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M&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder’s Tender Offer Based On Target Board’s Conflicts and Stockholder...

In a March 14, 2014 decision that has received little commentary, an Ohio federal court in Spachman v. Great American Insurance Co. took the extraordinary step of enjoining a tender offer by Great American Insurance, a...more

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

Del. Chancery Criticizes Bankers Again in Rural Metro; Undisclosed Conflicts Can Make Sale Process Unreasonable

What you need to know: A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision reinforced the premise that directors of Delaware corporations will be held culpable if they conduct an M&A process based on inadequate information...more

Muddy employee incentive issues in a disappointing exit: 9 practical tips for public company acquirers

In mediocre payout situations, transaction proceeds are unlikely to give a substantial (if any) return to common stockholders, yet may be sufficient to at least return the initial investment, and perhaps a liquidation...more

BAC CEO Pays $10 Million Plus D&O Bar To Settle NYAG Market Crisis Case

Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis agreed to pay $10 million and to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years to settle fraud charges brought by the New York Attorney General...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

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

Amicus Decries “Tortification” Of Contract Law

In For Executives, This May Have Been The Most Frightening Holding Of 2013, I wrote about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., 222 Cal. App. 4th 945 (2013). Readers may recall that...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing to Prohibit An Acquiring Entity From Diverting...

In American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC v. LPL Holdings, Inc., CA NO. 9490-VCG, 2014 WL 354496 (Del. Ch. Feb. 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery applied the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing to a...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

Texas Restaurant Update – Acquisitions, Openings And Closings

Following up on our January 15th post on Texas restaurant openings and closings (click here for that story), here is the update for February on the movers and shakers in Texas restaurants. If you’d like your restaurant to be...more

Attacking LBO Payouts as State Law Fraudulent Transfers

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) in Weisfelner v. Fund 1 (In Re Lyondell Chemical Co.), 2014 WL 118036 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Jan. 14, 2014) recently held that the safe harbor...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

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

40% Is Less Than A Majority But Can It Be “Control”?

Yesterday’s post concerned the Court of Appeal’s opinion in Busse v. United Panam Financial Corp., 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 11 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. Jan. 8, 2014) holding that shareholders may not pursue monetary damages under...more

Financial Advisory Update

Novel theories by plaintiffs’ lawyers need to foster novel approaches by M&A lawyers. A number of recent cases highlight the increasing risks for financial advisors and the lawyers who represent them. Financial...more

M&A Agreements: Limitations on Contractual and Extra-Contractual Liabilities©

In This Issue: - Perspective - Pre-Signing Definitive Documents - Between Sign and Close - Post-Closing: Fraud Claims - Post-Closing: Survival Clauses - More on Fraud: Not all Erroneous Statements of...more

Shareholder Issues Arise When Full Enterprise Value Fails to Be Assessed

In dissenters' rights actions, shareholder oppression and member disputes as well as in breach of fiduciary duty cases, the fair value of a company becomes center stage for debate. As shareholders and companies keep an eye...more

Delaware Reigns in Shareholder Attacks on Weak Fairness Opinions

Financial advisors should remain keenly aware that, in recent years, plaintiffs and courts have been more carefully scrutinizing fairness opinions rendered in the context of public M&A transactions. Post-Great Recession, the...more

Delaware Chancery Court: Attorney-Client Privilege Passes to Surviving Corporation

In Great Hill Equity Partners v. SIG Growth Equity Fund (November 15, 2013 - Strine), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that attorney-client privilege passes to the surviving corporation in a merger. The case was brought by...more

SEC Enforcement/Securities Litigation and D&O Insurance

Recent SEC Enforcement Developments - .. Change in SEC policy regarding “no admissions” settlements - SEC Chair Mary Jo White has joined with colleagues at DOJ to change the perception that U.S. companies are...more

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