Category Archives: Corporate Governance

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Technical Change by Broadridge May Impact Retail Voting at Upcoming Annual Meetings

Most public companies use Broadridge for shareholder voting tasks related to their annual meetings. Due to a new interpretive position being taken by the SEC, Broadridge recently informed its clients of a technical change in its online, mobile and telephonic voting platforms that may adversely affect obtaining favorable shareholder votes, particularly from retail investors.… Continue Reading

SEC Adopts New Rules Calling For Greater Independence Standards For Compensation Committees And Their Advisers

In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”) for adopting regulations required by section 952 of the Reform Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on June 20, 2012 issued a press release and published final rules (Release No. 33-9330) (the “Final Rules”) for compensation committee and … Continue Reading

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies When Corporate Officers and Directors are Entitled to Mandatory Indemnification Under DGCL § 145

In Hermelin v. K-V Pharmaceutical Co., C.A. No. 6936-VCG, 2012 WL 395826 (Del. Ch. Feb. 7, 2012), the Delaware Court of Chancery considered whether the former chief executive officer (“CEO”) of a pharmaceutical company, against whom several regulatory and criminal actions had been brought, had been successful “on the merits or otherwise” such that he … Continue Reading

The March Towards Meaningful Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Moves Forward – House Passes Measures to Open Private Capital Raising and Facilitate an On-Ramp of New IPOs

Building on months of momentum in Congress, on March 8, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by a bi-partisan vote of 390-23. A similar bill, S. 1933, has been introduced in the Senate and may be voted on this month. The JOBS Act is intended to address … Continue Reading

California’s New Entities: Benefit Corporations and Flexible Purpose Corporations

By William Manierre As of January 1, 2012, two new subtypes of traditional business corporations may be organized under the California Corporations Code – benefit corporations (§§14600-14631) and flexible purpose corporations (§§2500-3503). Both free their directors from having to manage strictly for the economic benefit of shareholders, enabling them to address social objectives such as … Continue Reading

Public Company Control Alert: NYSE Acts to Further Limit Broker Votes on Specified Corporate Governance Proposals

On January 25, 2012, the New York Stock Exchange issued an Information Memo to its member organizations stating that effective immediately, brokers may not vote on corporate governance proposals supported by company management without instructions from their clients. NYSE’s rules affect the voting of all shares held in “street name” by NYSE member organizations, regardless … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Relief A Shareholder Is Entitled For Inspection Of Corporate Books And Records Pursuant To A Section 220 Demand

In Espinoza v. Hewlett-Packard Co., No. 208, 2011 WL 5838882 (Del. Nov. 21, 2011), the Delaware Supreme Court held that shareholders seeking inspection of corporate books and records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, 8 Del. C. § 220 (“Section 220”), must demonstrate that the records sought are “essential” to the “articulated purpose … Continue Reading

SEC Fee Rate Adjustment for Section 6(B), Section 13(E) and Section 14(G) To Be Effective October 1, 2011

Public companies and companies registering to go public should be aware of fee rate adjustments made by the Securities and Exchange Commission that will be effective as of October 1, 2011. We originally reported on this increase on September 6, 2011. The following fee rates will be affected by the adjustment:… Continue Reading

Amendments to SEC Rule 14a-8 Allowing Shareholder Proposals for Proxy Access Regimes to Come into Effect

On September 6, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission confirmed that it would not seek rehearing or Supreme Court review of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. partially vacating the SEC’s proxy access rules. (Click here for our blog reporting on the D.C. Circuit’s decision.) Chairman Mary L. Schapiro issued a … Continue Reading

California Corporations Code Amended to Simplify Restrictions on Distributions and Permit Waivers of Application of Section 500 to Preferences of Preferred Stock

On September 1, 2011, California governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 571, which simplifies restrictions on dividends, repurchases and redemptions of shares. The restrictions are set forth in Sections 500 to 509 of the California Corporations Code, and are commonly referred to collectively as “Section 500.[1]” These provisions are designed to protect the interests of creditors … Continue Reading

