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“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

[Webinar] Outlook 2018: How companies are addressing hot-button shareholder issues and winning approval - January 18th, 1:00pm ET

by Hogan Lovells on

In conjunction with the Equilar report, Corporate Governance Outlook 2018, featuring commentary by Hogan Lovells and Donnelley Financial Solutions, this webinar will explore upcoming trends for the 2018 proxy season and...more

Delaware Supreme Court Imposes New Limits on Stockholder Ratification Defense In Connection With Equity Incentive Plans

In In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 169, 2017, 2017 WL 6374741 (Del. Dec. 13, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court limited the ability of directors to assert the stockholder ratification defense when...more

Knee Deep in the Big Muddy of Director Compensation and Stockholder Ratification

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Delaware Supreme Court delivered a gift to the plaintiffs' bar with its recent opinion reversing the Court of Chancery's In Re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation decision. • This decision, the first...more

Discretionary Equity Awards to Directors Subject to “Entire Fairness” Standard of Review

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Human nature being what it is, the law, in its wisdom, does not presume that directors will be competent judges of the fair treatment of their company where fairness must be at their own personal expense. According to the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Limits Stockholder Ratification Defense for Director Compensation Decisions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last week, the Delaware Supreme Court, in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation (“Bancorp”), reversed the Delaware Court of Chancery and held that awards granted to directors under a stockholder-approved equity...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reins in Stockholder Ratification of Director Compensation

• Directors were not entitled to stockholder ratification defense where stockholders only approved the general parameters of director and employee bonuses • This marks the first time in nearly 60 years that Delaware’s...more

Boards Beware: Delaware Supreme Court Limits Application of Deferential Standard for Reviewing Director Equity Awards

On December 13, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion, In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Case No. 169, holding that, except under limited circumstances, the court will not apply the...more

Informal shareholder resolutions: the Duomatic principle revisited

by Dentons on

A recent Court of Appeal decision has considered whether the Duomatic principle of unanimous informal shareholder consent can be invoked where one of the shareholders is a company which has been dissolved....more

NASDAQ Proposes Revisions to Shareholder Approval Rules

by Dechert LLP on

Nasdaq, Inc. recently requested comments regarding possible updates to its “20% voting rule.” That rule, adopted in 1990, requires Nasdaq listed companies to obtain shareholder approval when issuing 20% or more of its stock...more

Court Reverses Summary Judgment For Directors Because They Could Not Consent To Their Own Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

by Winstead PC on

In Corley v. Hendricks, three individuals (Gaylen, Dan, and Corley) operated a business as shareholders, officers, and directors. No. 02-16-00293-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth April 27, 2017, no pet....more

NASDAQ Solicits Comments on Shareholder Approval Rules

Nasdaq posted the following notice and request for comment: “Last year, Nasdaq, solicited comments on our shareholder approval rules. These rules were adopted in 1990 and have remained largely unchanged since then. The...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

A Shareholder Consent In Its Dotage May Or May Not Be Valid

by Allen Matkins on

California Corporations Code Section 603(a) broadly authorizes shareholder action by written consent...more

Appraisal Rights in Maryland

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

With the recent focus on appraisal rights in the Delaware Court of Chancery, it was only a matter of time before a Maryland court took up the issue. Although originally authored in April 2016, the Circuit Court for Baltimore...more

Another Reminder that Director Limits set forth in Equity Plans Allow Director Compensation to be Reviewed under the more Lenient...

Earlier this month, in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery reiterated its view that placing a meaningful limit on director equity awards to be granted under a stockholder...more

The Delaware Chancery Court’s Columbia Pipeline and Saba Software Decisions: Lessons beyond Corwin

Two recent decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery faithfully apply the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC. No surprise there. Corwin held that when “a transaction not subject to...more

Buying Assets? Have You Considered This Secretary’s Certificate?

by Allen Matkins on

California Corporations Code Section 1001 requires approval by the outstanding shares (Corp. Code § 152) of the principal terms of a sale of all or substantially all of a corporation’s assets (unless the transaction is in the...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

Corporate Formalities Matter in the Transfer of Shares of Family-Owned Businesses

by Murtha Cullina on

Shares in family-owned businesses are often transferred between family members, whether through a sale or gift during a shareholder’s lifetime or through inheritance after an owner’s death. The parties to such a transfer...more

M&A Watch: Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As we have previously reported, the Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the stockholder class action suit In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017),...more

Continuing Confusion About Shareholder Approval Requirements

by Allen Matkins on

I continue to read confused statements in proxy statements about the vote required for shareholder action. The default voting rule in Delaware is found in Section 216(2) of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Board Compensation Awards Under A Stockholder-Approved Compensation Plan

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 5, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder derivative suit against the directors of Investors Bancorp, Inc., which had asserted a...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims In Shareholder-Approved Merger, Finding That Shareholders...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a shareholder claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the board of directors (the “Board”) of Saba Software,...more

Court of Chancery Applies Ratification To Equity Grants Under Stockholder Approved Plan

by Morris James LLP on

Stockholder approval of an equity compensation plan may or may not constitute ratification over awards to the directors under the plan. When it does, the Court of Chancery will review challenges under the business judgment...more

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