Gregory Markel

Gregory Markel

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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M&A Update: Chancery Court Finds Merger Price to be Most Persuasive Factor in Appraisal Action

In a recent decision in an appraisal action, the Delaware Chancery Court reaffirmed the Court’s reluctance to substitute its own calculation of the “fair value” of a target company’s stock for the purchase price derived...more

10/29/2015 - Appraisal Controlling Stockholders Fair Value Standard Merger Agreements Private Equity Funds Purchase Price Securities Litigation Stocks

Delaware Court Leaves Ousted Executive on His Own for Legal Fees

In a September 11, 2015, decision, the Delaware Chancery Court denied a former officer and director advance reimbursement of legal fees in a dispute with his company, despite his insistence that multiple corporate documents...more

9/22/2015 - Advancement Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Director Removal Indemnification Clauses Legal Fees Shareholder Litigation Shareholders' Agreements Standstill Agreements Summary Judgment Young Lawyers

M&A Update: Federal Court Decision in Allergan Control Battle Raises Serious Questions for New Takeover Technique

The Federal District Court’s November 4th ruling in Allergan, Inc. vs. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. raises “serious questions” for the takeover partnership employed by Valeant and Pershing Square in their...more

11/7/2014 - Allergan Inc Hedge Funds Hostile Takeover SEC Takeover Agreement

M&A Update: No Control, No Conflict, No Problem

On October 24th, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the merger of Crimson Exploration and Contango Oil & Gas. Minority Crimson stockholders alleged that Oaktree Capital Management, Crimson’s largest...more

11/3/2014 - Controlling Stockholders Mergers Oil & Gas Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

M&A Update: Chancery Court Orders Financial Advisor to Pay Millions in Damages For Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On October 10, 2014, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled that RBC Capital was liable to the former stockholders of Rural/Metro Corporation for $75.8 million – representing 83% of the total damages – for aiding and abetting...more


Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.: The Court Retains Basic, But Permits Defendants To Rebut Price Impact At Class...

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, 2014 WL 2807181 (June 23, 2014). The Court declined to overturn the 25 year-old decision in...more

6/26/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Action Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS Securities Fraud

M&A Update: Delaware Court Upholds Sotheby’s Poison Pill Defense Against Activist Citing “Negative Control” As A Corporate Threat

In a May 2, 2014 ruling relating to activist hedge fund Third Point LLC’s proxy battle with auction house Sotheby’s, the Delaware Chancery Court found that Third Point was not likely to succeed in its argument that the...more

5/6/2014 - Board of Directors Fiduciary Duty Hedge Funds Shareholder Rights Sothebys Third Point

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Business Judgment Rule Review For Certain Controlling Stockholder Transactions With...

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Court of Chancery’s 2013 decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation, holding that in going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder, the use of both...more

3/18/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Going-Private Transactions Minority Shareholders Shareholders

M&A Update: The “Gatekeepers”: Delaware Court Holds Conflicted Financial Advisor Liable For Aiding And Abetting Breach Of...

Delaware courts have increasingly shined a spotlight on what they consider to be conflicts of interest for sell-side financial advisors. On March 7th, the Delaware Chancery Court hit these conflicts with a laser beam. In a...more

3/14/2014 - Aiding and Abetting Breach of Duty Fiduciary Duty Proxy Statements

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