The question of whether or not a company can impose an arbitration requirement through its articles of incorporation or its by-laws drew a great deal of attention when The Carlyle Group, which was preparing to go public at the time, specified in its partnership agreement that all limited partners would be required to submit any claims to binding arbitration. (I discussed Carlyle’s initiative in a prior blog post, here.) Ultimately, the SEC used its control of the registration process to prevent Carlyle from including this provision. But as illustrated in an April 22, 2012 article by Carl Schneider of the Ballard Spahr law firm on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (here), the idea continues to have its advocates and it seems likely that sooner or later there will be a case or circumstance testing the permissibility of arbitration provision in articles of incorporation or corporate by-laws.
via D&O Diary