TELUS Corporation v. Mason Capital Management: Shareholder Meeting Requisitions and “Empty Voting”

October 24, 2012

In TELUS Corporation v. Mason Capital Management LLC, 2012 BCCA 403, the British Columbia Court of Appeal considered the validity of a shareholder’s requisition for a general meeting of shareholders. The Court clarified that a requisition made under s. 167 of the British Columbia Business Corporations Act need not identify the beneficial owner of the shares used to call the meeting in order to be valid. In addition, the Court held that it had no authority under the Act to restrain a shareholder from requisitioning a meeting on the basis of its “net investment” or that its interests are not aligned with the economic well-being of the company.

Read the full article here: Matthew Nied and Taylor Little, “Mason Capital Succeeds: Appeal Court Confirms CDS’s Ability to Requisition Meeting By ‘Empty Voter’” (2012) 7:4 Corporate Governance Report 41.

Also published on the Canadian Securities Law Blog (Stikeman Elliott)

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