Shareholder Activism

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NASDAQ Proposes Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On January 28, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC proposed a change to its Listing Rules that, if implemented, would require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements. “Golden leash”...more

How to Answer When an Activist Calls

The increasing activist stockholder demands upon boards of directors call for careful responses. The recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision In re Ebix Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 8526-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 15, 2016),...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Record breaker: US M&A in 2015

As the dust settles from the explosion of US M&A activity in 2015, it is fitting to reflect on the forces that fueled the boom and consider what last year’s trends may tell us about the year ahead. The record year...more

M&A Team News - January 2016

Here is a look back at the top M&A developments that affected deal-making last year and a look forward to our expectations for 2016....more

Results of the 2015 Proxy Season in Silicon Valley

Shareholder activism has been a significant phenomenon amongst the largest U.S. public companies, with activists of a variety of stripes waging campaigns on a wide range of issues. As such activism has continued to grow, it...more

"Enforceability of Corporate Forum-Selection Bylaws Continues to Strengthen"

In recent years, corporations have responded to the threat of duplicative stockholder lawsuits in multiple courts across the country, as well as “forum shopping” by plaintiffs, by enacting forum-selection bylaws. Under these...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

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

2016 Proxy Season: Strategically Preparing for the Upcoming Season

Strategically preparing for the 2016 Proxy Season by focusing on compensation, proxy disclosure, shareholder activism and proxy access will help companies put their best foot forward in their annual meetings say Latham &...more

"US Corporate Governance: Have We Crossed the Rubicon?"

The general themes on the corporate governance front — shareholder activism, governance activism, scrutiny of board composition, concerns regarding board oversight of risk management, director-shareholder engagement — remain...more

"Insights Conversations: M&A"

Skadden M&A partners Steve Arcano, Tom Kennedy (moderator), Jeremy London, Amr Razzak and Rodd Schreiber discussed their perspectives on M&A activity in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. The conversation covered the current...more

"Bank Shareholders Step Up Activist Efforts as M&A Activity Picks Up"

Bank management teams and boards of directors have made shareholder activism a key area of focus in light of significant activity in 2015. With the bank M&A market showing signs of life, the most basic end-game of investor...more

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview...more

Corporate Governance Alert (US) - The Hot List: 2016 Proxy Season Trends and Action Items

As we enter 2016, we want to bring your attention to a few items that we believe will play prominent roles in the 2016 proxy season. In 2015, proxy access, shareholder activism and newly adopted or proposed rules from the...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016 U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2016. Here is our annual list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year... Please see full Alert below for more...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Shareholder Activism

Shareholder Activism - Shareholder activism and “suggestivism” continue to gain traction. With the success that activists have experienced throughout 2015, coupled with significant new money being allocated to activist...more

I’m Guessing That The DOL Didn’t Have in Mind Negative Weighing OF ESG Factors

In this post, I noted a recent study by Professor Tracie Woidtke at the University of Tennessee concluding that social-issue shareholder-proposal activism appears to be negatively related to firm value. I therefore raised...more

Stockholder activism disclosure tips: deciphering increasingly complicated timing and ownership positions

Peeling away the various arguments of stockholder activists and their often larger-than-life personas - and occasional multi-hour conference calls - lays bare the gritty details of the ways stockholder activists actually take...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8

On October 22, 2015, the staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H), which provides significant guidance for companies about the Staff’s views on the scope and application...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...more

Blog: PWC 2015 Board Survey Reveals Increasing Levels Of Shareholder Communications And Proactive Steps To Deter Hedge Fund...

As expected, the level of director communications with institutional shareholders has increased from 2012, up from 62% to 69%. More significant perhaps is the change occurring in the breadth of topics that directors are now...more

Delaware's One-Two Punch to M&A Litigation Disrupts the Cozy Status Quo of M&A Deal Settlements

Over the summer, Delaware in two separate and impactful decisions hit out at many, if not most, shareholder litigation suits challenging public company M&A suits. The result: uncertainty ahead. The customary rhythm in an...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Activist investors often begin planning their campaigns as much as a year in advance of the annual meeting. This includes accumulating stock positions, coordinating with other hedge funds in so-called “wolf packs,” analyzing...more

Activist Hot List: Fall 2015

Listed below are selected funds with a recent history of US shareholder activism that we expect will continue those activities in connection with the 2016 proxy season. Companies should note that these activists may not...more

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