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Disclosing Election of a New Director: Remember Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K When Doing a Merger

All competent securities lawyers know that Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K requires a filing, on Form 8-K, whenever a public company elects a new director other than pursuant to a shareholder vote at an annual meeting or a special...more

Delaware Court Orders Sale of Solvent Company’s Stock Despite Shareholder Objections

by Cole Schotz on

Delaware General Corporate Law § 226 (the “Custodian Statute”) bestows the Delaware Court of Chancery with the power to appoint a custodian for solvent companies and receivers for insolvent companies in certain circumstances....more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Process In The Crosshairs

by Cooley LLP on

According to this report in Bloomberg BNA, the plans for changing the shareholder proposal process in the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 are quite dramatic and could effectively curtail the process, if that is, the current version...more

Five Good Reasons to Have Independent Board Members

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Family-owned businesses that have independent board members are frequently among the best-managed and best-governed. They have reached a level of maturity where family members recognize that outside voices provide stability,...more

New York Cyber Regulations Likely to Result in Increased Claims

by Wilson Elser on

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently promulgated cyber regulations for financial institutions that are likely to increase the risks to directors & officers (D&Os), resulting in an increase in...more

Directors' dealings and company assets

by Dentons on

A recent challenge in the High Court by liquidators to recover assets from a director of an insolvent company has highlighted various points of company law. In particular, the court had to consider directors' authority, share...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: OVERSIGHT OF CORPORATE CULTURE - A significant emerging...more

Court of Chancery Applies Ratification To Equity Grants Under Stockholder Approved Plan

by Morris James LLP on

Stockholder approval of an equity compensation plan may or may not constitute ratification over awards to the directors under the plan. When it does, the Court of Chancery will review challenges under the business judgment...more

Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

by Perkins Coie on

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent...more

Equity Grants to Directors Subject to Business Judgment Review as a Result of Specific Plan Limits

The Delaware Court of Chancery examined equity grants to directors in In Re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The equity incentive plan, or EIP, at issue included the following limitations on grants...more

Singapore Exchange Amends Listing Rules Following Changes to the Companies Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore Exchange has introduced amendments to the Mainboard and Catalist listing rules—including in relation to the electronic transmission of documents to shareholders, exemptions for insurance coverage and indemnities...more

Exploring the Limits of Compliance With a Data Subject Access Request

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Holyoake v Candy and another [2017] EWHC 52 (QB) saw the U.K. High Court look into the issue of compliance with a data subject access request (DSAR). The parties in this case were already involved in high-value court...more

Myths & Misconceptions of Biotech Securities Claims: An Analysis of Motion to Dismiss Results (2005-2016)

There is a common life cycle for Directors and Officers Liability for a publicly-traded biotechnology company bringing its first drug or device to the market. In the early stages, whether pre-clinical or Phase 1, there is...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - March 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Executive Compensation Developments - The general counsel should anticipate questions from the board and its executive compensation committee from recent media coverage of executive compensation (especially in the...more

Directors, Officers and Other Responsible Persons Be Aware - Your Vicarious Liability for Your Company’s Violations of Securities...

by Dechert LLP on

A debtor ordinarily may discharge debts in bankruptcy, unless one of several exceptions apply. One of the preclusions to dischargeability of certain debts, found in Section 523(a)(19) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, generally...more

Blog: State Street Global Advisors Talks The Talk On Board Gender Diversity, But Will It Walk The Walk?

by Cooley LLP on

Happy International Women’s Day! In this press release, State Street Global Advisors, which manages $2.47 trillion in assets, announced, on the eve of International Women’s Day, that it is “calling on the more than 3,500...more

Introduction To US Benefit Corporations: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible...

As discussed in Part I of this series, business owners are increasingly choosing to pursue the B-corporation form to combine their companies’ for-profit and public benefit purposes. B Lab, the independent non-profit that...more

How Effective is Your Corporate Compliance Program?

On February 8, the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) posted on its website a document entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs” (the “Guidance”). This is the first formal guidance issued by the...more

Cybersecurity Obligations of Directors - Guidance from the United States Decisions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Your organization will in all likelihood suffer a cyberattack. According to a recent study by Accenture, the average Canadian organization faces about 96 cyberattacks per year, nearly one third of which result in a security...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

Getting To The Point On Director Elections

by Allen Matkins on

Last week in The Mentor Blog, Broc Romanek mentioned a blog posting of mine from September 2015: Was This Director Duly Elected Or Appointed? My post was concerned Intelligent Digital Systems, LLC v. Beazley Ins. Co., Inc.,...more

Director ordered to pay compensation for divesting company assets

by Dentons on

A director can be ordered to pay compensation to a company for divesting the company of its assets, even though that director received no direct benefit. This occurred recently in Brentwood Village Ltd (in liquidation) v...more

The Different Roles of Shareholders, Directors and Officers in Family-Owned Businesses

Many family-owned businesses are organized as corporations to protect the owners from personal liability for business obligations. One consequence of organizing as a corporation is the legal separation of ownership and...more

DSU Plans Require Careful Review to Avoid Adverse U.S. Tax Treatment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Canadian company is planning to adopt a deferred share unit plan (DSU plan) for its directors. Only one or two of its directors are U.S. citizens or U.S. residents (“U.S. Directors”). With only one or two U.S. Directors,...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

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As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

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