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"Recent Opinions Highlight Different Appraisal Valuation Methods Employed in Merger Transactions by Delaware Courts"

There is a general perception that statutory appraisal challenges have been on the rise over the past several years. The Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of opinions during that time that use the merger price...more

"Two Court of Chancery Deal Litigation Decisions Provide Helpful Guidance"

Chelsea Therapeutics: Post-Closing Bad Faith Claim a ‘Rare Bird’ in Delaware Absent Allegations of Self-Interestedness or Lack of Independence - In In re Chelsea Therapeutics International LTD Stockholders Litigation,...more

When Can a Bondholder Insist on Prompt Payment of Principal or Interest: Recent Developments under the Trust Indenture Act

In December 2014 and January 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued two sets of decisions — Marblegate Asset Mgmt. v. Educ. Mgmt. Corp. and MeehanCombs Global Credit Opportunities...more

Minority shareholdings: New competition law issues?

New competition law issues with respect to minority shareholdings? A topic that recently became prominent in the competition law community and beyond is whether so-called “common ownership” may have a negative effect on...more

Court Rules Coequal Stockholders Owe Fiduciary Duties To Each Other

Stockholders in closely held corporations often operate their companies as if they were partnerships. Does that mean that the stockholders, like partners, owe fiduciary duties to each other?...more

Baker v Sadiq C.A. No. 9464-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 16, 2016) (Laster, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery awarded $650,000 in attorney’s fees to counsel for the minority stockholders of NavSeeker, Inc. (“NavSeeker”), resolving a dispute regarding how a fee award should be determined...more

What To Do If Filing Shareholder Dispute Litigation Might Potentially Harm The Company

To negotiate – or to sue? That is the question when the decision to sue might potentially hurt the company. A minority shareholder (or LLC member) in New Jersey is often faced with a difficult choice. Confronted with...more

Delaware Law Updates – Court of Chancery Puts Boards of Directors on Notice that Contracting Away Derivative Claims in a Merger...

Vice Chancellor Glasscock has held that a merger designed to eliminate derivative claims against a majority of directors justified the application of the entire fairness standard of review in a direct challenge to the merger....more

Choosing an Accountant? Choose Wisely and You Could Avoid Shareholder Dispute Litigation!

When you find yourself involved in a minority shareholder dispute, whether you are the Company (majority), or the minority owners, the role of the company accountant is often somewhat unclear. The more experience your...more

SBA Simplifies Minority Shareholder Affiliation Rule for Loan Program Applicants

SBA recently issued a final rule redefining the rules of affiliation for firms applying to SBA’s business loan programs. The final rule separates and distinguishes the loan program affiliation rules from SBA’s government...more

Lenders Cannot Prevent Borrowers From Filing Bankruptcy By Owning Minority Equity With Veto Power Over Borrower’s Decision To File...

In a recent decision, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware refused to enforce a provision in the debtor’s LLC operating agreement requiring a unanimous vote of the debtor’s members to authorize the debtor to...more

Oppressed Minority Shareholder Litigation – Choosing a Lawyer

Many times, minority shareholders pursuing their shareholder oppression rights, as well as majority shareholders being sued for minority shareholder oppression, feel the important thing to look for in an attorney is...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Enhances Protections for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts"

In November 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court bolstered the protection afforded to majority or controlling stockholders seeking to buy out the minority, provided that the transaction is structured in accordance with the...more

New York Adopts Delaware Standard for Going-Private Transactions

On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action and formally adopted the standard of review for going-private transactions articulated by the Delaware Supreme Court in Kahn...more

Recent New York Court of Appeals Decisions: Court Adopts Standard of Review for Going-Private Mergers (5/16)

On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals ruled on the standard of review applicable to a going-private merger in Matter of Kenneth Cole Prods, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litig. In particular, the Court considered...more

N.Y. Court of Appeals Adopts Business Judgment Rule, with Conditions, for Going-Private Mergers

The New York Court of Appeals has followed Delaware in holding that the business-judgment rule applies to going-private mergers as long as certain shareholder-protective measures are met. The court’s May 5, 2016 decision in...more

Perils Of Negotiating Your Own Buyout

Some clients come in for a consultation with no desire to file an oppressed minority shareholder action. Instead, the goal is to have an attorney draft the papers necessary to accept an offer made by the other side to...more

Update: Peculiarities of the Merger Filing Requirements in Germany and Austria

As many dealmakers doing business in Europe have realized, German and Austrian merger filing requirements are sometimes a bit tricky, and in some respects different from the rules in place at EU level and in other EU member...more

Is It Better To Be A LLC Member In The Minority Than A Minority Corporate Shareholder?

It is pretty common to think that limited liability company members have similar rights as shareholders in a corporation. But they don't, (although in some respects the rights afforded to LLC members may be better). The...more

Chancery Court Reaffirms There Is No Magic Number for "Control" Status

On February 29, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss fiduciary duty claims against certain current and former directors of Halt Medical and a 26% stockholder, American Capital, arising out of a...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When A Minority Stockholder May Have Actual Control Over A Deal

This is another in a series of decisions dealing with the allegation that a minority stockholder controlled a deal through its control of a majority of the board of directors....more

Maggiorazione del diritto di voto e azioni a voto plurimo: un primo bilancio

La maggiorazione del diritto di voto e le azioni a voto plurimo sono state introdotte nel 2014 dal Decreto Competitività. La normativa ha superato il principio one share-one vote e reso possibili strumenti flessibili che...more

"Recent Shareholder Activism in Asia Could Signal Changing Attitudes"

Levels of shareholder activism are reaching record highs in the United States, and such activity has become increasingly prevalent in Europe. But with the exception of Japan, Asia often is seen as a relative backwater in this...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

Third Penalty in Two Months Against a Minority Investor Again Signals Increased FTC Enforcement of the H-S-R Act

For the third time in less than two months, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced an enforcement action against a minority investor who failed to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“H-S-R”) Act notification...more

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