Shareholders' Agreements

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Court Declines To Declare “S” Corporation Shareholders’ Agreement Unenforceable

In general, shareholders of a corporation that has elected to be taxed under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code are taxed on corporate profits regardless of whether the corporation makes any distribution of those...more

What Should Be in Your Physician Shareholder Agreement?

Prior to partnering with one or more physicians, doctors should consider drafting a shareholder agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship, as well as the goals of the corporation. Shareholder agreements anticipate...more

Impact of the Cigna Health Decision on the Use of the Merger Structure in Private Acquisitions

When buying a private company controlled by a private equity sponsor but with a substantial number of other shareholders, a common technique to avoid the need to obtain signatures from all the shareholders to a stock purchase...more

Court of Chancery Upholds Right To Secondary Offering

When investors bargain for the right to have their stock sold in a secondary offering after the company goes public, fiduciary duties normally do not operate to restrict that right. Hence, it is not possible to object...more

How Collateral Estoppel Can Be Your Best Friend in Stockholder Litigation

Two recent decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery have dusted off the venerable doctrine of collateral estoppel to dismiss stockholder claims. Of course, this issue is not new in Delaware. In 2013, the Delaware Supreme...more

Start-Up Pack (Belgium)

In This Issue: - Welcome - An introduction to key legal documents for start-ups - Glossary of useful venture capital and company terms - A step-by-step guide to setting up a company in Belgium - A shareholders’...more

Rare Claim Falls Outside Arbitration Agreement, Creates Piecemeal Litigation

Because of the strong federal policy favoring arbitration, and cases providing that any doubt about the scope of an arbitration agreement must be resolved in favor of arbitration, it is uncommon to find a decision holding...more

In a Business Owners Agreement, Should All Owners Be Equal?

Good business planning involves owners of the company developing and entering into a shareholders agreement, operating agreement or partnership agreement (owners agreement). A good owners agreement will allow the owners to...more

When Estate Plans and Shareholder Agreements Collide

The Virginia Supreme Court recently provided a reminder of the importance for small business owners to coordinate their estate plan with a shareholder agreement or other corporation, partnership, or limited liability company...more

Structuring an Agreement Among Owners

When forming a new technology company, there are very few documents as important (and unfortunately, as overlooked) as a Shareholders’ Agreement. The discussion in this post is couched as an agreement among shareholders of a...more

What Every Business Should Know About Keeping Its Corporate House in Order

In This Presentation: - Corporate Records Housekeeping - Protecting Assets – Vis A Vis Employees And Others (Trade Secrets, Confidentiality And Non-Competition Agreements) - Protecting Assets – ...more

BVI court issues pivotal guidance on exclusive jurisdiction clause

In what is likely to be considered a landmark decision, the BVI Commercial Court has held that winding up proceedings brought on just and equitable grounds relating to BVI companies will not be caught by an exclusive...more

Texas Ruling Highlights the Need for Shareholder Agreements in Closely Held Corporations

On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that brings to light the importance of every corporation, especially closely held corporations, having a comprehensive shareholders' agreement that...more

Do You Need a Pre-Nup … for Your Co-Founders?

When you pop the question, “Will you co-found with me?”, you are probably not already thinking about separation. However, not all partnerships will go the distance. Personalities will clash. Creative visions will...more

Ravenswood Investment Co., L.P. v. Winmill & Co., C.A. No. 7048-VCN (Del. Ch. May 30, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this decision in a proceeding pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220, the Court of Chancery held that a corporation cannot condition a stockholder’s access to its nonpublic financial statements on the stockholder’s agreement not to...more

Start-Up Pack (United Kingdom)

The purpose of this Start-Up Pack is to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups who are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis. Creating the right legal framework and ensuring that the...more

Keeping Ownership in the Family

As a family enterprise, your business runs best if it is owned and managed by the family. So it is in everyone’s interest to make sure no family member can transfer ownership outside of the family. To do this (and do it...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That a Minority Stockholder Has No Common Law Right to a Conflict-Free Board Decision Regarding the...

In Blaustein v. Lord Baltimore Capital Corp., No. 272, 2013, 2014 Del. LEXIS 30 (Del. Jan. 21, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court held that a closely-held corporation’s directors owe no fiduciary duty to decide, free from...more

Flaa v. Montano, et al., CA No. 8632-VCG (Del. Ch. Oct. 4, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this action brought under 8 Del. C. § 225, Michael Flaa (the “Plaintiff”) sought to confirm the removal of certain members (the “Defendants”) of the board of CardioVascular BioTherapeutics, Inc. (“Cardio”) by action taken...more

The One Mistake Startup Entrepreneurs Always Make - A Legal Perspective...

In your experience working with startup entrepreneurs, what's the one mistake they make time and again? The answer to that question of course varies greatly, depending on whom you ask - and, for legal perspective, we...more

Russian Mergers & Acquisitions Market - Challenges and Opportunities  [Video]

David Crook and Eric Michailov, partners at White & Case, discuss how the legal environment is changing for Russia-related transactions in 2013....more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: Shareholders' Agreements for LNG Midstream Projects

In contrast to joint venture issues relating to upstream oil and gas development, the topic of shareholders' agreements for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) liquefaction projects has not been covered to a similar extent in...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: - Shareholders' Agreements for LNG Midstream Projects - Upstream Developments – Latin America Foreign Exchange Controls in Venezuela Strangle...more

Blaustein, et al. v. Lord Baltimore Capital Corp., et al., C.A. No. 6685-VCN, (Del. Ch. Apr. 30, 2013) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ summary judgment motion dismissing claims based on the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing under a shareholders’ agreement and further denied...more

California Court of Appeal Recognizes That Wide Discretion Granted to a Board of Directors Under the Business Judgment Rule May Be...

In Scheenstra v. California Dairies, Inc., No. F062768, ___ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___, 2013 WL 363148 (Cal. App. 5th Dist. Jan. 30, 2013), the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, affirmed the judgment of the California...more

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