Michael O'Bryan

Michael O'Bryan

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Kahn v. MF Worldwide Corp. The Delaware Supreme Court Affirms In re MFW Holding That a Going-Private Transaction May Gain the...

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court decided Kahn v. MF Worldwide Corp. and unanimously affirmed the Chancery Court’s ruling in In re MFW. As we discussed previously, in In re MFW, then-Chancellor (now Chief Justice)...more

3/27/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Going-Private Transactions MFW Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Standard of Review

In Delaware, Privilege Goes to the Buyer -- Court Finds Buyer Controls Attorney-Client Privilege over Seller’s Pre-Closing...

The Delaware court of chancery held recently that control over a target company’s attorney-client privileged communications, including communications between the target company’s counsel and its pre-merger stockholders,...more

12/5/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Contract Drafting Corporate Counsel Disqualification Fraudulent Inducement Mergers Privilege Waivers Shareholders

Delaware Chancery Court Orders Company and Board Committee Counsel to Provide Privileged Communications to Dissident Director --...

The Delaware Court of Chancery, in Kalisman v. Friedman (Apr. 17, 2013), ordered the respective counsels for a company and for a special committee of the company’s board of directors to provide to a dissident director copies...more

6/19/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Board of Directors Right of Access Rival Director Slate Work Product Privilege

Board Enjoined from Impeding Hostile Consent Solicitation Without First Approving Rival Director Slate under Credit Agreement...

The Delaware Chancery Court recently enjoined a board of directors from impeding a stockholder’s solicitation of written consents to replace the board, unless the board first approved the stockholder’s nominees for purposes...more

3/18/2013 - Board of Directors Credit Agreements Fiduciary Duty Injunctions Proxy Put Rival Director Slate

Delaware Court Finds Reverse Triangular Merger Does Not Violate Contractual Prohibition on Assignment by Operation of Law

The Delaware Chancery Court, in Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Feb. 22, 2013), held that the acquisition of a company in a reverse triangular merger did not violate a restriction in an existing...more

3/5/2013 - Assignments Reverse Triangular Mergers

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