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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

N.C. Business Court Weighs In On Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants Following Aquisition of a Company

Your company acquires another company through merger or stock purchase. You require the key employees of the acquired company to sign new employment agreements which provide for similar pay, benefits and job duties – but...more

What Happens To A Covenant Not To Compete Upon The Sale Of A Business?

Be careful with covenants not to compete when you buy or sell a business. That's the lesson from Amerigas Propane, LP v. Coffey, 2014 NCBC 4, decided this week by Judge Jolly....more

Successor Liability For Employment-Related Claims: A Pain In The Assets

There is a myth that buyers are protected from employment liabilities arising under prior ownership if there is a broad disclaimer and if it is an asset purchase. Not so. Sure, the “general rule” is that a purchaser of...more

Taking Stock of Non-Competition Agreements – Assets to Consider When Purchasing a Company

When a company evaluates a potential acquisition target, employment agreements and non-competition agreements might not top the list of assets and liabilities it considers. A recent decision from a federal court in Florida...more

Executive Compensation Packages – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, discusses the elements that both employers and senior executives should consider when negotiating a compensation package. ...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Delaware Legislative Update - Notable Deals - News from the SEC - London Update - Asia Update - Deal Stat Snapshot -...more

Preparing a Hospital or Health System for Sale or Partnership Transactions – Part One

The consolidation trend in hospital and health systems continues. To address perceived inefficiencies and quality of care issues, hospitals are attempting to form larger enterprises to create scale, expand geographically,...more

Connecticut's Governor Vetoes Restrictive Non-Compete Bill Due to Lack of Clarity

On Friday, July 12, 2013, Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill that would have restricted the use of non-compete agreements in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The proposed bill, "An Act Concerning...more

An Ounce of Prevention in M&A Due Diligence

During a merger or acquisition, usually there is at least some leadership recognition that: - the cultural fit of the two (or more) companies is important - that the ethical climate of the organizations needs to...more

Bill Voiding Noncompete Agreements in Event of Merger Vetoed By Governor

Last month, the General Assembly passed a bill in the closing hours of the legislative session that would have voided certain non-compete agreements in the event that a business was merged or acquired. It was a watered-down...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Restrictive Covenants, Federal Trade Secret Enforcement Initiative, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Liability for...

In the area of trade secrets and non-compete law, there continue to be notable developments at the state and federal levels. Here are five recent ones. ...more

Is An Assigned Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?

In the case of a merger or acquisition, the successor company might take an assignment of the current non-compete agreements in favor of the predecessor company....more

Updates Regarding Non-Compete Agreements In Connecticut

A new Connecticut law places some restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements in the context of employer mergers and acquisitions....more

New Connecticut Noncompetition Requirements for Employees of Surviving Entity of Mergers and Acquisitions

On June 24, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a new law to become effective on October 1, 2013, that imposes additional requirements for noncompete agreements in Connecticut. Public Act No. 13-309, broadly...more

New Connecticut Law Restricts the Use of Non-Compete Agreements in Acquisitions and Mergers

On the final day of the most recent Connecticut legislative session, the General Assembly passed a bill titled “An Act Concerning Employer Use of Noncompete Agreements” (the Act). Despite the broadly worded title, the...more

Insights - Spring 2013: Developing Federal Common Law of Successor Liability

When a purchaser acquires substantially all the assets of a seller, the purchase agreement typically provides that the purchaser does not assume seller’s liabilities except to the limited extent specifically set forth...more

Takeover Code Amendments Extend the Rights of Pension Scheme Trustees

Amendments include new requirements regarding offerors' intentions, documents provided to trustees, trustees' opinions on offers, and publication of agreements between offerors and trustees....more

PBGC Seeks Involuntary Plan Termination before Plan Sponsor’s Proposed Share Sale

On April 18, 2013, PBGC filed a complaint (PBGC v. Saint-Gobain Corp. Benefits Comm., E.D. Pa. Case No. 13-02069) to involuntarily terminate a defined benefit plan sponsored by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. before Ardagh...more

Buyer Beware of Successor Liability For FLSA Claims

Businesses often acquire other businesses through an asset purchase, rather than a stock purchase, so that the buyer does not inherit the liabilities of the seller. Not all business owners realize that federal labor law...more

Doing Business in the U.S.

In This Issue: - Preface - Chapter 1 Choice Of A Business Entity - Chapter 2 Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - Chapter 3 From Let’S Go Shopping To Closing: U.S. M&A Process - Chapter 4...more

Buyer Beware: Seventh Circuit Upholds Application of the Federal Common Law Standard of Successor Liability in an Asset Sale

One of the benefits to structuring an acquisition as an asset deal is that the buyer has the ability to choose the liabilities that it will assume and the liabilities that will remain with the seller, including contingent...more

7th Circuit Holds Successor Liable for FLSA Claims, Despite Buyer’s Disclaimer

In Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, LLC, the 7th Circuit in an opinion written by Judge Posner held that, absent a good reason to withhold liability, a purchaser of assets was subject to successor liability for Fair...more

Successor Liability Under The FLSA: Seventh Circuit Holds Purchaser Of Assets From Receiver Of Company Which Had Violated FLSA...

In a case which is sure to complicate the sale of companies (or discrete divisions thereof) and have widespread influence in other Circuits, the Seventh Circuit recently held that a company which acquired the assets (not...more

Asset Acquisition Comes With Unexpected FLSA Pain

Some bargains are not as they seem. An asset-acquiring Company discovered this the hard way in Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions. In the case, at an auction, Thomas & Betts purchased the assets of a company in...more

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