In late March, Michigan Law hosted Professor Hidefusa Iida to discuss appraisal rights in Japan.  Professor Iida previously published on appraisal rights in Japan, including in a 2014 article “Reappraising the Role of Appraisal Remedy.” The basics of Japanese appraisal, from Professor Iida’s article and this analysis, are similar to Delaware. Shareholders who dissent from certain major corporate actions, in particular, mergers, can – as in Delaware – demand ‘appraisal’ of their shares, meaning that a Court will fix the “fair value” of the shares. Indeed, before appraisal rights in Delaware became a regular fixture of investor protection, some academics were already looking to Japan as a pro-investor forum, citing appraisal rights as one key facetOther commentary has also viewed the Japanese appraisal remedy as a critical minority shareholder protection (or weapon, as the verbiage may be).

We will continue to cover Japanese appraisal as further items develop.

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Rich is an experienced securities litigator focusing on value-generating legal strategy.  Rich brings to each matter a deep knowledge of the quantitative methods side of securities litigation, especially damages computation, event studies, econometrics/economics and the theories, tools, and strategies involved in the preservation…

Rich is an experienced securities litigator focusing on value-generating legal strategy.  Rich brings to each matter a deep knowledge of the quantitative methods side of securities litigation, especially damages computation, event studies, econometrics/economics and the theories, tools, and strategies involved in the preservation and maximization of the value of client’s securities claims.