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Delaware Law Developments 2014: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know

Why you should attend

Delaware law continues to play a critical role in U.S. corporate and securities law, particularly in today’s challenging and changing business environment. This unique annual program focuses on the important Delaware corporate law developments over the past year and the practical impact on your corporate or legal practice. The very top Delaware corporate law experts from the Delaware judiciary, leading law firms and corporations, and academia, will examine the latest case law and practical trends and share their real-world experiences, insights and advice on the issues of greatest concern to the corporate/securities legal community.

What you will learn

  • Recent developments in Delaware law: a discussion of recent opinions of the Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery by leading Delaware practitioners
  • Nuts & Bolts of Litigation Practice in the Delaware Chancery Court: What Litigators and Transactional Attorneys Need to Know
  • A fresh look at Multi-Forum Litigation and Appraisal Litigation
  • Recent Developments with LLCs and Limited Partnerships
  • Ethical Issues in Delaware law (receive one hour of ethics CLE credit!)

Who should attend

This program is designed for outside counsel, corporate counsel, corporate directors, corporate committee members, investment bankers, consultants and other professionals who need to know the latest developments and important issues in Delaware corporate law.

9:00 Introduction
Speakers: Stephen P. Lamb, Hon. J. Travis Laster, Gregory P. Williams

9:15 Recent Developments in Delaware Law
  • Emerging outlines of aiding and abetting liability of board advisers and officers, including effect of directors’ section 102(b)(7) defense on aiding and abetting claims and impact of Rural Metro case.
  • Recent developments in Entire Fairness litigation including In re Trados.
  • MFW Worldwide and the standard of review of buyout transactions with controlling stockholders.
  • Trends in application of attorney-client privilege by Court of Chancery in various settings, including M&A, Section 220 demands, and intracorporate disputes.

Moderator: Stephen P. Lamb
Speakers: Paula Howell Anderson, Henry E. Gallagher, Jr., Robert S. Saunders, Pamela S. Tikellis, T. Brad Davey

Speakers: Paula Howell Anderson, T. Brad Davey, Henry E. Gallagher, Jr., Stephen P. Lamb, Robert S Saunders, Pamela S. Tikellis

10:45 Networking Break

11:00 Multi-Forum Litigation
  • Change in the incidence of multijurisdictional filings since the Chevron decision
  • Update on company implementation of forum selection bylaws
    • Frequency of adoptions
    • Breadth of bylaws – beyond internal affairs litigation
    • Use in connection with M&A transaction
  • Appearance of Mandatory arbitration bylaws
    • o Viability under Chevron
    • o Approaches to prohibiting without stockholder approval
    • o Recent caselaw in other states and federal court

Moderator: Stephen P. Lamb
Speakers: Ross A. Fieldston, Stuart M. Grant, Mark Lebovitch, Theodore N. Mirvis

Speakers: Ross Fieldston, Stuart M. Grant, Stephen P. Lamb, Mark Lebovitch, Theodore N. Mirvis

12:00 Appraisal Litigation
  • Appraisal as an investment strategy 
  • Identifying cases in which to seek appraisal
  • The mechanics - how does appraisal work
  • Recent appraisal caselaw 

Moderator: Gregory P. Williams
Speakers: John Hendershot, Steve Jenkins, Marcus Montejo, Matt Solum

Speakers: John D Hendershot, Stephen E Jenkins, Marcus E. Montejo, Matthew Solum, Gregory P. Williams

1:00 Keynote Address - Guest Speaker

Speaker: Chancellor Andre Bouchard

Speakers: Andre G. Bouchard

1:30 Lunch

2:45 Recent Developments with LLCs and Limited Partnerships
  • Default fiduciary duties in LLCs: Yes or No?
  • General principles regarding modification of fiduciary duties in LLCs -- recent cases.
  • The meaning of good faith as applied by courts in the LP/LLC context
  • Standards of review for interested transactions and conflicts committee best practices

Moderator: Gregory P. Williams
Speakers: Eric Feldman, Louis Hering, Matt O’Toole, Srinivas Raju

Speakers: Eric Feldman, Louis G Hering, Matthew J. O'Toole, Srinivas M. Raju, Gregory P. Williams

3:45 Networking Break

4:00 Ethical Issues
  • Risks of Social Media
  • Disregarding known rules (attestations and Rule 23(a) affidavits)
  • Failure to prosecute, failure to meet and confer, failure to prepare
  • Failure to disclose conflicts, deceptive discovery practices, incomplete disclosure

Moderator: John K. Villa
Speakers: Hon. J. Travis Laster, Stephen P. Lamb

Speakers: Hon. J. Travis Laster, John K. Villa

Program Attorney(s)
Willis Goodmoore ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

New York City Seminar Location

PLI New York Center
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Location:  New York, NY
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