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New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Tax Rectification Case

On November 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Canada (A.G.) v. Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) inc., 2015 QCCA 838, which addresses the question of when rectification will be granted in the tax context....more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Portugal

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Pursuant to the Portuguese Employment Code, there is a transfer of an undertaking when there is a change of ownership of an undertaking or...more

California Amends LLC Law, Eases Lender Obligations

Why it matters - Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 506, a measure that amended the state's Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, making it easier for lenders to make...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Poland

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Upon a transfer of (or part of) an undertaking to another employer, employees are automatically transferred thereto. Consequently, the...more

Don’t Get Caught with your Transition Services Down (part 2 of 2)

In the first installment of this post, I posited that one factor contributing to disappointing results following a merger or acquisition is the flawed perception that transition services are not that important. I noted that...more

Sealing the Deal with Rep & Warranty Insurance

More and more parties to M&A transactions are utilizing representation and warranty insurance (“R&W insurance”) as a tool to reach agreement. While R&W insurance has been around for many years, its popularity has soared...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates The Length Of An Injunction Against Unfair Competition

How long should competition in violation of an agreement be enjoined? Normally, that would depend on what the agreement says. But when that is not set out by the parties’ contract, this decision explains how to determine the...more

Taxing the Earnout

Agreements for the sale of privately-held companies often call for part of the purchase price to be paid in the form of an earnout. The earnout provision requires the buyer to pay an additional amount in purchase price after...more

Court of Chancery Again Explains Claim Against An Investment Banker

In this unusual factual circumstance, the Court denied a motion to dismiss a claim against an investment banker for aiding and abetting a board’s alleged breach of its duty to act with care. Note that the board itself was...more

Integration Into a Group Company Can Trigger TUPE

In Ferreira da Silva e Brito v Estado portuges (C-160/14), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) considered whether there had been a “transfer of a business” and therefore whether the Portuguese equivalent of TUPE applied....more

7 Tips for Conducting Effective Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions

1. Start Early - Buyers should begin conducting cybersecurity risk assessments early in the engagement process. The target should be able to identify which information technology systems and data sets are key to the...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New Cdis On “Unbundling” Proposals In The M&A Context

The SEC has posted new CDIs addressing the issue of “unbundling” of proxy proposals under Rule 14a-4(a)(3), which requires that the form of proxy “identify clearly and impartially each separate matter intended to be acted...more

A Cross-Border Finance Lawyer Examines Differences in Canadian and U.S. Corporate Practice

As a U.S. finance lawyer working in Canada on cross-border deals, I have noticed a few differences between U.S. and Canadian corporate practice that impact in minor ways the transaction documents, but that may signal in some...more

NLRB Makes a Mess of the Burns Successorship Analysis and Worker Retention Laws

New York City’s Displaced Building Service Workers Protection Act (DBSWPA) is one of numerous local worker retention laws, which apply to various industries in jurisdictions across the country, such as Los Angeles, San...more

"Recent Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law Address Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Provisions"

It has become almost axiomatic that when a public company merger is announced, stockholder litigation quickly follows. In recent years, some studies have indicated that more than 90 percent of transactions valued at more than...more

The Chicago Cubs, Errors, and Arbitration of Florida Non-Compete Agreements

Some clients prefer to resolve disputes in arbitration. In theory, an arbitration proceeding can more quickly and — in some instances — more cost effectively resolve disputes. However because most arbitration clauses call for...more

Two Cases From NC Business Court: Class Action Fees Doubled And Expedited Discovery Denied

Last week (well, two weeks ago, I'm kind of behind) seemed like class action week at the Business Court. Judge Gale issued three rulings in class action cases. ...more

Obtaining Diminution in Value Damages for Seller Misrepresentations in M&A Agreements: New Ruling in the Southern District of New...

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an Opinion and Order (the Opinion) in favor of our client, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SB&D), in its litigation arising from SB&D’s...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: MTS Health Sells DNA Diagnostics Center to GHO Capital for $110 Million

MTS Health Investors has announced it has sold portfolio company DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) to GHO Capital Partners for $110 million. DDC, based in Fairfield, Ohio, provides DNA testing services in three main areas:...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2015 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

When a portfolio company underperforms, a sponsor may consider various options to address the perceived performance issues, including changes to a portfolio company’s management team, cost structure, capital structure or...more

Preparing for the Unsolicited Bid

Market volatility, the recent decline in commodity prices, or in some circumstances a combination of these factors, has resulted in a significant decline in the trading prices of many Canadian public companies relative to...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on F Reorganizations

In September 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9739) that provide guidance with respect to the qualification of a transaction as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F”...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Egypt

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? The Egyptian Labour Law No. 12 of 2003 (Labour Law) governs all employment issues. In addition however, several Ministerial Decrees also...more

Informed Approval of M&A Transactions by Disinterested Stockholders Invokes the Business Judgment Rule

In Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court sitting en banc unanimously affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery decision that the voluntary judgment of the fully...more

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