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Restarting the Clock: Court of Appeal Affirms Two-Year Limitation Period for Oppression Remedy Cases

In its recent decision in Maurice v. Alles, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that oppression remedy claims under the Ontario Business Corporations Act (OBCA) must be commenced within the general two-year limitation period...more

Inspecting Foreign Corporation Shareholder Lists

Recently, I’ve written about the “absolute” right of shareholders to inspect the shareholders list pursuant to California Corporations Code Section 1600. Readers at, or representing, foreign corporations may have skipped...more

Leaving Real Estate Investment Trusts in the Cold: How the Americold Case Could Preclude Establishing Diversity Jurisdiction in...

The Supreme Court’s most recent citizenship opinion, Americold Realty Trust v. Conagra Foods, Inc., could make removing or keeping a case in federal court based on diversity more difficult for a statutory trust with a...more

Supreme Court Upholds Strict Diversity of Citizenship of Non-Corporate Entities for Diversity Jurisdiction

In a unanimous decision on March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed its longstanding principle that unincorporated entities cannot claim diversity jurisdiction for federal court purposes. This case highlights...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.26.16

In major media news yesterday, Gannett has bypassed Tribune Publishing’s leadership and gone directly to its shareholders with a $815 million takeover offer. If accepted, the move would add the LA Times and Chicago Tribune to...more

More On Inspecting The Shareholder List And The Regulation Of Alien Implants

Yesterday’s post discussed California’s “absolute” right of shareholders to inspect the shareholder list established by Section 1600 of the California Corporations Code. Some additional points are briefly worth noting...more

Is Your Corporation “Zeroing Out” Income at End of Year Through Bonuses? Watch Out!

For the last few years the IRS has warned taxpayers that it would look closely at year-end bonuses that resulted in “zeroing out” taxable income of a corporation by deducting the bonuses as salary rather than a payment of...more

Inspecting The Shareholder List

Section 1600(a) of the California General Corporation Law establishes the “absolute right” of a shareholder or shareholders to inspect the shareholder list. To be eligible to exercise this right, the shareholder or...more

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions...more

Court of Chancery Eyes Duties in Deals Involving Stockholder

To determine the applicable standard of review in a stockholder challenge to a corporate transaction, a plaintiff may rebut the business judgment rule by pleading facts that support a reasonable inference that "a controlling...more

The Most Overlooked Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege

In-house counsel often communicate with corporate management under the assumption that these communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege— absent some type of unusual and extraordinary circumstance, such as...more

Second Circuit Limits Creditors’ Ability to Claw Back LBO Payments

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation,1 represents a significant victory for shareholders who may get cashed out in connection with a...more

Should Professional Corporations Consider Making an S Corporation Election – Again?

The United States Tax Court has held that a law firm organized as a professional corporation is liable for accuracy-related penalties for treating year-end bonuses to the shareholder attorneys as compensation (deductible)...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Demand Refused Rules

This initial formal decision by the recently-appointed Vice Chancellor shows her firm commitment to the tradition of the Court of Chancery to produce well-written, scholarly opinions. ...more

High Court Rejects Claim By Shareholder To Be A Private Person Under Section 138D Of FSMA

In this case report, we consider the High Court's decision in Sivagnanam v Barclays Bank Plc [2015] EWHC 3985 (Comm) (4 December 2015). In this ex tempore decision handed down by Cooke J, the High Court awarded Barclays...more

Franchise & Distribution News, Number 2

Ontario Passes New Legislation Governing Tips and Gratuities - Ontario restaurants, bars and other businesses with employees who receive some of their pay through tips and gratuities will face new laws governing how...more

How California Made Mergers Potentially More Difficult

The last two sentences of Section 1101 of the Corporations Code can be an unwonted surprise to some practitioners. They are intended to ensure fair treatment of shareholders in a merger by imposing two requirements...more

Tranquil Waters Once Again in the Safe Harbor: Bankruptcy Safe Harbor Protects Shareholders From State Constructive Fraud Claims

Shareholders who received nearly $8 billion from the Tribune Company leveraged buyout (LBO) do not have to give back that money as a constructive fraudulent transfer. Although the possibility remains that the creditors can...more

Supreme Court Reinforces Strict Rule On Citizenship of Unincorporated Entities for Diversity Jurisdiction to the Detriment of...

Article III of the U.S. Constitution extends the jurisdiction of federal courts to “[c]ontroversies … between Citizens of different States.” U.S. Const. art. III, § 2, cl. 1. “This rule is easy enough to apply to humans, but...more

Alert: Treasury Department Expands Anti-Inversion Rules, Earnings Stripping Rules

On April 4, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury issued temporary regulations that expand the scope of transactions subject to the rules designed to eliminate the US tax benefits of "inversions." The temporary...more

Repurchase Of CPECS From Shareholders Is Not Illegal, Rules Luxembourg Court

Decision of the 15th Chamber of the District Court of Luxembourg, n°1648/2015, 23 December 2015 (appeal ongoing) - The Luxembourg District Court ruled that, from a company law perspective, Convertible Preferred Equity...more

Product Liability Update: April 2016

United States Supreme Court Permits Class Certification And Proof of Liability Through Statistical Evidence Based on Class Sampling Where Class Was Sufficiently Uniform That Evidence Would Have Been Admissible in Any Class...more

Deciding fair value under pre-emption provisions in a company's articles

A recent High Court decision involved interpreting the pre-emption provisions in a company's articles. In particular, the court had to consider the basis on which the appointed accountants should value the shares which the...more

The Hidden Tax Trap in Your Family Business—and How to Avoid It.

You have a business. You have a family. You have a family business. And frequently, the family makes decisions about the business. Sometimes, those decisions are not formalized....more

Important changes to listed companies' and shareholders' disclosure requirements

A new law modifies the existing disclosure requirements applicable to companies trading on an Italian regulated market and companies trading on other EU markets that have elected Italy as a home Member State ("Listed...more

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