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Creating A Stakeholder Democracy Under Existing Corporate Law, Justin Blount Dec 2015

Creating A Stakeholder Democracy Under Existing Corporate Law, Justin Blount

Faculty Publications

Much of the current debate in corporate governance is framed in terms of stakeholder versus shareholder forms of corporate governance. While one would find little debate that stakeholders’ interests are important to any business, there is substantial debate regarding whether any stakeholder besides shareholders should have a formal role in corporate governance. What has been largely ignored in this debate is the issue of private ordering: since corporate law is largely enabling rather than mandatory, can stakeholder governance structures be voluntarily created within the current shareholder-centric default corporate law structure? This article argues that this is clearly the case, sets ...


Pricing Disintermediation: Crowdfunding And Online Auction Ipos, A. Christine Hurt Dec 2015

Pricing Disintermediation: Crowdfunding And Online Auction Ipos, A. Christine Hurt

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Homeland Self Storage Management, Llc, Et Al., Various Discovery Motions, John J. Goger Dec 2015

Homeland Self Storage Management, Llc, Et Al., Various Discovery Motions, John J. Goger

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Rethinking Chutes: Incentives, Investment, And Innovation, Simone M. Sepe, Charles K. Whitehead Dec 2015

Rethinking Chutes: Incentives, Investment, And Innovation, Simone M. Sepe, Charles K. Whitehead

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Eighty-two percent of public firms have golden parachutes (or “chutes”) under which CEOs and senior officers may be paid tens of millions of dollars upon their employer’s change in control. What justifies such extraordinary payouts?

Much of the conventional analysis views chutes as excessive compensation granted by captured boards, focusing on the payouts that occur following a takeover. Those explanations, if they ever were complete, miss the mark today. This Article demonstrates, theoretically and empirically, that chutes are less relevant to a firm during a takeover than they are before a takeover, particularly in relation to firms that invest ...


Newsroom: Practicing Law With Amazon.Com, Roger Williams University School Of Law Nov 2015

Newsroom: Practicing Law With Amazon.Com, Roger Williams University School Of Law

Life of the Law School (1993- )

No abstract provided.


The Three Causes Of Inversions: Reflections On Pfizer/Allergan And Notice 2015-79, Reuven S. Avi-Yonah Nov 2015

The Three Causes Of Inversions: Reflections On Pfizer/Allergan And Notice 2015-79, Reuven S. Avi-Yonah

Law & Economics Working Papers

On November 19, 2015, Treasury released Notice 2015-79 (the “Notice”). The Notice represents Treasury’s most recent response to the second wave of inversions, i.e., transactions in which US corporations become subsidiaries of foreign corporations without a meaningful change in their underlying business or in the location of their corporate headquarters. It follows on the heels of the announcement that Pfizer Inc. is considering a merger with Allergan PLC, an inverted Irish company, and supplements Notice 2014-52 from September 2014. Unfortunately, just like Notice 2014-52, the Notice is unlikely to stem the tide, and is even unlikely to stop ...


Homeland Self Storage Management, Llc, Et Ai., Order On Emergency Motion For Order To Show Cause Why Causes Of Action Should Not Be Stricken, John J. Goger Nov 2015

Homeland Self Storage Management, Llc, Et Ai., Order On Emergency Motion For Order To Show Cause Why Causes Of Action Should Not Be Stricken, John J. Goger

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Revising The U.S. Vertical Merger Guidelines: Policy Issues And An Interim Guide For Practitioners, Steven C. Salop, Daniel P. Culley Nov 2015

Revising The U.S. Vertical Merger Guidelines: Policy Issues And An Interim Guide For Practitioners, Steven C. Salop, Daniel P. Culley

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

Mergers and acquisitions are a major component of antitrust law and practice. The U.S. antitrust agencies spend a majority of their time on merger enforcement. The focus of most merger review at the agencies involves horizontal mergers, that is, mergers among firms that compete at the same level of production or distribution.

Vertical mergers combine firms at different levels of production or distribution. In the simplest case, a vertical merger joins together a firm that produces an input (and competes in an input market) with a firm that uses that input to produce output (and competes in an output ...


Employee Benefits In Acquisitions, Paul M. Hamburger Nov 2015

Employee Benefits In Acquisitions, Paul M. Hamburger

William & Mary Annual Tax Conference

No abstract provided.


