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DOJ Clarifies Successor Liability for Foreign Acquisitions in Latest Opinion Release

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second public opinion release of the year in response to a question posed regarding the applicability of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to a...more

Higher FCPA risks for mergers and acquisitions? Opinion Release 14-02 and your growing business – three steps

The Department of Justice has announced that it would take “no action” against a multinational corporation in connection with its acquisition of a foreign corporation with significant record-keeping deficiencies and a history...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Business Judgment Rule to Directors Who Approve Merger Supported by Large Shareholders

In its October 24, 2014, decision in In re Crimson Exploration Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 8541, the Delaware Court of Chancery confirmed that the business judgment rule is applicable in evaluating claims for breach...more

Sink or Swim as Oil Prices Continue to Fall

As Warren Buffett once wrote in a 2002 letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., "you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." Well, the tide is going out for many in the oil and gas industry...more

2015 Compensation Committee Handbook

Preface - The duties imposed on compensation committees of publicly traded companies have evolved and grown over time. This first edition of the Compensation Committee Handbook from the lawyers of the Executive...more

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether...more

Tax Court Characterizes Technology Executive’s Merger Proceeds as Ordinary Income

On October 30th, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that a key executive of a technology company acquired by Google for $93 million was required to report a large portion of his merger consideration as ordinary compensation income....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 108-Supply Chain Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I discuss several different risk based models to evaluate your supply chain under the FCPA or UK Bribery Act. ...more

Caveat Emptor: Five Steps to Avoid FCPA Successor Liability in M&A

Anti-corruption due diligence has become increasingly common in the M&A context. But when such pre-acquisition diligence identifies possible improper payments to foreign government officials or other red flags, what is the...more

Halliburton’s Acquisition of Baker Hughes Likely to Receive Close Antitrust Scrutiny from Department of Justice

On November 17, 2014, Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”) announced plans to acquire Baker Hughes, Inc. (“Baker Hughes”) for $34.6 billion. Halliburton and Baker Hughes are two of the world’s largest oilfield services...more

Insolvency in the Fashion Retail Sector: Understanding and managing the risks of an insolvent acquisition

Opportunity Arises Out of Adversity - The recent global financial crisis has seen consumers tighten their belts and the retail industry as a whole has faced increasing pressure. Profits warnings have peppered the...more

Delaware Chancery Requires Payment of Merger Consideration to Dissenting Stockholder After Expiration of Appraisal Period

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently dismissed corporate mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty claims filed by a dissenting stockholder, but ordered that the surviving corporation in a merger was required to pay the...more

Five Million Dollar Penalty is Stark Reminder About "Gun Jumping"

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced that it had imposed a civil penalty of $3.8M and disgorgement of $1.15M in profits on Flakeboard America Limited (and its parent...more

Pennsylvania Significantly Updates Laws Governing M&A/Conversion

On October 22, 2014 House Bill 2234 became effective, establishing Pennsylvania’s “Entity Transactions Law”, a version of the Model Entity Transactions Act (META) which will streamline and make more uniform the way in which...more

Can Undue Concentration in Financial Companies Threaten Market Stability? New Federal Reserve Merger and Acquisition Regulation...

The new year will bring new restrictions on banks and certain large financial institutions, as the Federal Reserve Board issued a final rule prohibiting financial companies from merging if the ratio of the resulting entity’s...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Announces Settlement with Two Companies for Federal Antitrust Law Violations

On November 7, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Flakeboard America Ltd. (Flakeboard) and SierraPine for federal antitrust law violations. The settlement requires the companies to...more

"U.S. Corporate Inversion Update"

Numerous US legislative proposals have reacted to the perceived problems of US corporate inversions in which, generally, a parent USco becomes a Forco’s subsidiary. Not content to wait for enacted legislation, the IRS and the...more

Opinion Release 14-02: Dis-Linking The Illegal Conduct Going Forward

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. I find it a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of...more

Gone, Gone, the Damage Done*—Provisions in Transactional Agreements Can Raise Antitrust Risk

Soon after someone settles “gun jumping” charges, client alerts and blog posts with informative titles like “DOJ Settlement Resolves ‘Gun Jumping’ Charges” start flying around. These “alerts” and “posts” usually recite facts...more

New Guidance on Gun Jumping - DOJ Antitrust Division Settlement Clarifies the Risks of Pre-Closing Coordination, while...

Just five weeks after the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Flakeboard America had abandoned its plan to acquire a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) mill and two particleboard mills from...more

Hidden Employment Reef Awaiting Captains Of Commerce?

When a company is acquired in a stock sale, its shareholders are routinely required to sign what is known as a Letter of Transmittal (“LOT”). Standard LOTs include a release of all claims. But, due to a quirk of California...more

“Gun-Jumping” Companies Must Pay $3.8 Million in Fines and Disgorge $1.15 Million in Illegally Obtained Profits

Recently the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $5 million settlement with Flakeboard America Limited, its parents and SierraPine to settle allegations that the parties engaged in...more

In re TPC Group Inc. S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 7865-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 29, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery denied plaintiffs’ application for an award of attorneys’ fees and held that plaintiffs’ class action litigation was not the cause of the increase in the merger price achieved...more

United States v. Flakeboard America Ltd.: The Perils of Gun Jumping

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a Complaint and proposed Consent Settlement of significant claims of illegal premerger coordination with buyer and seller in a...more

Transaction Parties Pay Hefty Antitrust Fines for Unlawful Premerger Coordination

On November 7, 2014, Flakeboard America Limited (Flakeboard), its parent companies, and SierraPine entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) resolving allegations that the parties engaged in illegal...more

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