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Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Like Bigfoot, a Clear and Settled Definition of “Consequential Damages”...

by Dechert LLP on

A recent decision from the Delaware Chancery Court adds a twenty-first century interpretation to the common law doctrine of consequential damages which has roots reaching back to English contract law. This decision highlights...more

Delaware Supreme Court Determines "Reasonable Best Efforts" Provisions Impose Affirmative Obligations, But Affirms Chancery...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the Court of Chancery’s denial of an injunction sought by plaintiff The Williams Companies, Inc. to prevent defendant Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. from terminating a...more

Good Will Warrants Injunction Says District of New Jersey

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On February 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in Menasha Packaging Co., LLC v. Pratt Indus., No. 17-0075, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22318 (D.N.J. Feb. 15, 2017) granted a preliminary injunction in...more

New York Appellate Division Revives Non-Monetary Class Action Settlement in M&A Class Action with Revised Standard of Review

In Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., No. 653084/13, 2017 WL 442871 (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 2, 2017), the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Judicial Department (the “First Department”),...more

Non-Reportable ≠ Non-Reviewable: Antitrust Insights for Smaller US Mergers

by Dechert LLP on

Acquisitions of U.S. companies that fall below the $80.8 million Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting threshold may pose unique risks to buyers. Unlike HSR reportable transactions, non-reportable transactions typically do not...more

Antitrust Alert: FTC Merger Remedies Report Signals Tougher Enforcement

by Jones Day on

The Federal Trade Commission staff have completed a new study evaluating its process for designing and implementing merger remedies and the success of the remedies it has imposed in the past. Its report—"The FTC's Merger...more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

Delaware Chancery Court Provides Further Insights into the Validity of Anti-Reliance Clauses

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On November 30, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued another opinion in a growing body of decisions defining the parameters of extra-contractual fraud claims in M&A transactions. In IAC Search LLC v. Conversant LLC,...more

LLC Operating Agreement Does Not Prevent Freeze-Out Merger

On October 24, 2016, Justice Charles E. Ramos of the New York Commercial Division denied a motion by minority members of a limited liability company (“LLC”) to enjoin a freeze-out merger that would cash out the minority...more

The Tie that Binds: Enforceabliity of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Predicament - One challenge encountered in M&A deals is how to bind all shareholders of the target company to all deal terms. For private companies with few shareholders, this is not much of a challenge. However,...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

by Kirton McConkie PC on

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

Taming the Bull Rider: Chancery Court Reining in Mootness Fee Awards in Merger Litigation

Last month, the Delaware Chancery Court drastically reduced – from $275,000 to $50,000 – a mootness fee award requested by plaintiffs’ counsel in a lawsuit challenging the merger between PayPal and Xoom Corporation, finding...more

Delaware Law Updates – What Is the Fair Value of a Stock? Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects the Transaction Price as the Most...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In two recent decisions out of the Delaware Court of Chancery – In re: Appraisal of DFC Global Corp., C.A. No. 10107-CB ("DFC Global") and In re: Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL ("Dell") – Chancellor Bouchard and...more

FTC Blocks Staples’ Acquisition of Office Depot

by Goodwin on

After more than a year-long battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the proposed acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) by Staples, Inc. (SPLS) was blocked by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District...more

Lessons Learned – The State of Affairs in US Merger Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - In the last year, the US antitrust regulators successfully challenged multiple transactions in court and forced companies to abandon several other transactions as a result of threatened enforcement actions....more

"Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction, Staples-Office Depot Call Off $6.3 Billion Deal"

On May 10, 2016, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released his highly anticipated decision in the matter of Staples’ acquisition of Office Depot, granting the Federal Trade...more

Premerger Notification Arrives in the Philippines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Philippine Competition Commission has implemented compulsory merger control, while other Philippine antitrust provisions await full application. The world’s 12th most populous nation joins the global antitrust...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Anti-Reliance Disclaimers in Delaware – Why Skillful Drafting Matters

In FdG, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a Buyer’s fraud claim based on extra-contractual representations will not be barred unless the anti-reliance disclaimer is drafted as an unambiguous affirmative expression by...more

Court Holds that Disgorgement Award for Breach of Fiduciary Duty Was Neither Punitive Nor Excessive and that Exemplary Damages...

by Winstead PC on

A court of appeals recently issued an opinion rejecting a fiduciary’s claims regarding the excessiveness of the trial court’s judgment that awarded disgorgement and exemplary damages. In Swinnea v. ERI Consulting Engineers,...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates Mootness Benefit In Post-Trulia Decision

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, the decision awards a mootness fee for disclosures and changes to deal protection measures in a merger gone bust. Thus, the opinion is useful precedent in the...more

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

Disclosure Settlement Rejected in Trulia Merger Litigation

Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a disclosure settlement in In Re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The Chancellor concluded the terms of the proposed settlement were not fair or reasonable...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Trends in US and EU Merger Enforcement"

Merger activity in 2015 was at its highest level in years, and competition authorities in the U.S. and European Union continued to be very aggressive, challenging a number of high-profile deals in court and causing some...more

Delaware Supreme Court Offers Insight on Enforceability of Preliminary Agreements and the Entitlement to Damages

In SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., No. 20, 2015 (Del. Dec. 23, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Chancery opinion awarding expectation damages for a parties breach of an agreement to...more

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