Corporate Tax Update, Andrew F. Gordon, Lisa M. Zarlenga Nov 2015

Corporate Tax Update, Andrew F. Gordon, Lisa M. Zarlenga

William & Mary Annual Tax Conference

No abstract provided.


Getting Up To Speed On Partnership Basis Adjustments, James B. Sowell Nov 2015

Getting Up To Speed On Partnership Basis Adjustments, James B. Sowell

William & Mary Annual Tax Conference

No abstract provided.


21st Century State Taxation Of The Closely Held Business, D. French Slaughter Iii, Duane Dobson Nov 2015

21st Century State Taxation Of The Closely Held Business, D. French Slaughter Iii, Duane Dobson

William & Mary Annual Tax Conference

No abstract provided.


Predictix, Llc, Order And Final Judgment On Business Valuation Proceeding Pursuant To O.C.G.A. § 14-11-1011, Elizabeth E. Long Nov 2015

Predictix, Llc, Order And Final Judgment On Business Valuation Proceeding Pursuant To O.C.G.A. § 14-11-1011, Elizabeth E. Long

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Locked In: The Competitive Disadvantage Of Citizen Shareholders, Anne M. Tucker Nov 2015

Locked In: The Competitive Disadvantage Of Citizen Shareholders, Anne M. Tucker

Faculty Publications By Year

In this Essay, I challenge the conventional corporate law wisdom that unhappy mutual fund investors paying high fees don’t need litigation or regulation to protect their interests because they should simply exit a fund and reinvest elsewhere. The exit solution, advanced by Professors John Morley and Quinn Curtis in Taking Exit Rights Seriously provided an elegantly simply solution to the problem of unhappy indirect investors (e.g., mutual fund investors) given that they are often low-dollar, low-incentive, rationally-apathetic investors facing enormous information asymmetries and collective action problems. According to their view, competition produced by exit, or the threat of ...


Becker V. Becker, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 85 (Oct. 29, 2015), Paul George Oct 2015

Becker V. Becker, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 85 (Oct. 29, 2015), Paul George

Nevada Supreme Court Summaries

In response to a certified question by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, the Court concluded that under NRS 21.090(1)(bb) a debtor can exempt his stock in the corporations described in NRS 78.746(2), but his economic interest in that stock is still subject to the charging order remedy in NRS 78.746(1).


Could Corporations Become A Vehicle For Social Change?, Michele Benedetto Neitz Oct 2015

Could Corporations Become A Vehicle For Social Change?, Michele Benedetto Neitz

Publications

The for-profit tide is changing. The rising number of business owners using the corporate form to achieve goals other than profits raises an interesting question: Are we entering a new post-profit era for corporations?


Raser Technologies Order On Defendants' Motion To Temporarily Stay Proceedings Pending A Related U.S Supreme Court Decision, John J. Goger Oct 2015

Raser Technologies Order On Defendants' Motion To Temporarily Stay Proceedings Pending A Related U.S Supreme Court Decision, John J. Goger

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Non-Party John W. Robinson Iii's Application For Protective Order, John J. Goger Oct 2015

Non-Party John W. Robinson Iii's Application For Protective Order, John J. Goger

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Predictix, Llc, Order On Motion To Compel, Elizabeth E. Long Oct 2015

Predictix, Llc, Order On Motion To Compel, Elizabeth E. Long

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Spinosa Order On Plaintiff's Motion To Compel Discovery, Alice D. Bonner Oct 2015

Spinosa Order On Plaintiff's Motion To Compel Discovery, Alice D. Bonner

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Opportunistic Proposals By Union Shareholders, John G. Matsusaka, Oguzhan Ozbas, Irene Yi Oct 2015

Opportunistic Proposals By Union Shareholders, John G. Matsusaka, Oguzhan Ozbas, Irene Yi

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

Effective corporate governance requires mechanisms that allow shareholders to influence corporate decisions. This paper investigates the use of shareholder proposals, an increasingly prominent governance mechanism, by labor unions. Activist union pension funds are subject to cross-pressures: they wish to increase fund returns to help beneficiaries but also to aid current union workers. We show theoretically that shareholder proposals can be used as bargaining chips in contract negotiations. Empirically, we use variation in the expiration of collective bargaining agreements to identify exogenous changes in the value of making proposals. We find that during contract negotiation years, unions increase the number of ...


