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Delaware Governor Issues Emergency Order Regarding Corporate Annual Meetings

I recently discussed on this page how the 2020 corporate annual meeting season was facing its own challenges in the midst of the global pandemic and worldwide orders against the congregation of persons, and discussed the potential use of virtual annual meetings being conducted remotely by electronic communications as a means to overcome such challenges.  On the evening of April 6, 2020, the Governor of the State of Delaware issued his Tenth Modification to the Covid-19 State of Emergency, which contained provisions fostering a Delaware corporation’s ability to react where it had already called and noticed an annual meeting of stockholders to be held in-person.

The Tenth Modification of the Covid-19 State of Emergency permits Delaware corporations subject to the  reporting requirements of Section 13(a) and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and who have already given notice of an in-person annual meeting of stockholders, to either (a) convene the meeting as scheduled but via electronic “virtual” means or (b) adjourn the meeting to another date to be held remotely via electronic means by both (i) making a public filing with the SEC giving notice of such changes to the convening of the meeting, and (ii) publishing the notice on the company’s website.