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Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

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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

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

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

Blog: Why Have Institutional Investors Become So Outspoken On Corporate Governance Issues At Their Portfolio Companies?

by Cooley LLP on

The substantial increase in activism on corporate governance issues by large institutional shareholders and asset managers qua investors has been hard to miss. Now, joining the ranks of these other enormous asset managers and...more

Revisiting Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

I am sometimes surprised by the number of insiders who trade in their company’s stock outside of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans. It is often said, with some accuracy, that executive officers, directors and other insiders always...more

Curing Corporate Missteps Under Delaware Corporate Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As every founder knows, starting and scaling a company is an extremely difficult and multi-faceted undertaking. In addition to the primary goals of developing a viable product, finding (and in some cases building from...more

Blog: Is The Noose Tightening Around The Shareholder Proposal Rules?

by Cooley LLP on

In remarks this week before the Chamber of Commerce, new SEC Chair Jay Clayton indicated that the SEC will be taking a hard look at the shareholder proposal rules. As reported in thedeal.com, Clayton advised that it is “very...more

Blog: Framework Developed By The Investor Stewardship Group Establishes Common Set Of Investor Expectations For Corporate...

by Cooley LLP on

The Investor Stewardship Group—a group of the largest, most prominent institutional investors and global asset managers investing, in the aggregate, over $20 trillion in the U.S. equity markets—has developed the Framework for...more

Exercise of share options and board discretion

by Allen & Overy LLP on

There was an implied duty on the directors of a company not to act unreasonably, arbitrarily or capriciously when deciding whether to give their consent to shares being bought under an option agreement. The decision is a good...more

Stock Transfer Restrictions Should Be Conspicuously Noted, Delaware Chancery Court Opinion Reminds Issuers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Henry v. Phixios Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 12504-VCMR,the Delaware Court of Chancery held that pursuant to Section 202 of the General Corporation Law, in order for a stockholder to be bound by stock transfer restrictions...more

Blog: Will The House Now Try To Undo SOX?

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What’s next for the House after taking on Dodd-Frank in the Financial CHOICE Act? Apparently, it’s time to revisit SOX. The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the House Financial Services Committee...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer companies...more

What are ISS and Glass Lewis and Why Should My Bank Care?

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined for today's episode by Kevin Strachan, an attorney in Bryan Cave's Financial Services Corporate and Regulatory practice, to discuss proxy advisors ISS and Glass Lewis as...more

Public Company Corporate Governance Features in the Technology Sector

Orrick recently released a groundbreaking new study examining the corporate governance structures of every U.S. incorporated company in the Dow Jones Technology Sector Index. Led by partner Ed Batts, the study encompasses a...more

Proxy Access “Fix-It” Proposals Fizzle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the 2017 proxy season winds down, one clear take-away is that shareholder proposals attempting to modify the terms of previously adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws did not fare well. Many of these proposals focused...more

Blog: Does The Health Of The Economy Depend On Getting The Role Of Shareholders Right?

by Cooley LLP on

Are shareholders really the “owners” of corporations? Even though shareholders have no responsibilities to the corporations they “own”? Should corporations be managed for the sole purpose of maximizing shareholder value? Are...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...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

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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the...more

Shareholders have "fundamental right" to call meetings, Ontario appeal court rules

by DLA Piper on

For all the talk of proxy access in the U.S., and now Canada (see DLA Piper’s 2016 and 2017 publications on this point), one of the more powerful tools available to shareholders of Canadian companies is the power to...more

Implementation Decree for the Say-on-Pay Provisions of the Loi Sapin II Adopted

by Jones Day on

Adopted on 8 November 2016, the Sapin II Act (Loi Sapin II) introduced a compulsory ex ante vote on remuneration policy and an ex post vote on the amount of remuneration received in accordance with the policy passed the...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

Blog: So You Want to Be a “B Corp.” — What Does That Mean?

by Cooley LLP on

Many of our clients approach us with some variation of “We want to be a B Corp.” What does that mean exactly? The term “B Corp” is often used interchangeably to refer to both benefit corporations and Certified B Corporations,...more

Blog: Delaware Public Benefit Corporation — Is It Right For You? A Five-Part Test

by Cooley LLP on

If you’re an entrepreneur considering incorporating as or converting into a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), the following five-part test may be helpful in determining whether it is the right choice of entity. ...more

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