Shareholder Votes

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Taking Action That Affects The Shareholder Vote? Expect the "Gimlet Eye"

On May 19, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court preliminarily enjoined the directors of Cogentix Medical from reducing the size of the company's board because, under the facts presented, there was a reasonable probability that...more

BP, Executive Pay and the Surfin’ Bird

Surf music is certainly an under-rated rock and roll genre. One of my favorites is The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird. It reached Number 4 on the Billboard Chart in 1963. I happened to hear it recently when I was reading about some...more

Maggiorazione del diritto di voto e azioni a voto plurimo: un primo bilancio

La maggiorazione del diritto di voto e le azioni a voto plurimo sono state introdotte nel 2014 dal Decreto Competitività. La normativa ha superato il principio one share-one vote e reso possibili strumenti flessibili che...more

"Acquisitions of Controlling Interests in Hong Kong-Listed Companies Through Primary Issuances"

Acquisitions that result in a change of control of a Hong Kong-listed company — defined as 30 percent or more of the voting power — trigger a mandatory general offer to all shareholders of the company. The Hong Kong...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

"Majority of Say-on-Golden-Parachute Votes Receive Shareholder Support"

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission rules require companies seeking shareholder approval of a merger or acquisition to also hold a separate shareholder advisory vote on disclosed...more

ISS Publishes Proxy Access FAQs

ISS has published two FAQs that supplement its 2016 Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates for the Americas that we summarized in our client alert ISS Policy Changes for the 2016 Proxy Season (December 8, 2015). The new FAQs provide...more

M&A Update: Delaware Chancery Court Invalidates Charter and Bylaw Provisions Allowing Only For Cause Removal of Directors Where...

In a December 21, 2015 transcript ruling, the Delaware Chancery Court invalidated the provisions of VAALCO Energy, Inc.’s charter and bylaws that allow for removal of directors only “for cause” even though VAALCO’s board is...more

Corporate Alert: Reverse Takeovers Consultation Paper: ASX Should Not Increase Regulation

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has issued a Consultation Paper on whether reverse scrip takeover bids should require a vote by the bidder's shareholders. The answer is that a vote should only be required if the...more

Executive Compensation Alert: ISS Peer Group Update Submission Period Open

ISS Corporate Solutions (“ISS”) has announced that it will accept updates of changes to the peer group company lists for its Say on Pay (“SOP”) voting recommendations for publicly traded companies that hold annual stockholder...more

Nasdaq Considering Changes to Its Shareholder Approval Rules

Broc Romanek of TheCorporateCounel.net noted in this blog that “Recently, Nasdaq solicited comment on its shareholder approval rules. It’s a broad – and general – request since the rules haven’t changed much in the 25 years...more

"SEC Staff Issues Revised Guidance on Unbundling of Shareholder Votes in M&A Deals"

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently published revised guidance regarding the "unbundling" of matters presented for shareholder votes in connection...more

Proxy Access Update—Preparing for the 2016 Proxy Season

Proxy access predominated corporate governance issues for the 2015 proxy season, with over 100 proposals submitted on the topic, compared to 18 in 2014. Shareholder proponents achieved significant success in 2015, with an...more

Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, No. 9745-CB (Del. Ch. Oct. 28, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In a decision reinforcing the importance of observing corporate formalities, Chancellor Bouchard found that a controlling stockholder cannot ratify a board’s self-dealing with something as informal as an affidavit, a...more

Gorman v. Salamone: Updating Delaware Law on the Removal of Officers by Stockholders

The power to remove officers is usually reserved for a Delaware corporation’s board of directors. Express language in a certificate of incorporation can reserve this power for stockholders, and until recently, Delaware courts...more

Blog: Highlights From Panels With Current And Former Staff Of Corp Fin

Below are some highlights (from my notes) of the PLI Securities Regulation Institute panel discussions Thursday and Friday with the Corp Fin staff (Keith Higgins, Shelley Parratt, David Fredrickson, Michele Anderson, Karen...more

Court of Chancery Applies Business Judgment Standard Under New Supreme Court Precedent

This is an important decision that reverses a prior opinion in the same case. The Court did so because after it issued its prior opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its Corwin decision holding that when a merger is...more

SEC Issues Staff Legal Bulletin On Shareholder Proposals Under Rule 14a-8

On October 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) staff issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H, providing guidance on important issues arising under Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Important Protections for Corporate Directors"

A trio of opinions from the Delaware Supreme Court, each authored by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., has reaffirmed Delaware’s deference to the business judgment of disinterested corporate decision-makers and restored...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

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015) (Strine, C.J.)

In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a stockholder challenge to a merger, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the approval of the merger by a fully informed, disinterested stockholder majority...more

"Key Takeaways: Proxy Access - Latest Developments"

On September 17, 2015, Skadden presented a webinar titled “Proxy Access: Latest Developments.” The panelists were Art Crozier, Chairman of Innisfree M&A Incorporated; Mike Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate...more

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Supreme Court Finds That Fully Informed Stockholder Vote Approving Merger Invoked Business Judgment Rule

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015). In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a purported class action challenging an acquisition transaction, the Delaware...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Stockholder Consents

Given the sanctity of the stockholder vote in Delaware law, it would be surprising if the Court of Chancery would ever reverse such a vote or the use of stockholder consents to take corporate action....more

Proposed Change to NYSE Shareholder Vote Rule for “Early Stage Companies”

The Securities and Exchange Commission is requesting comments prior to August 31, 2015 regarding whether the Commission should approve or disapprove a proposed change to the NYSE Listed Company Manual Sections 312.03 and...more

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