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Feb 8, 2012

Nine companies sued over “exclusive forum” bylaws

Feb 7 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp and eight other
corporations were sued by shareholders on Tuesday for adopting a
bylaw that requires common types of shareholder lawsuits be
brought exclusively in Delaware’s Chancery Court.

“Exclusive forum” bylaws are being adopted by more and more
corporations as a way to control a surge in shareholder
litigation, though the move has been resisted by shareholders.

Jan 31, 2012
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RBS crisis is chance to write lasting pay policy

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By George Hay
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own

The Royal Bank of Scotland bonus row has become something of a tradition. This time it has become a corporate governance mess with operational, financial, political, and moral dimensions. It has also exposed the terminal weaknesses in the way semi-autonomous public institutions, such as RBS, set executive pay rates.

Jan 28, 2012

In cruise ship disaster, an SOS for lawyers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Soon after Mitchell Proner, a New York personal-injury lawyer, heard about the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, he sprang into action.

Proner, who specializes in motorcycle-accident lawsuits, has never litigated a maritime case. But he has at least one advantage over other U.S. lawyers who might want to sue over the disaster: He speaks Italian. Within days of the accident, he hopped a flight to Italy.

Jan 24, 2012
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Bonus for RBS boss hangs on two provisos

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By George Hay

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Stephen Hester should get his annual bonus – but only if Royal Bank of Scotland can clearly justify the award. The state-controlled lender, and its chief executive, also need to show they understand the toxic political dimensions: and give any proceeds away to charity.

Jan 24, 2012

Kodak replaces chief restructuring officer

By By Liana Baker and Tom Hals

(Reuters) – Eastman Kodak Co (EKDKQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) replaced its chief restructuring officer on Monday in a surprise move coming just days after it filed for bankruptcy protection.

James Mesterharm, who works for the consultancy firm AlixPartners ALIXP.UL and was chief restructuring officer for Parmalat USA during the dairy company’s bankruptcy, will replace Dominic DiNapoli of FTI Consulting Inc (FCN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), who was chosen last week.

Jan 23, 2012

ING should further carve up Asian insurance sale

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own)

By George Hay

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters Breakingviews) – ING’s (ING.AS: Quote, Profile, Research)
disposal of its insurance arm keeps getting smaller. The Dutch
bancassurer’s 2008 bailout left it needing to offload its entire
insurance business, which it first planned to do via separate
listings of the U.S. and Eurasian parts. Now it plans to hive
off its Asian operations to dispose on their own. To get the
best price, ING should do the splits one more time.

Jan 23, 2012

Breakingviews-ING should further carve up Asian insurance sale

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own)

By George Hay

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters Breakingviews) – ING’s (ING.AS: Quote, Profile, Research)
disposal of its insurance arm keeps getting smaller. The Dutch
bancassurer’s 2008 bailout left it needing to offload its entire
insurance business, which it first planned to do via separate
listings of the U.S. and Eurasian parts. Now it plans to hive
off its Asian operations to dispose on their own. To get the
best price, ING should do the splits one more time.

Jan 22, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ scramble begins

By Sue Zeidler and Tom Hals

(Reuters) – It’s almost put-up or shut-up time for the high rollers and big talkers circling one of baseball’s most storied franchises.

Monday is the targeted deadline for first-round bids for the Los Angeles Dodgers: the century-old team, the stadium and the related assets that, appropriately enough, helped usher in the modern era of big-business televised sports.

Jan 12, 2012
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UniCredit’s glum backers have crumbs of comfort

By George Hay
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

UniCredit’s underwriters must need a stiff drink. The Italian bank’s 7.5 billion euro rights issue has prompted a sharp sell-off that has left its shares hovering dangerously close to the 1.94 euro subscription price. A further slump could stuff the 26 other banks that have guaranteed the offering with large quantities of unwanted shares. That would be embarrassing, but need not be a disaster.

Jan 11, 2012

Breakingviews-UniCredit’s backers have crumbs of comfort

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own)

By George Hay

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters Breakingviews) – UniCredit’s
(CRDI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research) underwriters must need a stiff drink. The Italian
bank’s 7.5 billion euro rights issue has prompted a sharp
sell-off that has left its shares hovering dangerously close to
the 1.94 euro subscription price. A further slump could stuff
the 26 other banks that have guaranteed the offering with large
quantities of unwanted shares. That would be embarrassing, but
need not be a disaster.

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      "George Hay writes about the banking and property sectors. He joined from Thomson Financial News, where he was a companies correspondent. Before that he worked at United Business Media, where he was news editor of Building Magazine. He has a first in English Literature from Edinburgh University, and was nominated in two categories at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards."
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