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Controlling Stockholders

Updated Guidance (and Ground Rules) for Controlling Stockholder Deals

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (“MFW”) provided business judgment rule protection for controlling stockholder transactions that are conditioned from the outset on certain procedural...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies That Section 144 Compliance Will Not Automatically Bestow Business Judgment Protection

by White and Williams LLP on

Most directors and officers are aware of Section 144 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, which provides that a corporate transaction involving an interested director or officer is not void solely because of that reason,...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Applies Dell And DFC To Find "Fair Value" Of Widely Traded Company With No Controlling Stockholder Is...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 26, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled in a post-trial opinion that the thirty-day average unaffected market price was the best evidence of the fair value of Aruba...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Holds That Addition Of MFW Protections Following Initial Controller Proposal But Before Negotiations...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 2, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a stockholder challenge to the buyout of Synutra International Inc. (“Synutra”) in a squeeze-out merger by a controlling...more

Key Developments in Delaware Corporation Law in 2017

Developments in appraisal law, the application of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC in post-closing damages actions and the potential expansion of Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corporation (MFW) — a case examining the standard of...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Deference to Controller-Driven Stock Reclassification Transaction

by Polsinelli on

Recent Delaware court decisions have underscored the value of procedural safeguards in controlling stockholder transactions—which, at least when involving minority freeze-outs, historically were subject to entire fairness...more

Better Part of Valor: Delaware Supreme Court Rules No Ratification Defense for Director Grants under Discretionary Plans

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What happens when corporate directors approve their own awards under an equity incentive plan? Under Delaware law, so long as the plan is approved by a majority of the fully informed, uncoerced and disinterested stockholders,...more

“You’re Not Fully Clean”: § 220 Inspection Demands Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 29, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to extend the ruling in Corwin by finding that the approval of a merger by a vote of the disinterested stockholders does not act as an impediment to a properly...more

Delaware Chancery Court Extends Application of MFW Standard to Conflicted Stock Issuances

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a complaint asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a stock issuance proposed by a controlling stockholder. IRA Trust f/b/o...more

Court looks to shareholder to make payment on behalf of litigant

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal applied a new legal test for considering whether an appeal had been stifled by a condition to make a payment into court. The appellant could not make the payment itself so the question was whether the...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Applies MFW Protections To Stock Reclassification That Allegedly Preserved Controlling Stockholder's...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 11, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a putative stockholder suit asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against NRG Energy, Inc. (“NRG”), the controlling...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

Delaware Court of Chancery Issues Important Decision on Recapitalizations and Dual-Class Structures Involving Controlling...

On December 11, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision that will be important for companies looking to implement measures to extend or make changes to dual-class voting structures and for companies with...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

Pre-Merger Suit Deemed Premature By Chancery, Dismissal Granted

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery, In re Straight Path Commc’ns Inc. Consol. S’holder Litig., Civil Action No. 2017-0486-SG (Del. Ch. Nov. 20, 20107), Vice Chancellor Glasscock stayed consideration of a...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin And Test For Control

by Morris James LLP on

Peter Van Der Fluit v. Yates, C.A. No. 12553-VCMR (Nov. 30, 2017) - Briefly, under Corwin, the informed vote of a majority of the disinterested stockholders subjects a transaction to the business judgment rule when the...more

Competition News November 2017

by Dentons on

On October 18, 2017, the French Competition Authority penalized the three main producers of PVC and linoleum floor covering and their professional trade union (SFEC) with up to €302 million for the organization of a cartel...more

Court of Chancery Confirms MFW Applies to Controlled-Company Sale With Disparate Consideration

In 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (MFW II), that the business judgment rule would apply to controlling stockholder “squeeze-out” mergers if the transaction is conditioned...more

SEC Comment about “Affiliate” Stockholder in Public Float Calculation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In monitoring SEC comment letters, we came across this SEC comment letter made public this month. It serves as a reminder to registrants that, when calculating a company’s public float, there is an informal presumption that a...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Delaware Court Of Chancery's Use Of Its Own DCF Method To Determine Fair Value After...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 30, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery determining the fair value of ISN Software Corp. (“ISN”) in an appraisal action brought by minority stockholders...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Post-Merger Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Alleged Controller

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 24, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action by former stockholders of Morgans Hotel Group Co. (“Morgans”), challenging its $794...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 30 | October 2017

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Labor & Employment - Outline of Japanese Legislation for the Promotion of Work Style Reform Held Reasonable - On September 8, 2017, Japan's Labour Policy Council announced its opinion that the "Outline of Legislation...more

Finding Complaint Did Not Adequately Plead Claims For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty, Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Court Of Chancery...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed a decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty claims against the directors of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (“CCOH”) in...more

Watch Out For Minority Shareholder Oppression Claims After Admitting Non-Family Shareholders To The Family-Owned Business

by Murtha Cullina on

Controlling shareholders and managers of family-owned businesses often direct the use of company funds and other resources to provide employment and other benefits to non-shareholder family members. In a business that is...more

Forging ahead with “entire fairness,” or playing it safer (procedurally speaking)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Controlling stockholder buyouts of Delaware corporations are generally scrutinized under the lens of “entire fairness” to determine whether the transaction was the product of fair dealing and fair price. Notably, however,...more

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