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Court Of Chancery Declines To Second Guess On Compensation

This is another in the line of decisions that goes back at least as far as the Disney case where the Delaware Court of Chancery declines to upset the compensation awarded to officers and directors. ...more

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

Last week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 75, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law to prohibit Delaware stock corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they...more

Superior Court Extends Jurisdiction Under The Director Long Arm Statute

It is conventional wisdom that the director long arm statute only confers jurisdiction for breaches of fiduciary duty. Yet as this decision points out, that limitation is not firmly grounded in the words of the statute....more

Delaware Amends Its Corporate Law to Prohibit Fee-Shifting, Approve Exclusive Forum Provisions and Facilitate At-The-Market...

On June 24, Delaware’s Governor signed legislation approving amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). While annual amendments to the DGCL typically involve technical fixes, this year’s legislation addresses...more

Making the Most Out of Your Board Meeting

Many first-time entrepreneurs have never participated in a formal board meeting. After an initial round of financing, regular board meetings become a reality. Preparing for board meetings can be time consuming and daunting....more

Blog: Delaware Chancery Court Applies Entire Fairness Standard Of Review To Director Compensation

What is the judicial standard of review applicable to an award of compensation by directors to directors under an equity incentive compensation plan that has been approved by the shareholders? That was the question before...more

Are Delaware Directors Deathless?

I’ve noticed that the drafters of corporate laws seemed to have overlooked the mortality of directors.  Section 141(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, for example, prescribes the term of directors as follows...more

SEC Sanctions Independent Trustees for Approving Mutual Fund Advisory Contract without Sufficient Information

Underscoring the need for independent trustees to act vigilantly, a recent SEC consent order issued in an enforcement action imposed discipline on a mutual fund's independent trustees, its investment advisor, and the...more

Cybersecurity: Where Does the Buck Stop?

Over the last few months, we’ve been talking about cybersecurity issues for employers. We’ve discussed the responsibilities and risks associated with personally identifiable information and the wave of lawsuits resulting...more

Hey There Fellow Securities Defense Lawyers: Omnicare is GOOD for Us!

If correctly understood and applied, the Supreme Court’s decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Const. Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), will allow corporate officers to speak more freely, without...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Litigation Threat Means Public Companies Should Review Director Compensation Process

Corporate directors are permitted to, and regularly do, set their own compensation. This has not been controversial because boards have typically taken seriously their responsibility to set compensation that is reasonable and...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - June 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update is intended to provide a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock...more

Delaware House Passes Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

On June 11th, the Delaware House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill prohibiting publicly traded corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they do not prevail in lawsuits...more

Upper Tribunal Expresses "Wholesale Disagreement" With FCA's Assessment Of Level Of Financial Penalty To Be Imposed On...

In December 2014, the tribunal handed down a decision that partly upheld the FCA's findings in respect of Ms Burns in connection with her conduct as a non-executive director (CF2) of two mutual societies. The tribunal found...more

A Key Reminder to Directors of Delaware Corporations When Granting Equity Awards under an Equity Incentive Plan

Corporate directors routinely make decisions regarding their own compensation. If challenged by stockholders, such decisions are generally reviewed by Delaware courts under the onerous "entire fairness" standard, which...more

The Buck Stops Here: CEOs Held Most Accountable by Directors for Major Data Breaches

According to a recent joint survey of nearly 200 directors of public companies by the New York Stock Exchange and Veracode, CEOs are most likely to be held responsible in the event of a major data breach, ahead of the chief...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Personal Claim” Exception To Advancement Rights

In the area of what claims are subject to the right to have fees advanced to a former officer or director, there is no more often disputed issue than whether the claim asserted arose out of the role as an officer or director...more

Director Compensation After Calma v. Templeton: Proactive Steps to Consider

Delaware case exposes director compensation to heightened “entire fairness” standard absent adequate stockholder ratification - The Delaware Court of Chancery recently decided a case that makes it easier for plaintiffs...more

Delaware Offers New Guidance on Enforcing Fiduciary Duties Owed to Insolvent Corporations

On May 4, 2015, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, analyzing creditors’ standing to bring derivative claims against directors...more

Back To The Future – Should Stock Incentive Plans Impose Grant Limits on Non-Employee Director Awards?

On April 30, 2015, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware rendered an important case decision in a procedural matter dealing with the equity compensation of non-employee members of a company’s board of directors (see...more

Delaware Supreme Court’s In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Decision Allows Independent Directors To Utilize Section 102(b)(7) Defense...

A director’s responsibilities in serving on a corporate board are attended by substantial personal financial risks—not least of which is the specter of shareholder litigation. Exculpatory charter provisions, such as Section...more

An Exercise of Business Judgment: Chancery Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Demand-Refused Case

Last week, Vice Chancellor Glasscock released an important decision dismissing a case under Rule 23.1 that was brought by a DuPont shareholder who alleged that the board improperly refused a demand to sue DuPont’s officers...more

Cybersecurity Oversight: What is a Board of Directors to Do?

Cybersecurity and the risks of data breaches figured prominently at the 35th Annual Ray Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute held April 30, 2015, at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. Participating in a panel...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Company Law (Updated)

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in Australia are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Corporations Act principally regulates companies, their incorporation, the acquisition of...more

Delaware Court Limits Stockholder Ratification Defense for Derivative Claim Challenging Director Compensation - Court Permits...

In Calma v. Templeton, et al., C.A. No. 9579-CB, (Del. Court of Chancery, April 30, 2015), the stockholders of Citrix Systems, Inc. (the “Company” or “Citrix”) had previously approved a compensation plan with few limits;...more

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