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What’s Happening in Delaware M&A – Summer 2016

This update provides a summary of recent Delaware caselaw and statutory developments concerning mergers and acquisitions, including new cases regarding appraisal rights, fraud claims and fiduciary duty and deal process...more

Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims Where Directors Approved Merger That Extinguished Threatened...

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that stockholders of Riverstone National, Inc. had adequately stated a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the company's directors who approved a merger that...more

Key Takeaways from Cornerstone Research’s Securities Class-Action Filings 2016 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research recently released its 2016 midyear assessment of federal securities class-actions filings. The report finds an increase in filings in the first half of 2016, with particular increases in M&A filings,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds that Director Defendants Can Not “Merge Their Way Out of” Breach of Fiduciary Claims

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court allowed claims of unfair dealing against the Board of property management company Riverstone National Inc. to survive where the directors facilitated a merger that forestalled a...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

The Ever-Increasing Importance of the Shareholder Vote: Delaware Chancery Court Extends Corwin to Two-Step Mergers under DGCL §...

On June 30, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court extended the Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), to two-step mergers under DGCL § 251(h). The Chancery Court concluded that...more

Successful Two-Step Tender Offer has the Same Revlon Cleansing Effect as a Stockholder Vote

The plaintiffs in In Re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litigation were former public stockholders of a company that was acquired for $18 per share in an all-cash merger. Just five months prior, the target company had declined an...more

FTC Raises Maximum Civil Penalty to $40,000; HSR Act and Other Continuing Violations May Incur Civil Penalties of Over $14 million...

Key Points: The FTC is raising the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed for certain violations from $16,000 to $40,000. For HSR Act violations, where penalties may be imposed for each day the person is in...more

New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects MBO Merger Price as Best Evidence of Fair Value in Appraisal Proceeding

In In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., No. 9322 VCL, 2016 Del. Ch. LEXIS 81 (Del. Ch. May 31, 2016) (Laster, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that the fair value of the common stock of Dell Inc. (“Dell” or the...more

Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, et al., C.A. No. 11130-CB (Del. Ch. Mar. 29, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery reaffirmed that default fiduciary duties, including a duty of disclosure, may be modified or wholly eliminated when such modification or elimination is clearly set forth in a...more

Drafting Matters: Non-Reliance Provisions Barring Extra-Contractual Fraud Claims Effective in Delaware Only if Drafted as a Clear...

It is not unexpected for there to be requirements in consumer contracts that clear formulations of waivers are necessary before a consumer can be deprived of rights. However, under Delaware law similar formality and clarity...more

Integration Clauses As A Backstop Against Claims Based On Fraud: Insist On The Specifics.

For any business owner, a specially-crafted integration clause can significantly limit exposure to suits brought by a dissatisfied party on the other side of the negotiating table. An integration clause (sometimes referred to...more

Chancery Court Reaffirms There Is No Magic Number for "Control" Status

On February 29, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss fiduciary duty claims against certain current and former directors of Halt Medical and a 26% stockholder, American Capital, arising out of a...more

RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, No. 140, 2015 (Del. Nov. 30, 2015) (Valihura, J.)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the principal legal holdings and final judgment of the Court of Chancery finding, among other things, that RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”) aided and abetted...more

Delaware Court of Chancery to Increase Scrutiny of Disclosure Settlements

The Delaware Court of Chancery has made its strongest statement yet in the ongoing conversation about shareholder “disclosure settlements,” i.e., settlements in which the sole or primary consideration received by shareholders...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - February 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 1

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 1), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Court of Chancery Explains Anti-Reliance Law

Merger or company sale agreements frequently include clauses limiting what a buyer may rely upon after due diligence, particularly when there is some hold back of the merger or sale consideration that the buyer may seek to...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

Shaev v. Adkerson, C.A. No. 10436-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 5, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims that in granting one million restricted stock units, defendants, the board of directors of a corporation, violated its...more

Prairie Capital III, L.P v. Double E Holding Corp., C.A. No. 10127-VCL (Del. Ch. Nov. 24, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss claims for fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud arising out of the acquisition of a private...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Third Quarter 2015

Delaware Court Awards $148 Million in Damages, as Fiduciaries’ Bad Faith Conduct Prevented Stockholders from Obtaining a “Fairer Price” in Take-Private Transaction In a recent post-trial opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster of the...more

Flawed Auctions and Buy-Side Conflicts: Financial Advisor Liability for Aiding and Abetting Breach of the Duty of Care in RBC...

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Chancery decision holding a financial advisor liable for almost $76 million in damages for aiding and abetting corporate directors in breaches of fiduciary...more

Gatekeepers No More: Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Potential Financial Advisor Liability In M&A Sales Transactions

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a 107-page opinion affirming the Court of Chancery's post-trial decisions in In re Rural/Metro Corp. Stockholders Litigation. In the lower court, Vice Chancellor Laster...more

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