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Cayman Islands: Directors' Duties

The Cayman Law Reform Commission has issued a consultation paper on proposed legislative changes that could see a codification of directors’ duties, as is now the case in the UK. While recognizing the existing common law...more

This Proposed Amendment To DGCL Section 141(f) Is A Curate’s Egg

In AGR Halifax Fund, Inc. v. Fiscina, 743 A.2d 1188 (1999), the Delaware Court of Chancery was asked to decide whether a consent given by persons before they became directors could become effective if delivered to the...more

The Corporate Governance Review: Chapter 4: Canada

OVERVIEW OF GOVERNANCE REGIME - Canada’s system of corporate governance is derived from the British common law model and strongly influenced by developments in the United States. While corporate governance practices in...more

Conversations on Goverance: Practical Insights for Public Company Leaders: Crisis Management: Key Questions

We live in a world full of high-stakes, high-profile corporate crises – environmental disasters, product liability issues, data breaches and government investigations, to name a few. No company is immune. Therefore, advance...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - April 2014

In this issue: - News from the Courts - News from the Regulators - Tax News - Notable Pending Deals - Contributors - Excerpt from News from the Courts: Delaware Court of...more

Policy Observer - March 2014

D&O Coverage for Subpoena Response Costs: An Emerging Consensus? Responding to a subpoena can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, in many instances, a company can call upon its D&O insurer to help defray the...more

Mary Jo White and the New SEC: Implications for Boards (Quorum, March 2014)

The new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, has indicated that the agency will implement new and aggressive enforcement policies, while treading lightly in its rulemaking efforts....more

"Reliance by Directors: What’s a Conscientious Director to Do?"

An Issue Needing Attention - In its recent decision in In Re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in a footnote, touches on what it means for directors to be “fully...more

Who’s in Charge – Is the Board Responsible to Monitor Its Financial Advisor or Vice Versa?

In the case of In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware held that the primary financial advisor retained by Rural/Metro Corporation aided and abetted the board in...more

Klaassen v. Allegro Dev. Corp., No. 583, 2013 (Del. Mar. 14, 2014)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s finding that a CEO’s claim asserting improper removal was equitable in nature and therefore, at most, voidable and subject to the equitable...more

Board Reform: The Unpredictable Factor Of Personal Interactions

As I get older, I try and convince myself I am getting wiser. But I know that is not right. Maybe a better way to say it is I am better at guessing. Some like to call that educated guessing. Talk about an oxymoron....more

Boardroom Perspectives: Three Practical Steps to Stay Ahead of Shareholder Activism

Activist investors continue to shape corporate governance. Last year saw more than 300 activist proxy campaigns, proposals and contests. Activism-focused funds manage over $100 billion in assets. In this climate, no...more

Board Of Directors Reform: Adopting A New Model For Board Members

It is easy to tie FCPA violations to corporate governance performance. Sometimes the tie is strong – sometimes a little more attenuated. The BIzJet case from last year underscored the importance of proper board...more

The Regulatory Agenda and the Board - 5 Key Issues

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act has been in effect for nearly four years, and almost 75 percent of the required regulations have been written or proposed. Issued regulations help to clarify requirements,...more

Second Circuit Reinforces High Pleading Burden for Director Duty of Oversight Claims

In Welch v. Havenstein, No. 13-2648-cv, 2014 WL 322055 (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2014) (summary order), aff’g In re SAIC Inc. Derivative Litigation, 948 F. Supp. 2d 366 (S.D.N.Y. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Board-Level Risk Management – Bridging the Gap

The pendulum of board-level risk management has shifted. For many public companies, intentional risk management has evolved in recent years from virtually nonexistent to finance department driven (focusing on internal...more

ISS Opposes Director Compensation Bylaws

On January 13, ISS released FAQs expressing its views on a board’s adoption of director compensation bylaws. To counteract the increasing practice implemented by hedge funds and other dissident shareholders of paying their...more

Delaware Supreme Court: No Duty to Buy Out Minority Shareholders in Closely Held Corporations

The Delaware Supreme Court recently considered whether the directors of a closely held corporation had a duty under common law fiduciary principles to repurchase a minority shareholder’s shares. The court also considered...more

OCC Releases Guidelines on 'Heightened Expectations' for Large National Banks and Savings Associations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently released proposed amendments to its Part 30 regulations, which reflect the agency's "heightened expectations" for large banks. That release, styled as an "Interim...more

Delaware Corporate Law and Litigation: What Happened In 2013 And What It Means For You In 2014

DELAWARE’S LEADING ROLE IN BUSINESS AND BUSINESS LITIGATION - Delaware has long been known as the corporate capital of the world. It is the state of incorporation for 64 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than half of...more

Perspectives - January 2014

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &...more

Cybersecurity and the duty of care: a top 10 checklist for board members

Visibility on information security, including cybersecurity as well as physical security aspects, is increasingly permeating corporate life. The relatively new SEC requirements for public disclosure of cybersecurity...more

Women on Boards and in Senior Management- OSC Releases Proposed Amendments Regarding Incremental Disclosures of Corporate...

Women on Boards and in Senior Management - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has published for comment proposed amendments to Form 58-101F1 of National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance...more

Appointment and Authority of Committees Under the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law

Under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) it is relatively clear that (i) any committee with corporate authority must be comprised only of trustees, and (ii) committees must be appointed by the board, and not, for...more

An Apple, an Orange and Maybe a Kiwi a Day Keeps the Activist Away (and Makes for a Stronger Board)

With proxy season just around the corner, I would be remiss if I did not (once again) remind Nominating and Governance Committees that it is time, and it is not too late, for you mix it up a little . . . or a lot. Think fruit...more

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