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The Mummy’s Hand and a Risk-Based Approach at the Board Level

by Thomas Fox on

Today we consider the 1940’s film, The Mummy’s Hand as the second installment in Universal Pictures series featuring this creature. Boris Karloff departed the role and it was taken over for one film by Tom Tyler, who was...more

The NYC Comptroller and Pension Funds Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0

Board composition is increasingly at the forefront of governance activists’ focus and initiatives. A recent, high-profile example of this comes from New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension...more

Future Proofing Boards of Directors for Family Businesses

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Michael Eisner, former CEO of Walt Disney, said it best that “management is not a science, it is an art.” But, not all art stands the test of time—and the composition of the board, and the way the directors manage a family...more

Laying the Foundation for Success: Structuring the Board of Directors in a Family-Owned Business

The board sets the overall strategy and policies of the company, so your corporate governance foundation starts with structuring the board of directors. As the overall governing body, the board elects the officers of the...more

Companies Amend Bylaws in Response to Activist ‘Placeholder Slate’ Tactic

In the past year, more than 50 publicly traded companies, including 19 on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, have amended their bylaws to address the potential for a so-called “placeholder slate” of directors. The bylaw...more

Amendments to Connecticut Business Corporation Act Effective October 1, 2017

by Murtha Cullina on

Public Act No. 17-108, titled An Act Concerning Limited Liability Companies and Business Corporations (the "Act"), has amended the Connecticut Business Corporation Act ("CBCA"). Effective October 1, 2017, the Act amends the...more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

by Allen Matkins on

Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

Go West? What the NYSE Has to Offer for Gulf IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO has put the region’s companies in sharp focus for global investors. As GCC nations continue to experience shifts in economic activity, including less government spending, more companies (both state...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

Blog: Studies Show Hedge Fund Activists Have Adverse Impact On Board Diversity And Target More Firms With Women CEOs

by Cooley LLP on

While more and more institutional holders and asset managers are noisily promoting board diversity among their portfolio companies—including, most recently, the NYC Comptroller and the NYC pension funds—hedge fund activists...more

NYC Comptroller Launches “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0”: Pushing for More Diversity, Independence and Climate Expertise

by Locke Lord LLP on

On September 8, 2017, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds announced the launch of the “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0.” The goal of Project 2.0 is to make the boards of 151...more

Blog: Will Board Diversity Be The New Proxy Access?

by Cooley LLP on

In 2014, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees the NYC pension funds, submitted proxy access proposals to 75 companies—and ignited the push for proxy access at public companies across the U.S. The form of proxy access...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - August 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A review of 2017 proxy season activity, including the trend toward adoptions of proxy access bylaws, is here. A suggestion that the big news of the 2017 proxy season was climate change proposals and the shift in Blackrock,...more

UK Corporate Governance Reform - More Regulation, But Not as Bad as Feared!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Last week the UK Government published its formal response paper on UK corporate governance reform, describing the proposals as "world-leading." The proposals follow an earlier green paper published by the Government in...more

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

by Brooks Pierce on

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the...more

Across the Board-Episode 6, will your assets be stranded?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Rakhi Kumar, the Managing Director, Head of ESG Investing and Asset Stewardship for State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) on the firm’s recent white paper entitled, “SSGA’s Perspective On Effective...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

UK Corporate Governance Reform – the Government’s Final Proposals

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 29 August 2017, the UK Government published its response to the green paper on corporate governance reform that it issued at the end of November 2016. It intends to implement its reform proposals — so that they apply to...more

Regulators Tackle Board Effectiveness and Overdrafts

by Bryan Cave on

Host Jonathan Hightower is joined by Ken Achenbach to discuss this week's proposed guidance from the Federal Reserve on the effectiveness of bank boards. In addition, at the outset of the episode Jonathan and Ken reviewed...more

2017 Mid-Year Technology and Life Sciences IPO Report

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s 2017 Mid-Year Technology and Life Sciences IPO Report presents key data related to the pricing of 26 U.S.-based technology and life sciences issuers between January 1 and June 30, 2017. Just...more

Bylaws And Supermajority Board Voting Requirements

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post concerned various provisions that, although not required to be included in the articles of incorporation, must be included if they are to be effective. One of these provisions relates to supermajority voting...more

Requisitioned meeting breaks deadlock

by Dentons on

A deadlocked board of directors, talk of a “public flogging”, and a court reluctant to intervene. The case of Goldstein v. McGrath is a colourful recent example of a requisitioned public company shareholders’ meeting, with...more

Get Your Board On Board

by Michael Volkov on

Sometimes my references to Seinfeld episodes or Curb Your Enthusiasm vignettes do not work or can charitably be characterized as a little off. Nonetheless, I press on....more

Blog: Asset Managers Support Shareholder Proposals For Board Diversity—Will It Make A Difference?

by Cooley LLP on

There’s been chatter about board gender diversity for a long time and, while there has been some modest progress, we have yet to see any dramatic breakthroughs. Now some of the largest asset managers are not just talking the...more

Fed Seeks Comment on Corporate Governance Proposal for Financial Institutions

In June, Treasury issued a report noting that it believes duties imposed on bank boards are too voluminous, lack appropriate tailoring, and undermine the important distinction between the role of management and that of boards...more

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