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Benefits of Independent and Delaware Perspectives on Board Self-Evaluations

Board self-evaluations are conducted by companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and with increasing frequency by boards of other public and private companies. Feedback from director surveys and commentators suggests that, although directors are generally satisfied with the performance of their boards, a lack of independence has proved to be a meaningful hindrance to effective board... Continue Reading

2017 Amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law and Alternative Entity Statutes

In its last session, the Delaware Legislature passed a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the ‘‘DGCL’’) and the Delaware ‘‘alternative entity’’ statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the ‘‘DLLCA’’), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (‘‘DRULPA’’) and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act... Continue Reading

Of Spoiled Milk—Warnings That Should and Should Not Have Been Issued: Another Take on the Potential for Management and Controlling Shareholder Liability Related to an Insolvent Company’s WARN Act Violations

For the better part of three decades, an apocryphal tale has circulated on the Internet about a man who leaps from a terminal height off a building only to be mortally wounded by a shotgun blast as he hurtles past an open window on the way down.  This dark fable then asks whether the medical examiner should conclude that the death of this man, who was imminently going to perish by his own hand,... Continue Reading

Responding to a Complaint: Delaware

A Q&A guide to responding to a complaint in a trial court of general jurisdiction in Delaware. This Q&A addresses the time to respond, extending the time to respond, pre-answer motions, answers, replies to the answer, counterclaims, crossclaims, third-party claims (also known as impleader) and defensive interpleader. Answers to questions can be compared across a number of jurisdictions... Continue Reading

Delaware Courts Affirm Guidance for Directors in Distressed Situations

The Delaware Supreme Court and the Court of Chancery recently issued guidance for directors navigating the complex fiduciary issues that arise around insolvency. That guidance, outlined in a series of decisions in Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, should give directors a measure of comfort in understanding the who, what, when, and how of fulfilling fiduciary duties in these... Continue Reading

Practical Considerations for Single-Bidder Processes in Public M&A

Whether a public company should engage in a “single-bidder” process is one of the most difficult questions a target public company’s board of directors must consider during the early stages of a transaction. In the right circumstances, a single-bidder process can result in an expedient transaction that maximizes stockholder value while minimizing the risks associated with putting a... Continue Reading

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