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2014 Changes to Delaware Corporate Law

Earlier this month, several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were approved. These amendments are substantially the same as the amendments originally proposed in April 2014 and will...more

Texas Ruling Highlights the Need for Shareholder Agreements in Closely Held Corporations

On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that brings to light the importance of every corporation, especially closely held corporations, having a comprehensive shareholders' agreement that...more

2014 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On July 15, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Delaware House Bill No. 329, which makes a number of noteworthy changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law. The 2014 amendments address: (1) mergers under DGCL...more

Final Noncompensatory Partnership Options Regulations Could Affect the Tax Treatment of Penny Warrants and Other Arrangements

Investments in partnerships (and other pass-through entities such as limited liability companies treated as a partnership) often involve the acquisition of warrants, options or other rights to acquire securities. This is...more

In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7141-VCL (Del. Ch. Jun. 12, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion resolving cross-motions for summary judgment, the Court of Chancery dismissed in part claims challenging a drop-down sale governed by a limited partnership agreement that supplanted fiduciary duties...more

Exclusive Forum Provisions: A New Item for Corporate Governance and M&A Checklists

Public companies increasingly are adopting “exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions that require their stockholders to go to specified courts if they want to make fiduciary duty or other intra-corporate claims against...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 68-Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea. Neil connects Safety, Management and compliance in talking about his compelling new book. ...more

"Fee-Shifting Bylaws: The Current State of Play"

As previously reported, on May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534,2013 (Del. May 8, 2014), holding that fee-shifting provisions...more

It Depends On The Meaning Of The Word "With"

The contractual interpretation issue before the Business Court in Schultheis v. Hatteras Capital Investment Management, LLC, 2014 NCBC 23, turned on the meaning of the word "with." Well, actually on the phrase "entering into...more

Critical Considerations in Healthcare Affiliations

The trend of affiliations between healthcare providers (we use the term “affiliation” to include all manner of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint operating arrangements, etc.) continues at a rapid pace....more

"Delaware Court of Chancery Recognizes Potential Benefits of Shareholder Rights Plans in Addressing Shareholder Activism"

William F. Ruprecht, et al., and Sotheby’s, which, in essence, recognized that a board of directors could adopt a shareholder rights plan as a reasonable response to a threat posed by an activist shareholder....more

A Shot In A Mug Of Beer May Not Be The Answer To This Exclusive Forum Bylaw Case

In March, Safeway and Albertsons announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement. As night follows day, litigation ensued. At least 12 class action complaints were filed by alleged stockholders of...more

Acquisition Structure Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas Course

Buying or selling a closely held business, including the purchase of a division or a subsidiary, can be structured as (i) a statutory combination such as a statutory merger or share exchange, (ii) a negotiated purchase of...more

Deciding Whether to Sell the Company? Here Are Some Considerations for Boards of Directors

A heads up to directors considering whether to sell the company: recent Delaware court decisions have demonstrated the potential perils of passively following the advice of financial advisers, particularly where the adviser...more

2014 Changes to the Minnesota Business Corporation Act

On April 25, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed House Bill H.F. No. 2190, which makes a number of changes to Chapter 302A of the Minnesota Statutes, the Minnesota Business Corporation Act (the “MBCA”). These changes will go...more

Choice of Entity Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas

In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited...more

2014 Amendments To The Minnesota Business Corporation Act

In This Issue: - Filing Pre-Clearance - Squeeze Outs Through Reduction to Fractional Shares - Interest in Dissenters’ Rights Actions - Cross Entity Conversion - Class or Series Voting on Amendments - The...more

Proposed Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law and Courts and Judicial Procedure Law

Proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) are being considered by the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. If approved by the Corporation Law Section and the Executive...more

2014 Proposed Amendments To Delaware General Corporation Law

On April 17, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association proposed amending the Delaware General Corporation Law, 8 Del. C. §§ 1-101, et seq. (the DGCL). If the proposed legislation is enacted, the...more

Delaware Case Continues High Scrutiny of Investment Bankers in Mergers and Acquisitions

In a decision on March 7, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery found RBC Capital Markets, LLC liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation in connection with...more

Because M&A Due Diligence Was Not Already Complicated Enough…

A recent federal appeals court decision suggests that businesses looking at potential acquisitions or mergers have yet another, relatively new concern to their due diligence list when examining the target business: an...more

"Proposed Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law"

On April 17, 2014, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association proposed legislation that, if adopted, would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) in a number of important ways. Proposed...more

And You Thought Dissenters’ Rights Didn’t Apply To Delaware LLCs

Delaware’s Limited Liability Company Act provides that a limited liability company agreement or an agreement of merger or consolidation or plan of merger may provide for appraisal rights. 6 Del. Code § 18-210. Does this...more

Changes to French takeover rules

A new French law, the “Law to recapture the real economy” (“Loi visant à reconquérir l’économie réelle” or “Loi Florange”) (the Law), was made on 1 April 2014. The Law makes good a promise, made by François Hollande in...more

BVI court ruling highlights potential risk in some standard form M&As

On 19 March 2014 the Commercial Court handed down its ruling in C v W Inc (BVIHC (Com) 2013/149). In that case a shareholder holding more than 30 per cent of the company’s shares tried to exercise its power to requisition a...more

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