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International News: Focus on International Dispute Resolution

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime - In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation...more

Plan of Arrangement: A Vote for All? Not So, Says Court of Appeal

In Smoothwater Capital Corporation v. Marquee Energy Ltd. (Smoothwater), the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) overturned the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench controversial decision granting shareholders of an acquiring company a...more

The Tie that Binds: Enforceabliity of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders

The Predicament - One challenge encountered in M&A deals is how to bind all shareholders of the target company to all deal terms. For private companies with few shareholders, this is not much of a challenge. However,...more

GAMCO Folds on Rejection of Proxy Access Nominee

As previously noted, National Fuel Gas had rejected a proxy access nominee submitted by GAMCO Asset Management Inc. because of non-conformance with National Fuel’s proxy access by-law. Many wondered what would happen next. ...more

Keep Looking Forward: Federal Court Holds Company’s Bad Legal Predictions Protected by PSLRA’s Safe Harbor

In a comprehensive tour of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s (“PSLRA”) safe-harbor provisions, on November 22, 2016, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Neovasc,...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process for 2017 Annual Meetings

Each year, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer...more

Blog: That Was Quick — Proxy Access Test Drive Hits A Wall

You probably recall that, on November 9, 2016, GAMCO Asset Management Inc. (entity affiliated with activist investor Mario Gabelli) and certain affiliates used the proxy access bylaws recently adopted at National Fuel Gas...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The US Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees....more

Court Addresses “Fair Value” Determination In Statutory Buyout Proceeding

When when a shareholder sues for involuntary dissolution, the corporation, or the holders of 50% or more of the voting power of the corporation, may avoid the dissolution by purchasing for cash the plaintiff’s shares at their...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2017 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently issued updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Notable updates were issued by one or...more

Supreme Court of Canada Revisits Oppression

A corporation's failure to follow legal formalities under the Canada Business Corporations Act, RSC 1985 c C-44 [CBCA] does not, by itself, establish oppression, the Supreme Court recently held in Mennillo v Intramodal inc.,...more

Consider The Risks Before Electing S Status For Your LLC

Family-owned businesses are often formed as LLCs. For federal tax purposes, an LLC with two or more members is treated as a partnership unless it elects otherwise. Income earned by a partnership is not subject to a separate...more

New Record-keeping Requirements for Ontario Corporations with “Ownership Interest” in Land

The Province of Ontario is introducing new corporate record-keeping requirements for all Ontario corporations having an "ownership interest" in land, effective December 10, 2016....more

I diritti particolari dei soci nelle società a responsabilità limitata e la creazione di “categorie di quote”

The company law reform of 2003, completely overhauling the limited company model, finds its foundation in the enhancement of the social role. The eminently personalist nature of the srl is expressed in the recognition of a...more

Blog: CII Hunts Zombie Directors

A new analysis from the Council of Institutional Investors, announced on October 31, reports a relatively high proportion of “zombie directors” remaining on corporate boards. (The date was not lost on CII: the press release...more

SEC Proposes Requirement for Universal Proxies in Contested Director Elections

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to the proxy rules (the “Proposal”) that would mandate the use of universal proxy cards in non-exempt proxy solicitations for contested...more

Business Litigation Reporter - November 2016

On June 12, 2016, the European Commission adopted a new framework for personal data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), called the “Privacy Shield.” US companies doing business in Europe may...more

SEC Staff Allows Exclusion of “Fix Proxy Access” Proposal under (i)(10)

In a recently issued no-action letter, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance allowed a company to exclude a shareholder proposal seeking specific changes to the company’s existing proxy access bylaw. According...more

ISS Updates Pay-for-Performance Methodology: A Welcome Development

On Nov. 8, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) announced changes to its pay-for-performance methodology for U.S., Canadian and European companies broadening the financial measures that it will consider in its...more

Court Relies on Fully Informed Uncoerced Stockholder Vote in 'Revlon' Challenge

Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III's decision In re OM Group Stockholders Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 11216-VCS (Oct. 12, 2016), represents the latest Delaware Court of Chancery decision to apply Corwin v. KKR Financial...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Adopt Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections

At an open meeting held on October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted two to one to propose amendments for the mandatory use of universal proxy cards and additional voting options and disclosure...more

Blog: Will “universal proxy” make it to the finish line?

With Congress and the Presidency soon to be under Republican control, it would not be surprising, unless the SEC acted with unusual speed, if the universal proxy rules never went into effect. Commissioner Piwowar, a...more

SEC Staff Reiterates No-Action Position on Proxy Access Amendment Proposals

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued three additional responses to company no-action requests to exclude shareholder-proposed amendments to proxy access bylaw...more

FCA fines and makes restriction order against investor for market abuse

In this decision report we review the FCA's final notice issued to Gavin Duncan Paul Breeze on 15 July 2016. Mr Breeze was an investor in, and a former non-executive director (NED) of, a mobile payment software...more

(Proxy) Voting Made Easy?

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the proxy voting rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees. This proposed change would...more

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