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Acquisition of Shares in Public Companies Before the SEJM

A parliamentary bill has been submitted with the Sejm, repealing an obligation to submit a tender offer in connection with the acquisition of shares giving the right to 10% of the total number of votes at the General Meeting...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Blog: Data Points from Recent Appraisal Decisions

As concerns over the potential exercise of appraisal rights are increasingly being factored into deal price, data points from recent Delaware appraisal decisions may help inform a party of its appraisal risks and, if an...more

Blog: Likely Interim SEC Chair Spells Out His Priorities

According to this article in the WSJ, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, who will probably become acting Chair when current Chair Mary Jo White steps down this month, has agreed with fellow Commissioner Kara Stein about...more

When Investing In A Partnership May Be A Tax Problem

A business entity that is treated as a “flow-through” for income tax purposes enjoys the benefit of a single level of tax – the entity itself is typically not subject to tax on its net income; rather, that income “flows...more

Solak v. Sarowitz et al., C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery held that Section 109(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) prohibits a bylaw shifting to a stockholder plaintiff the attorneys’ fees and other expenses incurred by the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits On Stockholder Challenges To Short-Form Mergers

It is well understood that minority stockholders have limited rights to object to a short-form merger under Delaware law. This decision affirms that minority stockholders cannot challenge the merger on fairness grounds...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms the Invalidity of Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

In Solak v. Sarowitz, C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that plaintiff stated a claim that a stock corporation’s fee-shifting bylaw was facially invalid under Section 109(b) of...more

Blog: Why Does Management Seek To Exclude Shareholder Proposals?

In this recent preliminary working paper, Why Do Managers Fight Shareholder Proposals? Evidence from No-Action Letter Decisions, academics at the USC Marshall School of Business attempt to determine why corporate management...more

Can a Minority Shareholder Force the Majority to Buy Their Interest?

The question often arises whether a minority shareholder can require the majority to buy his interest in a privately held company. The answer, as a general matter, is that absent an agreement that provides for the purchase,...more

Stock Dividend Foot Faults

Recently the Treasury issued proposed regulations for Section 305. The proposal was prompted by Section 6045B, enacted in 2008 and effective only under regulations requiring the issuer of stock to provide basis reporting. A...more

Who Is The Taxpayer?

Back to Basics - This is not a silly question. In fact, it is often one of the most difficult issues confronted by a tax adviser, and it arises from one of the most basic of tax principles; specifically, that income is...more

Court Of Chancery Strikes Down New Fee-Shifting Bylaw

After the enactment of Section 109(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, one would have thought that fee-shifting bylaws were invalid. However, this decision deals with another attempt to shift fees, this time when a...more

China Strengthens Supervision on Offshore Chinese Yuan (RMB) Lending

In 2016 stabilizing the exchange rate of Chinese yuan (also known as RMB, the legal currency of China) was a critical challenge for Chinese government. Due to the recent staggering devaluation of RMB, the People’s Bank of...more

Unfinished Business: SEC Chair Details Rules Ready to Go

In a letter dated December 12, 2016, to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, SEC Chair Mary Jo White took issue with a request to defer consideration of new rulemaking during the...more

Delaware Court Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaw

In 2015, Section 115 was added to the Delaware General Corporation Law, or DGCL providing that Delaware corporations may adopt bylaws requiring that internal corporate claims be filed exclusively in Delaware. Section 109(b)...more

Alert: ISS and Glass Lewis Update 2017 Proxy Voting Policies

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL), the two most influential proxy advisory firms, recently released updates to their voting policies for 2017. Both ISS and GL issued policy updates on director...more

Shareholders Derivative Suit Filed against Wendy’s for Data Breach

Continuing the trend of filing a shareholders derivative suit following a data breach, a Wendy’s shareholder recently filed a derivative suit against Wendy’s executives and board members alleging they did not adequately...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

The Definition of Insanity? Wendy’s Shareholders File Derivative Action Based on 2015-16 Data Breach

An old saw defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Wendy’s shareholders recently flouted that maxim by filing a derivative action this week against officers and...more

Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2017

Canadian M&A activity rose once again in 2016, surpassing a record-breaking 2015 to become the most active year in Canadian deal-making history. In terms of deal value, 2016 will be second only to the peak of 2007....more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Merger Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Action

This is another decision in the continuing development of Delaware law on how to determine the acquired company’s fair value in an appraisal action. The decision carefully reviews the more recent opinions on whether the...more

Home Depot Evades Shareholder’s Derivative Suit for 2014 Data Breach

Public companies that are proactively working to mitigate “cyber” risks and prepare to respond to potential incidents frequently ask whether a “breach” will lead to litigation, loss of customers, stock price decline, and...more

Sole Owners of Close Corporation and LLC Discover They're Not So Sole

What makes a shareholder a shareholder? What makes an LLC member a member? The simplicity of the questions belies the difficulties and endlessly unique fact patterns encountered in case after case involving close...more

Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Suit Sent Home

Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Georgia permanently shelved a derivative suit brought by shareholders of Home Depot. Home Depot is a multinational home improvement retailer. In September, 2014,...more

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