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Delaware Court Of Chancery Rejects Books-And-Records Demand Driven By Entrepreneurial Counsel

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a stockholder’s demand to inspect books and records of A. Shulman, Inc. (the “Company”) under Delaware General Corporation Law...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

Public Benefit Corporations Have Arrived in Texas

by Jackson Walker on

Public benefit corporations, which are recognized in over 30 states, have now been adopted in Texas. The Texas public benefit corporation laws became effective on September 1, 2017. Now, businesses can incorporate in the...more

SFC Proposes Rules and Code for Open-Ended Fund Companies

by Dechert LLP on

Recently, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a consultation paper on the Securities and Futures (Open-ended Fund Companies) Rules (Rules) and Code on Open-ended Fund Companies (Code) which, if...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Global Index Providers Announce Decision to Exclude Companies with Multi-class Capital Structures or...

In July 2017, global index providers S&P Dow Jones (S&P DJI) and FTSE Russell (FTSE) announced changes to their index eligibility rules, with S&P DJI excluding from certain of its indices companies with multi-class capital...more

Further Clarification from Delaware Supreme Court on Deal Price in Statutory Appraisal Actions

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The Delaware Supreme Court offered further guidance this week on the weight to be accorded a negotiated deal price in the context of shareholder appraisal litigation, which of course is important to businesses and counsel...more

Blog: Framework Developed By The Investor Stewardship Group Establishes Common Set Of Investor Expectations For Corporate...

by Cooley LLP on

The Investor Stewardship Group—a group of the largest, most prominent institutional investors and global asset managers investing, in the aggregate, over $20 trillion in the U.S. equity markets—has developed the Framework for...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

The Arbitrability of German Shareholder Resolutions: Limited Partnerships Now also Covered

by White & Case LLP on

The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – "BGH") recently clarified that disputes over the validity of a limited partnership's shareholder resolutions may be submitted to arbitration ("Arbitrability III"...more

Changes to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Council of the EU adopted several changes to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive of 2007. The changes are relevant to listed companies in the EU. The changes are aimed at encouraging shareholder engagement, in...more

Corporate News – June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Pre-Emption Group reports on the use of its Statement of Principles - The Pre-Emption Group, which represents listed companies, investors and intermediaries, has published a monitoring report looking at the use of its...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

This newsletter provides a snapshot of the principal US and selected international governance and securities law developments during the first quarter of 2017 that may be of interest to Latin American corporations and...more

Shareholder Rights Directive: Parliament Resolution at First Reading to Adopt Directive

by Jones Day on

On 14 March 2017, the European Parliament resolved to adopt the Commission's proposal to amend the Shareholder Rights Directive. The amendments approved by Parliament include...more

Did The Harvard Shareholder Rights Project Prove Itself Wrong?

by Allen Matkins on

In December 2014, Stanford Law School Professor Joseph A. Grundfest and Daniel M. Gallagher incited an academic titanomachy when they released a draft of an academic paper provocatively entitled “Did Harvard Violate Federal...more

Federal Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege for Mutual Fund Independent Trustees

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a decision affirming the importance of the attorney-client privilege in the mutual fund board setting, an Illinois federal court ruled on April 25, 2017 that fund shareholders were not entitled to access privileged...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: May

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 16 March, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had launched a new tool in its fight against cartels and other anti-competitive practices. The Commission unveiled a new whistleblowing tool, which would allow...more

Updated CHOICE Act Proposes to Impose Heightened Pleading Requirement and Raise Burden of Proof for Plaintiffs in Section 36(b)...

by Dechert LLP on

The Chairman of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), on April 19, 2017 released an updated discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE1 Act (Bill), and the Committee held...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - April 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

Corporate News - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Beneficial ownership - BEIS call for evidence on register of beneficial owners of overseas entities - In March 2016, BEIS published a discussion paper which outlined a range of proposals to enhance the transparency of...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

Ontario court clarifies dissent procedure in arrangement transaction

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A recent Ontario decision shines a light on the ability of shareholders to dissent in respect of a corporate transaction. This right, also known as an appraisal remedy, allows shareholders opposed to a business deal to opt...more

Saudi Arabia Approves New Corporate Governance Regulations

by Dechert LLP on

The publication of the Regulations is driven by the continued effort to attract additional foreign investment into the Kingdom and to harmonize the CMA’s own rules with those of the newly revised Companies Law2, as overseen...more

50/50 Ownership Relationships can be Trouble, Plan Ahead

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Case Study: Trans Perfect Global, Inc. Philip Shawe v. Elizabeth Elting, Delaware Supreme Court, February 13, 2017 - TransPerfect is a successful global translation business founded by two college friends, Philip...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Former Stockholder Lacks Standing To Bring Section 220 Action For Inspection Of Books And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed for lack of standing a lawsuit for inspection of corporate books and records brought by a former stockholder squeezed out in...more

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