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“Placeholder candidates”: an untested response to advance notice provisions

USA - September 23 2016 Many US and Canadian public companies have implemented so-called advance notice provisions (“ANPs”), bylaws and policies requiring shareholders to...

Vanessa Chung, Shane C. D'Souza.


Harnessing Social Media for Crisis Management: Lessons following recent events involving short seller allegations

Canada - December 22 2015 In October, 2015, short-sellers attacked three Canadian public companies: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., DH Corporation and Nobilis...

Andrea Kareclas, Shane C. D'Souza, Blake C. Jones.


Harnessing social media: Syngenta’s high-profile use in Monsanto bid

Canada - October 22 2015 In our two recent articles, available here and here, we outlined how social media can influence proxy contests and identified some potential legal...

Breanna Needham, Shane C. D'Souza, Blake C. Jones.


“Golden leash” arrangements secure ISS’s cautious nod

USA - April 28 2015 After taking a break last proxy season, "golden leash" arrangements are back in the spotlight. A few days ago, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc...

Shane C. D'Souza.


Harnessing social media in proxy contests: opportunities and legal challenges

Canada - April 16 2015 Social media has very seldom been leveraged in Canadian proxy contests. One reason for this may be the lack of knowledge about its full potential....

Shane C. D'Souza, Blake C. Jones.