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SFC Obtains Disqualification and Court Orders Against Hanergy’s Former Chairman and Current Directors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of First Instance’s decision has important implications for directors of listed companies when failing to act in the best interests of the company. Background - On July 15, 2015, the Securities and Futures...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

Russian Insolvency Law recently amended to expand vicarious liability. A new rescue procedure may also soon appear.

by Dentons on

Expanded vicarious liability rules - New Federal Law No. 266-FZ dated 29 July 2017 (the Amendment Law) introduces notable changes to Russia’s insolvency rules. Importantly, the law does away with the original provisions on...more

“Lead Independent Director” Or “Presiding Director”?

by Allen Matkins on

Neither California nor Nevada require that a corporation have either a “lead independent director” or “presiding director” and yet many corporations state that they have such a position. Why?...more

Personal Liability for Senior Accounting Officers Over Tax Accounting Arrangements— First Court Decision Provides a Cautionary...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) regime was brought in by the Finance Act 2009 and requires large companies and groups to identify the individual who is responsible for certifying to the UK tax authority (HMRC) each...more

Still More On Suing The CEO For Social Activism

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, I devoted several posts to the question of suing the CEO for social activism. The catalyst for the discussion was an August 17, 2017 Op-Ed piece by Jon L. Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian in The Wall Street Journal. ...more

More On Suing The CEO For Social Activism

by Allen Matkins on

The last few days, I’ve been writing about the legal issues raised by Jon L. Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian in a recent opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal. To sum up the discussion so far, Professor Stephen...more

Securities Class Action Filings Are at Record Levels—Does Your D&O Insurance Have the Capacity to Protect You?

by Reed Smith on

Securities class actions and M&A “merger objection” cases are being filed at record rates. Directors’ and Officers’ Liability (“D&O”) insurance can provide companies and their management with critical protection against the...more

Suing The CEO For Social Activism Is Likely To Be Challenging Under Nevada Law

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post concerned asked the question whether shareholders can sue CEOs for social activism. The answer is of course, yes. The more interesting question is whether shareholders will win the suit. To answer that...more

Can Shareholders Sue CEOs For Corporate Social Activism?

by Allen Matkins on

In an August 17, 2017 opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal, Jon L. Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian had the following message for shareholders...more

Fed Seeks Comment on Corporate Governance Proposal for Financial Institutions

In June, Treasury issued a report noting that it believes duties imposed on bank boards are too voluminous, lack appropriate tailoring, and undermine the important distinction between the role of management and that of boards...more

Time to Elevate Insurance Provisions That Allocate Loss: Enhancing Coverage Under Executive Risk Liability Policies

by King & Spalding on

One of the primary functions of an executive risk liability policy, such as a directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policy, is to protect companies from the risk of covering costs incurred in the defense of its corporate...more

Another “Best Practices” May Not Be Best After All

by Allen Matkins on

For years, I’ve been critical of governance experts who promote “best practices” without any basis that these practices are actually effective, much less the best. For example, the Harvard Law School’s Shareholder Rights...more

insights Newsletter - Summer 2017

Shumaker is pleased to present the Summer 2017 issue of insights. In it we discuss: - Proposition 65 Amendments Require Re-evaluation of Products and Warnings - Privacy Compliance Driven by the European...more

Employer’s Asking Employee “How Things Are Going?,” Prelude to Unlawful Solicitation of Grievances, Board Majority Rules

We are on the verge of the Board majority changing for the first time in approximately a decade. The President’s two appointees, if confirmed, will bring the Board up to a full five members. After the new members are seated...more

Consultation paper on the Banking Executive Accountability Regime

by Dentons on

Further to our alert in May 2017, the Government has now released a Consultation Paper on the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (the Regime). We have summarised the key details of the Regime below...more

How to Keep it Brief: The No. 1 Secret to Shortening Your Meetings

No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions. ...more

Court Declines To Impose Alter Ego Liability On LLC’s President

by Allen Matkins on

In general, the debts, obligations, or other liabilities of a California limited liability company do not become the debts, obligations, or other liabilities of a member or manager solely by reason of the member acting as a...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

English Court Rejects Jersey Company Directors' Limitation Defence

by Sedgwick LLP on

Although the Jersey Courts have never ruled definitively on the limitation period applicable under Jersey law to claims against directors and officers of Jersey companies, the English High Court has recently held in the case...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

Exculpatory Provisions Under Delaware Law: Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

Exculpation provisions in operating agreements must be carefully crafted in order to protect members, managers, directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duties...more

Court Reverses Summary Judgment For Directors Because They Could Not Consent To Their Own Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

by Winstead PC on

In Corley v. Hendricks, three individuals (Gaylen, Dan, and Corley) operated a business as shareholders, officers, and directors. No. 02-16-00293-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth April 27, 2017, no pet....more

Officers and Directors of Corporations Can Breathe a Little Easier - Good Faith Presumption is Now Law in Georgia

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

In response to FDIC v. Loudermilk, 295 Ga. 579 (2014), the Georgia Legislature enacted and Governor Deal signed into law HB192, which went into effect on July 1, 2017. The law is designed to protect decisions made by officers...more

A Field Guide To Distinguishing Directors From Officers

by Allen Matkins on

A colleague who is not a corporate lawyer recently noted that in common parlance directors and officers are often simply lumped together as the “same thing”. He suggested that I devote a post to a primer on the differences...more

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