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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?

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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

Blog: What is a Benefit Corporation?

by Cooley LLP on

Over the last several years, there has been a dramatic increase in entrepreneurs interested in using business to drive positive social change. While corporations retain substantial flexibility to pursue social and...more

Blog: Does A Long-Term View Really Pay Off?

by Cooley LLP on

In this February 2017 article in the Harvard Business Review, “Finally, Evidence That Managing for the Long Term Pays Off,” a team from McKinsey and associated consultants attempt to prove empirically what has often seemed...more

Appeal in Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Action Results in Settlement of Corporate Governance Claims

Snatching victory of a sort from the jaws of defeat, shareholders who brought a derivative action alleging that the 2014 Home Depot data breach resulted from officers’ and directors’ breaches of fiduciary duties have reached...more

Blog: Has Demand for ESG Disclosure Reached an Inflection Point?

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Do investors really care about ESG (environmental, social and governance) disclosures? Apparently they do, according to a recent survey by EY, and they even take information about ESG into account in making investment...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Process In The Crosshairs

by Cooley LLP on

According to this report in Bloomberg BNA, the plans for changing the shareholder proposal process in the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 are quite dramatic and could effectively curtail the process, if that is, the current version...more

Corporate Formalities Matter in the Transfer of Shares of Family-Owned Businesses

by Murtha Cullina on

Shares in family-owned businesses are often transferred between family members, whether through a sale or gift during a shareholder’s lifetime or through inheritance after an owner’s death. The parties to such a transfer...more

Filing the wrong articles at Companies House: what is the effect?

by Dentons on

The High Court has had to consider the impact on a company's members of the company filing the wrong version of its articles at Companies House....more

Schemes of arrangement: share splitting and exercise of voting power

by Dentons on

In a decision on a previously undecided point, the High Court has held that a share-splitting exercise, carried out by a shareholder to boost the number of shareholders voting against a scheme of arrangement, did not defeat...more

Blog: More Opposition To The Virtual-Only Annual Meeting

by Cooley LLP on

In case you missed it, Gretchen Morgenson’s column in the Sunday NYT railed against virtual-only annual meetings, which according to her data (provided by Broadridge), have increased in number from 21 in 2011 to 154 in 2016. ...more

Ukraine: Adoption of laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares)...

by Dentons on

On March 23, 2017 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted three laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares) of companies, in particular joint-stock companies, and...more

Ukraine: Adoption of laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares)...

by Dentons on

On March 23, 2017 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted three laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares) of companies, in particular joint-stock companies, and...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

Start-up Shareholders, Directors, and Officers: Role Reversal? Role Confusion?

by Bryan Cave on

When companies are in their earliest stages, the founders and advisors often serve the company as shareholders, directors, and officers. However, each role has distinct responsibilities and it is important for founders to be...more

Chancery Appoints Custodian to Dislodge Board Deadlock

by Morris James LLP on

Delaware law entrusts the management of a corporation to its board of directors. Not surprisingly, circumstances arise where a consensus among directors cannot be reached on major decisions impacting a company. In many cases,...more

Blog: Recent trends in proxy statements

by Cooley LLP on

It just isn’t proxy season without some kind of account of the latest trends in proxy statements, so here’s one from CFO.com. The first data point comes as no surprise: proxies are getting longer, providing more graphics...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposals Regarding Lead Director Tenure: A Harbinger Of Things To Come?

by Cooley LLP on

The topic of director tenure has increasingly become the focus of both academics and investors. Some argue that long-term directors contribute deep knowledge of the company and provide experience, historical memory and...more

The Different Roles of Shareholders, Directors and Officers in Family-Owned Businesses

Many family-owned businesses are organized as corporations to protect the owners from personal liability for business obligations. One consequence of organizing as a corporation is the legal separation of ownership and...more

"US Corporate Governance: Will Private Ordering Trump Political Change?"

In the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, companies and investors enjoyed a stock market rally fueled by expectations concerning tax cuts, increased government spending and significant deregulation. While the...more

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