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    1. The Business Case for Boardroom Diversity

      The Business Case for Boardroom Diversity

      When Goldman Sachs announced that it would help companies go public only if they had at least one diverse board member — meaning that the bank wouldn’t work with I.P.O. hopefuls whose directors were all white men — it was met with a mix of support and skepticism. In the year since, with less fanfare, the bank has also built up a business to help recruit directors for those boards, which has expanded to cover public companies as well...

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    2. AT&T Holds Exclusive Talks to Sell DirecTV Stake to TPG

      AT&T Holds Exclusive Talks to Sell DirecTV Stake to TPG

      (Bloomberg) -- AT&T Inc. is holding exclusive talks to sell a significant stake in DirecTV to private equity firm TPG, the latest stage of a monthslong push to unload at least part of the struggling pay-TV business, according to a person familiar with the matter. A potential deal is weeks away, and the talks could still fall apart, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private...

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    3. CoStar and Warburg Are Said to Be Competing to Buy CoreLogic

      CoStar and Warburg Are Said to Be Competing to Buy CoreLogic

      CoStar Group Inc. and a private equity group led by Warburg Pincus are the final bidders competing for data provider CoreLogic Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. CoreLogic, which is evaluating the offers, is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to proceed with a sale, said the people, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. No final decision has been made, and CoreLogic may choose to remain independent, they added...

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    4. Seed Company Corteva Faces Renewed Activist Pressure

      Seed Company Corteva Faces Renewed Activist Pressure

      Less than two years after Corteva Inc.’s launch, the crop seed and pesticide maker faces pressure from an activist investor—a familiar situation for the company’s executives. Delaware-based Corteva was formed from the agricultural businesses of DuPont and Dow Chemical , both of which contended with activist investors ahead of the 2017 merger that fused the two industrial conglomerates...

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    5. Management Cannot Unilaterally Preclude Directors From Obtaining Privileged Communications

      Management Cannot Unilaterally Preclude Directors From Obtaining Privileged Communications

      In In re WeWork Litigation, C.A. No. 2020-0258-AGB (Del. Ch. Aug. 21, 2020), a special committee of the board of directors of The We Company (the “Company”) sought to obtain certain privileged communication among management of the Company and its counsel in discovery arising from breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty case...

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    6. Starboard Seeks to Take Control of Corteva Board, Oust CEO

      Starboard Seeks to Take Control of Corteva Board, Oust CEO

      (Reuters) - Starboard LP is planning to take control of agricultural company Corteva Inc's board and replace its Chief Executive Officer Jim Collins, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. https://on.wsj.com/35ZmERY The activist investor has privately nominated eight directors to Corteva's 12-person board, the Journal reported, adding that Starboard is aiming to oust Collins over 'mediocre performance'...

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    7. Former Ripple Board Member Tapped to Lead Biden’s Occ:

      Former Ripple Board Member Tapped to Lead Biden’s Occ:

      Michael S. Barr, a former U.S. Treasury Department official and onetime member of Ripple’s board of advisers, is likely to become the next Comptroller of the Currency, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. If named and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Barr will succeed Brian Brooks, the former Coinbase executive who served as Acting Comptroller for the last half of 2020. Barr is currently a dean at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy...

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    8. If Corporate Diversity Works, Show Me the Money

      If Corporate Diversity Works, Show Me the Money

      Corporate directors are called on to do a few important things: Hire a CEO and oversee management, provide strategic direction, protect and promote the interests of investors, and ensure the company’s books are honest. Now, many claim, directors should also represent the country’s demographics. That is the upshot of a requirement by one of America’s largest financial markets...

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