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COSO and Internal Controls, Part II

This post continues my exploration of internal controls and how companies can demonstrate compliance with the internal controls requirement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by adherence to the COSO 2013...more

"Insights Focus: Key Observations for Directors and Senior Executives"

Although Insights is intended to cover a wide range of issues, there are a number of topics we believe will be of particular interest to directors and senior corporate executives. Below is an introduction to these topics and...more

"US Corporate Governance: Boards of Directors Remain Under the Microscope"

For a number of years, the message for directors of U.S. public companies has been that their decisions face greater and greater scrutiny. While some of this enhanced scrutiny has come from federal and state governments,...more

Preparing for the 2015 AGM and reporting season

As the 2015 AGM and reporting season gets underway, this bulletin gives an overview of the key changes affecting listed companies. Directors' remuneration report The 2015 AGM season will see the second year of...more

Blog: Glass Lewis Jumps Into The Fray On Exclusion Of Shareholder Proposals For Proxy Access

The WSJ reported on Friday afternoon that proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis may recommend against company nominees for director when the company excludes a shareholder proposal for proxy access on the basis of a conflicting...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Hierarchy Of Corporate Legal Principles

This is a helpful reminder that the DGCL governs what may be in the certificate of incorporation and what may be in the bylaws. Giving one director extra tie-breaking voting rights must be in the certificate to be valid....more

CFTC Allows Swap Dealer’s CCO to Report to the Governing Body

On November 25, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter permitting the chief compliance officer (CCO) of a provisionally registered...more

Massachusetts Court Rules In Insurer’s Favor On Date Claim Made Issue

In its recent decision in Biochemics, Inc. v. Axis Reinsurance Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 896 (D. Mass. Jan. 6, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider the concept of...more

Two company directors jailed 25 days after worker dies, no safety training provided

Rarely are senior corporate officials jailed for health and safety offences in Canada.  But recently, two company directors of an importer and retailer of furniture and accessories, were jailed for 25 days after a worker died...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 119-FCPA Year in Review, Part I [Video]

In this episode I begin a two-part review of the 2014 FCPA year. In this episode I review some of the significant corporate enforcement actions. ...more

Holley v. Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., C.A. No. 9679-VCP (Del. Ch. Dec. 23, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted partial summary judgment in favor of a former director on his advancement claims relating to his defense of a pending SEC civil lawsuit alleging insider-trading...more

Proxy Access Proposals: Recent Developments

Recently, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees five municipal public pension funds with $160 billion in assets, announced an initiative to give shareholders who meet specified criteria the right to nominate...more

Marathon Oil Seeks To Head Off New York City’s Proxy Access Proposal

As previously noted, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, on behalf of the $160 billion New York City Pension Funds, has submitted proxy access shareowner proposals to 75 companies. The proposals request a bylaw to...more

Salamone v. Gorman, C.A. No. 8845 (Del. Dec. 9, 2014)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the Court of Chancery’s decision interpreting a Voting Agreement governing the designation and removal of directors by preferred...more

Director Tenure: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Director tenure continues to gain attention in corporate governance as term limits become a cause célèbre. Proponents argue directors should no longer qualify as independent after 10 years of service, even though no law, rule...more

9th Circuit Upholds Issue Preclusion In Subsequent Derivative Suit

Derivative suits rarely arrive alone. When something goes awry, directors and officers can be expected to see multiple suits based on demand futility as well as wrongful demand refusal. Often, suits will be filed at...more

Directors Need to Meet High Standard to Avoid Liability

The Tax Court of Canada again confirmed that directors of corporations will have a high burden to meet to establish a due diligence defence and avoid liability for unremitted source deductions....more

UK Financial Institutions: Proposals for New Senior Managers and Certification Regimes

With a mandate from Parliament, the UK regulators are working on a new regime governing individuals in banks. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a joint...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2015

In this issue: - Strategic Planning Challenges - Cybersecurity - Assess the Impact of Advances in Technology and Big Data - Shareholder Activism - The Return of M&A - Risk...more

In re Novell, Inc. S’holder Litig., C.A. No. 6032 (Del. Ch. Nov. 25, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted summary judgment in favor of defendants on claims alleging that directors acted in bad faith by favoring a bidder in a sale process for reasons other than the pursuit...more

Blog: Chief Justice Strine: In Praise Of B-Corps

In an interesting article In the Harvard Business Law Review, Chief Justice Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court makes clear his view that the concept promoted by some academics and other commentators that corporate directors...more

Lee v. Pincus et al., C.A. No. 8458-CB (Del. Ch. Nov. 14, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery partially granted defendants’ motion to dismiss, holding that (i) plaintiff had stated a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the Director Defendants because it was...more

Are Your Company’s Directors and Officers Suitably Insured for Negligence and Civil Fines and Penalties?

Corporate directors and officers have a long list of things that can keep them up at night. Personal liability for civil fines and penalties arising out of negligence should not be one of them. Companies often must or will...more

Information Letter: Management Liability: Potential Risk Zones (Russia)

The recent court practice shows that lawsuits seeking compensation of damages caused to company by its management are being filed with increasing frequency. It is largely due to courts' departure from formalistic approach to...more

UK Court: Directors Insured Under D&O Policies Cannot Avail Themselves of the Financial Ombudsman Service

The question of whether directors insured under D&O policies are entitled to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”) in respect of an insurer’s handling of a claim has been a frequent discussion point for those...more

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