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IPOs and IPAs: Ballast Point Transaction Illustrates Benefits of a Dual-Track Approach

The menu for craft breweries raising capital and looking for investor liquidity now includes another viable alternative – public offerings. With the filing of public offering documents by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 214-Felipe Sousa [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brazilian journalist Felipe Sousa on his observations about the current state of anti-corruption compliance in Brazil and the ongoing Petrobras scandal....more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.19.15

NY state regulators have tagged Barclays with an extra $150 million in fines for its role in a Forex-manipulation scandal that’s already cost the bank $2.4 billion – NYTimes and Law360... As expected, the minutes from...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case With Admissions

A critical question in insider trading cases currently being brought is whether there are sufficient facts to comply with the Newman personal benefit test – at least if the case is in the Second Circuit. While in many...more

Areas of Unique Legal Concerns and Solutions in Device M&A

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of Inspector...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 212-Stephen Martin on DOJ Compliance Counsel Metrics [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Baker and McKenzie partner Stephen Martin on the recently released metrics which the new DOJ Compliance Counsel will use to evaluate corporate compliance programs under and its implications for...more

"SEC Staff Issues Revised Guidance on Unbundling of Shareholder Votes in M&A Deals"

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently published revised guidance regarding the "unbundling" of matters presented for shareholder votes in connection...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 211-Matthew Stephenson, founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Matthew Stephenson, Harvard Law Professor and founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog. He talks about why he founded the site, what he hopes to accomplish, some of the topics which have...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: CFTC and NFA Staff Publish FAQs and Other Resources for Filing and Reporting on Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR - On Nov. 5 the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the CFTC...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Voting with Regard to Merger and Acquisition Transactions

On October 27, 2015, the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC modified Section 201 of its Question and Answer guidance regarding SEC Rule 14a-4(a)(3) to require that if a material amendment to an acquiror’s...more

Transaction Insurance as a Strategic Tool in M&A

The use of insurance in M&A transactions is gaining popularity among deal professionals who are finding this tool increasingly useful to bridge the gap on one of the most fundamental deal issues in any M&A transaction: the...more

John Rogers of Pepper Hamilton and David Marcus Discuss Middle-Market Private Equity [Video]

Solid deal sourcing, lean staffing, and a good understanding of sellers' needs are keys to success in the lower middle market. All topics covered in this interview with Pepper partner John Rogers and The Deal....more

The Deal Speaks with Pepper Hamilton's Irwin Latner on Family Offices and PE [Video]

The Deal talks to Irwin Latner, a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, about family offices' growing allocations to private equity and how PE firms can form and maintain relationships...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 209-Latin America Focus [Video]

In this episode I review recent events from Brazil around Petrobras and the Brazilian Clean Companies Act and from Venezuela I take a look at corruption issues around PdVSA. ...more

Blog: Highlights From Panels With Current And Former Staff Of Corp Fin

Below are some highlights (from my notes) of the PLI Securities Regulation Institute panel discussions Thursday and Friday with the Corp Fin staff (Keith Higgins, Shelley Parratt, David Fredrickson, Michele Anderson, Karen...more

Court of Chancery Applies Business Judgment Standard Under New Supreme Court Precedent

This is an important decision that reverses a prior opinion in the same case. The Court did so because after it issued its prior opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its Corwin decision holding that when a merger is...more

The End of Disclosure Only Settlements in M&A Cases? Not So Fast.

Disclosure-only settlements have been popular in the past – last year, about 80% of settlements in M&A-related lawsuits were for disclosures only, according to Cornerstone Research – but lately they have come under scrutiny. ...more

The Growing Power of Fair Price and Process in Delaware Appraisal Actions

On October 21, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in an appraisal action in which it yet again found that the merger price was the most reliable indicator of fair value. Vice Chancellor...more

A Cross-Border Finance Lawyer Examines Differences in Canadian and U.S. Corporate Practice

As a U.S. finance lawyer working in Canada on cross-border deals, I have noticed a few differences between U.S. and Canadian corporate practice that impact in minor ways the transaction documents, but that may signal in some...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Important Protections for Corporate Directors"

A trio of opinions from the Delaware Supreme Court, each authored by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., has reaffirmed Delaware’s deference to the business judgment of disinterested corporate decision-makers and restored...more

"Recent Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law Address Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Provisions"

It has become almost axiomatic that when a public company merger is announced, stockholder litigation quickly follows. In recent years, some studies have indicated that more than 90 percent of transactions valued at more than...more

"Dole Ruling Serves as Cautionary Tale for Take-Private Deals"

Earlier this year, in a consolidated breach of fiduciary duty and appraisal action, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion that includes many important takeaways for...more

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