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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

Blog: Will Institutional Holders Begin To Follow The Activist Playbook On Their Own Initiative?

To date, for the most part, when it comes to shareholder activism, the heavy lifting has been done by hedge fund activists. Now, as discussed in this NYT DealBook column, institutional shareholders may be stepping out on...more

Activism (Re)Defined: DOJ Files Complaint Against ValueAct for Alleged HSR Act Violation

In filing a complaint and seeking $19 million of damages against ValueAct for failing to file a premerger notification and observe the statutory waiting period pursuant to the HSR Act in connection with its 2014 purchase of...more

DOJ Suit Against Activist Investor Highlights Narrow Interpretation of HSR “Investment Only” Exemption

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against activist investor ValueAct Capital (“ValueAct”). DOJ asserts that ValueAct improperly relied on the “investment only” exemption to...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.22.16

Andrew Ross Sorkin wades into the Valeant debacle, writing that Bill Ackman is, if not doubling down, far from giving up on the cratering Canadian drug maker. Valeant announced today that Ackman’s joining its board and also...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.18.16

The Fed’s patience on rate hikes coupled with surging commodities prices (including oil over $40/barrel for the first time since December) helped push the Dow into positive territory for the year – WSJ... So apparently...more

NASDAQ Resubmits Proposed Rule Requiring Disclosure of "Golden Leash" Arrangements

As we previously reported, 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

Viewpoints - Issue 25 - Dialogue with Glenn Booraem of Vanguard

On January 28, 2016, Lead Director Network (LDN) members met in New York City to discuss their companies’ and boards’ relations with institutional investors. Members were joined by Glenn Booraem, fund treasurer and head of...more

Update Regarding Potential NASDAQ Rules Relating to “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

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