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Court Of Chancery Enjoins Board Reduction Plan Prior To Director-Election

This is an excellent review of the law governing when the Court will enjoin board action that affects the ability of stockholders to elect directors....more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

Drafting Indemnification Provisions to Address Common Issues

Corporate bylaws and operating agreements often contain provisions that provide for indemnification to directors, officers and in some cases employees and agents who become parties to litigation, arbitration or investigations...more

Managing Cybersecurity Risk for Nonprofit Organizations: A Fiduciary Duty?

We live in an era of increasingly prevalent cybercrime, and nonprofits are in the crosshairs.  Harvard University, Penn State University and two BlueCross BlueShield entities are just a few nonprofit organizations that...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Issues Important Guidance on Directors’ Disclosable Interests, Oppression Proceedings

The B.C. Court of Appeal last week released a wide-ranging decision on the availability of oppression proceedings under the B.C. Business Corporations Act (BCA), when interests of directors will be disclosable as a...more

Director Duties: 2016 Amendments to the Maryland General Corporation Law and Maryland REIT Law

On April 26, 2016, Governor Hogan signed House Bill 354 (chapter 171), which amends the Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”) to clarify that a director of a Maryland corporation only has an obligation to comply with...more

Blog: CEOs Behaving Badly? What Do Companies Do?

CEOs ain’t misbehavin’? A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “Scoundrels in the C-Suite,” discusses the fallout from and responses to “bad behavior” by CEOs. While “bad behavior” clearly includes...more

The Quiet Demise of Director Meeting Fees

As director duties have become increasingly burdensome and complex, companies have responded with variations on, and additions to, the traditional fee arrangements. It is now common to see equity awards of various...more

Blog: 2016 Global Board Of Directors Survey Highlights Differences In Viewpoints Between Male And Female Directors, Particularly...

The inaugural 2016 Global Board of Directors Survey of more than 4,000 directors of both public and large, privately held companies from 60 countries conducted by Spencer Stuart, the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation...more

Blog: How Do Activists Get Corporate Boards To Focus On Climate Change Issues? Talk Softly And Carry A Big Stick

With today’s signing of the Paris climate change accord, one question that now arises is how do activists get corporate boards to focus on climate change issues? They talk softly and carry a big stick. And, according to this...more

Concerned about a going concern? New standards on accounting standards

Following on from our recent blog post on Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch), in which Mr Justice Snowdon discussed the issues around wrongful trading under section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and...more

Blog: Equilar Report On Trends In Director Stock Ownership Guidelines

The consulting firm Equilar has recently issued a Report on its study of trends in the design and prevalence of director stock ownership guidelines among Fortune 100 companies. The study looked at the fiscal years 2012, 2013...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Demand Refused Rules

This initial formal decision by the recently-appointed Vice Chancellor shows her firm commitment to the tradition of the Court of Chancery to produce well-written, scholarly opinions. ...more

Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies

As many institutional investors have concluded, prevailing governance policies and practices have not produced desired board refreshment, which these investors would support in order to strengthen expertise, promote diversity...more

Director disputes: wrongly appointed directors

A change to the Companies Act 2006 provides a simpler method for a person who did not consent to act as a director to have their name removed from the public register at Companies House. The new process is available from 6...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

Blog: Scrutiny Of Director Tenure Continues: Is It The Next Cause Célèbre?

The scrutiny of pale, stale and male boards continues, this time focused on the “stale,” that is, long-tenured directors. According to the WSJ, institutional investors are increasingly questioning whether more turnover on...more

Rush to conflict: Hurried transaction fails after British Columbia court finds conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest in corporate transactions can present thorny issues for directors, management and their advisors. A British Columbia company recently found itself in a prickly situation when a proposed deal was...more

The Luxembourg Indirect Tax Administration Confirms That Director Fees Are Subject To VAT

The Luxembourg indirect tax administration is reported to have confirmed that director fees are subject to VAT. This is in line with the Luxembourg VAT law and the position of the European Commission on this matter....more

2015 Georgia Corporation and Business Organization Case Law Developments

This survey covers the legal principles governing Georgia businesses, their management and ownership. It catalogs decisions ruling on issues of corporate, limited liability company and partnership law, as well as transactions...more

Blog: How to Handle Changes on Your Board of Directors

Board members tend to stay with companies for a relatively long time, but, like employees, sometimes it makes sense for a board member to leave. Here is what I try to do when a board member departs: - Clear...more

Verifying The Identity Of Directors

Sometimes, you just can’t be sure whether about the identity of a corporation’s directors. Doubt can arise for a number of reasons. Corporate records may be lost entirely. Corporate records may be incomplete or...more

D&O Insurance – Do I Need It?

If you do a Google search for D&O insurance, you’ll find plenty of articles from prospective insurance providers and agents urging you to get D&O insurance for your privately held company. In some cases, the company has a...more

Court Holds That An Officer Can Negotiate New Employment Without Breaching Fiduciary Duties

In Great American Food Chain, Inc. v. Andreottola, a corporate officer and director negotiated and accepted employment with a competitor while still employed with his prior employer. No. 3:14-CV-1727-BK, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Advancement Rights Of Former Director

As is well known, a former director may be entitled to have his fees advanced in suits against him even after he has resigned from the board. ...more

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