Shareholder Activism

FRENCH UPDATE: Revised Key Topics for Boards of Directors and Senior Management in Relation to the COVID-19 Crisis

This is a revised summary version of our initial client memos regarding the crisis. In his speech on March 16, President Macron stated, “we are at war,” six times.  Since then, businesses continue to assimilate and react to the radical changes that have occurred over the last weeks.  The government and various regulators, including the … Continued

ESG UPDATE – Accelerating ESG Disclosure—WEF Task Force Releases Preliminary Framework Centered on Mainstream Reporting Aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerating ESG Disclosure— WEF Task Force Releases Preliminary Framework Centered on Mainstream Reporting Aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals Reflecting the growing push among investors, asset managers, companies and other stakeholders for a standardized ESG disclosure framework, a task force sponsored by the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has released … Continued

This article was co-authored by David M. Silk, Sabastian V. Niles and Carmen X.W. Lu of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020

Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020 By Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain, and Kathleen I. Tatum December 9, 2019 In hindsight, 2019 may come to be viewed as a watershed year in the evolution of corporate governance.  After years of growing alarm about endemic short-termism, the sustainability and competitiveness of … Continued

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

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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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