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"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

"Delaware Law Amendments Would Facilitate Blockchain Maintenance of Corporate Records, Among Other Changes"

On March 27, 2017, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) approved proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that had been proposed by the DSBA Corporation Law...more

SRS vs. Gilead Sciences: Delaware Chancery Court finding that "indication" means "disease" allows Gilead not to make $50M...

by King & Spalding on

In Shareholder Representative Services (SRS) vs. Gilead Sciences et al., an opinion issued on March 15, 2017, the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware found that the term “indication” means “disease” for purposes of a $50M...more

Delaware Chancery Court Focuses On Negotiation History In Denying Former Securityholders A Milestone Payment Based On The...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 15, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery decided, post-trial, that a biopharmaceutical company was not required to pay a $50 million “milestone payment” under the terms of a merger...more

Three Lessons All Companies Can Learn from the Data Breaches that Cost Yahoo $350 Million

Yahoo Inc. recently disclosed three massive data breaches, which compromised the personal information of 1.5 billion users and cost Yahoo $350 million in its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc. Additionally, the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - March 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Executive Compensation Developments - The general counsel should anticipate questions from the board and its executive compensation committee from recent media coverage of executive compensation (especially in the...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Innovation Pressures Fuel M&A

by Cooley LLP on

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

IP Due Diligence: The Five Questions You Must Ask in Corporate Transactions

Konstantin Linnik, Ph.D., a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, addressed the importance of intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions in Nutter Insights. Konstantin discussed when a...more

January EU Competition Newsletter

by Bryan Cave on

Digital and Pharma Merger Cases Raise Worry of Enforcement Gap in EU Merger Control - On 7 October 2016, the EU Commission launched a public consultation ("the Consultation") on the functioning of certain procedural and...more

Top 5 Patent Red Flags in Life Sciences Due Diligence

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Since IP represents 75 to 90% of the value of life science transactions, due diligence is a critical component of the valuation process....more

Deals and Data: Cybersecurity M&A Due Diligence

Cybersecurity due diligence is quickly becoming part of standard best practices in Merger & Acquisition (“M&A”) deals. Traditionally, the primary goal of due diligence is to investigate the target of a merger or acquisition...more

Deal Watch: Takeda to Acquire Ariad in All-Cash Deal

by Goodwin on

Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced via a press release today that it is acquiring Cambridge-based oncology company ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in an all-cash deal worth over $5...more

How fintech deals are reshaping financial services

by White & Case LLP on

As fintech takes a prominent role in the financial services industry, major institutions are looking to capitalise on innovation by working with the most ambitious and brightest startups. In much the same way that...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 21-the DOJ and Congressional Legislation in the Trump Era [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into two areas which will impact compliance practitioners going forward. They are the Justice Department under the Trump Administration and the legislative process going...more

President Applies Authority under CFIUS to Prohibit Acquisition of the U.S. Business of A German Technology Company by A...

by Bryan Cave on

As we discussed in a recent alert, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of Aixtron GE, a German-based technology company, by Grand Chip...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 293, Saskia Zandieh on the new French Anti-Corruption law, Sapin II [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Miller & Chevalier Counsel, Saskia Zandieh on the new French anti-corruption law, Sapin II. She discusses how it may improve the nation’s current anti-corruption framework, and reviews the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 31, the Government Speaks edition [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Episode 31, week ending December 2, 2016-the Government Speaks edition 1. Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates remarks at 33rd annual ACI National FCPA Conference; 2. Head of SEC...more

Germany to Introduce Wider Merger Control Regime to Catch Tech Start-Ups

by Bryan Cave on

On 28 September 2016, the German government proposed legislation to amend the Act Against Restraints of Competition (GWB) for the ninth time. Presuming that it will pass the further steps required, the proposed amendment is...more

Developments in Merger Control: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

by WilmerHale on

Two recent enforcement actions are reminders that there are antitrust risks to be addressed after the deal is signed and even after it has closed. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenged Valeant...more

Eagle Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Arsia Therapeutics

by Goodwin on

This morning, Eagle Pharmaceuticals announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Arsia Therapeutics. According to Arsia’s website, Arsia’s technology enables the production of high-concentration, low-viscosity...more

Looking Ahead: Top Issues Impacting the Tech Industry in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As technology continues to reshape how business gets done and the way people live their lives, there are many reasons to be excited about the tech industry’s prospects heading into 2017. The more than 300 executives,...more

2016's Thriving M&A Market

by Dentons on

Despite concerns expressed during our presidential campaign season over the loss of US jobs to international trade, investment in the US by foreign commercial enterprises remains strong, especially given the weak or weakened...more

Know Your Code: Open Source Usage Can Close Software

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Buyout firms spent more than $39.38bn acquiring technology businesses in H1 2016, accounting for 28% of all global deal value and making technology the preferred sector for investment during the period. With investment...more

3D Printing News: Recent M&A Activity; Copyright’s Conceptual Separability Test; Expiring Patents

by Benesch on

Here are recent and significant M&A deals in the 3D space. In September, GE acquired SLM Solutions and Arcam, reportedly spending $1.4 billion for both. Arcam provides a cost-efficient additive manufacturing solution...more

Blog: Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A Transactions: Lessons from Verizon/Yahoo!

by Cooley LLP on

Recently, in the midst of an M&A transaction involving Verizon and Yahoo!, news broke of a Yahoo! cybersecurity breach that had occurred approximately two years earlier. This event raised a lot of speculation around what...more

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