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Blog: Individual Shareholder Proposals—Why Do They Do It?

This recent paper from the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, “Gadflies at the Gate: Why Do Individual Investors Sponsor Shareholder Resolutions?” attempts to answer a question I’ve been wondering...more

Blog: New UK Prime Minister proposes “something radical.” Could it happen here?

She may be the new leader of the Conservative Party, but her party affiliation may not be entirely obvious from the speech delivered in July by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, launching her national campaign. In her vision...more

What Is Good Corporate Governance? A Commonsense Approach

It seems to be a very simple question that does not always produce a clear-cut response. A group of high profile executives, including CEOs of major US corporations, tried to reach consensus on commonsense principles that are...more

Blog: CEO Group Offers List Of Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles

A group of CEOs of major public companies and institutional investors, including Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, Larry Fink, Mary Barra and Jeff Immelt, among others, have developed a list of “commonsense corporate governance...more

SEC Clarifies Relationship between HSR Investment Intent and 13D/G Status

The SEC has issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (8-K 103.11) that clarifies the interaction between the investment intent exemption in the HSR rules and the ability to file a Schedule 13G. The CDI poses...more

The Debate Over Shareholder Democracy

Corporate governance issues can quickly divide directors, management and shareholders. For years there has been a continuing debate over the efficacy and importance of shareholder democracy. In theory, and using loaded...more

Genealogy And The Corporate Lawyer

Who is family and how close are they? These aren’t questions that typically occupy the mind of a corporate lawyer. Occasionally, however, consanguinity matters even to a corporate lawyer. Thus, Section 308 of the...more

Romanian Legal Update: Significant Changes In The Field Of Corporate Governance For Public Undertakings

Law No. 111/2016 for the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 109/2011 regarding the corporate governance of public undertakings (the Ordinance) has been published in the Official Gazette No. 415 of 1 June 2016...more

Blog: Once Disparaged, Will The Virtual-Only Shareholders’ Annual Meeting Be Rejuvenated?

For many years, annual meetings of shareholders have been viewed as increasingly moribund rituals of corporate governance, as fewer and fewer shareholders are able or willing to overcome the logistical and financial burdens...more

Taking Action That Affects The Shareholder Vote? Expect the "Gimlet Eye"

On May 19, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court preliminarily enjoined the directors of Cogentix Medical from reducing the size of the company's board because, under the facts presented, there was a reasonable probability that...more

Mum’s the word on safety during takeovers

A takeover of one business by another can be a lot like a visit from your mother-in-law. On Mother’s Day, we enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of bubbles with our mums in recognition of all their hard work and sacrifice. We...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Issues Important Guidance on Directors’ Disclosable Interests, Oppression Proceedings

The B.C. Court of Appeal last week released a wide-ranging decision on the availability of oppression proceedings under the B.C. Business Corporations Act (BCA), when interests of directors will be disclosable as a...more

Court of Chancery Eyes Duties in Deals Involving Stockholder

To determine the applicable standard of review in a stockholder challenge to a corporate transaction, a plaintiff may rebut the business judgment rule by pleading facts that support a reasonable inference that "a controlling...more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2016

Corporate governance has changed dramatically since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The level of shareholder engagement and institutional...more

Blog: Blackrock CEO Asks Companies To Provide Board-Approved Strategic Framework For Long-Term Value Creation

While Laurence D. Fink, co-founder and chief executive of BlackRock, has been decrying short-termism for a number of years, in his 2016 corporate governance letter to CEOs, he takes his advocacy a step further....more

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2016: 2016 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

I’m Guessing That The DOL Didn’t Have in Mind Negative Weighing OF ESG Factors

In this post, I noted a recent study by Professor Tracie Woidtke at the University of Tennessee concluding that social-issue shareholder-proposal activism appears to be negatively related to firm value. I therefore raised...more

Stockholder activism disclosure tips: deciphering increasingly complicated timing and ownership positions

Peeling away the various arguments of stockholder activists and their often larger-than-life personas - and occasional multi-hour conference calls - lays bare the gritty details of the ways stockholder activists actually take...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Rule 14a-8(i)(9) and Rule 14a-8(i)(7)

On October 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H), which (1) sets forth a new standard for determining when a shareholder proposal...more

Compliance with the Formal Approval Requirements of Delaware Law Required for Stockholder Ratification of Director Compensation

On October 28th, the Delaware Chancery Court, in Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, et al., held that stockholder ratification of a transaction that was approved by an interested board of directors must be accomplished formally through...more

Proxy Access–Making Sure You are Prepared for the 2016 Proxy Season - Update

UPDATE (October 29, 2015): On October 22, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H1, clarifying when a company may exclude a shareholder...more

Corporate Responsibility: Friedman vs. Porter and the Trend Toward Shared Value

On September 13, 1970, The New York Times published an oped by University of Chicago Professor Milton Friedman that provided the intellectual framework for a profound shift in American corporate governance. The article,...more

SEC Issues Staff Legal Bulletin Outlining the Scope of the “Directly Conflicts” Exclusion under Rule 14a-8 and Providing Guidance...

On October 22, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (the SLB) in which it provides guidance on two key issues surrounding the exclusion of shareholder proposals...more

SEC Gets Off the Sidelines - Publishes Guidance on Shareholder Proposal Exclusions

Yesterday, just in time for the start of the proxy season, the Securities and Exchange Commission published its eagerly-awaited guidance on two shareholder proposal exclusions – Rule 14a-8(i)(9) (“directly conflicts”...more

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