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Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly

Welcome to the fourth issue of Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly, Seyfarth’s quarterly publication of the Securities & Financial Litigation Group focusing on decisions or other items of interest for...more

CalPERS Claims Success; Proxy Monitor Says CalPERS Success Leads To Lower Stock Prices

“Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair” - In this press release issued last week, CalPERS congratulated itself on the “success” of its proxy voting initiatives:...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reinforces Importance of Clear and Precise Bylaw Provisions and Specifically Drafted Notices of Annual...

In Hill International, Inc. v. Opportunity Partners L.P., No. 305, 2015, 2015 WL 4035069 (Del. July 2, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s grant of injunctive relief as it recognized the...more

No Calm In Delaware After Calma v. Templeton

In derivative suits, cases are essentially lost and won at the motion to dismiss stage.  Unless the defendants succeed in winning dismissal, they must confront an unhappy choice between continued litigation with all of its...more

The Purpose of Compliance: Promoting a Positive, Not Preventing a Negative

One thing about maintaining a blog – you have nightmares (alright something a little less than that) about consistency in writing. All of us can be accused of having “evolving” positions, so maybe that is my rationalization....more

Three Post-Proxy-Season Thoughts

For many companies, the period between Independence Day and Labor Day is a good time to absorb the lessons of the spring proxy season and to catch a corporate breath before the stretch run to the end of the year. With that in...more

Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy...

On July 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion overturning the November 2014 ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. had...more

UK Corporate Briefing - Summer 2015

Legislation update - Bearer shares banned - The first of the corporate transparency provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force on 26 May 2015 with the banning of share...more

Proxy access proposals march forward on a seemingly inevitable path to adoption

The campaign of New York City Comptroller Scott Springer, on behalf of New York City’s pension funds, to introduce proxy access proposals at 75 different large public companies is well under way, and preliminary indications...more

Introduction of New Corporate Governance Code

On June 1, 2015, a new Corporate Governance Code (Code) came into effect for companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). The Code is part of the Japanese government’s efforts to reform certain long-standing corporate...more

Who is responsible for risk? As we continue to untangle the impact of the financial crisis, companies are finally asking who...

Prior to the financial crisis, risk management was often a box-ticking exercise of little or no interest to executives. Since then, however, it has climbed to the top of the boardroom priority list. The fall of Lehman...more

Blog: Third Circuit Renders Opinion In Trinity Wall Street V. Wal-Mart (And Admonishes SEC To Issue New Guidance)

Yesterday, the Third Circuit finally rendered its opinion in Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, a case involving a shareholder proposal submitted by Trinity Wall Street requesting that Wal-Mart’s board develop a...more

Third Circuit Issues Decision in Wal-Mart Case

The Third Circuit has issued its decision in the case of Trinity Wall Street v Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. To try and put it simply, Wal-Mart argued Trinity’s shareholder proposal dressed up a matter related to the ordinary...more

SEC Chair White Spills The Beans On Proposal For Universal Proxies, Hints About The Exclusion For Conflicting Shareholder...

Recently, in a speech to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, SEC Chair May Jo White discussed four proxy-related issues that have recently created tension between companies and their...more

"Proxy Access: The 2015 Proxy Season and Beyond"

Although the 2015 annual meeting season is still winding down, there is no doubt that proxy access has gained considerable momentum and will remain a front-and-center corporate governance issue for the foreseeable future. For...more

Preparing a Company to Deal With Activist Investors [Video]

It does not matter whether a company is approached by a single activist investor or a group of activist hedge funds, a company and its board should have a strategy prepared. In this video, Foley Partner Deepak Nanda discusses...more

Tennessee Benefit Corporation Statute

Governor Haslam recently signed into law the "For-Profit Benefit Corporation Act" (the FPBCA), which has now been assigned Public Chapter No. 497. The FPBCA will take effect on January 1, 2016 and will allow for-profit...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - June 2015

The SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis issued analysis on the “potential effect on pay ratio disclosure of exclusion of different percentages of employees at a range of thresholds.” Without even trying to follow the...more

Alaska Legislature Approves Lower Quorum Requirements for Alaska Native Corporations

The Alaska state legislature recently passed a bill reducing quorum requirements for certain Alaska Native Corporations at their annual shareholder meetings. Under HB 149, which is expected to be signed into law by Alaska...more

Dead Hand Proxy Puts Face Continued Scrutiny

"Dead hand proxy puts’’ have emerged as the target du jour for entrepreneurial plaintiffs counsel litigating corporate governance claims. Since last fall, at least seven separate actions have been filed in the Delaware Court...more

Why Green Street Should Rethink Its One-Size-Fits-All Position on Corporate Governance

In our February 4, 2015 REIT Alert, “Barbarians at the (REIT) Gates: REITs Should Be Prepared for a New World Order of Shareholder Activists, Hostile Overtures and Proxy Fights,” we addressed the increased risk faced by...more

No Pay Bylaws Fall Short Of Ending Forced Subsidization

In a post published yesterday on The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Delaware lawyer A. Thompson Bayliss and Mark Mixon write that no pay provisions “could transform stockholder...more

Blog: The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act

One of the last acts of parliament was to pass the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (“the Act”), which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015....more

SEC Commissioner Stein On “Short-termism” and Corporate Boards

Two issues of continued importance to shareholders and the U.S. capital markets were recently discussed by SEC Commissioner Kara Stein. One the Commissioner called “short-termism” while the other focuses on the composition of...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds That LLC Operating Agreement Does Not Shield Defendants from Liability for Breaching Their...

A recent decision by Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Butler v. Moore, C.A. No. 10-10207-FDS U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39416 (D. Mass. Mar. 26, 2015), offers an example of how...more

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