Apr. 03, 2020 - In an article posted to our website on March 18, 2020, we discussed the potential for the recovery of property and business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. Our advice then was that while the pandemic would likely be considered a fortuity, it was uncertain whether, in the...
Shareholder Activism: 2019 Trends and Major Developments
Chapter 3 of Davies Governance Insights 2019
While 2019 to date has witnessed fewer proxy contests in Canada compared with the corresponding period in 2018, activity increased in some industries, notably the resource sector, to levels not seen since 2015. We have also observed a number of important developments, including some that may be indicative of broader trends in proxy contest strategy. Two key developments in 2019 that we discuss in this chapter were the increased public involvement of institutional shareholders in contested situations and an uptick in activists’ use of universal proxies. This year, market participants also received the long-awaited regulatory response to concerns about the use of soliciting dealer fees (or “vote buying”) in proxy contests, which we review. We also discuss a recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, affirming that controversies relating to proxies should be resolved in favour of facilitating shareholders’ right to vote. We round out our discussion with some practical guidance for both issuers and activists as they prepare for the 2020 proxy season.
This chapter appears in the 2019 edition of Davies Governance Insights, our comprehensive annual report on the trends and issues most important to Canadian public companies.
Apr. 02, 2020 - Businesses, regardless of size, charities and non-profit organizations whose revenues have decreased by at least 30% because of the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The subsidy is retroactive to March 15, 2020 and covers up to 75% of wages (up to...