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Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

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?

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

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

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?

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

Blog: BlackRock CEO’s annual letter asks companies to address impact of changes in global environment

This year, in his annual letter to corporate CEOs, Laurence D. Fink, CEO of asset manager BlackRock, challenges companies to address the impact of significant political, economic, societal and technological changes on their...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

I Deliver Some Round Observations About California’s Rounding Rule

Yesterday’s post concerned various actions that a California corporation may pursue in lieu of issuing fractional shares. I left for today the subject of rounding. Section 407 of the Corporations Code expressly permits...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Blog: Likely Interim SEC Chair Spells Out His Priorities

According to this article in the WSJ, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, who will probably become acting Chair when current Chair Mary Jo White steps down this month, has agreed with fellow Commissioner Kara Stein about...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms the Invalidity of Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

In Solak v. Sarowitz, C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that plaintiff stated a claim that a stock corporation’s fee-shifting bylaw was facially invalid under Section 109(b) of...more

Blog: Why Does Management Seek To Exclude Shareholder Proposals?

In this recent preliminary working paper, Why Do Managers Fight Shareholder Proposals? Evidence from No-Action Letter Decisions, academics at the USC Marshall School of Business attempt to determine why corporate management...more

Delaware Court Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaw

In 2015, Section 115 was added to the Delaware General Corporation Law, or DGCL providing that Delaware corporations may adopt bylaws requiring that internal corporate claims be filed exclusively in Delaware. Section 109(b)...more

Consultation Begins Over Possible UK Corporate Governance Reform

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a Green Paper on options for future corporate governance reform. The Government’s stated objective is to put in place “the right checks...more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

Blog: Hitting Populist Note, U.K. Proposes Enhancements To Corporate Governance — Will The New U.S. Administration Follow The...

One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory. Why then, when it...more

Home Depot Cyber Derivative Action Shuttered: Another Data-Breach Derivative Suit Fails to Clear Fundamental Corporate Law Hurdles

The recent dismissal of a Home Depot derivative action ends a string of high-profile derivative suits stemming from large-scale corporate data breaches. On November 30, the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a shareholder...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process for 2017 Annual Meetings

Each year, Institutional Shareholder Services (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...more

I diritti particolari dei soci nelle società a responsabilità limitata e la creazione di “categorie di quote”

The company law reform of 2003, completely overhauling the limited company model, finds its foundation in the enhancement of the social role. The eminently personalist nature of the srl is expressed in the recognition of a...more

ISS Announces Rebranded Corporate Governance Rating System

On October 31, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a proxy advisory firm, announced its rebranded corporate governance rating system. Formerly known as QuickScore, the rating system is now called QualityScore to...more

ISS Announces Rebranded Governance Rating System and New Factors

ISS has announced the adoption of QualityScore, a benchmark of corporate governance. QualityScore was previously known as QuickScore, and before that by the monikers “GRId” and “CGQ.” For US companies, the following is a...more

Blog: Passive Investors: The Invisible Hand Of The Marketplace?

You might be interested in this article in the WSJ discussing the ascension to power-broker status of passive investors, such as index funds. The article contends that “leverage over America’s corporate boards… increasingly...more

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