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M&A Technology Due Diligence Update 2014

Technology Risks Have Changed: Know What To Look For - The perfect storm created by the intersection of (on the one hand) the dramatic increase in the business use of cloud computing, open source software, prolific...more

China Conditionally Approves Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies Merger: MOFCOM Continues to March to Its Own Drumbeat

The January 2014 conditional clearance decision by the Chinese competition authorities regarding the acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (“Thermo Fisher”) of Life Technologies Corporation illustrates some of the key...more

Using Contingent Consideration to Bridge the Value Gap in Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Life Science Companies

M&A activity remains in the doldrums as we enter 2014. According to FactSet Mergerstat, in 2013, 446 transactions were announced involving a U.S. buyer or target in the life sciences sector, as compared to 527 in 2012. Many...more

Bazaarvoice Shows Courts’ and Agencies’ Orthodox Approach to Mergers in High-Tech Markets

The District Court’s decision finding the Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews acquisition unlawful demonstrates that agencies and courts will continue to apply traditional methods of merger analysis based on market definition and market...more

All That Glitters

More companies looking to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile market are busily buying up app developers. Google spent almost $1 billion in June to acquire traffic app developer Waze. Apptopia is a growing online...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

Antitrust agencies amend premerger notification rules to clarify reporting of certain acquisitions of exclusive patent rights in...

The US Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, has amended the premerger notification rules to clarify when a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent or part...more

FTC Announces Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Regarding Pharmaceutical Patent Licenses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced revisions to the rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) that will apply to certain transactions involving the transfer of patent rights in...more

FTC Finalizes Amendments To HSR Rules Regarding Transfer Of Exclusive Patent Rights In The Pharmaceutical Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized certain amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) premerger notification regulations clarifying the scope of reportable transactions involving transfers of patent rights in the...more

FTC Expands the Scope of Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions That Will Be Subject to Premerger Review

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it has finalized amendments to the premerger notification rules (HSR Rules) that provide a framework for determining when a transaction involving the transfer of...more

FTC Broadens Notification Requirements for Transfers of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised the rule for determining when a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical industry (including biologics and medicine manufacturing) results in a potentially...more

Finalized Amendments to Premerger Notification Rules Will Impact Pharma Companies

Pharmaceutical companies that use exclusive patent licenses to bring drugs and medicines to market must now notify the U.S. antitrust agencies of more of these types of licensing transactions and await approval before...more

FTC Orders Greater HSR Reporting of Patent Licenses in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Background. One item on the negotiation checklist for patent licenses in the pharmaceutical sector is compliance with the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Premerger Notification Rules. The HSR rules require that certain patent...more

HSR Act Rules Expand For Pharmaceutical Licensing Agreements

Rules from the Federal Trade Commission include new requirements for reporting pharmaceutical patent transfers. On November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released finalized amendments to the premerger...more

Changes to FTC Premerger Rules Expand HSR Notification Requirements for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transactions

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its final rule (the “New Rule”) to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act Premerger Notification Regulations to clarify and expand the coverage of the HSR Act to patent...more

FTC Issues Premerger Notification Review Changes for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transfers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules to expand the circumstances that require pharmaceutical industry companies to report proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights...more

FTC Announces Amendments to HSR Rules Regarding the Transfer of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The Federal Trade Commission has announced an amendment to the premerger notification rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “Act”), which will require increased reporting of...more

Final FTC Rules Will Generate More HSR Filings for Transfers of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced final changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act premerger notification rules that will broaden the circumstances under which parties must file premerger notifications in...more

Earn-Out Arrangements – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, talks about the use of an earn-out arrangement as a way to resolve disagreements between buyers and sellers regarding the value of a...more

Agreements to Negotiate in Good Faith Can be Enforceable

Time-honored precedent holds that “an agreement to reach an agreement is a contradiction in terms and imposes no obligation on the parties thereto.” Thus, as I discussed in a prior post, a letter of intent (LOI) will not be...more

You cannot trade a customer file which does not comply with the French Data Protection Act

On June 25, 2013, the French Supreme Court rendered a corner-stone decision for all agreements dealing with personal data. In 2008, a company sold its electronic customer file to its successor in business. It quickly...more

When Is a Non-Binding Term Sheet or Letter of Intent Enforced as a Binding Contract?

In almost all corporate transactions, the first piece of written documentation the parties exchange and execute (after a non-disclosure agreement) is a letter of intent or term sheet (“LOI”), which is intended to summarize...more

FTC Investigations of Technology Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, a FTC attorney advisor who reviewed non-public information on decisions to investigate proposed...more

The Antitrust Review Of The Americas 2013: US: Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Antitrust Law

United States antitrust laws seek to encourage free and open competition by preventing exclusionary conduct that threatens the competitive process. Intellectual property rights (IPR) laws, by contrast, are designed to...more

When a Non-binding Term Sheet Becomes Binding

Tire-kickers, prevaricators and those who might otherwise agree on a term sheet with little intention of closing the deal beware: A “non-binding” term sheet is sometimes binding....more

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