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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 | Publications

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

If You Lose A Minority Shareholder Oppression Lawsuit, Things Will Likely Get Worse – So Do It Right

When minority shareholders in New Jersey (including LLC members) are being treated unfairly or oppressively, the New Jersey minority shareholder oppression statute provides significant rights that are written about quite...more

How An Employee/Shareholder Can Protect Oneself Against Oppression

Because termination of one’s employment does not necessarily equate to shareholder oppression under New Jersey law, as seen in my last post, it is often a good idea to take proactive measures to inoculate yourself against a...more

Termination of Employment as Minority Shareholder Oppression

A common theme among minority shareholders seeking legal representation is termination of employment. Readers of this blog may be aware that termination can often constitute minority shareholder oppression, warranting a...more

Business Appraisers Spar Over Tax Rates, Market Approach and Other Key Issues in Fair Value Buy-Out Case

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As promised in the postscript to last week’s post about the appellate ruling in the Gould case, affirming Justice Platkin’s order granting the oppressed minority shareholder’s dissolution petition involving a pair...more

An Oppression How-To: Revoke Employment, Profit Sharing and Control

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

An earlier post on this blog, examining a post-trial decision in Matter of Digeser v Flach, 2015 NY Slip Op 51609(U) [Sup Ct Albany County Nov. 5, 2015], described the minority shareholder’s dissolution claim under Section...more

Winter Case Notes: De Facto Partnership and Other Recent Decisions of Interest

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Welcome to another edition of Winter Case Notes in which I clear out my backlog of recent court decisions of interest to business divorce aficionados by way of brief synopses with links to the decisions for those who wish to...more

Rolling Over Target Equity Into A PE Fund: Part II

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Roll-Over: Tax Issue - Picking up on yesterday’s discussion, how can a PEF reconcile its preference to acquire a depreciable or amortizable basis for its target’s assets while, at the same time, affording the target’s...more

Rolling Over Target Equity Into A PE Fund: Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

For many business owners, the final step of a successful career may be the sale of their business. At that point, the investment into which the owners have dedicated so much time, effort and money is liquidated, leaving them...more

Many Discovery Tools Exist To Find Emails To Prove Shareholder Oppression

I have noted many times on this blog that emails often prove shareholder oppression cases. It can be fairly easy for majority shareholders who are careful, and seek legal advise beforehand, to mask their true intent when...more

Commercial Division Grants Preliminary Injunction in Shareholder Dispute

On January 6, 2017, Justice Charles E. Ramos of the Commercial Division issued an order enjoining two corporations from taking action in violation of a shareholders agreement of a third company. The case, Ciment v. SpanTran,...more

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