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Ontario court clarifies dissent procedure in arrangement transaction

A recent Ontario decision shines a light on the ability of shareholders to dissent in respect of a corporate transaction. This right, also known as an appraisal remedy, allows shareholders opposed to a business deal to opt...more

Saudi Arabia Approves New Corporate Governance Regulations

The publication of the Regulations is driven by the continued effort to attract additional foreign investment into the Kingdom and to harmonize the CMA’s own rules with those of the newly revised Companies Law2, as overseen...more

50/50 Ownership Relationships can be Trouble, Plan Ahead

Case Study: Trans Perfect Global, Inc. Philip Shawe v. Elizabeth Elting, Delaware Supreme Court, February 13, 2017 - TransPerfect is a successful global translation business founded by two college friends, Philip...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Former Stockholder Lacks Standing To Bring Section 220 Action For Inspection Of Books And...

On February 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed for lack of standing a lawsuit for inspection of corporate books and records brought by a former stockholder squeezed out in...more

New York Court Reverses Rejection of M&A Disclosure-Only Settlement Signaling Split from Delaware

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division for the First Department in New York entered an order approving a “disclosure-only” settlement. While acknowledging the “increasingly negative view” of...more

Can The Board Remove A Director?

Can a board of directors remove one of its own? In the case of a California corporation, the answer is no. The power to remove directors is vested in the shareholders and the superior court pursuant to Corporations Code...more

Beware the Deadlock: Delaware Courts Step in on Corporate Dysfunction

The board of directors controls a corporation, but individual directors don’t always agree on the future direction of the company. Sometimes, boards can split into factions. A company’s CEO may align himself with one side and...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Plan Fiduciaries' Proxy Voting Policies

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published Interpretive Bulletin (IB) 2016-1 on Dec. 29, 2016, relating to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy...more

"US Corporate Governance: Will Private Ordering Trump Political Change?"

In the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, companies and investors enjoyed a stock market rally fueled by expectations concerning tax cuts, increased government spending and significant deregulation. While the...more

DOL Casts Vote Against Previous Proxy Rules Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”), on December 29, 2016, issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") regarding the duties of fiduciaries under...more

The Right To Dissent And Fractional Shares

I’ve devoted several posts to how California’s General Corporation Law deals with fractional shares. Nevada’s approach to fractional shares is somewhat different. For example, Nevada permits rounding up to a full share in...more

What corporate records do family businesses need to provide to their shareholders?

In family businesses, disputes may arise concerning access to company information. Owners who work day-to-day in the business typically have unfettered access to this information, while passive shareholders may feel they are...more

Commercial Division Grants Preliminary Injunction in Shareholder Dispute

On January 6, 2017, Justice Charles E. Ramos of the Commercial Division issued an order enjoining two corporations from taking action in violation of a shareholders agreement of a third company. The case, Ciment v. SpanTran,...more

Judgments

Third party litigation funding – Court of Appeal decision on costs liability - Excalibur Ventures LLC v. Texas Keystone Inc and others [2016] EWCA Civ 1144 - November 2016 saw the Court of Appeal unanimously dismiss...more

SEC and Drugmaker Allergan Reach Settlement over M&A Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and drugmaker Allergan settled claims that Allergan failed to disclose negotiations with third parties following the announcement of a hostile tender offer by Valeant and co-bidder...more

Choice of Entity and Key Contents of Organization Documents

Five Business Entity Forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited Partnership • Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) • Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) Please see full presentation publication...more

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

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

Changes to the Shareholder Rights Directive

The representatives of the EU Council and EU Parliament have agreed the text of a new EU Directive to strengthen shareholder engagement and increase transparency in listed companies in the EU/EEA....more

Can a Minority Shareholder Force the Majority to Buy Their Interest?

The question often arises whether a minority shareholder can require the majority to buy his interest in a privately held company. The answer, as a general matter, is that absent an agreement that provides for the purchase,...more

Top 10 Business Divorce Cases of 2016

I’m pleased to present my 9th annual list of this past year’s ten most significant business divorce cases. The list includes important appellate rulings by the First and Second Departments on dissolution of foreign business...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2017

Here is our annual list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: Corporate strategy: Oversee the development of the corporate strategy in an increasingly uncertain and volatile world economy with new and more...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Federal regulators are on the verge of creating a brand new type of banking license specifically for fintech. Called “special purpose national bank charters,” the licenses are intended to enable fintech companies that accept...more

2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2017 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently issued updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Notable updates were issued by one or...more

"After Corwin, Court of Chancery Provides Additional Guidance on Application of Business Judgment Rule to Post-Closing Damages...

As previously reported in Insights: The Delaware Edition, the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015) articulated a new defendant-friendly rule for...more

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