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How to Ensure that an Agreement to Negotiate in Good Faith is Enforceable

As I discussed in a prior blog post, agreements to negotiate in good faith can be enforceable. Nevertheless, I recently was reminded when re-reading Schwanbeck v. Federal-Mogul Corp., that if you really want an agreement to...more

Watch Your LOIs and MOUs and “Agreements to Agree”

If you are working with a third party on a term sheet, letter of intent or memorandum of understanding (an “LOI”) on what you view as a non-binding basis, make sure to say so explicitly in the LOI. Businesses use LOIs...more

New IRS Audit Rules: Partnerships and LLCs Should Name A Partnership Representative For IRS Audits

New legislation will govern IRS audits of partnerships and LLCs for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. The new rules will affect both existing LLCs and partnerships as well as new partnership and LLC agreements,...more

City Fitness Attempts to Exercise Service Mark Rights

In a decision dismissing plaintiffs’ claims of service mark infringement, the District of Massachusetts held that the plaintiffs’ transfer of “goodwill” in an asset purchase agreement also transferred plaintiffs’ rights to...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size for Reportable Transactions Increases to $78.2 Million

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,...more

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

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

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised notification thresholds pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The HSR Act requires parties to file notification...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Entire Fairness To Controller Contract

This is an important and useful decision for at least two reasons. First, the Court carefully analyzes past Delaware precedent to conclude that the entire fairness test applies not just to squeeze-out mergers, but also to...more

[Webinar] The Co-investment Climate in Private Equity - February 10th, 12:00 EST

Co-investments are an increasingly important component of capital used by private equity groups (PEGs) to fund acquisitions and represent an increasingly significant portion of this capital. This is one of the key findings of...more

"Acquisitions of Controlling Interests in Hong Kong-Listed Companies Through Primary Issuances"

Acquisitions that result in a change of control of a Hong Kong-listed company — defined as 30 percent or more of the voting power — trigger a mandatory general offer to all shareholders of the company. The Hong Kong...more

"New German Delisting Rules Aim to Protect Investors"

On October 1, 2015, the German Parliament amended the German Stock Exchange Act to provide more protection to investors in delistings, remediating the perceived lack of protection that the German Supreme Court created through...more

FTC Announces Annual Revisions to HSR Act Thresholds

In accordance with the 2000 amendments to the HSR Act, the Federal Trade Commission has announced its annual revision to the jurisdictional thresholds under the Act. The new thresholds will go into effect 30 days after...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2016

Business & Corporate Law - REGULATORY ISSUES FOR ACQUISITIONS OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BY NON-U.S. BUYERS - With the uptick in M&A transactions for government contractors, we have seen an increase in cross border...more

"Major Changes to Tax Audit Procedures to Impact Most Partnerships"

Legislation enacted in November 2015 will fundamentally change the way the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examines entities treated as partnerships for U.S. federal tax purposes, including how it assesses and collects tax...more

"Recent Shareholder Activism in Asia Could Signal Changing Attitudes"

Levels of shareholder activism are reaching record highs in the United States, and such activity has become increasingly prevalent in Europe. But with the exception of Japan, Asia often is seen as a relative backwater in this...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

US M&A Litigation: Will the Changing Landscape Shift to the UK?

Following nearly every announcement of a public-company acquisition in the US, including take-private acquisitions by private equity investors, plaintiffs’ law firms file class actions on behalf of shareholders. These...more

"European M&A: Multifunctional Stichtings"

The use of “stichtings,” or Dutch foundations, in the M&A context became more widely known outside of Europe in 2015 in connection with Mylan N.V.'s use of a Dutch poison pill defense against Teva's unsolicited offer. The...more

Australian Merger Clearance Reform

Australia may see a more streamlined merger clearance process in the future after the Government decided to support the recommendations of the Harper Review’s Final Report in relation to competition merger law. The...more

Australian Merger Clearance Reform

Australia may see a more streamlined merger clearance process in the future after the Government decided to support the recommendations of the Harper Review’s Final Report in relation to competition merger law. The...more

"Insights Conversations: M&A"

Skadden M&A partners Steve Arcano, Tom Kennedy (moderator), Jeremy London, Amr Razzak and Rodd Schreiber discussed their perspectives on M&A activity in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. The conversation covered the current...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand (Mandarin version)

This publication has been prepared to provide an overview to foreign investors and business people who have an interest in doing business in Australia and New Zealand. The material in this publication is intended to provide...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

Alert: UK Supreme Court Confirms Merger Control Threshold For Business Acquisitions

Shortly before Christmas, the UK Supreme Court issued a judgment that provides important guidance on the legal test for assessing the circumstances in which UK merger control rules apply to the acquisition of business assets....more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Riding the BDC Consolidation Wave

The past 18 months have seen a wave of consolidation among business development companies (“BDCs”). Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. took over the advisory role for NGP Capital Resources Company (now OHA Investment Corporation) after...more

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