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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

Practical Guidance on Merger Conditions from Williams v. Energy Transfer Equity

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court’s recent 4-1 decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., which affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision to allow a public company merger to be terminated...more

Notable Delaware Decisions: First Quarter 2017

by BakerHostetler on

The Delaware Chancery Court and Delaware Supreme Court were busy during the first quarter of 2017, handing down decisions touching on: Required disclosure in a variety of settings – for standard-of-review “cleansing”...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fiduciary Duty Of Preferred Stockholders’ Directors

by Morris James LLP on

This decision is a primer on most of the major issues in Delaware corporate law. However, what it is most likely to be remembered for is its explanation of the duties that directors have to the enterprise as a whole, even...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

"Delaware Law Amendments Would Facilitate Blockchain Maintenance of Corporate Records, Among Other Changes"

On March 27, 2017, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) approved proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that had been proposed by the DSBA Corporation Law...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – March 2017

by King & Spalding on

US Department of Justice Issues New Corporate Compliance Guidelines - Criteria for the Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs - Introduction - Recently, and without the fanfare that often...more

THE LATEST: Entanglements and Concentrated Markets Require Divestiture in the Dairy Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 6, 2016, Danone S.A. (Danone) agreed to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for $12.5 billion. WhiteWave is the leading manufacturer of fluid organic milk in the United States and one of the top...more

Stockholder Vote Enjoined Over Banker's Financial Interest in Merger

by Morris James LLP on

Investment bankers play a central role in the exploration, evaluation, selection and implementation of strategic alternatives for Delaware companies. To enable stockholders to carefully assess how much weight to give an...more

SRS vs. Gilead Sciences: Delaware Chancery Court finding that "indication" means "disease" allows Gilead not to make $50M...

by King & Spalding on

In Shareholder Representative Services (SRS) vs. Gilead Sciences et al., an opinion issued on March 15, 2017, the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware found that the term “indication” means “disease” for purposes of a $50M...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Bridging the Consideration Gap

by Dechert LLP on

As recently as March 15, 2017 (Financial Times), KPMG explained that total market capacity for M&A will increase by 17% in 2017 as companies continue to pay down debt and bolster cash reserves. As a result, sell-side...more

New Merger Control Thresholds in Germany

by K&L Gates LLP on

The German legislator just paved the way for the introduction of new merger control filing thresholds. Based on a recently adopted amending law to the German Act against Restraints of Competition, Germany’s merger control...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

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