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Nov 20, 2019

M&A Watch: Seeking Your True Purpose? Delaware Offers Guidance on Section 220 Requests

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Following Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings and other Delaware cases that have reinforced the standards that stockholder suits must meet to survive dismissal, would-be litigants have increasingly invoked Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporate Law to try to obtain corporate books and records in order to use those materials to bolster claims in subsequent litigation. In Donnelly v. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., C.A. No. 2018-0892-SG (Del. Ch. Oct. 24, 2019), the Delaware Court of Chancery revisited the issue of what is a proper purpose under Section 220 and to what extent a stockholder’s purpose must match the purpose stated in her demand letter.

Read the full memo, “M&A Watch: Seeking Your True Purpose? Delaware Offers Guidance on Section 220 Requests.”

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