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Delaware Supreme Court Elaborates Upon When A Shareholder Vote Is Fully Informed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that a shareholder vote on a tender offer was not fully informed where the company did not disclose why its founder, chairman and largest stockholder abstained from...more

4 Things Most People Get Wrong about Abstentions

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard or said these words: • “All those in favor, say ‘aye.’” • “All those opposed, say ‘no.’” • “Any abstentions?” And just keep your hand up there if that last question makes you...more

A Beginner’s Guide to Governing Documents & Rules

I talk a lot on this blog about Robert’s Rules. But let’s be clear that Robert’s Rules (or your parliamentary authority of choice) is not the end-all, be-all. Truth-be-told, there are many sets of rules that your organization...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

How to Ignore Robert’s Rules and Do Your Own Thing

Does parliamentary procedure matter? Absolutely. But we all know that Robert’s Rules can really cramp your style. (Eighth wonder of the world: A parliamentarian actually admits the frustrations of procedure!) So, some good...more

3 Essential Facts about Bylaws

As a parliamentarian, I’ve witnessed the confusion: Everybody’s cool with meetings and procedure until someone references the mysterious organizational “bylaws.” Instead of feeling comforted by this governing document, people...more

New Jersey Adopts Series of Changes for Corporations

by White and Williams LLP on

The state of New Jersey recently amended its corporate laws under the New Jersey Business Corporation Act (NJBCA) in an effort to provide clarity for companies incorporated within the state. The changes closely align with...more

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Proposes Raising Whitewash Approval Threshold

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The high level of certainty of obtaining shareholders' approval for whitewash waivers could lead to potential abuse by parties looking to obtain or consolidate control through whitewash transactions in Hong...more

Nasdaq Proposal to Amend Shareholder Vote Rule

As we have previously discussed on our blog, the securities exchanges impose shareholder vote requirements in connection with certain financing transactions. These rules are often referred to as the “20% Rule,” since, for...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

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Discretionary Director Compensation Subject to Entire Fairness Review

by White & Case LLP on

On December 13, 2017, on appeal from the Chancery Court, the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Del. Supr., No. 169, 2017, Strine, C.J. (Dec. 13, 2017) ("Bancorp"), denied a motion...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

Easy Fix: Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Robert’s Rules just wouldn’t have clout if it didn’t provide a standard order of business. So, it provides a six-part agenda that can get you started... ...more

5 Basics for Successfully Navigating Your Next Meeting

I’d be a rich woman if had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the parliamentary procedure query, “Why all these rules, anyway?!” Well, I didn’t make them up, and they weren’t hatched recently at all – Robert’s Rules harks...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

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Focus on schemes of arrangement: recent key judicial decisions

by Dechert LLP on

Schemes of arrangement remain a popular tool for companies to reach a compromise with their creditors and effect complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings. In this article, we highlight a number of recent judicial decisions...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Peltz/P&G drama continues, with the company suggesting that Trian has lost its bid for a Board seat and the fund arguing that it disagrees with the company’s counting of the ballots....more

What Can’t be Cured, Must be Endured: Delaware Limits Defective Corporate Act Ratification

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision provides important guidance on what types of defective corporate acts may be ratified under Section 204 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”), and what types may not....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

P&G is banking on “a variation of America’s electoral arithmetic” as its best bet for keeping Trian’s Nelson Peltz away from its board. So . . . we’ll see him on there soon [?]....more

Go West? What the NYSE Has to Offer for Gulf IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO has put the region’s companies in sharp focus for global investors. As GCC nations continue to experience shifts in economic activity, including less government spending, more companies (both state...more

A Quick Guide to Voting Terms (Plus PDF Download)

Attend a meeting or read an organization’s rules, and you’re likely to encounter a variety of voting terms. Parliamentary procedure (e.g., the rules of Robert’s Rules and other parliamentary procedure guidebooks) helps us out...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - August 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A review of 2017 proxy season activity, including the trend toward adoptions of proxy access bylaws, is here. A suggestion that the big news of the 2017 proxy season was climate change proposals and the shift in Blackrock,...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Rule Deference to Controller Transactions Involving Third-Parties

On August 18, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action brought by former minority stockholders of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”) against Martha Stewart and...more

Director Equity Grants and Vote Buying Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Williams v. Ji et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined an alleged scheme in which the Directors of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. granted themselves options and warrants for the stock of five subsidiaries over which...more

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