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Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Fintech forces the fate of US financials

by White & Case LLP on

Banks and insurers turn to M&A, as technology transforms how financial services are purchased and used - The financial services sector recorded 212 deals worth US$38.6 billion in H1 2017, a 42.4 percent uptick in value...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds Garner Fiduciary Exception Does Not Justify Compelled Production Of Privileged Documents Relevant To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that stockholder plaintiffs had not satisfied their burden of showing “good cause” under the Garner fiduciary exception to the...more

Section 338(h)(10) Election – S Corporation Stock Sale Treated as Asset Sale

by Dickinson Wright on

Generally, a buyer in a stock sale does not obtain a step-up (or down) in the basis of the acquired corporation’s assets, unlike in an asset sale. However, if the acquired corporation in a stock sale is an S corporation, an...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - July 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s Leader in the...more

Further Clarification from Delaware Supreme Court on Deal Price in Statutory Appraisal Actions

by Polsinelli on

The Delaware Supreme Court offered further guidance this week on the weight to be accorded a negotiated deal price in the context of shareholder appraisal litigation, which of course is important to businesses and counsel...more

Italy Aims to Change Merger Notification Thresholds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

After 894 days of discussion, the Italian Parliament has approved, on 2 August 2017, what should be the “annual” competition act — a series of measures that should be adopted on a yearly basis to promote competition. Among...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2017 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How to Successfully Go About Acquiring Another Startup - Sometimes your startup can achieve goals quicker through an acquisition. ...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Power M&A loses its spark

by White & Case LLP on

A slew of blocked deals has caused a hesitant environment for deals within the utilities space, while the renewables sector offers an attractive alternative - The power sector is in a state of flux. While traditional firms...more

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

by Jones Day on

On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: Oil and gas M&A stages cautious comeback

by White & Case LLP on

While oil prices continue to fluctuate, a pro-oil administration and midstream activity mean that M&A is gaining momentum. Oil & gas deal M&A activity is stabilizing somewhat in 2017. Deal value increased by 84.5 percent...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Overview: Consumer consolidation drives top end deals

by White & Case LLP on

Following a host of mega-deals, and with the US$13.5 billion megadeal between technology giant Amazon and high-end grocery chain Whole Foods recently grabbing headlines, the consumer sector delivered its highest half-year...more

Amendments to the Foreign Investments Law: a means to tighten control?

by White & Case LLP on

On 18 July 2017, the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 165-FZ, which contains a package of amendments to Federal Law No. 160-FZ dated 9 July 1999 "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" (the "Foreign...more

Amendment of German Foreign Trade Law – Stricter Regulations for Non-EU Investors?

by Goodwin on

On 12 July 2017, an amendment to the German Foreign Trade Ordinance was resolved, and is expected to come into effect shortly. It is currently being debated in the German and international press whether this can be seen as a...more

Blog: Q2 2017 Quarterly VC Update: Hans Tung on the State of Venture Capital Investing

by Cooley LLP on

In conjunction with our Q2 Venture Financing Report, I sat down with Hans Tung managing partner at GGV Capital, to get his take on the current state of venture capital investing. A few highlights from Hans: On...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Retail firms embrace digitalization

by White & Case LLP on

Competition from online retailers pushes traditional firms to acquire disruptive market entrants. The consumer sector was the winner in terms of deal value in H1 2017, with the retail sub-sector providing a constant flow...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Private equity adapts in a seller's market - Buyout firms are exploring new ways to deploy dry...

by White & Case LLP on

US private equity (PE) deal activity recorded a strong first half of 2017 against a mixed M&A backdrop. PE equity buyout value reached US$99.1 billion, up 24.5 percent from the previous US$79.6 billion record achieved in the...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Presumption that Deal Price is Best Estimate of Fair Value; Private Equity Buyer’s Price Deserves...

In DFC Global Corp. v Muirfield Value Partners, L.P. et al, the Delaware Supreme Court declined to adopt a presumption that in an arm’s length merger the deal price is the best estimate of fair value for purposes of an...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses DFC Global And Clarifies The Deal Price’s Role In Appraisal Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners L.P., No. 518, 2016 (Del. Aug. 1, 2017) - Delaware law has long made clear that the deal price for a company, while relevant, does not necessarily equate to the “fair...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Restrictions on Resellers’ Use of Third-Party Internet Platforms - On 26 July 2017, Advocate General (AG) Nils Wahl of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down his opinion in the seminal Coty case concerning...more

Senate Minority Leader Urges President Trump to Suspend Chinese Acquisitions of U.S. Companies

Recent public reports indicate Senate Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Democratic Leader, has authored a letter to President Trump requesting the President order the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: H1 in review

by White & Case LLP on

Expectations of another bumper year for US M&A failed to materialize in the first half of 2017, as total deal volume fell below 2016 levels. In the first six months of 2017, there were 2,413 deals, an 8 percent drop from...more

Securities Class Action Filings at an All-Time High

Federal securities fraud class action filings have been on a meteoric rise over the past 18 months. According to a recent report released by Cornerstone Research, plaintiffs filed 226 new federal securities fraud class action...more

International Arbitration Considerations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Over the past decade, the growing number of mergers and acquisitions of engineering and construction (E&C) firms has consolidated the construction industry, creating an increasingly global market with more multinational...more

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