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Pitfalls of Delaware Corporate Law

In order to create the invaluable certainty that Delaware corporate law provides to boards of directors and stockholders with respect to corporate governance and capital structure, the General Corporation Law of the State of...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

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New SLB Providing Guidance On Rule 14a-8 Exclusions For “Conflicting Proposals” And “Ordinary Business”

Corp Fin today posted Staff Legal Bulletin 14H providing guidance on two key issues regarding shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8: - the scope and application of Rule 14a-8(i)(9) (the exclusion for conflicting...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

UK Corporate Briefing - Issue 3 - Autumn 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of Dentons' UK Corporate Briefing, a quarterly summary of the most significant recent and forthcoming developments in company law and corporate finance regulation in the UK. Please see full...more

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

As the 2016 proxy season approaches, every public company should consider its position on proxy access and should have a plan for responding to a shareholder proxy access proposal. Based on lessons learned from the 2015...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Activist investors often begin planning their campaigns as much as a year in advance of the annual meeting. This includes accumulating stock positions, coordinating with other hedge funds in so-called “wolf packs,” analyzing...more

Activist Hot List: Fall 2015

Listed below are selected funds with a recent history of US shareholder activism that we expect will continue those activities in connection with the 2016 proxy season. Companies should note that these activists may not...more

Australian Superannuation Update: Independent Directors Superannuation Governance Bill

On Wednesday, 16 September 2015, the government tabled legislation that, if passed, will impose, in the case of corporate trustees, a requirement that one third of directors be independent from the trustee with an independent...more

The Stockholders Agreement: a Key Item in the Startup Toolbox

Last week’s post laid out a checklist of legal documents and concepts that are important to early stage companies, and provided a brief summary of each. This post is the first in a series that will examine those documents in...more

Canadian Coalition of Good Governance Advocates More Proxy Access

Earlier this year, the Canadian Coalition of Good Governance (CCGG) released its publication “Shareholder Involvement in the Director Nomination Process: Enhanced Engagement and Proxy Access”, proposing enhanced proxy access...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

Defending Against The Hostile Bid: Lessons Learned From Allergan

Readiness, a strong board and delivering good value are the best strategies to thwart activist investors say Latham & Watkins partners Cary Hyden, Paul Tosetti, Michele Johnson and Mark Gerstein in discussion with Allergan’s...more

Delaware Court’s Finding of $148 Million Fraud by Dole CEO and General Counsel Offers Major Lessons in Take-Private Deals

The Delaware Chancery Court ordered Dole Food Co. Inc. CEO David Murdock and General Counsel Michael Carter to pay Dole shareholders $148 million for fraud in connection with the company’s 2013 take-private deal. The August...more

Proxy Access In The 2015 Season

Rhonda Brauer is a senior managing director of corporate governance at Georgeson Inc. where she helps companies enhance their shareholder communications and analyze their governance practices. She recently joined Latham &...more

Good News for Compensation Committees

With executive compensation under fire from seemingly all directions these days, it’s nice to get some good news occasionally. In this case, that news comes via the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in Friedman v....more

Activists in Your Boardroom - Planning for and Managing the New Dynamic

As shareholder activists continue to gain access to the boardroom with unprecedented frequency, it is more important than ever for executives and directors to be prepared for the possibility and have strategies in place to...more

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