We are pleased to present our 2022 Delaware Corporate Law and Litigation Year In Review.

Amid a broader cooldown in the markets, 2022 nonetheless proved to be a significant year with respect to developments in Delaware corporate law and practice. The Delaware courts issued scores of opinions relevant to

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Partner and Editorial Board member Amy Simmerman joined Diligent Institute to discuss the importance of board minutes. She shared insights on why board minutes matter, what is important to see in board minutes (including striking a balance with a contextually appropriate level of detail), and considerations and best practices relating to other written and electronic records, such as emails, texts, notes, and the use of board portals.

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Our Client Alert discusses a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery in which the court determined that officers (not just directors) owe a fiduciary duty of oversight under Delaware law. The case, In re McDonald’s Corporation Stockholder Derivative Litigation, involved derivative claims asserted by stockholders of McDonald’s against its board of directors and certain officers, including its former Chief People Officer, who was the subject of the court’s decision resolving his motion to dismiss the claims against him. The court’s decision clarifies an important but previously uncertain area of Delaware law pertaining to officers’ fiduciary duties. Significantly, the court also concluded that sexual harassment committed by the executive was itself a breach of his fiduciary duty of loyalty.

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On January 27, 2023, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (Corp Fin) published four new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) relating to the SEC’s recently adopted clawback rules. Please refer to our previous Client Alert for more information on the clawback rules. These new CDIs address what had been an outstanding question relating to upcoming disclosure obligations, as well as a few other clarifications.

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In recent weeks, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued two noteworthy opinions in the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) context—one related to fiduciary duties and one related to the technical question of when a class or series of stock is entitled to its own separate vote on a charter amendment. These opinions provide valuable insight into how the courts may view common elements of de-SPAC transactions and also have broader implications for practice. A summary of the court’s key holdings is below.

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10b5-1 SEC Updates

Partner and Known Trends Editorial Board member Richard Blake joins Rich Baker, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Executive Financial Services, for a discussion on “10b5-1 SEC Updates.” Their conversation will address the recent amendments to Rule 10b5-1, including implications for Rule 10b5-1 guidelines and plans.

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In our recent Client Alert, we provide a look back at 2022, a review of the universal proxy rules, and considerations for shareholder engagement in 2023. Shareholder engagement runs the gamut from preparing for successful quarterly earnings calls to engaging with shareholders directly. Although there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, we believe that effective shareholder engagement involves a combination of some or all of the following factors:

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), under Chair Gary Gensler, has a robust rulemaking agenda with substantial new governance and disclosure requirements and proposed requirements. In 2022, the SEC approved a number of proposed and final rules, which, in many cases, provided for relatively short public comment periods and

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On January 17, 2023, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) published its annual Listed Company Compliance Guide for NYSE Issuers (Guidance Letter). This year’s Guidance Letter provides useful reminders of NYSE-specific rules and policies. It also includes a reminder of the forthcoming NYSE listing standards to implement the recently adopted clawback rules, which the NYSE (and Nasdaq) must propose no later than February 27, 2023 (see our previous client alert).

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We are pleased to share our 2022 Silicon Valley 150 Corporate Governance Report, which reviews the corporate governance practices and disclosures of the Valley’s largest public companies. The report includes information regarding board matters, officer matters, defensive measures, proxy statement disclosures, stockholder proposals, activism, and executive compensation of the SV150 companies. Our 2022 report, together with our 2019 and 2021 reports, are available on the Resources page.

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