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Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As many cannabis industry watchers know, one of the primary challenges still facing cannabis businesses is access to capital, as we have discussed previously on Tracking Cannabis. Heavy regulation in the industry and...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into the United States Specific Survey Report Forms 5-Year...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new in-bound...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Determines Fair Value in PetSmart and SWS Group Appraisal Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of high-profile opinions in appraisal litigations, many of which addressed the central question of whether and to what extent the underlying transaction...more

After Settlement By Director Defendants Of Merger-Related Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 26, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiffs’ request to sever and stay fiduciary duty breach claims settled with directors of Good Technology Corporation (“Good”) and...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Claims Under Corwin, Finding The Complaint Adequately Pleaded That The Shareholder...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of Charter...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

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities - June 2017

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between February 2017 and April 2017. The cases address developing trends in class actions, ERISA, fiduciary duties,...more

Two Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions, Though Unlikely To Squelch Plaintiffs' Enthusiasm For Appraisal Actions, Give Companies...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Recent rulings issued by the Delaware Chancery Court in two appraisal cases handed wins to the defendant companies, reflecting at least some degree of temperance within the Delaware Chancery and potentially stemming the tide...more

Recent Court of Chancery Appraisal Decisions Provide Guidance on Court's Deference to Merger Price as Evidence of Fair Value

Two recent appraisal decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery provide additional guidance on when the court will defer to the merger price as evidence of fair value. In the first decision, In re Appraisal of PetSmart,1...more

SEC Prevails on Summary Judgment In Manipulation Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment in a manipulation case centered on the shares of a firm which operated under the name Marley Coffee — a name which linked back through Rohan Marley to his famous father, Bob Marley who is...more

Preparing for Your Cross-Border Deal: Practice Tips for In-House Counsel

by WilmerHale on

Your CEO just announced that the company wants to acquire a business with global operations. As in-house counsel, you will play a key role in this transaction by ensuring the deal runs smoothly. It’s a tremendous growth...more

Post-Acute Care Summary Report - May 2017

by Benesch on

PE Firms Look Past Uncertainty in Healthcare Market—For Now - The outlook for the healthcare industry remains unclear, thanks in large part to continued changes ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and uncertainty...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Challenge To Controlling Stockholder Take-Private Deal

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the dismissal of a breach of fiduciary duty action against the directors of Books-A-Million, Inc. and other defendants following a “squeeze-out” merger by the company’s...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare to Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 Claims

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Ninth Circuit follows the Second and Tenth Circuits in extending Omnicare’s requirements for pleading the falsity of opinion statements to claims under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5. In recent years, courts have...more

E-commerce businesses: Valuation beyond the horizon

by Dentons on

E-commerce today has been defined as the buying and selling or provision of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network. This article attempts to highlight the justification for the...more

The SFC’s Guidance on Corporate Transactions and the Use of Valuations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The SFC has become increasingly concerned that some listed companies are acquiring or selling assets at improperly assessed prices, resulting in losses to listed companies and their shareholders. Summary - The...more

California Judge Troubled By Trulia Refuses To Approve Settlement

by Allen Matkins on

Kevin LaCroix recently tackled the question Is Deal Litigation in Delaware Done? According to Kevin, “deal litigation has been shifting from Delaware Chancery Court to courts in other states and to federal courts”. He...more

A Step in the Right Direction: IRS Rules on North-South Spinoffs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released guidance on certain “north-south” spinoff transactions. Generally, a “north-south” transaction consists of a transfer of property from a shareholder to a corporation close...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 15, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached their duty of...more

Changes to Corporate Criminality Offences in the UK Cause Corporate Dealmakers to Review Acquisitions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed changes to corporate criminal offending should cause corporate dealmakers to review the scope of acquisition diligence, particularly in light of the UK Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO’s) increasing use of deferred...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Quasi-Appraisal Claims Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 3, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the buyer of EMSI Holding Company (“EMSI”) asserting post-closing claims for indemnification against...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

Chinese Outbound M&A: 4 Key Questions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Overseas direct investment by Chinese companies increased significantly in 2016 to US$212 billion, a 143% increase from 2015. While outbound M&A interest remains strong in China, recent measures taken by the Chinese...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

Public Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada 2nd Edition - May 2017

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canadian public merger and acquisition transactions in 2016 (in-bound and out-bound) comprised over C$400 billion in value with at least one-third of the transactions in Canada being fueled by foreign buyers. The second...more

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