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Funds Talk: July 2017 - Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. and the Rights of (un)Preferred Stockholders

In a recent opinion, Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. (Del. Ch. April 25, 2017) (“ODN”), the Delaware Court of Chancery refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company’s directors and others breached their fiduciary duties by...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. and the Rights of (un)Preferred Stockholders

In a recent opinion, Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. (Del. Ch. April 25, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company’s directors and others breached their fiduciary duties by selling...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part I

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four recent developments in Delaware law reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit minority stockholders. Together, these developments clarify the...more

Irredeemable: Delaware Case Will Make Redemption Rights Tougher to Enforce

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Venture capital funds routinely negotiate for a right of redemption – the right to require the company to buy out their shares after a certain period of time if an exit has not occurred – as a key element of their exit...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Challenge To Controlling Stockholder Take-Private Deal

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the dismissal of a breach of fiduciary duty action against the directors of Books-A-Million, Inc. and other defendants following a “squeeze-out” merger by the company’s...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Examines Director Disinterestedness, Independence"

Delaware law provides important tools for directors to maintain control of derivative lawsuits.1 One such tool is the “demand requirement” embodied in Court of Chancery Rule 23.1, which requires that before a stockholder acts...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Known Looter” Theory For Controllers

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision because it examines an intriguing legal theory for holding a controlling stockholder liable in a sale: the “known looter” theory. Generally speaking, controllers can sell their stock to whoever...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

Stockholder Vote Fails Corwin Test

In Re Saba Software, Inc. Stockholder Litigation considered whether the stockholder vote satisfied the Corwin test for a full informed, uncoerced vote to determine if the shift to the business judgement rule was warranted. ...more

Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

The Court of Chancery Examines Indemnification Requirements

by Morris James LLP on

This officer indemnification case arises out of one of the more sordid tales to appear in a Court of Chancery opinion and a later Delaware Supreme Court affirmance. This opinion, however, focuses on the less titillating but...more

Stockholder Merger Vote Sets High Bar for Post-Closing Claims

by Morris James LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court's decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings , 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), reaffirmed the power of fully-informed, uncoerced, disinterested stockholder approval to immunize M&A transactions against...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin Doctrine To Dismiss Non-Exculpated Duty of Care Claims

by Morris James LLP on

Under the Corwin doctrine, approval by a majority of the fully-informed, uncoerced, disinterested stockholders invokes the business judgment rule so long as the transaction does not involve a controlling stockholder...more

"Key Developments in Delaware Corporation Law in 2016"

Significant changes in Delaware merger litigation and settlement practice in 2016, as well as noteworthy case law developments and trends, will continue to affect merger parties and litigants in 2017 and beyond....more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

"Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2016"

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Supreme Court Chips Away at Concept of Direct And Derivative Claims

by Morris James LLP on

Just in time for Christmas, on December 20, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a Christmas present – or lump of coal, depending on your view – in its opinion in El Paso Pipeline GP Company LLC v. Brinckerhoff. In this...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Rules on Director Independence"

The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an important decision on the subject of director independence. In Sandys v. Pincus, No. 157, 2016 (Del. Dec. 5, 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court held that certain directors of...more

Some Pitfalls of Negotiating Your Own Buyout in a Business Divorce

More and more shareholder dispute litigations are settling earlier than ever before, which is obviously a good thing for anyone who does not want to pay a fortune in legal fees (i.e., everyone). The reason is simple – in all...more

Roadmap for Merger Decision-Making Process in Delaware

by Baker Donelson on

In a string of recent cases, the Delaware courts have given public companies a roadmap for structuring the decision-making process in merger transactions. Before delving into the recent decisions, it may help to understand...more

Claims That Controlling Stockholder Received Unique Benefits Dismissed

by Morris James LLP on

In GAMCO Asset Management v. iHeartMedia, Delaware's Court of Chancery considered claims that a controlling stockholder's liquidity needs created conflicts in otherwise arm's-length transactions with third parties. As...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Potential CFPB Reform in the Wake of the Election. The November 16 edition of the Roundup indicated that the Financial CHOICE Act (Act) may be a blueprint for legal changes affecting the financial...more

ISS Updates 2017 Voting Policies, Including Adoption of Policy to Recommend Against NCG Committee Members of Companies that...

by Goodwin on

On November 21, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released final changes to its voting policies for 2017. One of ISS’s changes is the adoption of a new policy to recommend against the election of Nominating &...more

"Recent Opinions Highlight Different Appraisal Valuation Methods Employed in Merger Transactions by Delaware Courts"

There is a general perception that statutory appraisal challenges have been on the rise over the past several years. The Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of opinions during that time that use the merger price...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

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