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Misunderstandings Among Owners Can Lead To Business Divorce Litigation

One of the most common reasons for a minority shareholder to file “business divorce litigation” is because that minority owner feels left out, pushed out, squeezed out – simply not part of the process in any significant way....more

Germany Sides with Institutional Investors in Competition Debate

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The German Government recently weighed in on the side of institutional investors on a competition issue that has generated vigorous academic debate in the United States: whether institutional investors’ minority...more

Overcome Your Nagging Doubts About Business Divorce Litigation

You likely came across this article if you Googled the term “shareholder dispute.” However, it is just as likely that you Googled the term “business divorce.” One business owner suing the other(s) to be bought out, or some...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

Blog: Martha Stewart Decision Draws Roadmap for Controller Sales to Third Parties

by Cooley LLP on

A transaction involving a controlling stockholder on both sides of the deal presents a clear conflict of interest that will result in heightened scrutiny under the “entire fairness” standard of review if later challenged....more

And the Award For Most Oppressive Conduct By a Majority Shareholder Goes to . . .

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the years I’ve litigated and observed countless cases of alleged oppression of minority shareholders by the majority. Oppression can take endlessly different forms, some more crude than others in their execution, some...more

Court Holds That Majority Shareholders In Closely Held Corporation Do Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Minority Shareholders

by Winstead PC on

In Herring Bancorp, Inc. v. Mikkelsen, a corporation acquired a majority of the outstanding shares of preferred stock by “repurchasing” those shares in accordance with the articles of incorporation, including the shares owned...more

Do You Have a Reasonable Expectation of Receiving Dividends if You Acquired Your Shares in a Family-Owned Corporation Through Gift...

by Murtha Cullina on

Corporate shareholders often expect to receive dividends in connection with their ownership of corporate shares. This is particularly true when owners invest capital in or provide other services to the company in exchange for...more

Minority Shareholders’ Derivative Suit Foiled by Voiding of Corporation’s Charter for Nonpayment of Taxes

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A business’s failure to pay state taxes can be a problem if the entity later wants to bring a lawsuit, or its non-controlling owners want to sue on the entity’s behalf....more

It’s Never Too Late to Gain Allies in Business Divorce Litigation

In closely-held businesses in New Jersey with multiple owners, it seems fairly obvious that the more co-owners you can recruit to your side in a business divorce litigation, the better. You don’t need a lawyer to tell you...more

Changes to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Council of the EU adopted several changes to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive of 2007. The changes are relevant to listed companies in the EU. The changes are aimed at encouraging shareholder engagement, in...more

Then There Were Two: Court Rejects Minority Shareholder’s Claim of Wrongful Termination Under Founders Agreement

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A company has four founding shareholders each of whom is a director-employee. Their agreement provides that the votes of three out of four founders are required to terminate the employment of any founder or to approve a...more

Forum Selection Clause Covers Extra-Contractual Claims

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Forum-selection clauses afford an opportunity to contractually preselect the jurisdiction for dispute resolution. While forum-selection clauses are enforceable, parties often disagree about their scope and whether they can be...more

Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations for Shareholder/Member Oppression Claims

by Miller Canfield on

When does the statute of limitations start running on claims for minority shareholder/member oppression under Michigan law? In its recent decision in Frank v. Linkner, a unanimous Michigan Supreme Court answered that...more

Minority Shareholder Oppression Damages in New Jersey: More Than Just a Buyout?

As I have said many times in this blog, when minority shareholder oppression occurs, the most likely remedy is a buyout. In other words, courts in New Jersey have the power to compel the majority shareholder to pay “fair...more

Minority Protections and Exit Options for Family Offices Considering Direct Private Investments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As family offices trend toward direct private investments, it is important to consider minority protections and exit options in the context of investment negotiations. Direct private investments often mean greater control...more

Trust But Verify Regarding Financial Information

Minority owners of closely-held corporations (in New Jersey) often put themselves in a position where they are cut off from access to the company’s books and records. When that happens, several things can occur, and few of...more

Will New Spanish Dividend Rules Cause Pain for Private Equity in Spain?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recently effected reforms to Spanish dividend protections for minority shareholders should cause European dealmakers to review deal terms more closely in 2017. Outright acquisition of businesses is unusual in Spain, 83% of...more

Withdraw a Dissolution Claim? Not So Fast

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Article 11 of the Business Corporation Law governs dissolution of closely held New York business corporations. Article 11 has existed, more or less in its current form, for decades. Some of its provisions have been heavily...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Bridging the Consideration Gap

by Dechert LLP on

As recently as March 15, 2017 (Financial Times), KPMG explained that total market capacity for M&A will increase by 17% in 2017 as companies continue to pay down debt and bolster cash reserves. As a result, sell-side...more

I Was Doing The Same Thing As The Majority Shareholders – Part II

In my last post, I addressed the fact that, just because a minority shareholder has gone along with certain practices in the past, his acquiescence will not necessarily be fatal to a shareholder oppression claim. However,...more

Episode 8: Minority Oppression in the LLC: Interview With Professor Douglas Moll

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The combination of majority rule and lack of exit rights leaves minority members of LLCs vulnerable to oppressive conduct by the majority, yet unlike legislation in most states giving dissolution and buy-out remedies to...more

Updates on Public Company GMS and shareholders reporting

by White & Case LLP on

On March 14, 2017, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan or "OJK") issued two regulations impacting voting rights at a General Meeting of Shareholders of Public Companies ("GMS") and transparency...more

Episode 10: The Marketability Discount Revisited: Interview with Greg Barber

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The marketability discount as applied in New York fair value proceedings remains a hot topic in business valuation and legal circles. In this episode, I interview business appraiser Greg Barber of Barber Analytics who...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Legislative Update: Is There a Future to Minority Shareholder Oppression in Texas?"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

“Minority shareholder oppression” is a legal claim that occurs when the majority shareholders in a closely held corporation engage in “oppressive” action that unfairly prejudices the minority shareholder’s interests. In...more

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