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Golden Parachute Tax Terror

Smith Anderson's tax group is now offering complimentary presentations. This webinar will provide an introduction to the tax rules related to certain payments to insiders triggered by a change in control of a corporation...more

Texas Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Legal Malpractice Case Involving Standing of Beneficiary of Trust

On February 10, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court heard argument in a case that involves the issue of legal standing to sue when a trust is injured by the actions of a third party. In DLA Piper US, LLP v. Linegar, Chris Linegar...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Consulting Agreement Among Affiliates of a Controlling Shareholder

In the recent decision of In re EZCORP Inc. Consulting Agreement Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 9962-VCL (Jan. 25, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery clarified the standard of review when faced with shareholder challenges...more

European M+A News, Winter 2016

Smart Acquisition Structures For Deals In Germany And The UK - What Are the Criteria for Smart Acquisitions via Corporations? - Inbound investment structures seeking to acquire a German or UK corporation should take...more

The PSC Regime – Persons with Significant Control

Background This is the third in a series of client alerts published about the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA) - the impetus for a number of changes to the Companies Act 2006. ...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Disclosures Required Absent A Stockholder Vote

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, it explains when directors might have a duty to cause the company to make disclosures to the stockholders about transactions that do not require the stockholders’ vote....more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2016

Corporate governance has changed dramatically since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The level of shareholder engagement and institutional...more

PSC REGIME — ARE YOU READY? NEW RULES ON DISCLOSURE OF UK COMPANIES' ULTIMATE OWNERS

On 6 April 2016, changes to the Companies Act 2006 will introduce a new PSC regime. This will require unlisted UK companies to take reasonable steps to identify those people with significant control over them, and to record...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Court Of Chancery Imposes An “Incorporation Condition” On A Stockholder’s Books And Records Inspection

This is a precedent-setting decision in the books and records context. In it, the Court imposes an “Incorporation Condition” on the stockholder’s inspection. That is, a stockholder who establishes a credible basis to inspect...more

New York Expands Liability for Employee Claims for Unpaid Services Performed in New York to the Top 10 Shareholders of Privately...

Under a New York law in effect for decades, the top 10 shareholders of a privately held New York corporation can be held liable in certain circumstances for amounts owed to the corporation's employees. On January 19, 2016,...more

Winery Equity Crowdfunding Raises Opportunities, Risks

Many are familiar with the rewards-based model of crowdfunding popularized by websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The basic idea is that a group of individuals — the “crowd” — contributes funds to a company or project in...more

Blog: Blackrock CEO Asks Companies To Provide Board-Approved Strategic Framework For Long-Term Value Creation

While Laurence D. Fink, co-founder and chief executive of BlackRock, has been decrying short-termism for a number of years, in his 2016 corporate governance letter to CEOs, he takes his advocacy a step further....more

Blog: Should Insiders Be Permitted To Pledge Their Company Shares?

Many company policies prohibit (or severely limit) officers and directors from pledging their company shares against margin loans, and, as discussed in an article in last week’s WSJ, there seems to be good reason for that...more

Congress Eliminates Annual Privacy Notice Requirement for Certain Financial Institutions

President Obama signed into law on December 4, 2015 a bill that amended Section 503 in Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (G-L-B Act), with the result that financial institutions – including investment companies and...more

The Built-In Gains Tax - S Corporations Are Gaining Ground

Many business owners are aware that, if a business is operated through a C corporation, the corporation pays tax on the profits and, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders in the form of dividends, the...more

Bail out the sea of paper in your in-box – understanding Article 55 bail-in clauses

From 1 January 2016, European Economic Area (EEA) member states are required to implement Article 55 of the European Union Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (2014/59) (BRRD)....more

Blog: Directors Overboard

Companies are paying increased attention to the potential for director “overboarding,” according to the WSJ. Many companies have adopted restrictions on the number of outside seats that directors may hold, often in response...more

Client Agreement and Failure to Terminate Representation Under the Terms of Client Agreement Results in Firm's Disqualification...

Brief Summary - In 2013, three shareholders sued: (1) each other for breach of fiduciary duties; and (2) their company for involuntary dissolution. The law firm that represented one of the shareholders had been retained...more

The New U.K. Ownership and Control Transparency Regime (The PSC Regime)

If you read one thing... - U.K. corporates required to identify and record identities (including home addresses) of 25%+ holders of economics/votes/control (“PSCs”) – exclusion for most U.K. listed issuers. ...more

Court Of Chancery Explores The Effect Of Federal Settlements On A Delaware Action And Applies Unocal To Bylaw Amendments

First, the Court explores the effect settlement agreements in two federal court actions might have on claims in a Delaware action. The decision holds that the settlements did not release the Delaware plaintiffs’ derivative...more

"Indian Insurance Sector Welcomes Foreign Investment With Limits on Control"

As part of the Indian government’s plans to encourage foreign investment, in 2015 it increased the foreign ownership cap in the Indian insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent. The increase, however, did not affect the...more

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

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

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2015

Financial institutions in Canada witnessed yet another year of significant growth in legislation and regulatory guidance impacting their operations, while the financial marketplace is continuing to adapt to the impact of...more

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