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Appointment Of Independent Directors On The Eve Of Bankruptcy: Why The Growing Trend? Examining Delaware Corporate Governance...

Here, we discuss the corporate governance implications corporate fiduciaries are confronted with when the corporation is operating in the zone of insolvency and when the company is actually insolvent. We also discuss some of...more

Why October 1, 2014 Is An Important Date For Management Persons Of Nevada Entities

Two years ago, the Nevada Supreme Court in an en band decision held that a state district court may exercise jurisdiction over the nonresident officers and directors of a Nevada corporation with its principal place of...more

Directors’ Alleged Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Not Subject To Anti-SLAPP Statute

A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation. California enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 as an antidote to SLAPP suits. In general, a SLAPP is subject to a special motion to strike unless the...more

Hong King: Companies Ordinance 2014 and Directors' Duties

A new Companies Ordinance (CO) came into effect in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, which introduced a number of changes to the law on directors’ duties. ...more

Offshore Fund-Related Litigation

Litigation against directors, officers and professional service providers, following the collapse of offshore funds and collective investment schemes such as Madoff and Weavering, continues to proceed in a variety of...more

Special Compensation Arrangements with Dissident Director Nominees

Certain activist shareholders involved in proxy contests have offered special compensation (e.g., a fee for agreeing to be nominated on the activist’s slate or performance-related bonuses after election) to their director...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Whether Companies And Directors Can Be Held Liable For False Opinions Or Beliefs In Registration...

On March 3, 2014, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Indiana State District Council of Laborers v. Omnicare, 719 F.3d 498 (6th Cir. 2013), to determine whether an...more

SEC Names Company, Eight Directors and Officers In Financial Fraud Actions

Since the market crisis enforcement officials have heard repeated calls to prosecute not just companies but high ranking corporate officials. While the Commission brought a series of market crisis actions against firms and...more

How a Company Insider Can Leave, Take Company Business and Not Breach Her Fiduciary Duty

In a previous blog post, The Fiduciary Duty of Preserving Corporate Opportunities, I wrote: In general, an officer, director, partner, LLC member or shareholder in a closely held corporation owes a fiduciary duty not...more

Introduction To The SDX Protocol

The Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX™) is a working group of leading independent directors and representatives from some of the largest and most influential long-term institutional investors. SDX participants came together...more

ISS Opposes Director Compensation Bylaws

On January 13, ISS released FAQs expressing its views on a board’s adoption of director compensation bylaws. To counteract the increasing practice implemented by hedge funds and other dissident shareholders of paying their...more

Financial Services Law - Jan 30, 2014

Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation - Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far...more

Perspectives - January 2014

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Extension of the “No Duty” Rule and Allows D&Os to Pursue State-Law Defenses Based on FDIC Conduct

In a decision announced at the end of 2013 in the case of FDIC v. Steven Skow, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an argument proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that...more

OSFI Proposes Specific Notification Requirements for Changes in Directors and Officers

On January 20, 2014, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued its Draft Advisory Changes to the Membership of the Board or Senior Management of a federally-regulated financial institution...more

Just Who Is Behind The Universal Proxy?

Recently, it was reported that the Council of Institutional Investors had submitted a petition for rule making to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Indeed, the CII did submit this petition on January 8, 2014. ...more

MA Appeals Court Narrows but Otherwise Keeps Intact Individual Liability Under the Wage Act

A recent decision from a Massachusetts appeals court should give some Massachusetts certain managers and directors one less thing to worry about. Simply having the title of a manager or director alone is insufficient for...more

Brownfield land in the UK: directors’ and officers’ liability

Introduction - In this first in a series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of directors’ and officers’ personal liability....more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued the first appellate decision holding that, in actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the officers and directors of failed banking...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 3

In this issue: - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules - Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct -...more

Tolling Agreement Held as Trigger Under Claims Made Policy - Plain Policy Language Provides Safe Harbor for Insurer

For insurers concerned about the effect of tolling agreements between an insured and a third party, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently confirmed that the proper policy language...more

Two Certified Issues to the Georgia Supreme Court Will Address Application of the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and...

In an unexpected turn of events, two recent cases arising out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia have resulted in two sets of certified questions to the Georgia Supreme Court that will likely have...more

Regulators’ New Focus On Director And Officer Liability Insurance; Other Considerations

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) issued an advisory statement on October 10, 2013, titled “Director and Officer Liability Insurance – Policies, Exclusions, and Indemnification for Civil Money...more

How Strong Is Your D&O Safety Net?

Directors and officers policies is the most important insurance to protect directors and officers from personal liability. Corporations often broadly indemnify their directors and officers so gaps in D&O insurance will have...more

FDIC Releases Videos Designed to Provide Information to Bank Directors, Officers and Employees Regarding Municipal Securities, the...

The FDIC released four new videos (the “Videos,” and each a “Video”) designed to provide technical assistance to directors, officers and employees of depository institutions that are FDIC insured. The Videos are available on...more

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