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FRENCH UPDATE – Shareholder Activism and Governance in France: Proposed Reforms

The Finance Commission of the French National Assembly has announced a report that will recommend reforms to French securities market regulations to address shareholder activism and market transparency.  The report’s recommendations focus on responding to the excesses of activists in the French market with enhanced disclosure, reduced asymmetry of regulation between activist investors and French public … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Theodore N. Mirvis, Adam O. Emmerich, Sabastian V. Niles and John L. Robinson of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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Directors have a duty to look beyond their shareholders

Below is an op-ed by Martin Lipton and William Savitt that appeared in the Financial Times on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Martin Lipton William Savitt

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Martin Lipton of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and published in the Financial Times on September 17th, 2019. William Savitt also contributed to this article.

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AUSTRIA UPDATE – Implementation of Shareholders’ Rights Directive: Action Points for Boards of Austrian Listed Companies

Amendment laws implementing the Shareholders’ Rights Directive: Action Points for Boards of Austrian listed companies On 23 July 2019, amendments of the Stock Corporation Act and Stock Exchange Act implementing the Shareholder Rights Directive II (2017/828) entered into force. Directive 2017/628/EU to encourage long-term shareholder engagement was implemented with the aim to minimize the administrative … Continued

Editor’s Note: Christian Herbst advises clients on corporate M&A, takeovers, arbitration, corporate finance and on a wide variety of other domestic and cross-border transactions. 

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DUTCH UPDATE – Bill implementing the Shareholders’ Rights Directive: what it means for Dutch listed companies

Bill implementing the Shareholders’ Rights Directive: what it means for Dutch listed companies On 2 April 2019, the bill implementing the revised Shareholder Rights Directive was adopted by the Lower House of Parliament. The bill was amended to take into account a number of modifications to the initial draft. The implementation of Directive 2017/628/EU to … Continued

Editor’s Note: Leo Groothuis advises clients on public M&A and on a wide variety of other domestic and cross-border transactions, as well as take-over defenses and shareholder activism. Geert Raaijmakers specializes in corporate governance, corporate structuring and joint ventures and on pension fund governance.  Paul van der Bijl specializes in IPOs, follow-on offerings, public M&A, anti-takeover defenses, corporate governance and complex cross-border transactions. Maarten Buma specializes in corporate law.

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Spotlight on Boards

Spotlight on Boards The ever-evolving challenges facing corporate boards prompt periodic updates to a snapshot of what is expected from the board of directors of a major public company—not just the legal rules, or the principles published by institutional investors and various corporate and investor associations, but also the aspirational “best practices” that have come … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Martin Lipton of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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Dealing with Activist Hedge Funds and Other Activist Investors

Dealing with Activist Hedge Funds and Other Activist Investors Introduction Regardless of industry, size or performance, no company should consider itself immune from hedge fund activism. No company is too large, too popular, too new or too successful. Even companies that are respected industry leaders and have outperformed the market and their peers have come … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain and Sabastian V. Niles of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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U.S. UPDATE – SEC to Study Quarterly Reporting & Earnings Guidance and their Contribution to Short-Termism

SEC to Study Quarterly Reporting & Earnings Guidance and their Contribution to Short-Termism In a potentially significant step for public companies and the U.S. economy, the SEC today launched a formal comment process aimed at optimizing the periodic reporting system for U.S. companies. The SEC’s review is wide-ranging, reaching whether reforms could and should be … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was authored by Sabastian V. Niles of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2019

Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2019 By Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain, Amanda S. Blackett and Kathleen C. Iannone December 14, 2018 In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that the activism-driven corporate world is relatively fragile and is proving to be unsustainable, particularly when viewed in the broader … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was co-authored by Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain, Amanda S. Blackett and Kathleen C. Iannone of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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DUTCH UPDATE – Dutch cooling-off period in face of shareholder activism or hostile take-over

Dutch cooling-off period in face of shareholder activism or hostile take-over On December 7, 2018, the Dutch government published draft legislation aimed at promoting a careful decision-making process in case of shareholder activism or a hostile takeover. If enacted in its current form, the proposal would introduce a statutory cooling-off period of up to 250 … Continued

Editor’s Note: Leo Groothuis advises clients on public M&A and on a wide variety of other domestic and cross-border transactions, as well as take-over defenses and shareholder activism. Paul van der Bijl focuses on IPOs, follow-on offerings, public M&A, anti-takeover defenses, corporate governance and complex cross-border transactions.

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Spotlight on Boards

Spotlight on Boards The ever-evolving challenges facing corporate boards prompt an updated snapshot of what is expected from the board of directors of a major public company—not just the legal rules, but also the aspirational “best practices” that have come to have equivalent influence on board and company behavior. Today, boards are expected to: Oversee … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Martin Lipton of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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