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Alliant Techsystems, Inc. v. MidOcean Bushnell Holdings, L.P., C.A. No. 9813-CB (Del. Ch. Apr. 24, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted a request for specific performance requiring a party to a stock purchase agreement to submit a dispute over accounting methodology relating to the calculation of net...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 163-the FIFA Indictments, with Mike Brown [Video]

In this episode, Mike Brown, Managing Director at Infortal, and I discuss the recently released indictments against FIFA officials. We review the implications for US companies under the FCPA and discuss steps you should take...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 162-Kristine Robidoux on new Canadian whistleblower initiatives [Video]

In this episode i visit with Kristine Robidoux QC on the new whistleblower initiative by the Ontario Securities Commission in Canada, which may have a dramatic effect in anti-corruption enforcement north of the border. ...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

Corralling and Curtailing Merger Litigation: Lessons Learned from Past Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Reform

In the world of securities and corporate governance litigation, we are always in the middle of a reform discussion of some variety. For the past several years, there has been great focus on amendment of corporate bylaws to...more

Tools to Defend Against Securities Litigation Arising out of Cross-Border M&A Transactions

Litigation following a merger involving publicly traded companies has become so commonplace in recent years that shareholder lawsuits challenging proposed mergers and acquisitions are frequently (and begrudgingly) referred to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 161-Gini Dietrich on how to create a MasterClass [Video]

In this episode I visit with Gini Dietrich, on how to create a MasterClass....more

Gaming M&A season just started!

The announcement of the integration between SNAI and Cogemat/Cogetech is just the beginning of a season of major acquisitions in gaming sector.  But what is the right approach to enter into a new market or consolidate the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Preserves Benefit of Exculpatory Provisions for Independent Directors at Motion to Dismiss Stage

A recent decision by the Delaware Supreme Court provides independent directors, such as special committee members, with the ability to escape protracted fiduciary duty litigation during its initial stages. The court’s...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 159-Alison Taylor on the intersection of CSR and the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I visit with Alison Taylor of BSR about the organizational behavior issues around bribery and corruption and the intersection of Corporate Social Responsibility and the FCPA. ...more

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling Protecting Independent Directors

On May 14, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that claims against independent directors must be dismissed when a company charter provision shields directors from monetary liability for breach of the duty of care and the...more

Significant Changes Proposed to Canada’s Take-Over Bid Laws: Advantage Shifts to Target Companies

The highly anticipated amendments to the take-over bid regime in Canada have now been released by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). The CSA had previously outlined the general nature of these proposed changes in a...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 157-Training of Third Parties Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I discuss the training of third parties under the FCPA. I review the DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance on this issue; the risk ranking of third parties to help deliver your training; the types of training you can utilize...more

The Terms Behind the Unicorn Valuations

There has been much discussion about the high valuations of venture backed companies, and especially the “unicorns”, companies with a valuation of a billion dollars or higher. However, as the investors in these companies...more

Sell, Scale, or Slip Away: The Entrepreneurial Fork in the Road

Most companies are started by salespeople. The ability to sell a product or service is critical to sustaining a fledgling company, after all, and without it few businesses can last long. But while the skill of the salesperson...more

The Importance of Merger Price and Process In Delaware Appraisal Actions

On April 30, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in which it rejected an attempt by dissenting shareholders to extract extra consideration for their shares above the merger price through appraisal...more

Episode 155-Mara Senn on FCPA Investigations and the Decision to Self-Disclose [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter on how to think through a FCPA investigation and she provides a decision making calculus on how to make a decision...more

Acquiring a US Public Company: An Overview for the Non-US Acquirer

In This Issue: - Introduction - The US M&A Market - Friendly or Hostile? Deciding on the Approach to a Target - The Basics: Transaction Structures A. One-Step: Statutory Merger B....more

Supreme Court Confirms Limited Scope Of The Fair Dealing Covenant

This is another decision that confirms that the implied covenant that the parties will act in good faith and deal fairly with one another is not available to expand the parties’ contract rights. ...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Primacy Of Purchase Price Adjustment Clause

The buyer’s rights under a stock purchase agreement sometimes seem in conflict. This decision resolves such a conflict by holding that under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price adjustment process trumps the buyer’s...more

UAE Corporate Law Reform

The UAE has recently passed a new commercial companies law and approved some key changes to its public takeover regime. 1. New UAE Commercial Companies Law UAE Federal Law No. (2) of 2015 Concerning Commercial...more

"French M&A: More Proactive Boards Could Improve Tender Offer Process"

Because many publicly listed companies in France have significant or controlling shareholders, public tender offers have the potential to create conflicts of interest within the board room. These conflicts arise whether the...more

Obligations Under Earn-Outs Are Limited to What the Words Say

The stockholders of Cyveillance, Inc., sold their company for $40 million up-front and a $40 million earn-out if the company’s revenues reached a certain level. Section 5.4 of the merger agreement prohibited the buyer from...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Examines Relationship between Company’s Drag-Along Right and Stockholder’s Waiver of Right to Appraisal

In Halpin v. Riverstone National, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery examined the language of a stockholders’ agreement to determine whether Riverstone had properly exercised its contractual drag-along right and triggered a...more

Chancery Applies Contract Principles in Preferred-Shares Dispute

In Choupak v. Rivkin, C.A. No. 7000-VCL (Del. Ch. April 6, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery concluded after a trial that the defendant and counterclaim-plaintiff, Vladimir Rivkin, forged documents, lied about exercising...more

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