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"Hong Kong Takeovers Panel Invalidates Whitewash Waiver Granted to Alibaba"

The recent decision of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel (the Panel) in relation to Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (formerly CITIC 21CN Company Limited (21CN)) has reemphasized the fundamental...more

IRRCi Publishes Follow-Up Study on Controlled Companies

Recently, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) published a follow-up to its initial 2012 study on “controlled” companies, entitled “Controlled Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 1500: A Follow-up...more

Second Circuit Holds that State Law Constructive Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought By Individual Creditors are Preempted under...

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Court”) ruled that former shareholders of the debtor Tribune Media Company (“Tribune”), who were cashed out in a leveraged buyout (“LBO”), would be...more

UPDATE AKTIEN- UND KAPITALMARKTRECHT Ausgabe 1/2016 - Januar & Februar

Die Aktienrechtsnovelle 2016 ist nach einem über fünfjährigen Gesetzgebungsverfahren am 31. Dezember 2015 in Kraft getreten. Weitere wichtige Änderungen werden sich in diesem Jahr aus den unmittelbar geltenden EU-Verordnungen...more

Canada Implements New Take-Over Bid Rules

The Canadian Securities Administrators Implement New Rules to Strengthen the Ability of Target Issuers and their Shareholders to Respond to Hostile Take-Over Bids Following a lengthy process involving each of the...more

New Changes to Korean M&A Laws

Thanks to our friends at Yulchon LLC in Seoul, we’ve learned about some changes to the M&A laws in Korea, which will take effect this month (February, 2016). They include the following developments...more

Delaware Inspection Ruling May Cause Yahoo! Inc. To Regret Not Incorporating In Nevada

In a recent blog post, Delaware lawyer Francis Pileggi discusses a recent ruling by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster ordering Yahoo! Inc. to produce personal emails of directors and electronically stored information in...more

Maryland Appellate Court Clarifies Applicability of Business Judgment Rule for Board Responding to Shareholder Demand

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently ruled in Oliveira v. Sugarman, -- A.3d --, 2016 WL 361055 (2016), that a Maryland board's rejection of a shareholder demand is subject to the presumption of the business judgment...more

Ritchie v. Rupe 2016 and the Limits of Fiduciary Duties Owed Between Shareholders in Closely Held Businesses

A recent Texas court of appeals decision bucks the prevailing view when it comes to fiduciary duties owed between shareholders in closely held companies. In Ritchie v. Rupe, the court reversed the jury’s determination that...more

"Hong Kong Stock Exchange Opens Doors to Russia-Incorporated Issuers"

On January 15, 2016, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx) published its Country Guide on Russia and placed Russia on its list of “acceptable jurisdictions,” formally signifying that Hong Kong’s sole regulated stock...more

"New German Delisting Rules Aim to Protect Investors"

On October 1, 2015, the German Parliament amended the German Stock Exchange Act to provide more protection to investors in delistings, remediating the perceived lack of protection that the German Supreme Court created through...more

Court of Chancery Explains When a Stockholder’s Right to Remove Directors May Be Limited to “For Cause” Only Removals

Section 141(k) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) contains the default rule that a corporation’s stockholders have the right to vote to remove directors from the board “with or without cause.” Section 141(k)...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Records Inspection In Valuation Case

Exactly how much information is a stockholder entitled to under the “necessary, essential and sufficient” standard applied when the stockholder seeks to value his interest in the corporation? This decision suggests that 3...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Third Quarter 2015

Delaware Court Awards $148 Million in Damages, as Fiduciaries’ Bad Faith Conduct Prevented Stockholders from Obtaining a “Fairer Price” in Take-Private Transaction In a recent post-trial opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster of the...more

Lessons from the Suncor-Canadian Oil Sands Shareholder Rights Plan Decision

On December 14, 2015, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released its much anticipated decision (the Decision, Re Suncor Energy Inc., 2015 ABASC 984) concerning the 120-day shareholder rights plan adopted by Canadian Oil...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis), two of the leading providers of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, have published their updated proxy voting guidelines for...more

ISS Policy Changes for the 2016 Proxy Season

Proxy Access - ISS has determined not to alter its basic approach to management and shareholder proxy access proposals for 2016. However, ISS has stated that it expects to release a FAQ in December 2015 that will provide...more

B.C. Supreme Court Dismisses Petition in Proxy Fight Over Kobex

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently considered certain issues relating to a proxy battle involving a TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuer, Kobex Capital Corp. (Kobex). The Court’s decision in Kingsway Financial...more

Summary of ISS 2016 Policy Announcements

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued new U.S. voting policies and an updated Equity Plan Scorecard FAQ, both effective for annual shareholder meetings occurring on or after February 1, 2016. This alert provides a...more

ISS Issues 2016 Policy Updates

ISS has issued the following policy updates for 2016. Overboarding - Current ISS policy considers a director “overboarded” if he or she sits on more than six public company boards – or if he or she is also a CEO,...more

B.C. Securities Commission Provides Guidance on Defensive Tactics in Re Red Eagle

On November 3, 2015, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) released its reasons in Re Red Eagle?, cease-trading a rights plan in the face of a hostile bid. In doing so, the BCSC rejected the target’s submissions...more

Les avancées de la loi Macron en matière d'épargne salariale

Enacted on 6 August 2015, France's law for growth, activity and equal economic opportunities, known as the "Macron law", designed to boost the French economy, aims to "establish equal economic opportunities and increase...more

Measures in favour of company savings plans under the Macron law

Enacted on 6 August 2015, France's law for growth, activity and equal economic opportunities, known as the "Macron law", designed to boost the French economy, aims to "establish equal economic opportunities and increase...more

Investor Advocate Recommends Rejection of NYSE Rule Change

Investor Advocate, Rick Fleming, announced last Friday the recommendation to reject the proposed NYSE rule change that would allow certain listed companies to sell additional shares to insiders and related parties without...more

What's Market? Update: Maryland REIT

For many years, it was assumed and accepted that Delaware corporate law was more advantageous to corporations than the corporate law of other states. While Delaware case law regarding corporations is still more developed...more

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