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Chancery Enjoins Board in Potential Stockholder Dilution Scheme

Directors and officers of struggling corporations seeking capital or startups willing to trade equity for cash should read the Delaware Court of Chancery's recent transcript ruling in Elite Horse Investments Ltd. v. T3...more

ISS Issues FAQs on Proxy Voting Policies Regarding Bylaw and Charter Amendments Adopted Without Shareholder Approval

Existing (ISS) voting policy is to recommend against the election of boards of directors if charter or bylaw amendments were enacted without shareholder approval and in a manner that materially diminishes shareholders’ rights...more

Del. Justices Reverse Injunction Halting Sale of Control Transaction

When a Delaware corporation engages in a sale of control transaction, its board's obligation is to obtain the highest value reasonably attainable. This obligation, often referred to as Revlon duties, may be fulfilled as long...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Revlon Does Not Require An Active Market Check, Reverses Lower Court Order Preliminarily...

On December 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware reversed the Delaware Court of Chancery's November decision to preliminarily enjoin for 30 days a vote by C&J Energy Services stockholders on a merger with Nabors Red Lion...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Injunction Requiring Thirty Day Go-Shop

In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery's entry of a preliminary injunction that enjoined C&J Energy Services, Inc. ("C&J") from holding a stockholder vote on its proposed merger with...more

Delaware Supreme Court Endorses Change of Control Subject Only to a Post-Signing Passive “Market Check” and Overturns Chancery...

On December 19, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned a Delaware Chancery Court decision that imposed a mandatory obligation on a target company to solicit alternative transactions for 30 days despite a prohibition against...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Order Enjoining Stockholder Vote and Requiring Company to Solicit Alternative Proposals

On December 19, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed an injunctive order issued by the Court of Chancery temporarily enjoining a stockholder vote on the merger of C&J Energy Services, Inc. (C&J) with a subsidiary of...more

Study Concludes ISS Data on Voting Against Hostile Takeovers is Flawed

On October 22, 2014, ISS published a note on the financial consequences for shareholders to vote “NO” to a proposed hostile takeover. ISS claimed to have demonstrated that those shareholders who voted “No” to a proposed...more

The Inspector of Elections–A Refresher

Of all the items on a company’s annual meeting checklist, the role of the inspector of elections gets perhaps the least attention. Fortunately, this function requires little attention or supervision most of the time....more

The Flawed Headcount Requirement on Schemes of Arrangement

A failed takeover of a Hong Kong-listed company has highlighted a weakness in English company law. On 16 June, a proposed take private by way of scheme of arrangement lapsed when the resolution to approve the scheme...more

1, 2 or 3 Years? How Should Boards Decide The Frequency Of Say-On-Pay Votes?

Although the initial ruckus over how to determine the outcome of executive compensation say-on-frequency votes has subsided, I still maintain that the Securities and Exchange Commission botched the rule (§240.14a-21(b)). ...more

Remuneration Voting - 2014 AGM Season

Over the 2014 AGM season, there was much media attention on the so-called ‘Shareholder Spring’. We have analysed the shareholder votes on resolutions to approve directors’ remuneration reports and remuneration policies during...more

Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority adopts new rules for the acquisition of significant ownership positions in QFC...

Key highlights: - QFCRA must approve a change of control, whether in direct shareholding or at a parent level, with key thresholds set at 10%, 24%, 49% and 74% of voting rights or shares. - When exceeding the...more

I Find More Confusion On Tallying Votes

I recently came across the following vote tally in Item 5.07 of Form 8-K: - 73,197,209 votes for (28.9% of the voted shares) - 177,776,280 votes against (70.2% of the voted shares)... ...more

Shareholder Lawsuit About Compensation Plan Derails Annual Meeting

Plaintiffs claim the company, a Delaware corporation, did not count abstentions as “no” votes when the most recent increase in the share reserve was put to the shareholders at a special meeting in February 2013, which as an...more

What Good Can Come From Letting The Indifferent and Undecided Hold Sway?

I’ve written many posts on the subject of voting because it seems so straightforward and yet turns out to be complex. In tackling any voting problem, it is important to know and understand the applicable voting rule. An...more

Recent Developments Relating to Hostile Deals in the US

In November 2013, Men’s Wearhouse made an unsolicited offer to acquire Jos. A. Bank, just weeks after rejecting a hostile offer from Jos. A. Bank. Jos. A. Bank initially rejected the “Pac Man” counteroffer, but ultimately...more

2014 Changes to the Minnesota Business Corporation Act

On April 25, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed House Bill H.F. No. 2190, which makes a number of changes to Chapter 302A of the Minnesota Statutes, the Minnesota Business Corporation Act (the “MBCA”). These changes will go...more

M&A Update: Chancery Court Provides Another Lesson For A Reasonable Sale Process

In a recent decision, Chen v. Howard-Anderson, the Delaware Chancery Court once again questioned the reasonableness of how a board conducted the sale of a company when it permitted stockholder claims to go to trial....more

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

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