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Delaware Law Updates – Pleading Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in the Publicly Traded Master...

In Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, --- A.3d ---, 2017 WL 243361 (Del. Jan. 20, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery[1] and held that the common unitholder plaintiff’s complaint properly stated a claim...more

Top 10 Things Corporate Attorneys Should Know About Insurance

Almost every corporate transaction — mergers, purchase and sales, real estate matters, among others — involves some “insurance” related issues. They can range from simple “insurance requirements” in the corporate documents to...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: The Trump Effect

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

Lessons Learned in Selling the Family Business

We have represented hundreds of family businesses (as well as other privately-held businesses) in negotiating and completing successful mergers and acquisitions. We have seen important lessons learned by families selling...more

Indemnification Obligations and the Purchase or Sale of Your Business: Why Should You Care?

What Is An Indemnification Obligation? - In the simplest sense, indemnification obligations protect one party to a contract against claims that arise after a transaction that should be the other party's responsibility. ...more

Stockholder Merger Vote Sets High Bar for Post-Closing Claims

The Delaware Supreme Court's decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings , 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), reaffirmed the power of fully-informed, uncoerced, disinterested stockholder approval to immunize M&A transactions against...more

The ReSET – Handling Pesky Employees Who Get in the Way of a Deal

Two interesting conversations played out recently – one dealing with the fallout from employees who tried to hold a company sale hostage, the other tentatively exploring how to give employees in advance a stake in the...more

The ReSET – The Afterlife

When selling their company, entrepreneurs put all their energy on getting the deal done on the most favorable terms possible. As mentioned in last week’s ReSET, the odds are that the buyer will impose an earn-out or similar...more

The ReSET- The Exit: Game On

Entrepreneurs dream of the big exit – to cash out and check out. Buyers implicitly understand this and try to mitigate the risk of the entrepreneur’s disengaging so that what they’ve bought doesn’t evaporate. The game is...more

New provisions on German antitrust law under debate in German parliament

On 1 July 2016, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs published a draft bill for the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen – GWB). The draft bill...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Cautious Optimism in the New Year

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. Over the next few days, we will run a series of Cooley M&A blog posts with some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: Warranty Time Limits and Caps

In M&A transactions, sellers routinely seek to limit their exposure under warranties and indemnities via reasonably standard exclusions and limitations. This article focuses on two of the most fundamental warranty...more

IP Due Diligence: The Five Questions You Must Ask in Corporate Transactions

Konstantin Linnik, Ph.D., a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, addressed the importance of intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions in Nutter Insights. Konstantin discussed when a...more

Federal Whistleblower Laws Collide With The Attorney-Client Privilege: The Bio-Rad Case Study

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal whistleblower laws collide with the in-house attorney-client privilege. The trial round goes to the whistleblower. The expected appellate round has still not been fought. In a February 7,...more

2016 Securities and M&A Litigation Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Securities and M&A Litigation Year in Review. This report covers some of the major developments in securities and M&A litigation over the past year....more

First Department Opens the Door a Bit Wider to “Disclosure-Only” Settlement Agreements in Class Action Cases

On February 2, 2017, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, approved a “disclosure-only” settlement agreement in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 740 (1st Dep’t Feb....more

First Department Adds Two New Factors to New York’s Standard of Review for Non-Monetary Settlements of Shareholder Class Actions

On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division, First Department issued a unanimous decision in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., No. 653084/13, 2017 BL 31251 (1st Dep’t Feb. 2, 2017) that may have significant consequences...more

Considerations for the Acquisition of a Non-U.S. Company by a U.S. Public Company

When it is time to sell a company, there are a number of financial and legal steps a business should consider to ready itself for a merger or acquisition. When the potential buyer is a U.S. public company, that list may get...more

Watch out for Fraud in Family-Business Purchase Agreements

In business purchase agreements, including agreements between family members, the seller often retains pre-sale liabilities, such as tax liabilities, while the buyer assumes post-closing liabilities related to the business’...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin Doctrine To Dismiss Non-Exculpated Duty of Care Claims

Under the Corwin doctrine, approval by a majority of the fully-informed, uncoerced, disinterested stockholders invokes the business judgment rule so long as the transaction does not involve a controlling stockholder...more

Delaware corporate law and litigation: what happened in 2016 and what it means for you in 2017

Delaware has long been known as the corporate capital of the world, and it is now the state of incorporation for 66 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than half of all companies whose securities trade on the NYSE, Nasdaq and...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: BelHealth Acquires American HealthCare Services Association

BelHealth Investment Partners has announced the acquisition of American HealthCare Services Association (AHSA). BelHealth, based in New York, is a healthcare private equity firm focused on lower middle market companies....more

"Business Tax Reform All but Certain in US, Europe"

United States - The prospects for business tax reform in the United States were greatly enhanced by the 2016 election results. Reform under Republicans, who control both the White House and Congress, could dramatically...more

Bridging Valuation Gaps and Other Barriers to M&A in the UK North Sea

Chrysoar, a little known oil company, backed by U.S. private equity (PE) firm EIG Partners, made headlines this week when it purchased $3.8 billion of North Sea assets from Shell. The sale comprises more than half of Shell’s...more

First Steps Toward a Successful Franchise Acquisition

Owning a franchised business can present a lucrative opportunity, and this is especially true when acquiring a franchise with a history of success and/or an opportunity for growth. While each franchise system is different and...more

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