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The Importance of Planning Joint Venture Exit Strategies

With the Miami real estate market making a resurgence, there is a new rush for companies to come together in a joint venture to acquire real estate and develop projects. With the excitement of a new deal, the joint venture...more

A Conversation with David Heller on Asia Restructurings [Video]

Latham & Watkins co-hosted a senior level industry summit with ASIFMA in Hong Kong entitled "Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Restructurings." Latham & Watkins' partner David Heller shares insights from the summit....more

Aquila on M&A: Dealmaking is Back  [Video]

May 19, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Frank Aquila, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, tells Lee Pacchia that the recent uptick in deal activity has all the indications of an "M&A boom" in 2014. While the recent wave of transactions is...more

Delaware Case Continues High Scrutiny of Investment Bankers in Mergers and Acquisitions

In a decision on March 7, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery found RBC Capital Markets, LLC liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation in connection with...more

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

Financial Advisor Found Liable for Aiding and Abetting Director Breaches of Fiduciary Duties in Connection With Cash-Out Merger -...

In a 91-page post-trial decision, Chancellor Travis Laster found RBC Capital Markets LLC (“RBC”) liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with RBC’s role as a financial advisor in the 2011 $438...more

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

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® – Global Mergers & Acquisitions Is Poison Pill [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Brad Faris explains the M&A term poison pill, an action taken by a company to make its equity less attractive to potential acquirers in order to prevent being acquired in a hostile takeover. For...more

Master Limited Partnership Year in Review: 10 MLP Observations from 2013

Last year’s surge in MLP activity likely will continue as investors grow increasingly familiar with the structure and its benefits. 2013 was a year of unprecedented growth in the number of publicly traded MLPs, as well...more

Many Activist Investors Keep Coming Back for More

When activist investors strike, there’s often a sequel, even if a company has worked to address their concerns. Boards and managements are often tempted to consider a matter closed, once they have engaged with an...more

Dealmaker's Dish: Corporate Dealmaker Update [Video]

James D. Rosener, Pepper partner and head of the firm's International Practice Group and managing partner of the New York office, was recently featured at The Deal Economy 2014 conference in New York and participated in their...more

The Entrepreneurs Report Q3 2013

As widely reported, the aggregate dollar volume of venture financings held fairly steady from Q2 2013 to Q3 2013 (see, e.g., Venture Capital Valuation and Trends from PitchBook, Q4 2013). An analysis of transactions in which...more

Why Choose the Dual Track Process? [Video]

Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains why companies might choose the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process over single track. ...more

NASAA Supports Regulatory Relief For M&A Brokers

Last June, Congressman Bill Huizenga introduced H.R. 2274 which would amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide for a notice-filing registration procedure for brokers performing services in connection with the...more

Takeovers Panel Decisions: Briefing Notes Publication

These publications will cover the key decisions from the Takeovers Panel and break them down to highlight the key implications and learning points relevant to you. The Briefing Notes will all feature practical takeaway...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

Inside M&A - Fall 2013

M&A Corporate Governance: Oversight of the Board’s Financial Advisors - Recent decisions in the Delaware Court of Chancery highlight the need for increased oversight of financial advisors by corporations engaging in...more

Banking Notes - October 2013: Five Practical Tips for Bank Acquirors

As the fog of the recent economic recession continues to lift, many community banks that have weathered the storm are shifting from a defensive-minded strategy to an offensive one, which in many cases focuses on the...more

Confidentiality Agreements: How To Draft Them And What They Restrict

I. Confidentiality Agreements And Their Effects Are Evolving - A confidentiality agreement (also sometimes called a non-disclosure agreement or “NDA”) is typically the first stage for the due diligence process in a...more

DiRienzo v. Lichtenstein, et al., C.A. No. 7094-VCP (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this lengthy memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims relating to a series of complex transactions in which a hedge fund, previously organized as a private limited partnership, was converted by its...more

Checkpoints: The Consequences Of crossing Various Ownership Thresholds When Investing

This memorandum outlines certain considerations associated with the acquisition of different levels of ownership of a U.S. company, including some of the approaches used in determining such “ownership”: - Sections 13...more

Investors Plead Guilty to Rig Bids at New Jersey Municipal Tax Auctions

Investors Plead Guilty to Rig Bids at New Jersey Municipal Tax Auctions by Frank L. Brunetti on October 3, 2013 Two financial investors who purchased municipal tax liens pleaded guilty today for their roles in a...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Financial Statement Requirements for a Business Acquired or to Be Acquired — What You Need to Know

Significant levels of accumulated cash have well-positioned many companies to pursue merger and acquisition activity. Potential acquirors and other transaction participants should be aware, in advance of entering into an...more

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health by Joel R. Glucksman on October 1, 2013 Some municipalities are faring better than others in the health and vitality of their businesses and consumer spending. A...more

The U.S. Announces Penalty Rates for Swiss Banks Involved in Tax Probe

The U.S. Announces Penalty Rates for Swiss Banks Involved in Tax Probe by Joseph M. Donegan on September 16, 2013 The Department of Justice unveiled a new program designed to both encourage Swiss banks to cooperate with...more

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