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The Impact of Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp.: Delaware Supreme Court Affirms That Business Judgment Review Applies to Properly...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s decision that the more deferential business judgment rule standard of review, rather than an entire fairness standard of...more

Proxy Season: Enhanced Confidential Voting Shareholder Proposals

Fueled by the controversy during the 2013 proxy season over access to interim vote tallies, “enhanced confidential voting” proposals have been submitted to over a dozen high profile companies for the 2014 proxy season,...more

Interim Vote Tallies: To Disclose or Not to Disclose

Uncertainty continues as Broadridge flip-flops over its policy on the disclosure of interim proxy tallies in a proxy contest. In early February 2014, Broadridge announced a new policy that a company and shareholder proponents...more

Millien v. Popescu, C.A. No. 8670-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 31, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery considered whether to appoint a custodian for Boston Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) based on allegations of director and stockholder deadlock. The Court held that the petitioner...more

Investor Voice May Rue Adoption Of Single Voting Standard

In yesterday’s post, I discussed why the Council of Institutional Investor’s blanket policy eschewing the counting of abstentions may be neither good nor legal. CII, however, isn’t the only proponent of not counting...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

I May Be Pettifogging, But I Have to Ask: Is It Time To Dump The Proxy And Give Shareholders A Ballot?

The proxy is the most misunderstood and mischaracterized of all instruments. For the record, a “proxy” is “a written authorization signed or an electronic transmission authorized by a shareholder or the shareholder’s...more

"US Corporate Governance: Boards of Directors Face Increased Scrutiny"

In many ways, corporate governance in 2013 looked similar to corporate governance in 2012. Most public company directors were re-elected with shareholder support in excess of 90 percent of votes cast and only a handful of...more

40% Is Less Than A Majority But Can It Be “Control”?

Yesterday’s post concerned the Court of Appeal’s opinion in Busse v. United Panam Financial Corp., 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 11 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. Jan. 8, 2014) holding that shareholders may not pursue monetary damages under...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

RR Donnelley Survey: Inside Scoop on Investors’ Review of Proxy Statements

Registrants and investors are increasingly placing greater focus on proxy statement presentation. As a result, over the last few years, proxy statements have evolved into more effective disclosure and marketing tools as...more

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

2013 Changes to Delaware Corporate and LLC Law

In this alert we summarize the most important recent additions and amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) and the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the “DLLCA”). These changes include...more

The 2013 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law [Video]

Pepper partner Matthew Greenberg was interviewed by Jane Searle of The Deal about recent changes to Delaware law that will affect acquisitions of public companies, including the increased use of tender offers and trends...more

Numera Senatum! Broker Non-Votes And The Quorum Problem

In ancient Rome, the Senate could not conduct business unless a quorum was present. A senator wishing to delay action by the Senate could demand a quorum count by demanding “numera senatum!,” meaning count the house. The...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

Activision Blizzard, Inc. v. Hayes, C.A. No. 497, 2013 (Del. Nov. 15, 2013)

In this en banc decision, the Supreme Court set forth the basis for its order reversing the Court of Chancery’s preliminary injunction of a stock purchase agreement under which Vivendi, S.A. agreed to sell its controlling...more

An Unexpected Impasse

If a corporation has four directors and two shareholders, one owning 60 shares and the other owning 40 shares, it seems obvious that the majority shareholder should be able to elect a majority of the board of directors. ...more

Court Of Appeal Holds Breach Of Fiduciary And Conflict Of Interest May Be Grounds For Summary Election Challenge

Section 709 of the California Corporations Code creates a summary procedure that allows any shareholder or any person who claims to have been denied the right to vote to petition the Superior Court for a determination of the...more

New Amendments to Delaware Law Impacts Mergers and Defective Corporate Acts

Delaware recently passed amendments to its General Corporation Law, which will impact corporate and acquisition rules for the automotive industry. The amendments add several new provisions to the DGCL, including provisions...more

New Delaware Law May Facilitate the Use of Tender Offer Structures in Merger Transactions

What you need to know: In August 2013, a new law went into effect in Delaware that allows buyers, subject to certain conditions, to quickly consummate a back-end merger without stockholder approval following a tender...more

Delaware General Corporation Law Amended to Speed Up the Consummation of Two-Step Merger Transactions

The Delaware General Corporation Law, 8 Del. Code (the “DGCL”), has been amended to add a new Section 251(h) providing for, subject to certain conditions, a more expeditious and less costly closing of a two-step transaction....more

I Don’t Want To Express A Preference, But I Want My Vote To Count

I’ve always considered majority voting to be a profoundly illogical concept that evidences a fundamental misunderstanding of the mechanics of shareholder voting....more

In re MFW Shareholders Litigation - Business Judgment Standard of Review Applies to a Going Private Transaction with a Controlling...

On May 29, 2013, the Delaware Chancery Court (Strine, C.) held that when a controlling stockholder merger has, from the time of the controller’s first overture, been subject to (1) negotiation and approval by a special...more

"Hong Kong Public M&A: Time for a New Approach?"

For any potential bidder considering the acquisition of a listed company, issues such as ease of transaction execution, the ability to respond to a competing offer, timetable and cost will be of great importance. The chosen...more

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