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

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

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - December 2016

As the SEC as we know it labors through its last five weeks, we note the following activities: - Publication last week of 35 CDIs, covering a host of topics, including Regulation S and qualified institutional buyer...more

Defending Maryland Closed-End Funds

Closed-end funds trading at a discount to net asset value sometimes are the subject of attack by activist stockholders. Activist focus on short-term gains can be at the expense of the long-term strategy preferred by many...more

Uncertainty in the Air: Boards Face Shifting Landscape in 2017

Corporate boards have become increasingly well acquainted with uncertainty as activist shareholders, aggressive regulators and shifting investor priorities have brought new levels of scrutiny and pressure on directors and...more

Developments in Proxy Access in Canada and the US: A Tale of Two Countries

Proxy access is the ability for a shareholder to nominate candidates for election to the board of directors. In Canada, the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) and many provincial corporate statutes, including the Ontario...more

Activist Hot List: A Few to Watch For – 2016

Listed below are selected funds with a recent history of US shareholder activism that we expect will continue those activities in connection with the 2017 proxy season. Companies should note that these activists may not...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2017 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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Bad news for RBS, which is tasked with scrounging up more capital after failing its Bank of England stress test—a bad sign for a British financial system still coping with Brexit fallout....more

Audit Committees Need Independent Counsel

There is some difference of opinion as to whether the audit committee of the board of directors of an organization (whether public, private, or nonprofit) needs independent counsel for the purpose of advising the audit...more

The SEC’s Universal Proxy Rulemaking: History & What to Expect

The SEC has announced it will consider proposed rules that permit the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections on October 26, 2016. The concept of a universal proxy has been on the periphery of the SEC’s...more

"Activist Investing in Europe: A Special Report (September 2016)"

This report offers an overview of the state of activism in Europe, as well as country-specific profiles for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, including information and commentary on noteworthy...more

Slow but steady: US M&A H1 2016

The frenzied pace of US M&A in 2014 and 2015 calmed in the first half of 2016, returning the market to far more sustainable and familiar activity levels. After two blockbuster years, the first half of 2016 has brought...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

The Debate Over Shareholder Democracy

Corporate governance issues can quickly divide directors, management and shareholders. For years there has been a continuing debate over the efficacy and importance of shareholder democracy. In theory, and using loaded...more

2016 Proxy Season Review: Shareholder Proposals

With most of the 2016 proxy season in the rear-view mirror, it’s clear that shareholder proposals continue to be a preferred vehicle for certain kinds of shareholder activism, though with limited effectiveness unless the...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a change to the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC’s Listing Rules that will require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements....more

Taseko Mines Defeats Raging River in Proxy Contest: Important Lessons for Boards Facing a Dissident Attack

After a lengthy, acrimonious and costly proxy contest to remove three directors of Taseko Mines Limited (“Taseko”) and elect its own nominees, in early May, 2016, activist investor Raging River Capital LP (“Raging River”)...more

Third Time’s a Charm: NASDAQ Amends Proposed Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

As we previously reported here, on January 28, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC proposed a change to its Listing Rules that, if implemented, would have required NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.19.16

Bayer’s making good on its rumored interest in Monsanto in a deal that could be valued at more than $42 billion and would bring together two of the world’s biggest suppliers of crop seeds and pesticides...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.12.16

Record-setting executive compensation aside (hey, that was so last year), hedge funds have been hammered by the recent spate of mega-deals come undone. Particularly hard hit are the funds focusing on “merger arbitrage”—a type...more

Schedule 13D: Congressional Move May Significantly Affect Activist Strategies

In March, a group of Democratic senators introduced legislation, currently sitting with the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, to tame the purported disclosure skullduggery of activist investors....more

Simple Majority Voting And The Magna Carta

Some activists are continuing to submit stockholder proposals seeking the implementation of “simple majority voting”.  For example,  Morgan Stanley’s 2016 proxy statement includes the following proposal from Newground Social...more

DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists

Suit signals potential consequences for activist investors who rely on the HSR “solely for purposes of investment” exemption. On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued certain ValueAct Capital entities...more

Can a B Corporation Save Your Hometown Company?

Shareholder activists launched a record number of campaigns in 2015—more than 507, compared to 396 in 2012, and 292 in 2014. The most common goal of shareholder activists, expressed in 44.9 percent of the year's campaigns,...more

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