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Curing Corporate Missteps Under Delaware Corporate Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As every founder knows, starting and scaling a company is an extremely difficult and multi-faceted undertaking. In addition to the primary goals of developing a viable product, finding (and in some cases building from...more

Lehman Ruling Sets Stage For Future Subordination Contests

In the case In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Brothers employees for...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Articulates Test for Direct Versus Derivative Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On August 16, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, if the shareholder...more

In Brief: Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Scope of Bankruptcy Code’s Subordination of Shareholder Claims

by Jones Day on

Section 510(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a mechanism designed to preserve the creditor/shareholder risk allocation paradigm by categorically subordinating most types of claims asserted against a debtor by equityholders...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Recommends Limiting The Preclusive Effect Of Prior Decisions On Demand Futility In Derivative Lawsuits ...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 25, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a supplemental opinion, responding to a remand order from the Delaware Supreme Court, in which Chancellor Bouchard recommended that the...more

Inside And Outside Reverse Veil Piercing

by Allen Matkins on

UCLA Professor Stephen Bainbridge has published several posts commenting on my post discussing Curci Invs. v. Baldwin, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 698. The issue in Curci was whether reverse veil piercing of a limited liability...more

And the Award For Most Oppressive Conduct By a Majority Shareholder Goes to . . .

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the years I’ve litigated and observed countless cases of alleged oppression of minority shareholders by the majority. Oppression can take endlessly different forms, some more crude than others in their execution, some...more

Growing Concerns with Proposed Amendments Affecting Private Businesses and their Shareholders

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 18, 2017, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced sweeping changes to the way private businesses and their shareholders are taxed. The Government's proposals encompass three broad areas: (1) income sprinkling...more

Chancery Recommends Rule to Determine Preclusive Effect of Judgments in Prior Derivative Actions

by Morris James LLP on

The predominant approach in most jurisdictions to determine whether the dismissal of a derivative action based on the failure to adequately plead demand futility bars re-litigation of this issue in a subsequent derivative...more

Stock Indices Take Action to Exclude Multi-Class Share Structures

by King & Spalding on

The S&P Dow Jones and FTSE Russell indices recently took actions designed to exclude companies with multi-class share structures from several of the most prominent market indices. On July 31st, S&P Dow Jones announced that...more

Further Clarification from Delaware Supreme Court on Deal Price in Statutory Appraisal Actions

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The Delaware Supreme Court offered further guidance this week on the weight to be accorded a negotiated deal price in the context of shareholder appraisal litigation, which of course is important to businesses and counsel...more

Blog: Corp Fin Refuses To Allow Exclusion Of New Form Of Proxy Access Fix-It Proposal

by Cooley LLP on

It ain’t over till it’s over, as they say. You may have thought that, after the series of staff no-action positions allowing exclusion of so-called “fix-it” proposals during the last proxy season, we had seen the last of...more

S&P Announces Methodology Change for Multi-Class Shares

On July 31, 2017, S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P”) issued a press release announcing a methodology change for multi-class shares following its consultation published on April 3, 2017. The S&P Composite 1500 and its component...more

Delaware Encourages Blockchain Technology Through Legal and Technological Innovations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 21, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed into law a series of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will allow companies to keep shareholder information on blockchain technology-based...more

No Conflict in Successive Representation of a Closely-Held Company and Its Insiders Where Insiders Already Possess Company’s...

In Beachcomber Management Crystal Cove, LLC v. Superior Court (Salisbury) (No. G054078, filed June 28, 2017; pub. and mod. order July 28, 2017), the Fourth Appellate District granted a writ of mandate vacating a trial court’s...more

Do You Have a Reasonable Expectation of Receiving Dividends if You Acquired Your Shares in a Family-Owned Corporation Through Gift...

by Murtha Cullina on

Corporate shareholders often expect to receive dividends in connection with their ownership of corporate shares. This is particularly true when owners invest capital in or provide other services to the company in exchange for...more

The Extended UK PSC Regime

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The UK’s beneficial ownership disclosure rules for persons with significant control (PSCs) over certain UK entities, introduced in April 2016, have been extended as part of the UK’s implementation of the EU’s Fourth Anti...more

The Alter-Ego Of A Corporation: Piercing The Corporate Veil

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A corporation is a legal entity separate and distinct from its shareholders. The corporate form generally shields shareholders from personal liability for the corporation’s debts. However, shareholders cannot incorporate...more

Blog: Is The Noose Tightening Around The Shareholder Proposal Rules?

by Cooley LLP on

In remarks this week before the Chamber of Commerce, new SEC Chair Jay Clayton indicated that the SEC will be taking a hard look at the shareholder proposal rules. As reported in thedeal.com, Clayton advised that it is “very...more

Eighth Circuit Says No Standing for Fund of Funds’ Shareholders Under Section 36(b)

On July 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that a shareholder of a fund of funds lacks standing under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended...more

Indonesia tightens control over changes in shareholding and boards of oil & gas, power, geothermal and mining companies

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Indonesia just issued a new regulation (Reg. 42/2017) that extends governmental control on private and foreign investment in the energy and mining sectors. Whilst similar forms of control already existed in the upstream...more

Independent Directors, Law Firm and Financial Advisor not Liable for Omissions in Private Tender Offer

R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., a private company, was allegedly more than 90% controlled by the Polk family. The Company was in the consumer marketing business with holdings such as Carfax, Inc. In March 2011, the Company initiated a...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

Blog: Framework Developed By The Investor Stewardship Group Establishes Common Set Of Investor Expectations For Corporate...

by Cooley LLP on

The Investor Stewardship Group—a group of the largest, most prominent institutional investors and global asset managers investing, in the aggregate, over $20 trillion in the U.S. equity markets—has developed the Framework for...more

Court Upholds Stockholder's Share Ownership and Books-and-Records Request

by Morris James LLP on

Companies often defend against stockholder requests to inspect books and records by contending that the plaintiff stockholder lacks a proper purpose or that his or her stated purpose is not the real purpose. Less common is a...more

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