Delaware Chancery Court Considers Scope of Section 220 Books and Records Demand Made Where Sole Purpose Is to Investigate a Potential Derivative Suit

In Graulich v. Dell, Inc., 2011 WL 1843813 (Del. Ch. May 16, 2011), the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a stockholder’s demand under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“Section 220”). Section 220 provides that a stockholder in a Delaware corporation may, under certain conditions, request that that corporation make available certain books and … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX Whistleblower Provisions Do Not Protect Leaks to the Media

In Tides v. The Boeing Co., No. 10-35238, 2011 WL 1651245 (9th Cir. May 3, 2011), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ("SOX"), 18 U.S.C. § 1514A(a)(1), do not protect employees of publicly traded companies who disclose information to the … Continue Reading

The Benefits And Challenges Of Forum Selection Bylaws

In the past year, a number of companies have amended their bylaws to require that shareholder derivative lawsuits are resolved in the Delaware Chancery Court. This recent spike in the use of company-friendly forum selection clauses comes at a time when lawsuits challenging mergers are rampant. According to Reuters, such lawsuits have tripled from 107 in 2007 … Continue Reading

SMRH ALERT: NASDAQ Moves Toward Mandatory Electronic Filing

In July 2010, NASDAQ OMX began permitting companies applying for listing in US markets to submit Listing Applications via its online Listing Center, moving toward its stated goal of migrating all paper-based forms to its electronic platform. Currently the Listing Center supports the electronic submission of Listing Applications and Listing of Additional Shares Notifications. The Listing … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancery Court Dismissal Of Derivative Plaintiff’s Section 220 Books And Records Action

In King v. VeriFone Holdings, Inc., No. 330, 2010, 2011 WL 284966 (Del. Jan. 28, 2011), the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware reversed a decision by the Court of Chancery dismissing a derivative plaintiff’s action under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law seeking books and records of a Delaware corporation. The Supreme … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Chancery Court Is Not Bound By Merger Price Or Fairness Opinion In Appraisal Proceedings Under Delaware General Corporate Law Section 262(h)

In Golden Telecom, Inc. v. Global GT LP, 2010 WL 5387589 (Del. Dec. 29, 2010), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a judgment of the Delaware Chancery Court in an appraisal proceeding under Section 262(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”). Section 262(h) provides that in the event of a merger, a stockholder of a Delaware … Continue Reading

SEC Enforcement Action Under Regulation FD For Implicit Communications To Selected Analysts

On October 21, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced enforcement actions against Office Depot, Inc. and two executive officers for violating Regulation FD by selectively conveying to analysts and institutional investors that Office Depot would not meet analysts’ earnings estimates.… Continue Reading

SEC Stays New Proxy Access Rules

On October 4, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission exercised its discretion to grant a stay of its controversial new proxy access rules and related amendments that were scheduled to take effect on November 15, 2010. As we previously blogged (see our posts here and here), the SEC’s disputed proxy access rules would grant shareholders … Continue Reading

ALERT: Legal Challenge To SEC’s Recently Adopted Proxy Access Rules

Today, Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States filed a Petition for Review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the legality of the SEC’s recently-adopted proxy access rules (See our blog posts here and here.) The proxy access rules grant shareholders who have held … Continue Reading

ALERT: Proxy Access Notice Dates For 2011 Proxy Season Established

On September 16, 2010, the SEC’s final rules for proxy access were published in the Federal Register.  The proxy access rules are effective 60 days after such publication, and accordingly, will be effective on November 15, 2010.  In order to take advantage of the new proxy access rules, nominating shareholders must file a Schedule 14N with the … Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Mandatory Proxy Access Rule for Shareholder Director Nominations — Applicable for 2011 Proxy Season

On August 25, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-to-2 along party lines to adopt a controversial proxy access regime to facilitate shareholders’ ability to nominate a limited number of candidates for election as directors. The new rules, which are primarily contained in new Rule 14a-11 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, will … Continue Reading
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