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2014 Changes to Delaware Corporate Law

Earlier this month, several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were approved. These amendments are substantially the same as the amendments originally proposed in April 2014 and will...more

Texas Ruling Highlights the Need for Shareholder Agreements in Closely Held Corporations

On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that brings to light the importance of every corporation, especially closely held corporations, having a comprehensive shareholders' agreement that...more

2014 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On July 15, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Delaware House Bill No. 329, which makes a number of noteworthy changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law. The 2014 amendments address: (1) mergers under DGCL...more

Final Noncompensatory Partnership Options Regulations Could Affect the Tax Treatment of Penny Warrants and Other Arrangements

Investments in partnerships (and other pass-through entities such as limited liability companies treated as a partnership) often involve the acquisition of warrants, options or other rights to acquire securities. This is...more

In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7141-VCL (Del. Ch. Jun. 12, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion resolving cross-motions for summary judgment, the Court of Chancery dismissed in part claims challenging a drop-down sale governed by a limited partnership agreement that supplanted fiduciary duties...more

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® Is Naked No Vote [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Michael Dillard explains the M&A term Naked No Vote, where the target company shareholders vote against the proposed business combination at the special meeting in the absence of a superior proposal....more

Exclusive Forum Provisions: A New Item for Corporate Governance and M&A Checklists

Public companies increasingly are adopting “exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions that require their stockholders to go to specified courts if they want to make fiduciary duty or other intra-corporate claims against...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes...

In Hamilton Partners, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by former stockholders of American Home Patient, Inc. (AHP)...more

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

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

Latham & Watkins partner Harald Selzner explains the M&A term Fiduciary Out, a provision in an acquisition agreement that allows the board of directors to terminate the agreement if a “better” deal arises with another party....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 68-Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea. Neil connects Safety, Management and compliance in talking about his compelling new book. ...more

"Fee-Shifting Bylaws: The Current State of Play"

As previously reported, on May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534,2013 (Del. May 8, 2014), holding that fee-shifting provisions...more

It Depends On The Meaning Of The Word "With"

The contractual interpretation issue before the Business Court in Schultheis v. Hatteras Capital Investment Management, LLC, 2014 NCBC 23, turned on the meaning of the word "with." Well, actually on the phrase "entering into...more

Critical Considerations in Healthcare Affiliations

The trend of affiliations between healthcare providers (we use the term “affiliation” to include all manner of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint operating arrangements, etc.) continues at a rapid pace....more

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® – Global Mergers & Acquisitions Is No Poach [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner José Luis Blanco explains the M&A term No Poach, which refers to an agreement not to poach or hire a company’s employees. For additional definitions of the legal and business terms often encountered...more

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

Latham & Watkins partner Michele Johnson explains the M&A term Go Shop, a term used to describe both a standard of judicial review and a required determination by the Board of Directors of the target company. For additional...more

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

Latham & Watkins partner Olivier du Mottay explains the M&A term Squeeze Out, the right of the bidder in a public to private/takeover to require minority shareholders to sell their shares to the bidder once it has reached a...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

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

Latham & Watkins partner David Allinson explains the M&A term Take Private, a term for the process by which a third party buyer obtains ownership of 100 percent of a previously public company. For additional definitions of...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

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

Latham & Watkins partner Zachary Judd explains the M&A term Distressed Sale, a term for a transaction in which the target company is in or near the zone of insolvency. For additional definitions of the legal and business...more

"Delaware Court of Chancery Recognizes Potential Benefits of Shareholder Rights Plans in Addressing Shareholder Activism"

William F. Ruprecht, et al., and Sotheby’s, which, in essence, recognized that a board of directors could adopt a shareholder rights plan as a reasonable response to a threat posed by an activist shareholder....more

A Shot In A Mug Of Beer May Not Be The Answer To This Exclusive Forum Bylaw Case

In March, Safeway and Albertsons announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement. As night follows day, litigation ensued. At least 12 class action complaints were filed by alleged stockholders of...more

Acquisition Structure Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas Course

Buying or selling a closely held business, including the purchase of a division or a subsidiary, can be structured as (i) a statutory combination such as a statutory merger or share exchange, (ii) a negotiated purchase of...more

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® – Global Mergers & Acquisitions is Crown Jewels Lock-Up [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Timothy FitzSimons explains the M&A term Crown Jewels Lock-Up, a term referring to an M&A technique where the critical assets of a target company are locked-up. For additional definitions of the legal...more

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