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Delaware Chancery Court Finds No Fiduciary Duty Breach, Notwithstanding Entire Fairness Review, And Determines Appraisal Value To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 21, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery (i) entered judgment in favor of defendants Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”) and Softbank Corp. (“Softbank”) on claims of breaches of...more

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German...

by WilmerHale on

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments (the amendments) to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (the Ordinance), allowing for wider control of foreign corporate takeovers with a view...more

The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

Amended German Investment Controls: Increased Scrutiny and Delays for German Target M&A Deals with Non-EU Buyers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In line with an apparent trend towards tighter trade and investment controls in various countries, the German government last week adopted stricter rules on investments in German companies by non-EU parties (an EFTA-based...more

Selling to China: Four Key Questions All Private Equity Deal Teams Should Ask on an Exit

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Chinese acquirers are playing an increasingly important role as buyers of private equity sponsored companies — nearly 200 portfolio companies were sold to Chinese entities in 2016. However, in our view, measures taken by the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge To Two-Step Merger Under Corwin Finding Tendering Stockholders Were Fully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a former stockholder’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former directors of Diamond Resorts International...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Disclosure Claim Based On Subsequent Employment Of Special Committee Chair By Legal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed dismissal of a putative stockholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the directors of Blount International, Inc. (“Blount”) and aiding and abetting...more

Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As many cannabis industry watchers know, one of the primary challenges still facing cannabis businesses is access to capital, as we have discussed previously on Tracking Cannabis. Heavy regulation in the industry and...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into the United States Specific Survey Report Forms 5-Year...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new in-bound...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Determines Fair Value in PetSmart and SWS Group Appraisal Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of high-profile opinions in appraisal litigations, many of which addressed the central question of whether and to what extent the underlying transaction...more

After Settlement By Director Defendants Of Merger-Related Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 26, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiffs’ request to sever and stay fiduciary duty breach claims settled with directors of Good Technology Corporation (“Good”) and...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Claims Under Corwin, Finding The Complaint Adequately Pleaded That The Shareholder...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of Charter...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities - June 2017

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between February 2017 and April 2017. The cases address developing trends in class actions, ERISA, fiduciary duties,...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Stoics and Leadership

by Thomas Fox on

One thing about successful business leaders is they can take in severe news, keep calm and carry on. In a keynote speech to the SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute, Jenny O’Brien has called this the Triple C Rule for...more

Two Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions, Though Unlikely To Squelch Plaintiffs' Enthusiasm For Appraisal Actions, Give Companies...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Recent rulings issued by the Delaware Chancery Court in two appraisal cases handed wins to the defendant companies, reflecting at least some degree of temperance within the Delaware Chancery and potentially stemming the tide...more

Recent Court of Chancery Appraisal Decisions Provide Guidance on Court's Deference to Merger Price as Evidence of Fair Value

Two recent appraisal decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery provide additional guidance on when the court will defer to the merger price as evidence of fair value. In the first decision, In re Appraisal of PetSmart,1...more

SEC Prevails on Summary Judgment In Manipulation Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment in a manipulation case centered on the shares of a firm which operated under the name Marley Coffee — a name which linked back through Rohan Marley to his famous father, Bob Marley who is...more

Preparing for Your Cross-Border Deal: Practice Tips for In-House Counsel

by WilmerHale on

Your CEO just announced that the company wants to acquire a business with global operations. As in-house counsel, you will play a key role in this transaction by ensuring the deal runs smoothly. It’s a tremendous growth...more

Post-Acute Care Summary Report - May 2017

by Benesch on

PE Firms Look Past Uncertainty in Healthcare Market—For Now - The outlook for the healthcare industry remains unclear, thanks in large part to continued changes ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and uncertainty...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Challenge To Controlling Stockholder Take-Private Deal

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the dismissal of a breach of fiduciary duty action against the directors of Books-A-Million, Inc. and other defendants following a “squeeze-out” merger by the company’s...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare to Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 Claims

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Ninth Circuit follows the Second and Tenth Circuits in extending Omnicare’s requirements for pleading the falsity of opinion statements to claims under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5. In recent years, courts have...more

E-commerce businesses: Valuation beyond the horizon

by Dentons on

E-commerce today has been defined as the buying and selling or provision of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network. This article attempts to highlight the justification for the...more

The SFC’s Guidance on Corporate Transactions and the Use of Valuations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The SFC has become increasingly concerned that some listed companies are acquiring or selling assets at improperly assessed prices, resulting in losses to listed companies and their shareholders. Summary - The...more

California Judge Troubled By Trulia Refuses To Approve Settlement

by Allen Matkins on

Kevin LaCroix recently tackled the question Is Deal Litigation in Delaware Done? According to Kevin, “deal litigation has been shifting from Delaware Chancery Court to courts in other states and to federal courts”. He...more

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