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

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

Examining the 2015 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 (“DGCL”) and to three of Delaware’s four “alternative entity” statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (“DLLCA”), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (“DRULPA”) and the Delaware Revised Uniform... Continue Reading

The Death of the Dead-Hand Poison Put?

Morris Nichols attorneys Bill Lafferty, John DiTomo and Mac Measly contributed this article on the Delaware Court of Chancery ruling in Healthways II concerning a so-called “dead hand proxy put” provision in a credit agreement. The authors discuss proxy put trends, the history of the case and practical implications... Continue Reading

Using Financial Advisor Engagement Letters to Vet Potential Conflicts of Interest

Financial advisors often are selected by a board of directors (or committee thereof) to advise on a strategic review process because of their role as brokers in the market and their ability to generate transactional activity. Of course, that role and ability is dependent upon relationships with potential counterparties to a transaction. Because financial advisors are hired in part to exploit their... Continue Reading