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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Strine Interview

The Corporate Counsel just published an interview with Chancellor Strine.   Some of it is Delaware boosterism - no surprise.  But, there are a number of useful tidbits.  First, Strine gives examples of what he believes are the two most important issues before his court recently.  These won't come as a big surprise to those of you paying attention:  1) don't ask-don't waive provisions; and 2) Caremark liability for directors of US incorporated, foreign headquartered firms.  He remains shocked (as am I, frankly) that people would agree to be directors at a distance of business in a country where they don't speak the language. 

Another interesting comment - and this is full of irony - turns out Chancellor Strine doesn't think very highly of arbitration -- it's expensive and slow!  

...Arbitration is increasingly more expensive than litigation, with some arbitrators charging more than leading M&A lawyers. It’s also often as slow. Worst of all are disputes that bounce between the two, where parties can’t resolve underlying issues, such as whether the matter is arbitrable in the first place.

So the principal advantages of being a Delaware entity are access to efficient dispute resolution services and the ability to rely upon guidance from our corporate law and precedent. Both are important, but the first has become increasingly important in light of the priority placed on business relationships.

Yes.  I agree.  Just go to court...

-bjmq

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