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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

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

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

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

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

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

Blog: Does The Rise Of The “New Insider” Mean That It’s Time For A Board Refreshment Policy?

The term “board refreshment” may elicit some giggles – no, we’re not talking about shots of The Balvenie 50-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland – but the topic of director tenure is increasingly becoming...more

Building Your Board of Directors

A board of directors has the ultimate authority to direct the management and affairs of a company. Legally, a board authorizes the issuance of stock; hires (and fires) senior executives; approves material compensation...more

Directors must exercise their powers only for a proper purpose

A new judgment was released by the Supreme Court on 2 December 2015, which emphasises the importance of directors acting with ‘proper purpose’. The case was Eclairs Group Ltd v JKX Oil & Gas plc; Glengary Overseas Ltd v...more

2016 Compensation Committee Handbook

The Executive Compensation and Benefits Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is pleased to provide you with this second edition of its Compensation Committee Handbook. This edition reflects developments in...more

The Misleading Case For A Majority Vote Standard

Proponents of a majority vote requirement for the election of directors often decry the fact that under a plurality vote standard, a director can win with a single vote.  For example, the 2015 proxy statement of Nabors...more

Blog: Paper Debunks Seven Board Myths

In “Seven Myths of Boards of Directors,” two academics from Stanford Business School set about debunking some of the most common and persistent expectations regard best practices in board structure, composition and procedure....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Court Ruling Allows Whistleblower to Sue Board Members"

A recent ruling in California federal court (here) broadens legal protections for whistleblowers and expands who can be held liable in retaliation cases. In the case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., a federal judge ruled that...more

SOS: Do Not Let ISS Go Overboard

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS) employs a lot of very smart people with great intentions, but sometimes, they just need help. ...more

ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment

On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes for 2016. The three proposals are as follows...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 42

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes...more

ISS Proposes To Go Overboard In Proposed Policy Change

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is a very influential purveyor of proxy advisory services.  As part of ISS’ annual policy update procedure, ISS recently released a proposed policy change with respect to...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Director May Bring An Advancement Case

This is another example of when a director may seek advancement when he is acting affirmatively and not merely as a defendant....more

N.D. Cal.: Internal Whistleblowers Are Protected and May Sue Individual Directors

On October 23, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California largely denied a motion to dismiss a whistleblower retaliation claim brought by a company’s former general counsel, ruling that: (I) the SOX...more

IRS Encourages Private Foundations to Consider Charitable Purposes in Investing Its Assets

As we previously reported, the IRS has updated its guidance with helpful examples concerning program-related investments for private foundations. In its recently issued Notice 2015-62, the IRS provides further assurance that...more

Court Rules Directors Are Agents

Last August, I wrote that Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero would soon be deciding whether a director might be an agent of the corporation.  See Court Poised To Decide Whether Directors Are Agents.  The case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad...more

Cybersecurity and Risk Management: “Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers”

A timely new resource for business executives, technology professionals, and lawyers alike is the newly-published Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers from the New York...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A...more

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