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Curing Corporate Missteps Under Delaware Corporate Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As every founder knows, starting and scaling a company is an extremely difficult and multi-faceted undertaking. In addition to the primary goals of developing a viable product, finding (and in some cases building from...more

Delaware Becomes the First State to Allow Corporations to Maintain Corporate Records Using Blockchain Technology

by Jones Day on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware became the first state to allow corporations to use blockchain technology to maintain corporate records. This development comes almost a year after Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Delaware Blockchain Law Goes into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware’s historic blockchain law became effective. The Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) has always required corporations to keep records of their stock and stockholders. Before this new law was...more

Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law. SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of...more

Delaware Encourages Blockchain Technology Through Legal and Technological Innovations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 21, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed into law a series of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will allow companies to keep shareholder information on blockchain technology-based...more

WSGR Fintech Update - August 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the August 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article on the State of Delaware's amendments to permit Delaware corporations to use...more

Delaware Law Embraces Digital Securities

by Perkins Coie on

On May 2, 2016, during a keynote address at Consensus 2016, Jack Markell – Governor of Delaware from 2009 to 2017 – announced a comprehensive program to provide an enabling regulatory and legal environment for the development...more

Court Upholds Stockholder's Share Ownership and Books-and-Records Request

by Morris James LLP on

Companies often defend against stockholder requests to inspect books and records by contending that the plaintiff stockholder lacks a proper purpose or that his or her stated purpose is not the real purpose. Less common is a...more

Delaware Passes Law Permitting Companies to Use Blockchain Technology to Issue and Track Shares

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On Friday July 21, 2017, Delaware's Governor John Carney signed into law amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law to account for the use of blockchain technology in corporate record-keeping. The legislation will be...more

Delaware Code Amendments Increase Franchise Taxes for Corporations

Delaware Gov. John Carney recently signed into law amendments to the Delaware Code altering certain fees and franchise taxes charged by the Delaware secretary of state. The most significant of these amendments raises the...more

2017 Updates to Delaware Corporate Statutes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On July 21, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law the 2017 amendments to the General Corporation Law and the Alternative Entity Statutes. The amendments will be effective on August 1, 2017 (other than the...more

Stock Transfer Restrictions Should Be Conspicuously Noted, Delaware Chancery Court Opinion Reminds Issuers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Henry v. Phixios Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 12504-VCMR,the Delaware Court of Chancery held that pursuant to Section 202 of the General Corporation Law, in order for a stockholder to be bound by stock transfer restrictions...more

“No Shop” Clause Radioactive for Merger’s “Failing Firm” Defense

by Mintz Levin on

Last week a Delaware federal district court unsealed its earlier opinion blocking the merger of two radioactive waste disposal companies. The court rejected the parties’ failing firm defense, citing the merger agreement’s “no...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

Delaware Chancery Court Issues Opinion Offering Rare Interpretation Of Stock Transfer Restriction Provision, Delaware General...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 10, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery found plaintiff was not bound by stock transfer restrictions under which the company had sought to revoke his ownership and was...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge To Two-Step Merger Under Corwin Finding Tendering Stockholders Were Fully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a former stockholder’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former directors of Diamond Resorts International...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Stock Restriction Law

by Morris James LLP on

Henry v. Phixios Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 12504-VCMR (July 10, 2017) - This is the rare decision explaining when restrictions on stock transfers (permitted by Section 202 of the DGCL) can be enforced. While the statute...more

California Judge Honors Delaware Forum Selection Bylaw

by Allen Matkins on

In May, I wrote about Judge Peter H. Kirwan’s ruling in Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc., (Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 16-CV-294673, Nov. 18, 2016). As readers may recall, Judge Kirwan declined to approve a disclosure...more

Delaware Corporations – Don’t Authorize Too Many Shares, or “No Par Value” Shares

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Occasionally, we will see Canadians or Canadian companies assume that they can authorize as many shares for issuance as they want when forming a Delaware corporation, or that they can authorize shares without par value....more

Taking Stock of the “Blockchain Amendments” to the Delaware General Corporation Law

Two amendments have been proposed to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) to permit corporate record keeping utilizing blockchain databases (the “Blockchain Amendments”)....more

Delaware Court of Chancery Determines Fair Value in PetSmart and SWS Group Appraisal Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of high-profile opinions in appraisal litigations, many of which addressed the central question of whether and to what extent the underlying transaction...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

Sections 204 And 205 Of The DGCL Cannot Remedy Unauthorized Corporate Acts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a matter of first impression, the Court of Chancery considered whether an “unauthorized” act–one that the majority of stockholders entitled to vote deliberately declined to authorize–but that the corporation nevertheless...more

Taking Stock in Blockchains

Corporate lawyers and software developers have been watching eagerly as the State of Delaware takes steps to enable Delaware corporations to issue shares of their stock as digital tokens. Instead of recording shares on paper...more

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