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EU Commission Proposes to Amend Shareholder Rights Directive

The proposal covers shareholder votes on remuneration policies and related party transactions and greater transparency obligations on certain market participants. The European Commission (EU Commission) recently...more

Lead Director Networks: Viewpoints - April 2014

Dealing with shareholder activism - On March 4, 2014, Lead Director Network (LDN)1 members met in New York City to discuss shareholder activism. Ralph Whitworth, founder, principal, and investment committee member of...more

California’s RULLCA Impossible Pleading Requirement For Derivative Suits

California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act requires a member of a domestic or foreign LLC to include two specific allegations in any complaint brought in the right of the company. Failure to include these two...more

Dissenter Rights Create Trend of Investors Driving Higher Prices and Gaining Interest

Two recent high-profile shareholder rights cases in the Delaware Chancery Court have received a lot of attention due to the money that is at stake and the individuals in the disputes. These two cases, along with several other...more

Shareholders Have an Absolute Right to an Auditor and to Audited Financial Statements - Financial Hardship is Irrelevant, Says...

In a decision released on January 29, 2014, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that companies incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act must, by operation of law, appoint an auditor, and thereafter produce annual...more

On Closer Inspection, This CII “Best Practice” May Be Neither Good Nor Legal

The Council of Institutional Investors has adopted what it describes as ”a comprehensive body of corporate governance best practices”, including Policies on Corporate Governance. I question, however, whether some of these...more

Minority Shareholder Rights in Virginia

In August 2012, Judge Jane Marum Roush, sitting by designation in the Circuit Court of Buckingham County, issued a comprehensive letter opinion in Colgate et al. v. The Disthene Group, Inc. The opinion reassessed a...more

Update on UK Employee Shareholder Provisions

The new provisions are now in force and allow UK employees to give up certain employment rights in return for shares in their employer (or its parent), but important questions remain unanswered. On 1 September, the new...more

Trustees Holding Interests in the Family Business: Intersection of Shareholder and Member Rights and Fiduciary Duties

Trustees holding interests in family enterprises may have conflicting duties to the beneficiaries as well as unrelated shareholders and members of the business. ...more

Court Strikes Down Shareholder Suit Challenging Compensation Disclosures

On August 2, 2013, a California Superior Court struck down a putative class action brought by shareholders challenging compensation disclosures in a proxy statement in connection with an advisory “say-on-pay” vote....more

Delaware’s Evolving Equity Dilution Standing Rules

In a recent decision from the Delaware Court of Chancery, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster provided what seems to be an important step towards reconciling two strands of Delaware law, addressing the distinction between direct...more

"Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law to Facilitate Short-Form Mergers in Two-Step Transactions"

On August 1, 2013, new Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) becomes effective, which will allow consummation of second-step mergers without stockholder approval following a tender or exchange...more

Restricting Shareholders’ Ability to Challenge Corporations: Delaware Chancery Court Upholds Companies’ Right to Select Forum for...

The U.S. state of Delaware’s courts, particularly the Court of Chancery, are usually thought of as doughty protectors of shareholder rights. But some recent decisions have, in fact, narrowed such rights. Following close upon...more

Must Designated Directors Keep A Secret?

Yesterday’s post concerned the attorney-client privileged issues in Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s recent decision in Kalisman v. Friedman, 2013 Del. Ch. LEXIS 100 (April 17, 2013). I found another statement in the...more

Note to Majority Shareholders in Iowa - Don't be Oppressive.

The Iowa Supreme Court recently adopted a reasonableness standard for the adjudication of minority shareholder claims of oppression under the Iowa Business Corporations Act....more

Virginia Federal District Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Related To Credit Card Issuer’s Settlements With OCC, CFPB

On June 21, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a shareholder derivative action against a national bank’s officers and directors that was based on the bank’s settlements with the CFPB and...more

"European Commission Proposes Significant Changes to the EU Merger Regulation"

On June 20, 2013, the European Commission (Commission) launched a public consultation on a number of significant proposed changes to the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR). The proposed amendments relate to (i) the possible review...more

Applicability of Proposed Amendment to Section 251 of the DGCL to Hostile Offers

The Delaware State Bar Association has recently proposed an amendment to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DCGL”) that would significantly modify the way acquisitions of Delaware public companies are effected by...more

What’s The Right Way To Respond To A Shareholder Books And Records Request?

Delaware law gives shareholders the right to request corporate books and records in order to investigate issues that are of interest to them. ...more

New Jersey Makes Itself Business Friendly

On April 2, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed P.L. 2013, C.40, P.L. 2013, C.41 and P.L. 2013, C.42 into law. The three laws are intended to make New Jersey more business friendly by aligning New Jersey's corporate statutes...more

New Jersey Amends Its Corporate Laws to Create a More Business-Friendly Climate

On April 1, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a three-bill package designed to make New Jersey businesses more competitive in the global marketplace, attract new businesses to New Jersey, and make New Jersey law...more

The CSA Proposes a New Framework for Shareholder Rights Plans and Amendments to the Early Warning Reporting Regime

Last week, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a proposed new regulatory framework for shareholder rights plans under National Instrument 62-105 Security Holder Rights Plans, and significant changes to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 18, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces the Start of Mandatory Clearing - CFTC Reminds Market Participants of Swap Data Reporting Requirements - Rating Agency Developments...more

In re BioClinica, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

In In re BioClinica, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery in a memorandum opinion on a motion to expedite examined the cumulative effect of deal protection devices to determine whether they should have...more

SEC No Action Relief for Advisory Agreement Amendment Without Shareholder Approval

On February 27, the SEC Division of Investment Management granted no action relief to Emerging Global Advisors, LLC (EGA) and Emerging Global Shares Trust (Trust), allowing EGA to amend its investment advisory agreement with...more

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