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Mergers & Acquisitions Alert: Controlling Stockholder Squeeze-Outs May Be Structured to Achieve Deferential “Business Judgment...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided that a going private transaction sponsored by the controlling stockholder of a Delaware corporation may, under certain...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - April 2014

In this issue: - News from the Courts - News from the Regulators - Tax News - Notable Pending Deals - Contributors - Excerpt from News from the Courts: Delaware Court of...more

In re Rural Metro Corp. S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 6350-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision, the Court of Chancery held a financial advisor liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by a target board in the sale of the company. The Court concluded that the financial...more

Frank v. Elgamal, C.A. No. 6120-VCN (Del. Ch. Mar. 10, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to certain claims asserted by a stockholder plaintiff in connection with a merger involving a...more

Who’s in Charge – Is the Board Responsible to Monitor Its Financial Advisor or Vice Versa?

In the case of In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware held that the primary financial advisor retained by Rural/Metro Corporation aided and abetted the board in...more

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Chancery Court’s decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation. In that decision, the Chancery Court had granted summary judgment in favor of...more

Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., C.A. No. 6566 (Del. Mar. 14, 2014)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s decision to grant summary judgment to the defendants and addressed an issue of first impression: what standard of review will apply where a...more

Delaware Supreme Court Deals Blow to Merger Litigation Plaintiffs

On Friday, the Delaware Supreme Court adopted the business judgment rule standard of review for some controlling stockholder freeze-out mergers and potentially other interested party transactions. In Kahn, et al. v. M&F...more

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms The Path to Business Judgment Review In Controlling Stockholder Transactions

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its eagerly-awaited decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., No. 334, 2013 (Del. March 14, 2014). The Court affirmed the Chancery Court's holding (Strine, C.) that the...more

M&A Update: Delaware Court’s Orchard Enterprises Decision Provides Key Insights For Special Committees In Controlling Stockholder...

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

Delaware Upholds Business Judgment Review for Controlling Stockholder Mergers If Minority Is Protected

On Friday, March 14th, the Delaware Supreme Court held that controlling stockholder mergers should be subject to deferential business judgment review, rather than the more stringent entire fairness standard, where minority...more

In re MFW Decision Upheld by Delaware Supreme Court

Last week in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. March 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Chancery in the In re MFW Shareholders Litigation (Del. Ch. May 29, 2013) case and also upheld the...more

In the Rural/Metro Decision, Delaware Court Emphasizes Conflicts of Interest in Finding Breaches of Fiduciary Duties

Citing various conflicts of interests involving management, board members and financial advisors, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation (“Rural”)...more

Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Buyout Target Board’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On March 7, the Delaware Court of Chancery published a post-trial opinion in In Re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation (Rural Metro) finding Rural/Metro’s financial advisor RBC liable for aiding and abetting the...more

Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Fees in Shareholder Suits Subject to Heightened Scrutiny (In re Theragenics Case)

It’s virtually inevitable: Within hours (or less) of a press release announcing a merger or acquisition involving a public company, a group of shareholders will file a class action lawsuit against the public company target’s...more

Disgorgement And Intervening Causes In an SEC Enforcement Action

In SEC v. Teo, Case No. 12, 1168 (3rd Cir. Decided Feb. 10, 2014) the Court, in a two to one decision, considered a question regarding the calculation of disgorgement and the impact of an intervening cause in an SEC...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Grants Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendants with Respect to Acquisition of Answers.com

On February 3, 2014, Vice Chancellor John Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted summary judgment in favor of defendants, dismissing a class action lawsuit arising out the acquisition of Answers Corporation (Answers)...more

Cook v. Hewlett-Packard Co., C.A. No. 8667-VCG (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery denied plaintiff’s request for books and records pursuant 8 Del. C. § 220. The stockholder plaintiff sought to investigate alleged wrongdoing by Hewlett-Packard Co. (“HP” or the...more

Retaining the Attorney-Client Privilege in a Merger

In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, Chancellor Strine of the Delaware Chancery Court recently reaffirmed that the target company in a Delaware merger is the sole holder of the...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #36

We are proud to celebrate three years of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter with this 36th edition. This month, we highlight developments in the following areas, which are likely to have an...more

Practice Tips for M&A Practitioners for 2014

Based on a number of cases decided by the Delaware courts in 2013, below we summarize practice tips regarding careful drafting of contractual provisions and complying with technical and statutory requirements....more

ENI Holdings, LLC v. KBR Group Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 8075-VCG (Del. Ch. Nov. 27, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion granting in part and denying in part a motion to dismiss counterclaims, the Court of Chancery held that the parties to a stock purchase agreement (“SPA”) had contractually agreed to shorten to one year the...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisition Law News - Recap of Fourth Quarter 2013

In this issue: *News from the Court: - Guidance from Delaware Chancery Court for Notice Provisions and - Survival Periods - Privileged Pre-Merger Attorney-Client Communications Belong to Surviving...more

In re Trados: Directors Dodge a Bullet

Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s August 16 post-trial opinion in In re Trados Inc. Shareholder Litigation1 (hereinafter, “In re Trados”) has attracted a significant amount of attention. Much as both the Chancery and the...more

Inside The Courts - December 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 4

In This Issue: *U.S. SUPREME COURT: - Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (U.S. Nov. 15, 2013) Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 (U.S. Nov. 12, 2013) - Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, No....more

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