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Re-examining the M&A Playbook for Non-consenting Stockholders in Light of Cigna Health

In a case that is likely to impact M&A structuring for certain transactions, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that (1) stockholder release obligations found only in a letter of transmittal and not in the related merger...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 137, interview with Loren Steffy [Video]

In this episode I visit with Loren Steffy, former business columnist from the Houston Chronicle. ...more

M&A Deals Continue To Be Challenged In Shareholder Litigation

The percentage of M&A deals challenged by shareholder suits remained largely constant last year while the number of suits filed against each deal declined slightly, according to a recent report by Cornerstone Research (here)....more

Court Of Chancery Limits Drag-Along Rights

Whether drag-along rights can preclude an appraisal action for common stock has not been decided in Delaware. Here, because the merger was completed before the drag-along rights were asserted, the Court did not have to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 136, Joel Borgquist, President of Etik [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Joel Borgquist, President of Etik a company that works to insure transparency in corporate social responsibility programs and assists in conflict resolution. ...more

Exercising Drag-Along Rights After Merger Did Not Waive Appraisal Rights

In Halpin et al v. Riverstone National, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery found that invoking drag-along rights against minority stockholders after a merger did not waive appraisal rights under the facts of the case...more

New Louisiana Business Corporation Act: A Dozen Key Changes to Consider

The old Louisiana Business Corporation Law (Old LBCL) was replaced by the new Louisiana Business Corporation Act (New LBCA) on January 1, 2015. The complete text of the New LBCA can be found in this post, and the following...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 135, Kevin Brady on the process of sales for the compliance practitioner [Video]

In this episode I visit with noted sales process expert Kevin Brady who discussed sales as a process and how the compliance practitioner can use these concepts in communicating the message of compliance to an employee base. ...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Late Notice Inexcusable under Claims-Made Policies

Facts - In Craft v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2015 CO 11 (Colo. Feb. 17, 2015), Craft was the principal shareholder and president of two entities to which Philadelphia issued claims-made directors and officers...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Share-Tracing Standing Requirement for Appraisal Petitioners

The Delaware Court of Chancery issued companion opinions clarifying Delaware’s standing requirements for appraisal petitions under 8 Del. C. § 262. In In re Appraisal of Ancestry.com, Inc., C.A. No. 8173-VGC, 2015 WL 66825...more

Alternative Capital Proving That For Reinsurers, Size Does Not Matter

The (re)insurance industry is changing and recent consolidations are signaling a momentous shift for customers too. Every once in a while the staid insurance and reinsurance industries go through a momentous change...more

ESMA Publishes Technical Advice on New EU Market Abuse Regime

On February 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report to the European Commission (EC) with technical advice on possible new secondary legislation under the European Union’s Market...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 133, The Oscars and Compliance, Part V with Jay Rosen [Video]

In this concluding episode of my five part series with Jay Rosen, we provide our Oscar picks and give some of the compliance highlights that we have gained insight to during our exploration of the Oscars, the movie industry...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 132-Adam Turteltaub and SCCE Europen Compliance and Ethics Institute [Video]

In this episode I visit with Adam Turtelbaum of the SCCE about the upcoming European Compliance and Ethics Institute. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 131, The FCPA Professor Takes a Look Back at 2014 [Video]

In this episode I visit with the FCPA Professor over some of his observations from the 2014 FCPA year just pass. We discuss the Esquenazi decision, Opinion Releases and several enforcement actions. ...more

Control Transactions in the UK Mid-Market

In a number of transactions in the UK mid-market in which we have been involved recently, we have noted a departure from the traditional private equity buy-out model, whereby the sponsor acquires 100% of the target and...more

McWane, Inc. v. Lanier, C.A. No. 9488-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss or stay for lack of personal jurisdiction. The Court held that a mandatory forum selection clause in a merger agreement controlled over a...more

Top 10 Australian Public M&A Predictions For 2015

1. RETURN OF THE MEGA DEAL - The mega deal is back. The shift in strategic direction by companies worldwide from one of organic growth with core business focus to higher risk strategies of diversification will likely...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated party transactions,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 130, The Oscars and Compliance, Part IV with Jay Rosen [Video]

In this Part IV of my continued exploration of the Oscars and compliance with Jay Rosen, we look at the touchpoint which Hollywood and the movie industry has which might subject it to FCPA liability. ...more

Court Rejects “Merger Tax” Litigation Settlements That Benefit Primarily Plaintiffs’ Attorneys and Plaintiffs Who Do Not Represent...

It is no secret that when a public company announces a merger, lawsuits follow. There is nothing inherently wrong with this phenomenon. If the merger price is woefully unjustifiable or if shareholders are not given adequate...more

The New Hart-Scott-Rodino Magic Number is $76.3 Million

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act ("HSR") requires that transactions over a certain value be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division at least 30 days prior to closing. That...more

"M&A Activity Jumps to Levels Unseen Since Before Global Financial Crisis"

Global M&A activity jumped in 2014, with over 40,000 tracked transactions totaling approximately $3.5 trillion in value. This represents the biggest year for M&A since 2007, the last year before the impact of the global...more

Merger Notification and Foreign Investment Review Thresholds Revised Upward for 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Competition Bureau announced an increase in the notifiable transaction-size threshold to C$86-million, a modest increase from the 2014 C$82-million threshold. The pre-merger notification...more

Industry Canada and the Competition Bureau Announce New Review Thresholds for 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Competition Bureau announced the 2015 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $86 million; the 2014 threshold was $82 million. Acquisitions...more

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