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Beware of Conflicting Interest Transactions in Family Business Management

Directors of all corporations – including family owned businesses – owe a fiduciary duty of loyalty to the company. This duty requires a director to put the interests of the company ahead of his or her personal interest and...more

[Event] Master Class: Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration - Jan. 25th, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for BakerHostetler's “Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration.” This daylong seminar is designed to offer all new high-level courses, hitting specific and practical headline issues that will be...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2017

First UK Director Disqualification for Competition Law Breach - The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently secured the first disqualification of a director of a company found to have infringed competition...more

Alert: ISS and Glass Lewis Update 2017 Proxy Voting Policies

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL), the two most influential proxy advisory firms, recently released updates to their voting policies for 2017. Both ISS and GL issued policy updates on director...more

When Partnership “Members” Are Employees

Last week, I wrote about how AB 2883 changes the definition of “employee” vis-a-vis corporate directors. See Is A Corporate Director An Employee Subject To Workers’ Compensation? AB 2883 also rewrites the definition of...more

Former New York Pension Official and Two Broker-Dealers Charged In Pay-To-Play Scheme

On December 21, 2016, the SEC charged the former Director of Fixed Income for the New York State Common Retirement Fund (the “NYSCRF”) with allegedly steering billions of dollars of NYSCRF assets to two broker-dealers in...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Pay By Another Name Might Be Salt

Yesterday’s post concerned the classification of directors and officers as employees for purposes of California’s workers’ compensation law. Effective January 1, 2017, California Labor Code Section 3351(c) will define...more

Blog: CDI salmagundi (QIBs, foreign private issuers, Reg S and more)

Earlier this month, Corp Fin recently released a slew of new CDIs relating to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A as well as all things international. Dedicated to those who like to Below are summaries. Rule...more

UK Competition Authority Secures Disqualification of Director for Five Years

On 1 December 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had secured its first disqualification of a director of a company found to have infringed competition law. Background - Daniel...more

Looking Back on 2015: The 6 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware - Part 2

This is the second in a series of posts summarizing the 6 most important eDiscovery cases in Delaware in 2015. Flax v. Pet360, Inc., C.A. No. 10123-VCL, Oral Argument on Plaintiff’s Second Motion for Sanctions and...more

Director of Manufacturing Policy Initiative Sought

Indiana University’s Manufacturing Policy Initiative (Initiative) has announced a candidate search for the first full-time Director of the Initiative. The Manufacturing Policy Initiative seeks to analyze how public policies...more

“Directors’ Decisions Must Be Reasonable, not Perfect” Home Depot’s Shareholder Derivative Litigation Arising from Data Breach...

On November 30, 2016, a federal district court dismissed a shareholder derivative complaint against various current and former directors of Home Depot arising from the well-publicized data breach the company suffered between...more

Director liability for competition law breaches - the CMA's first UK director disqualification

Financial penalties being imposed on companies for breaches of competition law are well known, particularly because of the very significant amounts involved. However, fines are only one aspect. In the UK, along with lots of...more

Oppression in the Context of a Closely-Held Corporation: SCC Weighs In

In Mennillo v. Intramodal inc., the first oppression remedy case to reach the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) since BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders, the SCC provided clarity on how the oppression remedy operates within...more

Court Of Chancery Examines Whether Derivative Demand Was Wrongfully Refused

Even after a board rejects a plaintiff-stockholder’s demand to bring a derivative litigation, the plaintiff may proceed to bring that derivative action if the plaintiff can show the demand was “wrongful.” Having conceded...more

This Company Solicited Consents To Remove A Sitting Director

It’s not often that you see a company soliciting consents to remove one of its sitting directors. However, that is what PICO Holdings, Inc. sought to do in this consent solicitation statement filed with the SEC on October...more

Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

Court Dismisses Derivative Claim for Alleged Breach of Oversight Duty

The Delaware courts encourage plaintiffs who bring derivative claims in Delaware without making demand on the board of directors to seek books and records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law so as to be...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines they will use to inform their voting recommendations for the 2017 proxy season. The updates address...more

Blog: That Was Quick — Proxy Access Test Drive Hits A Wall

You probably recall that, on November 9, 2016, GAMCO Asset Management Inc. (entity affiliated with activist investor Mario Gabelli) and certain affiliates used the proxy access bylaws recently adopted at National Fuel Gas...more

Cybersecurity liability: Delaware has good news for directors

The Delaware Chancery Court just issued an opinion that will have directors breathing a sigh of relief in connection with cybersecurity risks. In its opinion – Reiter v Fairbank, C.A. No. 11693-CB (Del. Ch. Oct. 18, 2016) –...more

In California, Directors Who Abstain May Still Face Liability

Section 316(a) of the California Corporations Code imposes joint and several liability on directors who approve any of the following actions...more

Company Bosses Can No Longer Dodge Nuisance Call Fines

In an ongoing effort to tackle nuisance calls, the UK government has signalled its intention to make company directors directly liable for breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PERC) carried out...more

Blog: CII Hunts Zombie Directors

A new analysis from the Council of Institutional Investors, announced on October 31, reports a relatively high proportion of “zombie directors” remaining on corporate boards. (The date was not lost on CII: the press release...more

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