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Insurance Coverage in the Post-Weinstein Era

With new headlines involving sexual harassment and other inappropriate sexual conduct continuing to emerge on a daily basis, insurance coverage for claims that might emerge is something every company should consider....more

Director Discretionary Compensation Awards Tested by Entire Fairness Standard According to Delaware Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court found in In re Investors Bancorp Stockholders Litigation that director equity grants based on director discretion are subject to an entire fairness standard of review. ...more

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for U.S. Public Companies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) updated its proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming proxy season. The updates, summarized in part below, are effective for shareholder meetings on or after Feb. 1, 2018....more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Ratification Defense In Stock Option Cases

by Morris James LLP on

In re Investors Bancorp Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 169, 2017 (December 13, 2017) - There has been some uncertainly over the effect of stockholder approval of stock option plans for directors, such as does that...more

Blog: NACD Public Company Governance Survey Examines Key Trends And Board Priorities

by Cooley LLP on

The National Association of Corporate Directors has released the results of its 2017-2018 Public Company Governance Survey of over a thousand direc­tors and executives. The survey looked at directors’ outlook for 2018 on key...more

Examiners are Carefully Scrutinizing Financial Institutions’ Compensation Arrangements

by Ruder Ware on

It has come to our attention that some examiners have recently been carefully scrutinizing financial institutions’ employee compensation arrangements. Although it now appears unlikely that the proposed Dodd-Frank rules on...more

Across the Board-Episode 10 Sheila Hooda on Board Culture

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Sheila Hooda on culture on a Board of Directors and how Boards can drive culture throughout an organization. Some of the topics we highlight are the following: 1. What is good Board culture?...more

Court Of Chancery Expands MFW To Recapitalization

by Morris James LLP on

IRA Trust FBO Bobbie Ahmed v. Crane, C.A.. 12742-CB (December 11, 2017) - This is an important decision because it extends the holding of MFW to a stock reclassification. Under the 6-part test of MFW, the business judgment...more

Court Of Chancery Enforces Oral Agreement To Add Directors

by Morris James LLP on

Sarissa Capital Domestic Fund LP v. Innoviva Inc., C.A. 2017-0309-JRS (December 8, 2017) - This is a great explanation of when a director is authorized to enter into an oral agreement that is enforceable, here to add two...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

Preparing for the 2018 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

In anticipation of the upcoming annual report and proxy season, we are highlighting new requirements and trends for public companies in 2018....more

Court Of Chancery Explains Basis For Inspection Of Alleged Wrongdoing

by Morris James LLP on

Silverberg v. ATC Healthcare Inc., C.A. 2017-0242-JRS (December 5, 2017) - While the standard to win the right to inspect corporate records to investigate alleged wrongdoing is a lenient one, it is still not enough to just...more

Bill 141: New Governance Rules for Certain Quebec Companies

Directors of Quebec insurers, trust and savings companies and deposit institutions will have increased duties regarding the development and enforcement of “sound commercial practices” and “sound and prudent management...more

New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

ICSA and The Investment Association Publish Guidance on Board Engagement with Stakeholders, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

In September 2017, ICSA: The Governance Institute ("ICSA") and The Investment Association published new guidance to help company boards ensure that they consider and understand the interests of their key stakeholders when...more

Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in a Closely Held Business

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Longstanding Massachusetts law holds that officers, directors, partners, and even equity holders in closely held corporations owe their respective entities and related equity holders a fiduciary duty to act with the utmost...more

Italy Enacts New Anti-Raider Rules to Protect Strategic Assets

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Recent foreign investments in Italian blue chips led the Italian government to intervene to protect strategic assets. The Result: Decree 148/2017 introduced new disclosure requirements regarding...more

Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season

On November 16, 2017, Skadden held our webinar “Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season.” The panelists were Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment in the Office of...more

Legal Risk Management Forum: panel highlights

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Watch panels – in their entirety – from our Legal Risk Management Forum: http://bit.ly/2AirKK3. The Legal Risk Management Forum, a half-day forum hosted by the Financial Times and Ropes & Gray, brought together risk...more

Corporate Venture Capital: Variations on a Theme (5 Key Terms)

by Hogan Lovells on

We have seen increasing interest in venture capital investments by corporate investors (as compared to traditional investment funds) in recent years, especially as new technologies appear poised to dramatically impact, or are...more

New Guidance from SEC Encourages Board Involvement in Excluding Certain Shareholder Proposals

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2017, issued a new Staff Legal Bulletin regarding shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8. Staff Legal Bulletin 14I...more

German Public M&A Q1 – Q3 2017: Overview and current issues

by White & Case LLP on

German Takeovers in the headlines of the press - So far this year, three takeover bids have made headlines in the German financial press. After major struggles between the executive board, supervisory board and...more

Commercial Division Dismisses Derivative Lawsuit After Board Rejects Shareholder Demand

The decision to bring a lawsuit on behalf of a corporation is entrusted to the corporation’s board of directors. A shareholder may not maintain a derivative lawsuit on behalf of a corporation without first making a demand on...more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

CEOs Take a Collaborative Approach to Creating More Inclusive Workplaces

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Numerous studies show that a diverse workforce can increase innovation, provide a competitive edge in selling products and services to different markets, improve decision-making, and significantly increase profits. But, these...more

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