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Five Key M&A Cases from 2017 to consider this proxy season

Posted in Private Equity, Private Transactions, Public M&A, Shareholders, Strategy

Heading into the 2018 proxy season, we have summarized five Canadian M&A cases from 2017 and their potential impact. This article should be read together with our recent post summarizing some of 2017’s most noteworthy developments in governance and disclosure requirements and guidelines.

#1. Residual uncertainty remains on the standard applicable to fairness opinions in plans of arrangement

On February 22, 2017, the Yukon Supreme Court (“YKSC”) approved an amended plan of arrangement for InterOil Corporation (“InterOil”) to be acquired by Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”) (“InterOil #2”).[1] The YKSC decision leaves residual uncertainty that has persisted since … Continue Reading

The 2016 Proxy Season: Updates to the ISS Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

Posted in Shareholders, Strategy

The following post on the Canadian Securities Regulatory Monitor blog may be of interest to readers of this blog:  The 2016 Proxy Season: Updates to the ISS Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines.

On November 20, 2015, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released its updated Canadian proxy voting guidelines for meetings on or after February 1, 2016.1 The updates provide new or updated guidance with respect to voting for equity compensation plans, electing directors with too many board appointments and electing directors of externally managed issuers such as REITs.  Read More

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The 2015 Proxy Season: Glass Lewis and ISS Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates

Posted in Public M&A, Shareholders, Strategy

With the 2015 Proxy Season close at hand, Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (Glass Lewis) and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) recently released their updated Canadian proxy voting guidelines. Changes and clarifications have been made to their guidelines in such areas as advance notice policies and by-laws, shareholder rights plans and majority voting.… Continue Reading