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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

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

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

Court of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Action for Failure to Plead Demand Futility

by Morris James LLP on

A cardinal principle of Delaware law is that directors manage the business and affairs of a Delaware corporation. This includes decisions regarding whether to pursue claims against officers and directors whose breach of duty...more

Activists at the Gate: Court of Chancery Weighs In on Claims Involving Activist Stockholders

Several recent decisions applying Delaware law offer helpful insight about the impact that activist investor involvement has on board decision-making leading to a transaction and how those decisions will be reviewed by the...more

“Lawyer Driven” Books and Records Demand Rejected by the Delaware Court of Chancery

by Reed Smith on

The Delaware Court of Chancery rejects the ability for stockholders to access a corporation’s books and records based on “lawyer driven” motives. A recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilkinson v. A....more

Be Careful What You Ask For in a Section 225 Case

by Morris James LLP on

Delaware recognizes the need to promptly resolve disputes over the composition of the board of directors of a Delaware corporation. Section 225 of the Delaware General Corporation Law provides that the Delaware Court of...more

Activist Shareholder, the CCO and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

t certainly is one thing for a company to make changes in their compliance program based upon ongoing monitoring, evolving best practices or remediation during an investigation. ...more

SEC Releases New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published in Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I guidance relating to the excludability of certain shareholder proposals...more

Me Too, But Now What? What Board Members Need to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Allegations of workplace sexual harassment and assault have recently made headlines from Silicon Valley to Hollywood and have brought down the careers of numerous high-profile executives. Partially a response to the uptick in...more

ISS Issues Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") issued draft proposed policy changes for the 2018 proxy season (the "Draft Changes").1 The Draft Changes for US companies are grouped in three categories:...more

Blog: PwC’s 2017 Annual Corporate Directors Survey shows directors “clearly out of step” with institutional investors on social...

by Cooley LLP on

In its Annual Corporate Directors Survey for 2017, PwC surveyed 886 directors of public companies and concluded that there is a “real divide” between directors and institutional investors (which own 70% of U.S. public...more

Corporate Communicator - Fall 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recent changes to Nevada corporate law reaffirm Nevada’s commitment to providing directors and officers with maximum deference in the exercise of their fiduciary duties on behalf of Nevada corporations. Specifically, Nevada...more

Court Of Chancery Decides It Will Determine Stock Validity In A Section 225 Case

by Morris James LLP on

Southpaw Credit Opportunity Master Fund L.P. v. Roma Restaurant Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0059-TMR (Oct. 13, 2017)- In a contest over who has been elected to a board of directors under Section 225 of the DGCL, it is...more

Court of Chancery Imposes Incorporation By Reference Condition On Books and Records Production

by Morris James LLP on

The City Of Cambridge Retirement System v. Universal Health Services Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0322-SG (Oct. 12, 2017) - A stockholder may inspect a corporation’s records for any recognized proper purpose, including...more

Court Of Chancery Examines Books And Records Inspection Demand

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Mehta v. Kaazing Corporation, C.A. No. 2017-0087-JRS (Del. Ch.), Vice Chancellor Slights examined a stockholder’s books and records request upon a Delaware corporation pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220. ...more

NYC Pension Funds Set Their Sights on Board Diversity

by Jones Day on

The Background: The NYC Pension Funds, which led the largely successful campaign to implement proxy access rights across corporate America, have launched a new crusade to improve the diversity of corporate boards....more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

by Allen Matkins on

Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

Blog: Will Board Diversity Be The New Proxy Access?

by Cooley LLP on

In 2014, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees the NYC pension funds, submitted proxy access proposals to 75 companies—and ignited the push for proxy access at public companies across the U.S. The form of proxy access...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

Dealing with an Unsolicited Offer - The Bank Account

by Bryan Cave on

On today's episode Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler discuss how to handle unsolicited offers for your bank....more

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