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Ritchie v. Rupe

The Texas Supreme Court, on June 20, 2014, issued its highly anticipated opinion in Ritchie v. Rupe, 2014 Tex. LEXIS 500 (Tex. 2014). Ritchie involved a claim by a minority shareholder in a closely held corporation under the...more

SEC Charges Auditor of PRC Firm With Unprofessional Conduct

The Commission filed another proceeding against an audit firm and its partners arising out of the audit of a PRC issuer. Unlike earlier actions involving audit firms for Chinese issuers, in this case the difficulties did not...more

Certain Merger and Acquisition Brokers Escape SEC Registration

The SEC recently issued a no-action letter that allows private company M&A brokers who satisfy specific criteria to avoid registering as broker-dealers with the SEC. Historically, an intermediary in a private M&A transaction...more

"European Commission Issues Merger Reform White Paper Regarding Minority Shareholdings and Member State Referrals"

On July 9, 2014, the European Commission published its proposal (White Paper) outlining the approach it intends to adopt with respect to the application of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) to the acquisition of minority...more

Have Your Directors Met Their Revlon Duties? Delaware Court Dismisses Strike-Suit Allegations as Merely Cosmetic

In a virtual course on how to bring—or not bring—an M&A strike suit, on June 30, a Delaware Chancery Court dismissed all shareholder claims against a merger target and its acquirer, ending nearly two years of litigation. ...more

The Resilient Rights Plan: Recent Poison Pill Developments and Trends

Shareholder rights plans were developed more than 30 years ago to fend off opportunistic hostile offers and other abusive takeover transactions. Rights plans deter unauthorized stock accumulations by imposing substantial...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 73-World Cup Report-Part V [Video]

In this episode, Mike Brown and I look at the assessment of 'Tone at the Top' from the perspective of the Brazil/Colombia World Cup final and the horrific injury to the Brazilian striker Neymar. ...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 TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 9415-VCN (Del. Ch. Jun. 13, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion denying plaintiffs’ motion to expedite, the Court of Chancery held that plaintiffs, shareholders of TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (“TriQuint” or the “Company”), failed to assert a colorable claim that...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 72-interview with Michael Rasmussen [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I interview Michael Rasmussen, the GRC Pundit. As the man who coined the phrase 'GRC' Michael is one of the country's top GRC experts. He talks about the recent OCEG...more

"First-Half Activity Energizes US Capital Markets in 2014"

The U.S. equity and debt markets experienced a strong first half of the year. In the first quarter, the U.S. IPO market was the busiest since 2000, more than doubling the number of IPOs from the same period last year. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 70-World Cup Report-Part III [Video]

In this episode, the World Cup Report Part II. Mike Brown and I continue our exploration of compliance lessons from FIFA and the 2014 World Cup. We discuss why following the money is so critical, then analyze the US tie with...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes...

In Hamilton Partners, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by former stockholders of American Home Patient, Inc. (AHP)...more

Global Private Equity Outlook

In this report: - Introduction - Overview - Deal Process - Portfolio Strategies - Cross-Border Dealmaking - Exits - Fundraising - Conclusion - Private Equity...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 69-Joe Oringel, co-founder of Visual RiskIQ on Transaction Monintoring [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Joe Oringel, co-founder of Visual RiskIQ. Joe talks about transaction monitoring and the tool that his company has developed to assist companies with FCPA compliance. ...more

Laidler v. Hesco Bastion Environmental, Inc., C.A. No. 7561-VCG (Del. Ch. May 12, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery determined the fair value of the petitioner’s stock in a statutory appraisal proceeding arising from the short-form merger of Hesco Bastion USA, Inc. (the “Company”) into the...more

Doing Business in Canada - Securities Regulation

SECURITIES REGULATION - The principal stated purpose of Canadian securities legislation is to preserve the integrity of capital markets and to protect the investing public. In Canada, there is not yet federal...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 67-World Cup Report-Part II [Video]

In this episode, Mike Brown, Managing Director of Infortal, continue our World Cup Report, Part II. We discuss allegations of bribery and corruption in the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the US win over Ghana and some...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 66-Visit with the FCPA Professor [Video]

In this episode I welcome back the FCPA Professor who gives his views on the Esquenazi decision, his recent book and his upcoming FCPA Institute....more

Qatar Amends Regulations and Issues Rules as MSCI Upgrade Comes Into Effect

Qatar, along with the UAE, has been upgraded from “frontier” to “emerging” market status by MSCI (an upgrade that is now in effect), which is among the criteria used by a large number of institutional investors and private...more

Are Fairness Opinions Admissible on a Plan of Arrangement Hearing?

Differing viewpoints have recently arisen in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) as to whether fairness opinions are admissible during court approval of plans of arrangement. In Champion Iron Mines Limited...more

Delaware Court Clarifies Director and Officer Liability in M&A Transactions

In Chen v. Howard-Anderson, 87 A.3d 648 (Del. Ch. 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Laster, V.C.) held that directors and officers can be held liable for their participation in a change-of-control transaction if their...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 65-World Cup Report-Part I [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, Episode 65 is out. In this episode, I begin a 4 part World Cup series with Mike Brown, Managing Director of Infortal. In this episode we discuss bribery and corruption of referees and...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Invalidates Consent Due to Inadequate Disclosures

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently invalidated a written consent of a Delaware pharmaceutical corporation due to inadequate disclosures to stockholders. ...more

2014 Roundtable Series, Mergers & Acquisitions

Market watchers view mergers and acquisitions as an economic yardstick. After several years of modest volumes, we've already seen substantial M&A activity in 2014 across industries including biotech, pharmaceuticals, and...more

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