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Say-on-Pay Voting Frequency - The Financial CHOICE Act Adds Uncertainty to the Process

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The House passed the Financial CHOICE Act on Thursday as part of the new administration’s bid to overhaul Dodd-Frank. It is not expected to get through the Senate in its current form, but it does provide an interesting read....more

Separate Shareholder Vote to Approve Insider Transaction Found Coercive Under Corwin

Sciabacucchi v. Liberty Broadband Corporation (Del. Ch. 2017) involved Charter Communications, Inc.’s (“Charter” or the “Company”) acquisition of Bright House Networks, LLC (“Bright House”) and the merger with Time Warner...more

Implementation Decree for the Say-on-Pay Provisions of the Loi Sapin II Adopted

by Jones Day on

Adopted on 8 November 2016, the Sapin II Act (Loi Sapin II) introduced a compulsory ex ante vote on remuneration policy and an ex post vote on the amount of remuneration received in accordance with the policy passed the...more

Federal Circuit Rules that Starr International Lacks Standing to Pursue Class Claims Stemming from the U.S. Government’s...

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) affirmed in part and reversed in part an earlier decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which had held that aspects of the...more

Shareholder Dismisses Case with Prejudice that Sought to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

As we noted here, a shareholder of Intel sought a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief with respect to a stockholder vote to approve the amendment and restatement of Intel’s 2006 equity...more

Corporate News - May 2017

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Corporate governance – 4MLD and changes to the PSC regime - Companies House recently published its business plan for 2017-18, its strategic plan for 2017-2020 and a press release with details of additional anti-money...more

"Sections 204 and 205 of Delaware Corporation Law: Effective Tools to Remedy Defective Corporate Acts"

Since they became effective in 2014, Sections 204 and 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) have provided mechanisms for a corporation to unilaterally ratify defective corporate acts or seek relief from the Court...more

The Delaware Chancery Court’s Columbia Pipeline and Saba Software Decisions: Lessons beyond Corwin

Two recent decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery faithfully apply the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC. No surprise there. Corwin held that when “a transaction not subject to...more

Shareholder Seeks to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

A shareholder of Intel Corporation has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The shareholder seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief...more

California And The “Entitled To Vote” Standard

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I came across a proxy statement for a California corporation that stated the vote required for shareholder action on several proposals was “the affirmative vote of the majority of the shares represented at the...more

Sellout: Why Control is Key in the Sale of VC-Backed Companies

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Every founder of a growth startup dreams of a big, successful exit — a sale of the company for millions of dollars. But that dream could be shattered if the investors are able to cause the company to be sold prematurely with...more

Stockholder Vote Enjoined Over Banker's Financial Interest in Merger

by Morris James LLP on

Investment bankers play a central role in the exploration, evaluation, selection and implementation of strategic alternatives for Delaware companies. To enable stockholders to carefully assess how much weight to give an...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Corwin Defense

by Morris James LLP on

This is a significant decision because it is the first to find that a stockholder vote did not invoke business judgment review under Corwin because the vote was coerced and not fully informed. Under Corwin, a transaction...more

Delaware Courts Expand Corwin Line of Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On March 7, 2017, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the action In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc., C.A. No.12152-VCL. Stockholders of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (“CPG”) claimed that CPG’s...more

Delaware Chancery Preliminarily Enjoins Merger-Related Stockholder Meeting Until Financial Advisor's Fees For Merger-Related...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 22, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery preliminarily enjoined a stockholder vote on the proposed acquisition by Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (“Consolidated”) of...more

Court of Chancery Enjoins Transaction Pending Clearer Disclosure of Banker’s Conflicts

by Morris James LLP on

A board must disclose all information material to the stockholder vote for a transaction. Moreover, disclosures may be inadequate when they are buried in various places in a lengthy proxy statement. One piece of material...more

Don’t Forget the Say-on-Frequency Form 8-K

The proxy rules require that public companies submit a nonbinding proposal to their shareholders every six years regarding how often they should hold say-on-pay votes, known as “say-on-frequency.” Most companies held their...more

Corporate News - March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

A new era for the UK's capital markets? FCA publishes proposals to reform the UK's capital markets and IPO process - The FCA has published a package of measures to reshape and enhance the UK's primary markets. These are...more

IRS Reverses its Position Regarding the Treatment of Merger Breakup Fees

In July 2014 AbbVie Inc. and Shire Plc's announced a $54.8 billion merger deal that would have made AbbVie the largest U.S. company to move its legal residence, though not its operations, abroad in order to lower its tax rate...more

Why Some Delaware Corporations May Be Concerned With California’s Supermajority Vote Requirements

by Allen Matkins on

Section 710(b) of the California Corporations Code defines a “supermajority vote” as a requirement set forth in a corporation’s articles of incorporation (or certificate of determination) that specified actions be approved by...more

Supermajority Director Removal Bylaw Is Unlawful

by Polsinelli on

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently invalidated a bylaw that required a supermajority vote of at least two-thirds of all outstanding shares to remove a director because it was inconsistent with the Delaware General...more

Chancery Court Decision, Invalidating Supermajority Director Removal Bylaw, Has Broad Implications for Supermajority Bylaw...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Frechter v. Zier, C.A. No. 12038-VCG (Del. Ch. Jan. 24, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a corporation’s bylaw, requiring a supermajority stockholder vote for the removal of directors, was invalid. ...more

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Consultation Begins Over Possible UK Corporate Governance Reform

by Dechert LLP on

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a Green Paper on options for future corporate governance reform. The Government’s stated objective is to put in place “the right checks...more

Plan of Arrangement: A Vote for All? Not So, Says Court of Appeal

In Smoothwater Capital Corporation v. Marquee Energy Ltd. (Smoothwater), the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) overturned the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench controversial decision granting shareholders of an acquiring company a...more

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