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Red Light for New Activist Strategy

by Jones Day on

Earlier this month, General Motors ("GM") won a decisive victory in a proxy contest waged by Greenlight Capital, the activist fund headed by David Einhorn. Greenlight claimed that GM's shares, which were trading at a price...more

A Virtual Reality: New Opportunities for Shareholder Meetings in Virginia and Beyond

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This spring, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved legislation passed by the General Assembly permitting Virginia corporations to hold virtual-only shareholder meetings, beginning July 1, 2017. When the new law goes into...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Identifies Fiduciary Duty Constraints On Preferred Equity

by Cole Schotz on

A recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) places certain fiduciary constraints on a company’s ability to satisfy its obligations to its preferred equity holders. While investors often seek to acquire...more

Blog: Does The Health Of The Economy Depend On Getting The Role Of Shareholders Right?

by Cooley LLP on

Are shareholders really the “owners” of corporations? Even though shareholders have no responsibilities to the corporations they “own”? Should corporations be managed for the sole purpose of maximizing shareholder value? Are...more

Dutch Court Denies Approval of Collective Settlement Unless Changes Are Made as to Allocation of Compensation and Fees

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal denied approval of the €1.204 billion collective settlement of former Fortis (now Ageas) shareholders’ claims unless the parties agree to restructure the allocation of the settlement amount among...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Publication of Mining Charter 2017 - Where to from here?

by Hogan Lovells on

The publication of the Reviewed Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2016 in the Government Gazette on 15 June 2017 (MC17) had and immediate, dramatic effect on...more

District Court Dismisses Shareholder Claim that Equity Award Share Withholding Triggers Section 16(b) Liability - Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A US District Court recently dismissed a claim that an insider’s election to satisfy an income tax obligation by having shares withheld from the delivery of an award constituted a non-exempt sale of shares back to the issuer...more

The Latest on Shareholder Climate Activity: BlackRock Begins Explaining Its Votes

We previously noted BlackRock’s recent shareholder votes in favor of increased reporting of climate risks by ExxonMobil and Occidental. Now, BlackRock has stepped it up a notch by including “vote bulletins” on its investment...more

Sections 204 And 205 Of The DGCL Cannot Remedy Unauthorized Corporate Acts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a matter of first impression, the Court of Chancery considered whether an “unauthorized” act–one that the majority of stockholders entitled to vote deliberately declined to authorize–but that the corporation nevertheless...more

Blog: Will Dual-Class Structures Torpedo The Business Judgment Rule?

by Cooley LLP on

While there has certainly been a lot of debate about the merits and demerits of dual-class stock, one interesting angle was raised by Charles Elson, director of the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for...more

Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Application of the Statute of Limitations to Shareholder Oppression Claims

by Dickinson Wright on

In the recent case of Frank v Linkner, ___ Mich ___; ___ NW2d ___ (2017), the Michigan Supreme Court clarified that a claim for member oppression under Michigan’s Limited Liability Company Act (“LLCA”), MCL 450.4101 et seq.,...more

Federal Court No Mecca for Business Divorce Litigants

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Civil litigation in federal court can be a luxury experience. The quality of the judiciary is superb. Federal judges often give their cases substantial individualized attention. Lawsuits progress relatively quickly. The...more

District Court Dismisses Shareholder Claim that Equity Award Share Withholding Triggers Section 16(b) Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 26, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a claim based on a shareholder’s interpretation of SEC Rule 16b-3(e), that an insider’s elective share withholding constitutes a...more

Staying Ahead of Non-Financial Reporting Risks

by NAVEX Global on

On May 31, shareholders at Exxon-Mobil approved a proposal calling for the company to report annually on how climate change regulation and new clean-energy technologies might affect its business....more

Preserving Deferred Tax Assets in a Capital Raise

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss recent capital raises and techniques used to preserve deferred tax assets....more

Exxon Mobil Shareholders Push for Climate Policy Risk Disclosure

A new trend is emerging among the country’s most influential fossil fuel investors: a demand for climate change accountability and progress towards a low-carbon economy. On May 31, 2017, a vote among Exxon Mobil’s...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part II

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed two of four recent developments in Delaware law that reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit...more

Court of Chancery Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge to Merger Transaction

by Morris James LLP on

Stockholders who believe that a board breached its fiduciary duties in connection with information provided to stockholders asked to vote for a merger transaction can either seek to enjoin the transaction or seek damages...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Corwin Limits

by Morris James LLP on

This is an important decision if only because it explains a further limitation on the Corwin rule that an informed uncoerced stockholder vote insulates a corporate transaction from attack. First, the decision explains when a...more

Despite U.S. Retreat from Paris Agreement, Shareholders Require Climate Change Assessments

In the midst of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, shareholders are demanding greater transparency regarding climate change risks. While publicly-traded companies are often adept at disclosing...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 6

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Judge Dismisses $2.4 Billion False Claims Act Suit Brought Against Citigroup - A New York State Supreme Court Judge has dismissed a qui tam False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit brought by Eric Rasmusen, an economics professor at...more

Is Appraisal Arbitrage Past Its Prime?

by Morris James LLP on

Once again, some corporate lawyers are complaining that the Delaware courts are too good to stockholders or, more often, plaintiffs’ lawyers. In the more recent past, those complaints focused on merger litigation that led to...more

ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

by White & Case LLP on

The European Central Bank ('ECB') published its final guidance ('Final Guidance') on leveraged transactions on 16 May 2017, marking the end of a public consultation process that began on 23 November 2016. In addition to its...more

Buying a company in business rescue that has assessed tax losses

by Hogan Lovells on

Companies in business rescue often have built-up assessed losses for tax purposes. Competitors wishing to take over the business of the company in business rescue would often view such assessed loss as a valuable asset, in...more

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