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Delaware Court Dismisses Action Against Seller's Directors and Financial Advisor, And Finds That Large Stockholder's "Side Deals"...

On October 24, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision, In Re: Crimson Exploration Inc. Stockholder Litigation, addressing when: (i) a stockholder with less than majority voting power may be deemed a...more

Midstream MLP Merger Mania Maintains Momentum

The market’s notable uptick in MLP-to-MLP M&A activity, often preceded by an acquisition of the target MLP’s general partner, follows a trend we recently identified. At least five MLP M&A transactions have been...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Controlling Stockholder Claims and Applies Business Judgment Rule to Merger Suits

In In re KKR Financial Holdings LLC Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 9210 (Del. Ch. Oct. 14, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a shareholder derivative suit brought by shareholders of KKR Financial Holdings LLC...more

CFIUS Review of Foreign Investment in U.S. Businesses Involving U.S. National Security Considerations

The United States has a long history of welcoming foreign investment. As the United States works its way out of the current recession, U.S. companies are increasingly looking for that investment. As a general rule, U.S. laws...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 101-interview with Chris Bauer [Video]

In this episode 101 of the Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Chris Bauer. Chris is a well-known ethicist who speaks, writes, lectures and teaches about ethics in business. ...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Contemporaneous Ownership Requirement For Creditors Asserting Derivative Claims

In Quadrant Structured Products Co. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2014 Del. Ch. LEXIS 193 (Del. Ch. Oct. 1, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that when creditors of insolvent firms assert derivative claims, they need...more

Indemnification In M&A Transactions For Strict Liability Or Indemnitee Negligence: The Express Negligence Doctrine

The buyer of a privately-held business usually seeks to impose only on the seller (and often its owners) financial responsibility for breaches of representations and covenants in the acquisition agreement and for other...more

“Do the Due”: Performing proper diligence when assessing IP assets for acquisition - Knowing all of the benefits and issues before...

The concept of due diligence often arises when intellectual property (IP) assets become available for potential acquisition. Any number of reasons may lead to this availability. An asset may be for sale due to an entity going...more

International Transactions May Escape German Merger Control Even if Statutory Control Thresholds Are Exceeded - New FCO German...

In many countries turnover tests triggering merger control can be overly far-reaching and cover transactions that are “entirely foreign” and do not have any appreciable effect in the country concerned. Newly issued German...more

Corporate Inversions and Related Transactions

The past several months have seen a flurry of business activity by and between U.S.- based corporations and foreign competitors. Mergers have been announced between foreign and domestic pharmaceutical companies, drug...more

Increasing Dry Powder and Decreasing Deal Volumes: Seller Friendly Deal Terms Are Set To Continue

During the past three years there has been a steadily increasing amount of money chasing a decreasing number of deals, as the graph below highlights. This, combined with readily available debt finance (despite the current...more

Q&A With Carlton Fields' Seth Joseph

Seth P. Joseph is a shareholder in Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA's Miami office, focusing his practice on securities and mergers & acquisitions, including both domestic and cross border assignments. He represents corporate...more

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

In this issue: - Delaware Legislative Update - Amendments to DGCL Effective August 1, 2014 - News from the Courts - Additional Guidance on Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. - Exculpation...more

New Information Rights for French Employees of SMEs that May Be Sold

A new French law relating to sales of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and business cooperation between employees and employers was passed on July 31, 2014, and published on August 1, 2014. As of November 1, 2014,...more

Delaware Court Confirms Applicability of Business Judgment Rule to Investment Decisions of Insolvent Corporations

In its October 1, 2014 decision in Quadrant Structured Prods. Co. v. Vertin, et al., C.A. No. 6990, the Delaware Court of Chancery applied the protections afforded under the business judgment rule to investment strategies...more

Q&A With Baker Botts' Hillary Holmes

Hillary H. Holmes is a partner in Baker Botts LLP's Houston, Texas, office. Her practice is focused on capital markets transactions for master limited partnerships (MLPs) and corporations in the energy industry. Holmes also...more

More Turns in the FTC's Antitrust Enforcement Action Against Phoebe Putney Hospital, Inc.

The FTC’s long-running campaign against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital, Inc., continues. In an unusual sequence of events, the Commission first conditionally accepted a Consent...more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Publishes Draft Guidelines - a key step toward bringing the Competition Ordinance into full force

The Hong Kong Competition Commission (the "Commission") has published a set of draft guidelines (the "Guidelines") on 9 October 2014 for public consultation. These guidelines, upon finalization, will be submitted to the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

Recent State Attorney General Merger Enforcement: Charting a Different Path from the Feds - or Not?

As hospital and physician consolidation continues, state Attorneys General (AG) have not abdicated the merger enforcement arena to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

DLA Piper: Still in "Growth Mode", Seeking "Escape Velocity" [Video]

Oct. 23, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Roger Meltzer, partner and incoming global co-chair for DLA Piper, talks with Lee Pacchia about how his firm has grown to one of the world's largest BigLaw brands in just under ten years....more

Affordable Care Act in Mergers and Acquisitions: New Guidance from Internal Revenue Service

In Notice 2014-49, the Internal Revenue Service (“Service”) issued guidance on how to avoid potential penalties under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in connection with mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”). The notice provides a...more

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger...more

Connecticut Law Imposes New Merger Regulations on Physician Combinations

On October 1, a first-of-its-kind law became effective in Connecticut that requires group medical practices and hospitals in that state to provide the Attorney General with 30 days’ notice prior to consummating any merger or...more

Q&A With Baker Botts' Joshua Davidson

Joshua Davidson is a partner in Baker Botts LLP's Houston, Texas, office and head of the firm's master limited partnerships practice. He handles a range of corporate and securities work and is nationally recognized for his...more

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