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How to Deal With Repeal—Dynasty Trust Planning Will Be an Essential Tool

Once again, it appears there’s a strong possibility that the federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer (GTS) tax may be repealed. President Donald J. Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate all support a repeal of the “death tax.” One must only revisit the last time Republicans held control of the House, Senate and the White House in 2001 to identify the last time... Continue Reading

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Releases 2017 Local Rule Amendments

On February 1, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Delaware Bankruptcy Court”) released the 2017 version of the Local Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware (Effective February 1, 2017) (the “Local Rules”). As a courtesy to our clients and friends, the Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group has... Continue Reading

District of Delaware Judge Robinson Takes Senior Status, Leading to Changes in Case Assignment Practices

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced that with the celebration of her birthday today, Judge Sue L. Robinson has officially become a Senior United States District Court Judge.  With Judge Robinson’s senior status, the Court has modified certain case assignment practices... Continue Reading

Major Changes to Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Practices Underway, as Governor Signs Senate Bill 13 into Law

On February 2nd, 2017, Governor John Carney signed into law Senate Bill 13 (“S.B. 13”) which rapidly passed through both the Delaware Senate on January 19th, and the Delaware General Assembly on January 26th. S.B. 13, which is a major overhaul of Delaware’s unclaimed property statute, remains largely unchanged from the version that was introduced in the Senate, retaining the dual aims of... Continue Reading

Major Reforms Proposed in Unclaimed Property Legislation Introduced in Delaware Senate

Senate Bill 13, cosponsored by Senator Bryan Townsend and Representative Bryon Short, on January 12, 2017, is a major overhaul of Chapter 11, Title 12 of the Delaware Code, Delaware’s unclaimed property statute, and is aimed at both updating Delaware law in light of the 2016 Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (“RUUPA”) developed by the Uniform Law Commission and at addressing certain... Continue Reading

Moving Beyond Shareholder Primacy: Can Mammoth Corporations Like ExxonMobil Benefit Everyone?

The New York Times recently took issue with Rex Tillerson, the President-elect’s nominee for Secretary of State, and the current CEO of ExxonMobil. Why? “Tillerson Put Company’s Needs Over U.S. Interests,” accused the front page headline. The article details how the company puts shareholders’ interests before the interests of the United States and of impoverished citizens of countries... Continue Reading

Recent Developments in Delaware Commercial Law: Important Decisions and Legislation for Contract Drafting

Over the past few years, there have been numerous developments in Delaware commercial law as a result of court decisions and legislation. This article addresses a few of these developments that are particularly relevant to drafting and interpreting certain provisions in merger agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements and other transaction documents. This article is not... Continue Reading

Delaware Public Benefit Corporation Practice Note, Standard Clause & Conversion Checklist

Morris Nichols attorneys Rick Alexander, Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Melissa DiVincenzo published three guides on Delaware public benefit corporations for Practical Law Corporate & Securities.  Their Delaware Public Benefit Corporation Practice Note provides an overview of public benefit corporations organized in Delaware. It highlights the special provisions that apply to this type of... Continue Reading

Guidance on Identifying “Officers” for Advancement and Indemnification

A recent decision by Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery suggests that boilerplate advancement and indemnification bylaws, which ambiguously define “officers,” may be construed to apply to a broad group of individuals within a corporate structure. Although the actual ruling in this case was that a former vice president at a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs was not... Continue Reading

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