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    1. Investment Bankers on Boards Make for Better Corporate Mergers

      Investment Bankers on Boards Make for Better Corporate Mergers

      Companies mulling a merger would do well to have an investment banker on their board of directors.  A new study from the University of Iowa found that firms with an investment banker on their boards of directors pursue mergers and acquisitions more often. Moreover, those firms perform better after the acquisition has been completed than firms that don’t have investment bankers on their boards...

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    2. The Fabulous Life Of Carl Icahn, The Man Who Smoked Wall Street In 2013

      The Fabulous Life Of Carl Icahn, The Man Who Smoked Wall Street In 2013

      Unless you've been living under a rock, you've noticed that Carl Icahn has taken every opportunity to shake up Wall Street in 2013.  It's no shock. He started the year armed with $10 billion in cash.  The name "Icahn" has meant something on Wall Street since the 1980s, when he gained his reputation as a ruthless activist investor. He did it by taking a controlling interest in companies like TimeWarner, TWA, and Blockbuster.  Now, Icahn's a billionaire...

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    3. What Smart Boards Do When Investors Knock

      What Smart Boards Do When Investors Knock

      Bulls in a china shop—or catalysts for change?  The divides created when activist investors muscle their way onto boards as varied as those of Hewlett-Packard, J. C. Penny, and Yahoo can run as deep as those on Capitol Hill. Has Ralph Whitworth of Relational Investors restored shareholder value at HP?  Did William A. Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management destroy value at J.C. Penney?  Has Daniel Loeb of Third Point rebuilt value at Yahoo...

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    4. Delaware Court Upholds CEO Removal and Determines Board Composition

      Delaware Court Upholds CEO Removal and Determines Board Composition

      In Klaassen v. Allegro Development Corporation, 2013 WL 5739680 (Del. Ch. Oct. 11, 2013), Eldon Klaassen, the former CEO of Allegro Development Corporation (“Allegro”), brought an action under Section 225 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, requesting that the Court of Chancery declare that he: (1) was still the CEO of Allegro, (2) had validly removed two of Allegro’s directors and appointed their replacements, and (3) had validly filled a preexisting director vacancy. Klaassen claimed that his removal as CEO of Allegro by the board of directors (the “Board”) was void. If he was indeed still CEO, he had ...

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    5. Attention Shareholders: Women in Boardrooms are Good For Business

      Attention Shareholders:  Women in Boardrooms are Good For Business

      Women make up almost half of the workforce at middle management, but despite special mentoring and training programs, the pipeline trickles to a halt just shy of executive and board positions. As a result, the number of women in UK and U.S. boardrooms has risen sluggishly on average only one or two percent each year. These data prompts the uncomfortable question: Why is progress so slow? This makes no sense in the business world especially in light of cogent studies demonstrating a strong business and financial case for increasing the number of female board members...

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    6. Snapchat Just Landed Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton As An Investor, Board Member

      Snapchat Just Landed Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton As An Investor, Board Member

      New documents filed with the SEC show that Snapchat has raised another $50 million in investment, with a big name investor: Micheal Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment. Lynton is on Snapchat's board of directors, the filing confirmed. This latter news was previously reported in June. As we previously reported, new regulatory filings showed that Snapchat was about to raise a hefty chunk of money.

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    7. The Risks and Rewards of Being on a Board

      The Risks and Rewards of Being on a Board

      The single most important task before you join a board is due diligence. Being a director on board is a tradeoff. On the one hand, there is exposure to reputational and financial risk. On the other hand, there are benefits – tangible and intangible. In a world marked by disruptive forces, sharp scrutiny, and tighter board accountability, wise director candidates are asking more questions.

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    8. Towards Board Declassification at 100 S&P and Fortune 500 Companies

      Towards Board Declassification at 100 S&P and Fortune 500 Companies

      Posted by Lucian Bebchuk, Scott Hirst and June Rhee, Shareholder Rights Project, on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 9:16 am * Print * email * Twitter Tags: Classified boards, Florida SBA, Illinois State Board of Investment, Institutional Investors, June Rhee, Lucian Bebchuk, Nathan Cummings Foundation, North Carolina State Treasurer, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Precatory proposals, Scott Hirst, Shareholder proposals, Shareholder Rights Project, Staggered boards Editor’s Note: Lucian Bebchuk is the Director of the Shareholder Rights Project (SRP), Scott Hirst is the SRP’s Associate Director, and June Rhee is the SRP’s Counsel. The SRP, a clinical program operating at ...

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    9. Good Governance at G.M.

      Good Governance at G.M.

      General Motors has navigated a smart route to succession. Daniel Akerson, who has run the company since mid-2010, is stepping down in January. Replacing him as chief executive is Mary Barra, who despite 33 years of service at the automaker, has mostly sidestepped the taint of pre-bankruptcy failures. G.M., freshly liberated from the government bailout, also on Tuesday appointed an independent chairman for good governance measure...

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    10. Tech start-ups show little imagination on board gender diversity

      Tech start-ups show little imagination on board gender diversity

      At Pinterest, the four-year-old online bulletin board service that is valued near $3.8 billion, some 70 percent of the users are female. Male-heavy boards dominate in the start-up mecca of Silicon Valley, which prides itself on progressive thinking and putting talent first. A Reuters survey of the 10 top venture-backed start-ups, as measured by venture funds raised, shows that six do not have ...

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      Mentions: Diversity CEO
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