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The Strategic Value of Transaction Insurance

When we provided our thoughts on representation and warranty insurance (RWI) this time last year (Getting a Deal to Closing with Transaction Insurance), we anticipated that RWI would continue to grow in prevalence in the...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Increase Effective February 25, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced revised thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”), that will go into effect on February 25, 2016. The revised...more

Federal Trade Commission revises Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the new, revised jurisdictional thresholds for reporting transactions pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR...more

New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced For 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Competition Bureau announced the 2016 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $87 million; the 2015 threshold was $86 million. Acquisitions...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

How to Ensure that an Agreement to Negotiate in Good Faith is Enforceable

As I discussed in a prior blog post, agreements to negotiate in good faith can be enforceable. Nevertheless, I recently was reminded when re-reading Schwanbeck v. Federal-Mogul Corp., that if you really want an agreement to...more

Blog: SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Takes On Nasdaq

At the January meeting of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, two Nasdaq representatives made a presentation regarding the recent Solicitation of Comments by the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, a standing...more

Watch Your LOIs and MOUs and “Agreements to Agree”

If you are working with a third party on a term sheet, letter of intent or memorandum of understanding (an “LOI”) on what you view as a non-binding basis, make sure to say so explicitly in the LOI. Businesses use LOIs...more

New IRS Audit Rules: Partnerships and LLCs Should Name A Partnership Representative For IRS Audits

New legislation will govern IRS audits of partnerships and LLCs for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. The new rules will affect both existing LLCs and partnerships as well as new partnership and LLC agreements,...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses M&A Discovery

Hamilton Partners L.P. v. Highland Capital Management L.P., C.A. 6547-VCN (February 2, 2016) - Discovery of financial information in M&A litigation, including appraisal actions, often involves two issues...more

HeartWare Cancels $930M Deal with Valtech Cardio

HeartWare International, Inc. has announced that it will not longer proceed with its previously announced deal to acquire Valtech Cardio, Ltd. Valtech is a privately held Israeli company developing transcatheter mitral and...more

IRS Provides New Guidance on Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

If you read one thing... - The IRS has issued new guidance on midyear changes to a safe harbor plan under Code Sections 401(k) and 401(m) that addresses the requirement that plan provisions generally must remain in...more

Antitrust: FTC Announces Annual Update of Thresholds for Premerger Notification Filings and Interlocking Directorates for 2016...

The Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) has revised the monetary thresholds applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act). The HSR Act requires companies proposing a merger or...more

City Fitness Attempts to Exercise Service Mark Rights

In a decision dismissing plaintiffs’ claims of service mark infringement, the District of Massachusetts held that the plaintiffs’ transfer of “goodwill” in an asset purchase agreement also transferred plaintiffs’ rights to...more

The EU Court of Justice Brings to an End Odile Jacob’s Fight Against Lagardère’s Purchase of Vivendi Universal Publishing

By its judgment of 28 January 2016 (C-514/14 P, Editions Odile Jacob SAS v Commission), the European Court of Justice (Court) upheld the General Court of the European Union’s (GCEU) ruling with respect to each of the grounds...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2016

On January 26, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size for Reportable Transactions Increases to $78.2 Million

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,...more

M&A Team News - January 2016

Here is a look back at the top M&A developments that affected deal-making last year and a look forward to our expectations for 2016....more

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

Annual Adjustments to Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

The annually adjusted thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) were published in the Federal Register on January 26,...more

New Ruling of the Czech Supreme Administrative Court: Twilight of Acquisition Structures?

A recent Czech Supreme Administrative Court decision invoked the doctrine of abuse of law disallowing the tax deductibility of interest on a shareholder loan in an acquisition transaction. Since similar acquisition structures...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised notification thresholds pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The HSR Act requires parties to file notification...more

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper...more

New HSR Reporting Thresholds Announced for 2016

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Articulates Test for Direct Shareholder Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

On January 25, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, even where all...more

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