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Delaware Chancery Court Finds Elon Musk May Be Controlling Stockholder of Tesla Motors

On March 28, 2018, in In re Tesla Motors, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by stockholders of Tesla Motors, Inc. (“Tesla” or the “Company”)....more

Recent Developments in Activist Investing in Japan

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Activist investor Oasis Management receives 90% approval for its proposals from minority shareholders at Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker: 9449) listed GMO Internet Global activist investor trends in recent years...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When A Minority Stockholder Has Control

by Morris James LLP on

In re Tesla Motors Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12711-VCS (Del. Ch. Mar. 28, 2018) - Under Delaware law, a controlling stockholder need not be a majority stockholder. Rather, a controlling stockholder might be a...more

Validity of Amendment to Articles to Introduce Share Redemption

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The UK Privy Council recently upheld the validity of a special resolution to amend a company's articles of association to introduce a compulsory redemption power, which was then immediately invoked against a 20% minority...more

The Cash-Out Merger Solution to the Problem Minority Owner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

How can majority business owners legally rid themselves of a problematic minority owner? Not by transferring the business’s assets to another entity for no consideration. ...more

The Closely Held Business & The Minority Owner: Accessing Information From The Entity’s Tax Return?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Why a Minority Owner? I have often asked the question, “Why would someone willingly become a minority owner in a closely held business?” Similarly, I have often advised clients who control their own business not to admit a...more

LLC Member Expulsion: What Hath Shapiro Wrought?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Unlike the LLC statutes in many other states, New York’s LLC Law does not authorize the LLC or any of its members to seek judicial expulsion of another member, no matter how egregious the member’s behavior. As the Appellate...more

Cleaning up minority shareholdings the case of Staray Capital Ltd v Cha

The recent Privy Council decision in Staray Capital Ltd v Cha [2017] UKPC 43 confirmed that a company's constitution can be validly amended in a manner which is intended to adversely affect a minority shareholder, including...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

Contracting Party Beware: The Implied Covenant Will Not Save You From Your Agreement If You Negotiated Away Your Rights

On February 1, 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss an action brought by minority unitholders of Trumpet Search, LLC (“Trumpet” or the “Company”). The defendants were other unitholders...more

What Start-Ups should know about Minority Investor Rights (part 2)

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In our prior post, we identified 8 common means used to protect minority investors’ stakes in start-ups. In addition to considering those, minority investors should be aware of their ability to exit their investments. ...more

What Start-Ups should know about Minority Investor Rights

by Bryan Cave on

Business investors, like venture capital funds, angels and other investors, typically receive minority ownership interests. The resulting lack of voting control and limited influence on management control requires these...more

Europe Insights

Despite a year of continued global political uncertainty and increasing enforcement, shareholder activism and foreign investment control activity, the 2018 outlook for Europe is positive overall. Skadden partners in the U.K.,...more

2017 Half-year in review - M&A legal and market developments

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We set out below a number of interesting English and European court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical...more

Winter Case Notes: LLC Deadlock and Other Recent Decisions of Interest

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This winter forever will be remembered in the Northeast as the winter of the “bomb cyclone,” which gets credit for the 6º temperature and bone-chilling winds howling outside as I write this. So in its honor, I’m accelerating...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Receivership Petition For Failure To Prove Insolvency

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In re: Geneius Biotechnology Inc., C.A. 2017-0297-TMR (December 8, 2017) - This decision explains what is needed to prove a corporation is insolvent so that a receiver should be appointed for it....more

Minority Owner Or No Owner At All?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Old Dog, New Tricks? It’s a concern for every new investor in a closely held business: will the founding owners continue to operate the business as they always have, or will they recognize that they now have new co-owners...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

Be Careful What You Ask For in a Section 225 Case

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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

The (Even More) Elusive Surcharge in Dissolution Proceedings

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A year ago I wrote a piece called The Elusive Surcharge in Dissolution Proceedings highlighting the rare appearance in the case law of the surcharge provision found in Section 1104-a (d) of the Business Corporation Law. ...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

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

Misunderstandings Among Owners Can Lead To Business Divorce Litigation

One of the most common reasons for a minority shareholder to file “business divorce litigation” is because that minority owner feels left out, pushed out, squeezed out – simply not part of the process in any significant way....more

Germany Sides with Institutional Investors in Competition Debate

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Action Item: The German Government recently weighed in on the side of institutional investors on a competition issue that has generated vigorous academic debate in the United States: whether institutional investors’ minority...more

Overcome Your Nagging Doubts About Business Divorce Litigation

You likely came across this article if you Googled the term “shareholder dispute.” However, it is just as likely that you Googled the term “business divorce.” One business owner suing the other(s) to be bought out, or some...more

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