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Forging ahead with “entire fairness,” or playing it safer (procedurally speaking)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Controlling stockholder buyouts of Delaware corporations are generally scrutinized under the lens of “entire fairness” to determine whether the transaction was the product of fair dealing and fair price. Notably, however,...more

In re Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation: MFW Provides Recipe for Protecting One-Sided Controller...

by Perkins Coie on

In its opinion in In re Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation,[1] issued in August 2017, the Delaware Chancery Court addressed a question left open under Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp.[2] (MFW)—namely,...more

Blog: Martha Stewart Decision Draws Roadmap for Controller Sales to Third Parties

by Cooley LLP on

A transaction involving a controlling stockholder on both sides of the deal presents a clear conflict of interest that will result in heightened scrutiny under the “entire fairness” standard of review if later challenged....more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Extends MFW Protections To One-Sided Controller Transactions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 18, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a putative shareholder suit asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against Martha Stewart, the controlling...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Rule Deference to Controller Transactions Involving Third-Parties

On August 18, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action brought by former minority stockholders of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”) against Martha Stewart and...more

Company's appeal stifled by order to pay sum into court (Goldtrail Travel Ltd v Onur Air)

by Allen & Overy LLP on

When can a court take into account the wealth of a corporate appellant’s owner in deciding whether imposing a condition for payment of the judgment sum would stifle an appeal? The Supreme Court’s judgment in Goldtrail Travel...more

Delaware Chancery Court Upholds Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims Regarding Self-Tender Against Controlling Stockholder Group And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 24, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss former stockholders’ claims for breach of fiduciary duty brought in connection with a self-tender by R. L. Polk...more

The Alter-Ego Of A Corporation: Piercing The Corporate Veil

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A corporation is a legal entity separate and distinct from its shareholders. The corporate form generally shields shareholders from personal liability for the corporation’s debts. However, shareholders cannot incorporate...more

Proposed FCA Rules Extend Warmer Welcome to Sovereign-Controlled Companies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 13 July 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposed a relaxation of certain aspects of the premium listing segment for sovereign-controlled companies. The proposed new rules will create a new premium listing...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds No Fiduciary Duty Breach, Notwithstanding Entire Fairness Review, And Determines Appraisal Value To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 21, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery (i) entered judgment in favor of defendants Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”) and Softbank Corp. (“Softbank”) on claims of breaches of...more

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

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

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