Acquisition Agreements

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New Ruling of the Czech Supreme Administrative Court: Twilight of Acquisition Structures?

A recent Czech Supreme Administrative Court decision invoked the doctrine of abuse of law disallowing the tax deductibility of interest on a shareholder loan in an acquisition transaction. Since similar acquisition structures...more

Prairie Capital III, L.P v. Double E Holding Corp., C.A. No. 10127-VCL (Del. Ch. Nov. 24, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss claims for fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud arising out of the acquisition of a private...more

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2016

Ten Considerations for Companies Evaluating a Pre-Negotiated Acquisition - In recent years, there has been a shift in the research and development strategy of large pharmaceutical and medical device companies from...more

Break Fees in Private M&A

The speed of economic change in the energy sector has created legitimate concerns about volatility in the marketplace. This has caused both vendors and purchasers to be more cautious in deal making. One way to help the...more

Preservation of Option to Pursue Claim Not Threatened Action

Buyers and sellers and their counsel allocate risk in stock purchase or merger agreements. A buyer, for example, may not be willing to close if there is threatened regulatory action affecting an asset or liability it is...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Third Quarter 2015

Delaware Court Awards $148 Million in Damages, as Fiduciaries’ Bad Faith Conduct Prevented Stockholders from Obtaining a “Fairer Price” in Take-Private Transaction In a recent post-trial opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster of the...more

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Fairmont Hotels Inc.

The Supreme Court of Canada recently granted leave to appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Fairmont Hotels Inc v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 ONCA 441. This follows the granting of leave in the Jean Coutu...more

Corruption and the Closing Table: How Much Diligence is Due?

It is 2016 (almost). We all have heard about corruption – outrageous tales of money changing hands to enable access to new markets in under-regulated parts of the world, or payments for access to foreign ports, expediting the...more

Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Tax Rectification Case

On November 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Canada (A.G.) v. Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) inc., 2015 QCCA 838, which addresses the question of when rectification will be granted in the tax context....more

FTC Challenges Proposed Hospital Transaction in West Virginia: Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with State’s Attorney General Is...

On November 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center (“St. Mary’s”) by Cabell Huntington Hospital (“Cabell”). The...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Pamplona Capital Management Acquires MedAssets for $2.7B

Pamplona, based in London and New York, is a PE firm established in 2005. Pamplona manages over $10 billion in assets across a number of funds for a variety of clients. Pamplona is currently managing its fourth private equity...more

What's Market? Update: Maryland REIT

For many years, it was assumed and accepted that Delaware corporate law was more advantageous to corporations than the corporate law of other states. While Delaware case law regarding corporations is still more developed...more

SABMiller Accepts $104 billion Offer from AB InBev

SABMiller has accepted a takeover proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, in a deal that would include cash and stock worth 68 billion pounds ($104.4 billion). The new conglomerate would brew more than...more

Chancery Court Provides Lessons on Conflicts of Interest in a Sales Process – Holds Only Financial Advisor Open to Liability

In an October 1st decision (In re Zale Corporation), the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed claims that Zale Corporation’s directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with Zale’s agreement to merge with Signet. ...more

Three Recent Delaware Decisions Highlight the Importance of Director Independence and Risks for M&A Financial Advisors

On September 28 and October 1, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued decisions in Caspian Select Credit Master Fund Limited v. Gohl, C.A. No. 10244-VCN and In re Zale Corporation Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No....more

Delaware's One-Two Punch to M&A Litigation Disrupts the Cozy Status Quo of M&A Deal Settlements

Over the summer, Delaware in two separate and impactful decisions hit out at many, if not most, shareholder litigation suits challenging public company M&A suits. The result: uncertainty ahead. The customary rhythm in an...more

Cross-Border Transactions and Letters of Intent

Many issues applicable to domestic mergers and acquisition transactions are also relevant in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. If you are a U.S. company buying or selling a company abroad, you will likely have both U.S....more

The Hidden Assassin: How This Contractual Provision Can Derail A Manufacturer’s Acquisition Plans

An”anti-assignment” clause can be the death knell of any deal involving the sale or purchase of a manufacturing company. You might ask: what is an anti-assignment clause?...more

An Antidote for Deal Risk: R&W Insurance

In today’s robust M&A market, buyers and sellers are both looking for ways to make transactions more attractive to sellers by ensuring that they retain most of the net proceeds after the deal closes. To accomplish this, both...more

Five Settle Insider Trading Charges with SEC

The SEC filed a settled insider trading case which names as defendants two attorneys, an accountant and two other individuals. The action is based on information misappropriated from a corporate director by his personal...more

Better Late Than Never: The California Supreme Court Reverses Itself, Holding That Corporate Policyholders May Assign Insurance...

Asset purchase and sale transactions are a preferred structure for many corporate deals. For a variety of reasons, it may be prudent for businesses or product lines to be transferred through these transactions, and an asset...more

Oil Supplier Appeals Conoco’s Right To Buy Stake In Refinery Unit

In a long-standing dispute between Venezuelan state-owned Oil Company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (“Petroleos”) and ConocoPhillips, a New York district court judge upheld ConocoPhillips’ acquisition of a 50% stake in a Texas...more

In re Riverbed: The Beginning of the End for Disclosure-Only Settlements in M&A Cases?

The past decade has seen an incredible rise in M&A litigation. According to Cornerstone, in 2014, a whopping 93% of announced mergers valued over $100 million were subject to litigation, up from 44% in 2007. As Delaware...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #4: Utilize the Pool of Potential Acquirers

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

2015 Guide to Acquiring US Public Companies

This guide summarizes certain important considerations for acquiring a publicly traded US-based target corporation through a negotiated (i.e. “non-hostile”) tender offer, exchange offer or merger. US public companies are...more

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