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Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

The Uber Board Report – Part I

by Thomas Fox on

On Tuesday, the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP (Covington), released its long-awaited report (Report) to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber). It is truly one of the most...more

Blog: Will Dual-Class Structures Torpedo The Business Judgment Rule?

by Cooley LLP on

While there has certainly been a lot of debate about the merits and demerits of dual-class stock, one interesting angle was raised by Charles Elson, director of the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for...more

Is It A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty To Fail Or Refuse To Conform To Delaware’s Judicial Decisions Or Practices?

by Allen Matkins on

The answer to this question in Nevada may soon be an unequivocal “no”. Last week, the Nevada Legislature unanimously passed SB 203 and sent it to Governor Brian Sandoval for signature. Among other things, Section 2 of SB...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 330 Robin Bew and Henry Stoever of the NACD

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Robyn Bew, the Director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Henry Stoever, the Chief Marketing Officer for the NACD. They discuss what...more

Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel

2016 S&P/TSX Composite Board Study - In late 2016, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) initiated a novel study to examine the involvement of general counsel and lawyers on the board of directors of Canadian publicly...more

More On Revlon Duties In California

by Allen Matkins on

Following yesterday’s post concerning the status of Revlon duties in California, I received a note from Suzanne Weakley, an attorney at the California Continuing Education of the BAR (aka the CEB). For those readers not...more

Did The Harvard Shareholder Rights Project Prove Itself Wrong?

by Allen Matkins on

In December 2014, Stanford Law School Professor Joseph A. Grundfest and Daniel M. Gallagher incited an academic titanomachy when they released a draft of an academic paper provocatively entitled “Did Harvard Violate Federal...more

All [A]Board: Insights and Inspirations for Your Journey to and in the Boardroom

[co-author: Olga Mack, Clearslide] Carly and Olga were law school classmates at Berkeley Law and have continued their friendship and professional collaboration ever since. They serve as board members for both for-profit...more

Blog: Does A Long-Term View Really Pay Off?

by Cooley LLP on

In this February 2017 article in the Harvard Business Review, “Finally, Evidence That Managing for the Long Term Pays Off,” a team from McKinsey and associated consultants attempt to prove empirically what has often seemed...more

Corporate Governance in The Trump Era: A Note of Caution

by WilmerHale on

The past decade or so has been a challenging time for publicly held companies, particularly those in the financial sector. Since 2008, banks and financial services firms have been the subject of an aggressive effort by the...more

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

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

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

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

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

Blog: Do Board Self-Evaluations Help Produce A High-Functioning Board?

by Cooley LLP on

In this paper from the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, Board Evaluations and Boardroom Dynamics, the authors suggest that board self-evaluations aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. While, based...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

Saudi Arabia Approves New Corporate Governance Regulations

by Dechert LLP on

The publication of the Regulations is driven by the continued effort to attract additional foreign investment into the Kingdom and to harmonize the CMA’s own rules with those of the newly revised Companies Law2, as overseen...more

Start-up Shareholders, Directors, and Officers: Role Reversal? Role Confusion?

by Bryan Cave on

When companies are in their earliest stages, the founders and advisors often serve the company as shareholders, directors, and officers. However, each role has distinct responsibilities and it is important for founders to be...more

New York Court Reverses Rejection of M&A Disclosure-Only Settlement Signaling Split from Delaware

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division for the First Department in New York entered an order approving a “disclosure-only” settlement. While acknowledging the “increasingly negative view” of...more

Can The Board Remove A Director?

by Allen Matkins on

Can a board of directors remove one of its own? In the case of a California corporation, the answer is no. The power to remove directors is vested in the shareholders and the superior court pursuant to Corporations Code...more

Chancery Appoints Custodian to Dislodge Board Deadlock

by Morris James LLP on

Delaware law entrusts the management of a corporation to its board of directors. Not surprisingly, circumstances arise where a consensus among directors cannot be reached on major decisions impacting a company. In many cases,...more

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