Delaware General Corporation Law

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Streamlining Board Approvals: Unanimous Written Consent and Electronic Approval

Many corporate actions require board of directors approval for various reasons. For example: - State corporate law requires board approval for many things, such as when a company issues shares; - A company’s...more

10th Circuit Highlights Difference Between Delaware And Nevada Exculpatory Statutes

Because the power to manage a corporation’s affairs rests with the board of directors, it is normally up to the board to decide whether the corporation will pursue a claim. A shareholder who believes that the corporation...more

Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Will Affect Appraisal Actions and “Intermediate-Form” Mergers

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill 371, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) with respect to, among other things, appraisal proceedings and “intermediate-form”...more

"Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Signed Into Law"

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) described in our March 16, 2016, client alert. Among the amendments are changes to Section 262 to impose...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects MBO Merger Price as Best Evidence of Fair Value in Appraisal Proceeding

In In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., No. 9322 VCL, 2016 Del. Ch. LEXIS 81 (Del. Ch. May 31, 2016) (Laster, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that the fair value of the common stock of Dell Inc. (“Dell” or the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Grants Appraisal Petition After Finding Dell MBO Transaction Provided Stockholders Less Than Fair Value

Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court recently issued an important opinion in In Re: Appraisal of Dell Inc.C.A. No. 9322-VCL (May 31, 2016), holding that merger consideration offered to Dell, Inc’s common...more

Appraisal Risk Back In The Spotlight After Dell

The Delaware Court of Chancery (the "Court") recently ruled that the fair value of Dell Inc. shares at the time of the 2013 US$24.9 billion buyout of Dell Inc. by CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners was US$17.62 per...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322 (Del. Ch. May 11, 2016) (Laster, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery held that, through the “Byzantine and path-dependent system by which stockholders voted on a proposed merger,” fourteen mutual funds sponsored by T. Rowe Price & Associates, Inc. (“T....more

The Scope Of Stockholder Inspection In California And Delaware

Don’t peek at the statute, and answer the following question: A stockholder of a Delaware corporation has a statutory right to inspect a corporation’s (a) books of account; (b) accounting books and records; or (c) other...more

Dell Shareholders' Appraisal Claims Denied After Voting Mishap

In July 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion in In re Appraisal of Dell, Consol. C.A. No. 9322-VCL, holding that the technical missteps of a custodial bank necessarily required the court to deny certain...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.24.16

Tribune’s not only given a hard “no” to Gannett, but it’s got some new firepower (and capital) on its side thanks to a $70.5 million investment by Nant Capital—a group “founded by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire who has...more

Cybersecurity, Boards and Cyber-Board “Experts”: Caution Should Rule

A continuing frequent question from public companies is how a board should be constituted to oversee cybersecurity. Many public companies foist this additional burden on the audit committee. Those large enough to have a...more

Your Next IPO Could Be on the Blockchain

Delaware’s corporate law blockchain initiative includes a new class of “distributed ledger shares” and promises to lower transactional costs, speed up and automate manual processes, and reduce fraud. The public and...more

2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Helpful Checklists

The M&A short checklist has been update for 2016 information. Please see full Checklist below for more information. ...more

Delaware Supreme Court: No General Jurisdiction Over Non-Delaware Businesses Simply by Virtue of Registering to Do Business in...

Merely registering to do business in Delaware does not subject a non-Delaware company to the general jurisdiction of Delaware courts. In Genuine Parts Company v. Cepec, Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E....more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware law on advancement of fees incurred by former officers and directors

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery case - Hyatt v. Al Jazeera America Holdings II, LLC, C.A. No. 11465-VCG - Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery took on a “familiar” issue with a “twist”:...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules that Qualifying to Do Business as a Foreign Entity Does Not Operate as a Consent to General...

On April 18, 2016 the Delaware Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, held that a foreign corporation does not expressly consent to general jurisdiction by merely registering to do business in the state and appointing an agent for...more

Why Some Delaware Corporations Will Want To Waive This California Statute

In yesterday’s post, I commented on a recent ruling by former Vice Chancellor John W. Noble to the effect that “Delaware disclosure law which generally does not require disclosures to shareholders unless shareholder action is...more

Why Some Delaware Corporations Should Be Careful About Relying On This Vice Chancellor’s Ruling

Francis Pileggi in his Delaware Corporate & Commercial Litigation Blog recently wrote that there is no per se duty on the part of a closely held company to disclose financial statements. In The Ravenswood Investment Company,...more

Filing an ANDA May Expose Generic Manufacturers to Nationwide Personal Jurisdiction in Patent Infringement Suits

On March 18, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed the District of Delaware’s ruling in two companion cases that West Virginia-based defendant Mylan Pharmaceuticals is subject to specific personal jurisdiction in Delaware....more

Authorizing, Issuing and Diluting Shares

This is a short post to help explain how many shares of stock your company needs to have available to issue, limitations and requirements related to issuance (I’m also using the word “issue” instead of “sell” – if we say...more

Is The Delaware General Corporation Law Really A Modern Corporate Law?

I often hear it said that Delaware has a modern corporate law. In reading a recently filed proxy statement, for example, I came across the following assertion...more

Proposed Amendments Further Improve DGCL Section 251(h)

Recently proposed amendments to Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (“DGCL”) will serve to clarify and further improve Section 251(h), which has had a significant impact on two-step...more

Three Questions To Ask Before Incorporating In Delaware

In the business world it was once commonly said that “no one ever was fired for buying IBM”. Given Delaware’s preeminent market share, the same thinking may underlie a recommendation to incorporate there. Before making that...more

"Proposed Delaware General Corporation Law Amendments Would Address Appraisal Proceedings, Short-Form Mergers, Court of Chancery...

On March 16, 2016, the Corporation Law Council of the Delaware State Bar Association announced proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) intended to address appraisal proceedings, Section 251(h)...more

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