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Supreme Court Rules that Citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity is Based on Citizenship of its Members, Which Includes...

On March 7, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) ruled that the citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity (“REIT”), for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, is based on the citizenship of its...more

What Is Good Corporate Governance? A Commonsense Approach

It seems to be a very simple question that does not always produce a clear-cut response. A group of high profile executives, including CEOs of major US corporations, tried to reach consensus on commonsense principles that are...more

Blog: CEO Group Offers List Of Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles

A group of CEOs of major public companies and institutional investors, including Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, Larry Fink, Mary Barra and Jeff Immelt, among others, have developed a list of “commonsense corporate governance...more

Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Corporations: A Cure for the Two Step in Texas

The State of Delaware recently adopted amendments, which will be effective on August 1, 2016, to an oft-used statute that streamlines the acquisition of a public Delaware corporation (the “Target”) structured as a tender...more

SEC Committee Recommends Investor-Specific Mutual Fund Cost Disclosures

In mid-April, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) issued a recommendation that the SEC "explore ways to improve mutual fund cost disclosures." As a first step, the IAC urges the SEC to require that periodic...more

U.S. Court for District of Minnesota Dismisses Target Data Breach Shareholder Derivative Suits

On July 7, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Target’s unopposed motion to dismiss the derivative actions filed by a number of shareholders against the company relating to the...more

New Legislation Modernizes Luxembourg Company Law

The Luxembourg Parliament adopted two new laws on 18 July 2016 (the “New Laws”), which update key features of some of Luxembourg’s long-established and most frequently used corporate structures and introduce new structures....more

We sure have a lot of shareholders – do we need to start reporting to the SEC? – JOBS Act, Section 12(g) and Record Keeping

After several rounds of financing, many equity awards to employees and maybe a couple of acquisitions (using company stock for payment), some late stage start-up companies end up with very large cap tables. At some point,...more

Section 355 Guidance: More Clarity and New Tests on Device, Active Trade or Business and Distribution of Control

The recent guidance under section 355 is a significant attempt by the IRS to clarify in a formal way what it historically has been able to do on a case-by-case basis through the private letter ruling process....more

Alert: Shareholder Activism and HSR Collide: DOJ Obtains Record Fine from ValueAct

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced on July 12 that ValueAct Capital agreed to pay a record $11 million civil penalty to settle claims that ValueAct purchased over $2.5 billion in Halliburton and Baker...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

Reasonable Compensation Issues Remain On the IRS Radar Part II: S-Corporation Concerns

Our May 26, 2016 article, Reasonable Compensation Issues Remain on the IRS Radar ("Part I"), discussed how the IRS scrutinizes the reasonableness of compensation payments made to C-corporation shareholder-employees. As...more

Safe Harbor Acquisition of Control for Spin-Offs

Code Section 355, and related Code provisions, when applicable, will allow a corporation to spin-off or split-off a subsidiary corporation to its shareholders without triggering gain to the corporation or its stockholders....more

Shareholder Derivative Suit Following Data Breach Misses Target

On July 7, 2016, Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss a shareholder class action that had been initiated following a 2013 holiday...more

Major reform of the Luxembourg Company Law: What’s new?

Bill 5730 amending the Luxembourg Company Law (the Bill of Law n°5730 amending the law of 10 August 1915 on commercial companies, the Civil Code and the law of 19 December 2002 on the register of commerce and companies and...more

Factoring Convertible Debt into your Next Equity Round Price

In the past we’ve talked about structuring and maintaining capitalization tables and thresholds and mechanics involved in converting convertible notes into equity. It makes sense that convertible notes would impact a...more

Blog: Corp Fin Staff Issues New CDI On When Shareholder Efforts To Influence Management Affect Eligibility To Use Schedule 13G

The Corp Fin staff continues to dribble out new CDIs, with the newest relating to circumstances when, under Rule 13d-1, shareholder efforts to influence management will affect the shareholder’s eligibility to use Schedule...more

SEC Clarifies Relationship between HSR Investment Intent and 13D/G Status

The SEC has issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (8-K 103.11) that clarifies the interaction between the investment intent exemption in the HSR rules and the ability to file a Schedule 13G. The CDI poses...more

Tenders Have the Same Cleansing Effect as Stockholder Votes in Two-Step, Section 251(h) Deals

In In re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litig., C.A. No. 10485-VCMR (Del. Ch. June 30, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that when a fully informed, uncoerced, disinterested majority in voting power of a target’s...more

The Debate Over Shareholder Democracy

Corporate governance issues can quickly divide directors, management and shareholders. For years there has been a continuing debate over the efficacy and importance of shareholder democracy. In theory, and using loaded...more

D.C. Circuit Limits Government's Ability to Collect on Personal Debt by Garnishing Assets of Closely Held Corporation, Reverses...

On July 8, 2016, the D.C. Circuit clarified the limits of the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (FDCPA). The Court held under D.C. and federal law that the government cannot satisfy a judgment against a co-owner and...more

Typical SEC Comments on Merger Proxy Statements

A review of recent SEC comments on merger proxy statements indicates many of these comments were typical, and some are variations on a theme: Rule 14a-6(a) requires that the form of proxy be on file for ten calendar...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Difficult Valuation Techniques

This decision deals with the always difficult world of what beta to use in a DCF valuation....more

California's First District holding closes loophole for evading removal jurisdiction in insurance coverage declaratory relief...

California law has long held that the parent and controlling shareholder of an insured corporation has no standing to sue for breach of contract or bad faith under an insurance policy issued to the corporation. In a published...more

Lessons learned from "Health Tech Innovators" conference

Allen & Overy was delighted to be involved in the recent London Technology Week event called “Health Tech Innovators”. ?Organised by Tech London Advocates, MedCity and DigitalHealth.London, the event brought together...more

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