April 17, 2017

M&A Watch: Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

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As we have previously reported, the Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the stockholder class action suit In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017), reaffirming that a fully-informed vote of a company’s disinterested stockholders will result in application of the business judgment rule. However, in a recently filed transcript of the proceedings, the Court made some noteworthy remarks regarding equity acceleration in the context of change of control transactions. 

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