Recurring Issues for VC and PE Funds: Guidance from Recent Delaware Cases

A periodic "heads-up" of legal developments in Delaware relevant to venture and private equity funds... Director conflicts of interest: Courts skeptical that a fund’s board designee is conflicted due solely to the position of the fund (e.g., winding down, or interested in participating in future deals) ... but specific allegations that fund has materially different interest than... Continue Reading

Benefit Corporations: Good for Shareholders and Stakeholders

In recent weeks, benefit corporations have been in the news. First KickStarter, a well-known funding platform for creative projects, announced that it had amended its charter to become a benefit corporation. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever announced he was going to work toward bringing Certified B Corporations (which must adopt the benefit corporation structure or its equivalent) to multinationals... Continue Reading

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Adopts the “Time” Approach to Lease Rejection Damages

Recently, Judge Kevin Carey of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued the first written opinion in the District of Delaware resolving the “time versus rent” debate and interpreting section 502(b)(6) of the Bankruptcy Code in Delaware, an issue that is important to both debtors and commercial landlords. In In re Filene’s Basement, LLC, 2015 Bankr. LEXIS 1350... Continue Reading

Directed Trusts: Panacea or Plague? (republished)

Directed trusts have become commonplace over the last decade. There are only nine states that haven’t enacted some form of directed statute, and among those, several are considering such legislation. Section 808 of the Uniform Trust Code (UTC) implements the concept, and the Uniform Law Commission recently empanelled a Divided Trusteeship Committee to draft a modern uniform directed trust... Continue Reading

Analysis of the 2015 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

The 2015 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) were recently enacted. The amendments address important policy topics (such as prohibiting charter- or bylaw-imposed “loserpays” fee-shifting provisions for stockholder litigation and expressly permitting charter- or bylaw-imposed exclusive forum selection provisions). The amendments also make certain technical... Continue Reading

Trust Act 2015 Legislative Update

On July 10, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 42 into law effective immediately, then on August 7, 2015, Governor Markell signed House Bill 164 into law effective as of August 1, 2015.  Those laws (collectively “Trust Act 2015”) provide many advancements in Delaware trust law. Settlors, beneficiaries and fiduciaries of trusts now have more tools and... Continue Reading

Upcoming Delaware Secretary of State Office Closure

In connection with a major upgrade of its computer platform, the Delaware Secretary of State’s Division of Corporations will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, and will reopen for business at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  During this four-day period (which includes Labor Day), it will not be possible to process or submit filings, obtain copies of documents on file,... Continue Reading

2015 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

Morris Nichols attorneys Jeff Wolters and Dan Matthews contributed an article on 2015 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). The authors discuss important changes which include the addition of a prohibition on “fee-shifting” charter and bylaw provisions for stock corporations, express authorization of exclusive forum provisions, amendments confirming that the DGCL provides... Continue Reading