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Advantages of Using ESOPs To Structure Acquisitions and Divestitures In An Uncertain Economy

M&A advisors are becoming increasingly familiar with leveraged ESOP transactions and are routinely considering the ESOP platform in structuring acquisitions and divestitures. The first part of this article references the...more

English Law Schemes of Arrangement: Class Composition

Having received the sanction of antitrust regulators in Europe, the U.S., China and South Africa, the planned merger of brewing giants AB InBev and SABMiller was scrutinised this week by the High Court in London on a topic...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.22.16

The SEC’s opened an inquiry into Hampton Creek in response to a Bloomberg report that the Just Mayo maker used undercover contractors to purchase its non-egg mayonnaise product in bulk not long before HC raised $90 million...more

What’s Happening in Delaware M&A – Summer 2016

This update provides a summary of recent Delaware caselaw and statutory developments concerning mergers and acquisitions, including new cases regarding appraisal rights, fraud claims and fiduciary duty and deal process...more

The Decline of the Disclosure-Only Settlement: Will We Regret What We Wished For?

In combination with the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016), Judge Posner’s blistering opinion In re Walgreen Company Stockholder Litigation, 2016...more

Appraisal Arbitrage: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Delaware state courts have seen a rise in appraisal petitions filed by shareholders dissenting from mergers, with 34 actions filed in the first half of 2016, compared to 16 in all of 2012, according to a recent Wall Street...more

FINRA Relaxes Rules for M&A and Private Placement Brokers

The SEC has approved a series of FINRA rules that are meant to simplify regulation of firms engaged as M&A brokers and those who conduct other limited activities. While the rules may be simpler, it still looks like a...more

Seventh Circuit Brands Disclosure-Only Settlement a “Racket” and Endorses Delaware Court of Chancery’s Stricter Standard for...

In a 2-1 decision, the Seventh Circuit has joined the Delaware Court of Chancery’s call for enhanced scrutiny of “disclosure-only” M&A settlements that involve no monetary benefits to shareholders. As previously discussed,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.16.16

ValueAct Capital Mgmt, an activist investor, has taken a $1.1 billion stake in Morgan Stanley with 38 million shares that represent about 2% of shares outstanding. Unlike normal activists (at least for now), ValueAct took the...more

Structuring Challenges in Leveraged Buyouts in Israel

How foreign private equity sponsors and their lenders are finding solutions to local law structuring issues - Leveraged finance acquisitions have existed in the Israeli market for many years. However, for a variety of...more

Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims Where Directors Approved Merger That Extinguished Threatened...

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that stockholders of Riverstone National, Inc. had adequately stated a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the company's directors who approved a merger that...more

Key Takeaways from Cornerstone Research’s Securities Class-Action Filings 2016 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research recently released its 2016 midyear assessment of federal securities class-actions filings. The report finds an increase in filings in the first half of 2016, with particular increases in M&A filings,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds that Director Defendants Can Not “Merge Their Way Out of” Breach of Fiduciary Claims

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court allowed claims of unfair dealing against the Board of property management company Riverstone National Inc. to survive where the directors facilitated a merger that forestalled a...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.1.16

And just like that, Uber’s ride-hailing war in China is over (for now, at least). Uber has agreed to sell Uber China to rival Didi Chuxing [though maintaining a 20% stake in the new company], creating a new company worth an...more

Delaware Law Updates – What Is the Fair Value of a Stock? Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects the Transaction Price as the Most...

In two recent decisions out of the Delaware Court of Chancery – In re: Appraisal of DFC Global Corp., C.A. No. 10107-CB ("DFC Global") and In re: Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL ("Dell") – Chancellor Bouchard and...more

PE Set To Benefit From More Outward Looking Chinese Buyers

In recent years, Chinese companies have become increasingly bold in the search for new deals, looking beyond the country’s borders for transformational takeovers. This year already, we have seen PEViews China chartthe largest...more

"IRS Offers Limited Safe Harbors for Recapitalizations Before Spin-Offs"

On July 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new revenue procedure, Rev. Proc. 2016-40, providing safe harbors for transactions in which a corporation (Distributing) obtains the requisite control of a...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.18.16

William Ackman’s multi-year effort to expose Herbalife as a Ponzi scheme (and make good on his massive short of its stock) saw something of a moral victory last week, with the FTC imposing big-time sanctions ($200 million in...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.15.16

The 2d Circuit’s nixed a bid by investment fund SRM Global Master Fud LP to revive its $200 million securities fraud suit against Bear Stearns and Deloitte over alleged lies about Bear’s pre-collapse financial health. The...more

Warranty and indemnity insurance gaining traction in ASEAN

While the use of warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance has become relatively commonplace in the U.S. and European M&A markets over the last decade or so, it has struggled to gain a meaningful foothold in ASEAN during the...more

Typical SEC Comments on Merger Proxy Statements

A review of recent SEC comments on merger proxy statements indicates many of these comments were typical, and some are variations on a theme: Rule 14a-6(a) requires that the form of proxy be on file for ten calendar...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Registered Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) that would require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement...more

Yet Another Congressional Proposed Corporate Reform: Proxy Advisory Firms in the Crosshairs

Over the past six months, U.S. legislators have engaged in an unusual burst of energy to introduce three separate bills regulating various areas affecting U.S. public company corporate governance...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.6.16

How often are we going to be hearing about Brexit aftershocks? I’d expect you better get used to it. Today’s edition: two other real estate funds (these run by Aviva ad M&G) have joined Standard Life in freezing withdrawals...more

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