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The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Rhode Island Court Gives Assignability of Employee Non-Competes a Haircut

Last month, a Rhode Island trial court held that a hairdresser’s noncompetition agreement with the salon for which she had been working, which sold its assets to a successor salon, was not transferable to the successor...more

Merger and Purchase Agreements Governed by Maryland Law: "Sandbagging"

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Merger and purchase agreements involving Maryland corporations and REITs may be governed by Maryland law. For lawyers accustomed to agreements governed by Delaware or New York law, we are frequently asked to describe key...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Court Of Chancery Upholds Continuous Ownership Rule In Dismissing Derivative Claims Of...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In re Massey Energy Co. Deriv. & Class Action Litig., C.A. No. 5430-CB (Del. Ch. May 4, 2017), Bouchard, C. – The Delaware Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint based on the continuous...more

Tokyo Global Transactions Newsletter - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

M&A - the Auction Process - Advantages and Disadvantages and the Key Steps - Introduction - Mergers and acquisitions represent a key growth strategy for many corporations. The M&A landscape is becoming increasingly...more

Chancery Holds That Deal Price Is Fair Value in Massive Appraisal Fight

by Morris James LLP on

In In re Appraisal of PetSmart, one of Delaware's largest appraisal litigations in history, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that the deal price in PetSmart Inc.'s going-private transaction was the best evidence of fair...more

Anti-Corruption Diligence in the M&A Context

A successful merger or acquisition requires careful consideration of many components and diligence in a number of specialties. Corruption issues, generally, and the global reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

Chancery Appraises Corporation Below Merger Price Due To Synergies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent appraisal action before the Court of Chancery, In re Appraisal of SWS Group, Inc., C.A. No. 10554-VCG (Del. Ch. May 30, 2017), Vice Chancellor Glasscock found that the fair value of the acquired entity, SWS Group,...more

Deal Price Upheld By Chancery In Petsmart Inc. Appraisal Action

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent PetSmart, Inc. appraisal proceeding, styled as In re Appraisal of PetSmart Inc., C.A. No. 10782-VCS (Del. Ch. May 26, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery found the deal price to be the fair value of PetSmart,...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Deal Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

The Court of Chancery continues to wrestle with the issue of when the negotiated deal price represents "fair value" in an appraisal case. Here, serious problems with the management projections led the Court to reject a...more

Court Of Chancery Appraises Company Below Deal Price

by Morris James LLP on

Recent criticism of appraisal arbitrage argues that it comes without real risk to the petitioners. This appraisal decision, which values the company below the deal price based on a discounted cash flow analysis, should be...more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Focuses On Fiduciary Duty Of Directors Appointed By Preferred Stockholders

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion filed April 14, 2017 in The Frederick Hsu Living Trust v. ODN Holding Corporation, the court held that it may be a breach of the directors’ fiduciary duty to cause the...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

There are always risks involved in buying a company. Until you are actually inside a company's operations, you can never be sure you know everything about it. Conversely, sellers too will bear the risk that buyer's remorse...more

Fiduciary Duties of Directors in Connection with An Acquisition: A Massachusetts Difference

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Customary analysis of the fiduciary duties of directors in connection with their consideration of an acquisition of the corporation focuses on the nature of that fiduciary duty: What is that duty? Under what circumstances is...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Novel Breach Of Appraisal Rights Claim

by Morris James LLP on

This decision begins with a conventional analysis of a claim that disclosure violations and director self-interest have tainted a merger vote. That claim was rejected for want of factual support. More unusual, the decision...more

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

Energy Transfer, Williams, and the Circular Ownership of Stock

It is unheard of for a deal to die at the closing table because lawyers cannot deliver a required opinion regarding a transaction that they structured and negotiated. Yet, this is exactly what happened last year when two...more

Risky Business — Intracompany Transfers at Price v. Cost

The FAR cost principles and their DAR and ASPR predecessors have long provided that “materials, supplies, and services” can be transferred between “divisions, subdivisions, subsidiaries, or affiliates of the contractor” at a...more

"Q&A With Delaware Litigation Partner Ed Micheletti"

What is the most significant recent development in Delaware, from a litigation standpoint? The most significant recent development impacting deal litigation in Delaware is the continuing evolution of the Corwin doctrine,...more

Stockholders' Complaint Survives Chancery's 'Corwin' Analysis

by Morris James LLP on

After a series of successful applications of the Corwin doctrine in Delaware's Court of Chancery, a plaintiff has finally survived a motion to dismiss where Corwin was applied. In In re Saba Software Stockholder Litigation,...more

Acquisition Financing in the United States: 2017… Uncertainty!

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Global M&A was sluggish in the beginning of 2016, but ended strong with a fourth quarter burst of activity. While aggregate 2016 deal volumes dropped 16% from the highs of 2015, Thomson Reuters reports that 2016 global deal...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Known Looter” Theory For Controllers

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision because it examines an intriguing legal theory for holding a controlling stockholder liable in a sale: the “known looter” theory. Generally speaking, controllers can sell their stock to whoever...more

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