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Takeover Makeover

A New Breed of Activist is Attracted to Tech and Life Sciences Companies - First there were the pirates of the 1980s and their swashbuckling raids of RJR Nabisco and other corporate booty. In the 1990s, blue chip...more

Q&A With Carlton Fields' Seth Joseph

Seth P. Joseph is a shareholder in Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA's Miami office, focusing his practice on securities and mergers & acquisitions, including both domestic and cross border assignments. He represents corporate...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in Business Transactions

In This Presentation: - Data Breaches: By the numbers - Costs of Data Breach - Cybersecurity Considerations in Business Transactions - Cybersecurity in M&A Transactions - Cybersecurity –...more

Recent Practical Effects of “Just Saying No”

In the past few months, we have seen an increasing number of hostile or unsolicited M&A bids where boards of directors of target companies have resisted bidders’ advances. Traditionally, the board-friendly Delaware approach,...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

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in 1Q14 were very...more

Using Contingent Consideration to Bridge the Value Gap in Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Life Science Companies

M&A activity remains in the doldrums as we enter 2014. According to FactSet Mergerstat, in 2013, 446 transactions were announced involving a U.S. buyer or target in the life sciences sector, as compared to 527 in 2012. Many...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Fourth Quarter 2012

Background- We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 116 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2012....more

Transaction Monitoring Under the FCPA [Video]

Transaction monitoring was mentioned in a couple of significant enforcement actions of 2012. I think that it will move to becoming a best practice in FCPA compliance programs. This video will explain how transaction...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Third Quarter 2012

Background—We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2012. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture...more

China Life Sciences and Health Industry Client Briefing – September 2012 (October 4, 2012)

In This Issue: • Merck-Simcere Joint Venture Starts Business in Pudong (Shanghai Daily 2012-09-13) – September 14, 2012 • Pfizer Joint Venture Set to Hire 600 Staff (Bloomberg News 2012-09-14) – September 14,...more

Where are we now? -- Markets and Legal Developments for Technology Executives

In This Presentation: Market Trends - Venture Capital; Private Equity; Initial Public Offerings; Mergers & Acquisitions; Legal Updates - Jobs Act/Capital Markets; Mergers & Acquisitions; General Corporate/Governance; Our...more

Lessons For Investors From the Facebook IPO

Lessons For Investors From the Facebook IPO by Dan Brecher on May 28, 2012 Facebook highlights one of the most significant risks of pre-IPO investing—the value of the stock can go down as well as up. While Facebook’s...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2012

Background — We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 114 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the first quarter of 2012. Overview of Fenwick & West Results • Up rounds...more

Trends in Terms of Venture Financings in Silicon Valley — Fourth Quarter 2011

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2011. Up rounds exceeded down rounds in 4Q11, 70% to 16%, with...more

Trends in Terms of Venture Financings In Silicon Valley (Fourth Quarter 2010)

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. Please see full update below for more information....more

Dodd-Frank's Mandatory Executive Compensation Clawback

A review of the executive compensation clawback provisions in the recently-enacted Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, including a checklist of issues for boards of directors and compensation committees to consider in...more

Alexandros, et al. v. KOR Electronics, et al.

Statement of Decision Following Trial

The case involved a venture capital-led recapitalization, in which common stockholders claimed that the terms of the recapitalization destroyed the value of their common stock. The common stockholders sued the directors and...more

Top Five Risk Management Tips For Venture Capitalists

Five key tips for venture capital and private equity firms negotiating corporate financings, mergers, recapitalizations or other significant corportate transactions in the current recession....more

Method in the Madness: A Practical Checklist for Corporate Directors

A ten-step checklist to assist corporate directors, as well as management and in-house counsel, in making high-quality, well-informed corporate decisions, including defining the task, obtaining relevant information and...more

Latesco, L.P., et al. v. Wayport, Inc., et al.

Memorandum Opinion

In this case, a venture-backed company founder sold a portion of his common stock in two tranches, then sued the board and two venture capital firms when the company was sold a year later. The founder claimed that the...more

How to Prevent a Trip to Court Before Entering a Major Transaction

A brief, practical discussion of managing litigation risk inherent in corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, refinancings, recapitalizations, and the like, executed in a recession or down markets....more

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