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SEC Approves New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b): Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

The SEC recently released an order approving new Nasdaq listing standard 5250(b)(3), which will require a public issuer to disclose cash and non-cash remuneration (e.g., health insurance, indemnification) that a third party...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a change to the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC’s Listing Rules that will require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements....more

Evolving Director-Investor Communications: Preparing for Your Board’s Direct Engagement with Shareholders

Preparation, two-way communication, targeted proactive engagement and choosing the right director for the job are the keys to a successful engagement strategy, say Latham & Watkins partners Mark Gerstein and Steve Stokdyk in...more

Streamlining Board Approvals: Unanimous Written Consent and Electronic Approval

Many corporate actions require board of directors approval for various reasons. For example: - State corporate law requires board approval for many things, such as when a company issues shares; - A company’s...more

Blog: Does Director Tenure Affect Company Value?

With a number of institutional investors and proxy advisory firms advocating that public companies adopt “board refreshment” policies, much energy has been devoted to studying the impact of director tenure in the context of...more

Blog: DE Court Comments on Block-Holder Rights in OptimisCorp

The Delaware Supreme Court issued an Order this week in OptimisCorp v. Waite that could have implications for VC-backed or other companies with so-called “block-holder” directors – or directors who are appointed by a...more

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

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