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Good Choice: Important Capital Formation Reforms in Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Passed by House

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 on a vote of 233-186. Congress loves acronyms, and here “CHOICE” stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Troubled Japanese auto parts maker Takata, “crippled by vast airbag recalls,” has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and is planning to sell its surviving operations to Key Safety Systems, an American rival owned by a...more

Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As many cannabis industry watchers know, one of the primary challenges still facing cannabis businesses is access to capital, as we have discussed previously on Tracking Cannabis. Heavy regulation in the industry and...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: In-Bound Investment into the United States Specific Survey Report Forms 5-Year...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new in-bound...more

Revenue Recognition Representations for M&A and Underwriting Agreements

Some have suggested that the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard will result in particularized representations in M&A, underwriting and loan documents. It’s easy to argue it’s not necessary and is covered by the standard...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Barclays and a group of its former execs are facing charges of fraud by false representation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over deals they struck with Qatar in 2008 to avoid a government bailout....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here we were watching Amazon for a Slack pick-up, and all the while it had its eyes set on Whole Foods. Jeff Bezos added the upscale grocery giant to Amazon’s expanding portfolio for $13.7 billion on Friday (perhaps kicking...more

Delaware Supreme Court Scolds Special Committee Member that Joins Law Firm

The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Chancery Court decision in Chester County Retirement Systems v. Collins et al. In so doing, it noted one troubling aspect of the record as follows: The plaintiff’s complaint pointed...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Determines Fair Value in PetSmart and SWS Group Appraisal Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of high-profile opinions in appraisal litigations, many of which addressed the central question of whether and to what extent the underlying transaction...more

After Settlement By Director Defendants Of Merger-Related Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 26, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiffs’ request to sever and stay fiduciary duty breach claims settled with directors of Good Technology Corporation (“Good”) and...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Claims Under Corwin, Finding The Complaint Adequately Pleaded That The Shareholder...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of Charter...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a hitch in Saudi Aramco’s IPO plans (mind-boggling $2 trillion possible valuation and all): where to list. The frontrunners, by the way, are the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber made it official today, announcing that controversial CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, though even the announcement and board commentary that followed seemed to highlight the “bad-boy...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - EDF signs 420 MW hydro construction deal with Cameroon - On Tuesday, an agreement was signed between the French power utility Électricité de France (EDF) and the...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part II

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed two of four recent developments in Delaware law that reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities - June 2017

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between February 2017 and April 2017. The cases address developing trends in class actions, ERISA, fiduciary duties,...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Stoics and Leadership

by Thomas Fox on

One thing about successful business leaders is they can take in severe news, keep calm and carry on. In a keynote speech to the SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute, Jenny O’Brien has called this the Triple C Rule for...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part I

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four recent developments in Delaware law reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit minority stockholders. Together, these developments clarify the...more

Separate Shareholder Vote to Approve Insider Transaction Found Coercive Under Corwin

Sciabacucchi v. Liberty Broadband Corporation (Del. Ch. 2017) involved Charter Communications, Inc.’s (“Charter” or the “Company”) acquisition of Bright House Networks, LLC (“Bright House”) and the merger with Time Warner...more

Buying a company in business rescue that has assessed tax losses

by Hogan Lovells on

Companies in business rescue often have built-up assessed losses for tax purposes. Competitors wishing to take over the business of the company in business rescue would often view such assessed loss as a valuable asset, in...more

Two Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions, Though Unlikely To Squelch Plaintiffs' Enthusiasm For Appraisal Actions, Give Companies...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Recent rulings issued by the Delaware Chancery Court in two appraisal cases handed wins to the defendant companies, reflecting at least some degree of temperance within the Delaware Chancery and potentially stemming the tide...more

Regulation Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2 May - The FCA published its Policy Statement on the FCA's disclosure rules following application of PRIIPs Regulation (PS17/6). The Policy Statement sets out how the FCA's disclosure requirements will change to reflect...more

Recent Court of Chancery Appraisal Decisions Provide Guidance on Court's Deference to Merger Price as Evidence of Fair Value

Two recent appraisal decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery provide additional guidance on when the court will defer to the merger price as evidence of fair value. In the first decision, In re Appraisal of PetSmart,1...more

SEC Prevails on Summary Judgment In Manipulation Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment in a manipulation case centered on the shares of a firm which operated under the name Marley Coffee — a name which linked back through Rohan Marley to his famous father, Bob Marley who is...more

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