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Requisitioned meeting breaks deadlock

by Dentons on

A deadlocked board of directors, talk of a “public flogging”, and a court reluctant to intervene. The case of Goldstein v. McGrath is a colourful recent example of a requisitioned public company shareholders’ meeting, with...more

NASDAQ Proposes Revisions to Shareholder Approval Rules

by Dechert LLP on

Nasdaq, Inc. recently requested comments regarding possible updates to its “20% voting rule.” That rule, adopted in 1990, requires Nasdaq listed companies to obtain shareholder approval when issuing 20% or more of its stock...more

Uber’s Troubles: A Compliance Wake-Up Call No Matter How Regulated You Are

I can’t help myself; when I read some of the troubling reports about Uber’s workplace culture, which has contributed to executive ousters and the need to hire one of the highest-profile lawyers in the country, I think, “If...more

Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

What Are The Reporting Obligations Under Section 16?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Most in-house counsel of public companies are very familiar with the reporting obligations required by the trifecta – Form 8-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 10-Ks – but they oftentimes rely on outside counsel to help determine...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 330 Robin Bew and Henry Stoever of the NACD

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Robyn Bew, the Director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Henry Stoever, the Chief Marketing Officer for the NACD. They discuss what...more

Corporate Governance in The Trump Era: A Note of Caution

by WilmerHale on

The past decade or so has been a challenging time for publicly held companies, particularly those in the financial sector. Since 2008, banks and financial services firms have been the subject of an aggressive effort by the...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Hong Kong’s New Requirements for “Senior Management” of Fund Managers...

by Dechert LLP on

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) recently introduced the “Senior Management Accountability Regime” (regime), in an effort to make senior managers (particularly those who are not already designated as...more

Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

by Jones Day on

On February 8, 2017, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") Fraud Section published a blueprint for assessing corporate compliance efforts, titled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" ("Guidance"). It...more

A Personalized Approach: Kim Clancy’s Simple Secret for Bringing Diversity Into the Boardroom

According to Kim Clancy, the key to diversifying the boardroom lies with a personal touch. “It is not that CEOs are against diversity,” Clancy explains. “They are understandably focused on many other priorities, including...more

Yahoo! Data Breach Results in Another Lawsuit Against Corporate Directors and Officers

by Snell & Wilmer on

A number of claims have been made against companies’ directors and officers alleging a breach of fiduciary duty for failing to adequately oversee data security programs. To date, the defendants’ oversight of the programs and...more

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms that Dilution Claims Typically Are Derivative and Are Extinguished After a Merger

Stockholder claims alleging wrongful dilution are typically considered to be derivative in nature. Several decisions out of Delaware, however, have created exceptions to this general rule allowing stockholders to sue...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

2017 Considerations for Israeli Companies That are Listed in the United States

by White & Case LLP on

In addition to our general update for foreign private issuers for the 2017 proxy season, Israeli companies that are listed in the United States are subject to a number of specific corporate governance and regulatory...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Consultation Begins Over Possible UK Corporate Governance Reform

by Dechert LLP on

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a Green Paper on options for future corporate governance reform. The Government’s stated objective is to put in place “the right checks...more

2016 Silicon Valley Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Silicon Valley Public Companies and Other Large Bay Area Public Companies - This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public...more

From Making the Right Decisions to Asking the Right Questions: Linda Graebner Discusses Her Move from the C-Suite to the Boardroom...

Linda Graebner spent many years as a CEO leading consumer product companies, and has held numerous other leadership positions in the business world. But she is currently thriving in a new role: the boardroom. At the request...more

Board composition – new rules from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Oman

by Dentons on

"Boards supervise while management manages". This governance principle is re-emphasised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MOCI) in its recent decision no. 201/2016 relating to the Boards of public joint stock companies...more

Corporate Governance Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies - As outside legal counsel to a wide range of public companies in the technology and life sciences industries, many of which are based in Silicon...more

SEC Announces Proposal to Require Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

The SEC (by a 2-1 vote) has proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would mandate the use of a system of universal proxy cards in contested director elections. Universal proxy cards would include the names of both company...more

(Proxy) Voting Made Easy?

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the proxy voting rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees. This proposed change would...more

The SEC's Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

Changes in the Balance of Power: The Board Versus CEO

by Michael Volkov on

There is no doubt that corporate boards operate under greater scrutiny. The trend is clearly to hold boards and individual members accountable. But this is not the result of government prosecution; rather, this trend reflects...more

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