Suntrust Banks, Inc., Et Al., Order On Motion For Partial Judgment On The Pleadings, Alice D. Bonner Oct 2015

Suntrust Banks, Inc., Et Al., Order On Motion For Partial Judgment On The Pleadings, Alice D. Bonner

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


The Way We Pay Now: Understanding And Evaluating Performance-Based Executive Pay, David Walker Oct 2015

The Way We Pay Now: Understanding And Evaluating Performance-Based Executive Pay, David Walker

Faculty Scholarship

Over the last ten years, performance-based equity pay, and particularly performance shares, have displaced stock options as the primary instrument for compensating executives of large, public companies in the U.S. This article examines that transformation, analyzing the structure and incentive properties of these newly important instruments and evaluating the benefits and risks from an investor’s perspective. Notable observations include the following: Although technically “stock” instruments, performance shares mimic the incentive characteristics of options. But performance shares avoid the tax, accounting, and other constraints that have led to uniform grants of non-indexed, at the money options. Performance share plans ...


Newsroom: Fcc's Sohn On Consumer Protection, Roger Williams University School Of Law Sep 2015

Newsroom: Fcc's Sohn On Consumer Protection, Roger Williams University School Of Law

Life of the Law School (1993- )

No abstract provided.


State Of Georgia Order On Defendants Alan Yeager And Aes Claims Partners, Llc's Motion To Stay Proceedings And Compel Arbitration, Melvin K. Westmoreland Sep 2015

State Of Georgia Order On Defendants Alan Yeager And Aes Claims Partners, Llc's Motion To Stay Proceedings And Compel Arbitration, Melvin K. Westmoreland

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Why Corporate Tax Reform Can Happen, Edward D. Kleinbard Sep 2015

Why Corporate Tax Reform Can Happen, Edward D. Kleinbard

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

This brief essay explains what the stakes are for corporate tax reform and why such reform is more politically feasible than most observers believe. The largest conceptual impediments to corporate tax reform are international tax design and the fact that a large fraction of U.S. business income is earned by unincorporated businesses. In response, the essay demonstrates that a framework has emerged with respect to the former that can serve as the basis for constructive negotiations. The essay further lays out a novel strategy for dealing with unincorporated businesses in corporate tax reform, which is to construct a corporate ...


The Institutional Appetite For Quack Corporate Governance, Alicia J. Davis Sep 2015

The Institutional Appetite For Quack Corporate Governance, Alicia J. Davis

Articles

This Article offers evidence that higher quality internal corporate governance is associated with higher levels of ownership by institutional investors. This finding is consistent with the idea that institutions have greater reason than individual investors to prefer well-governed firms, but surprising given the substantial empirical evidence that casts doubt on the efficacy of internal governance mechanisms. The study described in this Article also finds that higher quality external governance is associated with lower proportions of ownership by certain types of institutional investors, also a somewhat surprising result given available empirical evidence on the positive relationship between external governance and firm ...


Global Aerospace, Inc. Final Judgment And Order On Motions For Summary Judgment, Elizabeth E. Long Aug 2015

Global Aerospace, Inc. Final Judgment And Order On Motions For Summary Judgment, Elizabeth E. Long

Georgia Business Court Opinions

No abstract provided.


Trending @ Rwulaw: Lorraine Lalli's Post: Coming Home, Lorraine Lalli Aug 2015

Trending @ Rwulaw: Lorraine Lalli's Post: Coming Home, Lorraine Lalli

Law School Blogs

No abstract provided.


Cguppi: Scoring Incentives To Engage In Parallel Accommodating Conduct, Serge Moresi, David Reitman, Steven C. Salop, Yianis Sarafidis Aug 2015

Cguppi: Scoring Incentives To Engage In Parallel Accommodating Conduct, Serge Moresi, David Reitman, Steven C. Salop, Yianis Sarafidis

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

We propose an index for scoring coordination incentives, which we call the “coordination GUPPI” or cGUPPI. While the cGUPPI can be applied to a wide range of coordinated effects concerns, it is particularly relevant for gauging concerns of parallel accommodating conduct (PAC), a concept that received due prominence in the 2010 U.S. Horizontal Merger Guidelines. PAC is a type of coordinated conduct whereby a firm raises price with the expectation—but without any prior agreement—that one or more other firms will follow and match the price increase. The cGUPPI is the highest uniform price increase that all the ...