Tag: Corporate Counseling

Limits on Informational Rights of Directors with Interests Adverse to the Company

In three orders issued on the same day, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an exception to directors’ virtually unfettered informational rights.  In a discovery dispute in In re Oxbow Carbon LLC Unitholder Litigation, Oxbow Carbon LLC (Oxbow Carbon or the Company) asserted attorney-client privilege against four current and former Oxbow Carbon directors... Continue Reading

Independence Issues in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Delaware Supreme Court decision in Sandys v. Pincus, 2016 WL 7094027, at *1 (Del. Dec. 5, 2016) (Zynga) has raised questions regarding well-established legal precedent and business practices that are recognized as common in the venture capi­tal and entrepreneurial communities. Al­though Zynga and other decisions regarding director independence reveal the Delaware judiciary’s focus on... 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

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

Analysis of the 2016 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

The 2016 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) were recently enacted. Amendments to Delaware’s appraisal statute addressed concerns about “appraisal arbitrage” in merger transactions. The “medium form” merger provisions of Sections 251(h) were improved, and continue to allow for a publicly held target corporation to be acquired by a tender or exchange offer... Continue Reading

2016 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 the Delaware ‘‘alternative entity’’ statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (DLLCA), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (DRULPA), the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act (DRUPA) and the Delaware Statutory Trust Act (DSTA). ... Continue Reading

The Capital Markets and Benefit Corporations

In 2010, Maryland became the first state in the United States to adopt a benefit corporation statute, and since then 31 U.S. jurisdictions (along with Italy) have followed suit. In 2013, Delaware, the leading jurisdiction for incorporating in the United States, adopted its own version, authorizing “public benefit corporations.” In this short time frame, more than 3,600 companies have been... Continue Reading

Public Benefit Corporations

A new form of corporate governance — the benefit corporation model — has been adopted in 31 U.S. jurisdictions, including Delaware, and on the international scene. Benefit corporation statutes allow corporations to opt into a governance model that requires directors to balance the interests of all stakeholders — stockholders, employees, customers, and the public — when making decisions.... Continue Reading

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