Ordinance and Decree of 30 January 2017 for improving the development of French law-governed bond issues The capital markets’ share of corporate financing, and of the economy in general, is growing year on...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Corwin Defense

by Morris James LLP on

This is a significant decision because it is the first to find that a stockholder vote did not invoke business judgment review under Corwin because the vote was coerced and not fully informed. Under Corwin, a transaction...more

Cybersecurity Remains a Hot Topic for Boards in 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Each year, a number of surveys and commentators describe and predict the trending topics of interest and importance to boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017, it...more

New Guidance Offers Deep Dive Into Compliance Issues

Following up on DOJ’s recent memo on “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its own compliance program evaluation memo last...more

Compliance Budgeting – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is

by Ruder Ware on

You have adopted your basic compliance policies and procedures, established a reporting system and visibly rolled out your new compliance program. Your board of directors has passed a resolution decisively stating its...more

Top Board Concerns Heading into 2017 Remain a Hot Topic

by Snell & Wilmer on

Each year, a number of surveys and commentators describe and predict the trending topics of interest and importance to boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017, it...more

The Manager-in-Charge Regime: Ruffling feathers in the year of the Rooster?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 16 December 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced the introduction of a Manager-in- Charge initiative (MIC Regime) aimed at increasing the accountability of the senior management of Hong Kong licensed...more

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