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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

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

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

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

Changes in Georgia’s Law on Director Duties

by Bryan Cave on

On July 1, 2017, significant amendments to the director and officer liability provisions of Georgia’s Financial Institution Code and Business Corporation Code will take effect. These amendments, adopted as House Bill 192...more

2017 Legislative Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

On June 26, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 1237, changing or amending a number of statutes regulating condominium associations. These statutes address conflicts of interest and access to official records, changes...more

US Supreme Court Holds that 3-Year Time Limit to Challenge Registration Statements Cannot Be Tolled, Precluding Opt-Out Plaintiffs...

by Dechert LLP on

Officers, directors, and underwriters frequently become targets of securities fraud litigation after a public offering. In a landmark case decided yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court provides defendants with another tool to...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Caremark Claim For Failure To Adequately Allege That The Board Consciously Disregarded FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and other claims brought derivatively against the directors and former chief financial officer of...more

What Are The Reporting Obligations Under Section 16?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Most in-house counsel of public companies are very familiar with the reporting obligations required by the trifecta – Form 8-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 10-Ks – but they oftentimes rely on outside counsel to help determine...more

Is It A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty To Fail Or Refuse To Conform To Delaware’s Judicial Decisions Or Practices?

by Allen Matkins on

The answer to this question in Nevada may soon be an unequivocal “no”. Last week, the Nevada Legislature unanimously passed SB 203 and sent it to Governor Brian Sandoval for signature. Among other things, Section 2 of SB...more

Georgia Governor Signs into Law Revisions to Business Judgment Rule, Codifying Protections for Banking and Corporate Officers and...

On Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a change to Georgia’s business judgment rule. The legislation, which was supported by the Georgia Bankers Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, purports to modernize...more

Defendants in Stock Purchase Indemnification Action Entitled to Advancement under Bylaws

In Davis et al v. EMSI Holding Co., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that officers and directors of an acquired company were entitled to advancement under the acquired Company’s by-laws for expenses incurred in defending...more

Corporate Governance in The Trump Era: A Note of Caution

by WilmerHale on

The past decade or so has been a challenging time for publicly held companies, particularly those in the financial sector. Since 2008, banks and financial services firms have been the subject of an aggressive effort by the...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Hong Kong’s New Requirements for “Senior Management” of Fund Managers...

by Dechert LLP on

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) recently introduced the “Senior Management Accountability Regime” (regime), in an effort to make senior managers (particularly those who are not already designated as...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...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

Professor Bainbridge On My “Beef” With Gantler v. Stephens

by Allen Matkins on

Professor Stephen Bainbridge yesterday provided a well considered assessment of my “beef” with the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Gantler v. Stephens, 965 A.2d 695, 709 (Del. 2009) that “the fiduciary duties of officers...more

Why An Understanding Of Officers As Agents May Be Important

by Allen Matkins on

In several recent posts, I have noted that officers, unlike directors, are agents of the corporation. Recognizing the agency status of officers can affect the legal analysis in a number of significant ways, including...more

What The Delaware Supreme Court Overlooked In Gantler v. Stephens

by Allen Matkins on

I have never been reconciled to the Delaware Supreme Court’s pronouncement in Gantler v. Stephens, 965 A.2d 695, 709 (Del. 2009) that “the fiduciary duties of officers are the same as those of directors”. Officers are, as...more

Bass, Berry & Sims Releases Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC announces the release of its annual "Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead," a high-level report that covers recent developments and offers best practices for the year ahead. The newly...more

Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Nuisance Plaintiffs Pursue Novel Theories to Exact Section 16 Settlements

The so-called “short-swing profit rule” under Securities Exchange Act Section 16(b) generally prohibits officers and directors as well as 10 percent shareholders of a U.S. public company from profiting from any purchase or...more

Defining the Role of a Board Chair

The prior Family Business Advocates blog post provided an overview of the different legal roles that shareholders, directors, and officers play in the intersection of ownership and management of a company, but how does a...more

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