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Private equity and M&A on the move

The M&A market is on the move. According to Mergermarket, global M&A was valued at US$599.1 billion in Q1 2014, up 33.2 percent from the same period last year. The average deal size over the same period was US$ 374.4 million,...more

Keeping Your Due Diligence System Manageable March 31, 2014 [Video]

Companies recognize the need to develop robust due diligence procedures to review, monitor and audit third-party intermediaries, prospective acquisition and joint venture partners, and vendors/suppliers. A due diligence...more

CFIUS Process and Due Process: Presidential orders blocking transactions on national security grounds – the process, and the...

The President of the United States, acting upon the recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) has the power to block or unwind any transaction – i.e., merger, acquisition, takeover...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part I

Today, I begin a three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Today I will review the pre-acquisition phase, focusing the information and issues you should review, tomorrow in Part...more

Doing Business in Canada: E-Commerce

E-COMMERCE - Canada has a vibrant Internet community. Because of the great expansion of the Internet in Canadian homes and businesses, Canada and its provinces have, in recent years, regulated Internet activity and...more

M&A Update | Inversions: The View from Ireland

On June 25, 2014, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, among others, met with Cadwalader Chairman-elect and Corporate Group Co-Chair James C. Woolery in Dublin regarding...more

"First-Half Activity Energizes US Capital Markets in 2014"

The U.S. equity and debt markets experienced a strong first half of the year. In the first quarter, the U.S. IPO market was the busiest since 2000, more than doubling the number of IPOs from the same period last year. ...more

Hospital and Health System M&A Series: The Expanding Range of Strategic Alternatives Available in Hospital System Mergers and...

The business of governing acute care health systems has become increasingly complex in recent years as board governance and industry structure have worked to keep up with the pace of reform and consolidation. The sector has...more

Intent to Lose? Be Wary of Pitfalls Involving Intent-to-Use Trademark Applications.

Merger and Acquisitions often involve the acquisition and/or assignment of trademarks. Companies acquiring trademarks must beware of potential problems lurking with intent-to-use (ITU) trademark applications (or applications...more

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® – Global Mergers & Acquisitions Is Take Private [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner David Allinson explains the M&A term Take Private, a term for the process by which a third party buyer obtains ownership of 100 percent of a previously public company. For additional definitions of...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

Mergers And Acquisitions In Franchising Strategies For 2014 And Beyond

The M&A market is very strong for franchisor and large multi-unit franchisees of scale today – good news for those looking for a sale or growth capital. What key factors drive investor demand? How should investors be thinking...more

2014 Public Company M&A: a short, practical primer

In this new edition of the popular Public Company M&A Primer, originally published in 2013, Ed Batts covers recent changes in the M&A process for public companies. Are you considering bidding for a public company? Has...more

Risk Assessments: Avoiding Trouble in Emerging Markets

In the recent Latham & Watkins webcast, Avoiding Trouble in Emerging Markets (And What to Do When Trouble Finds You), Latham partners Robert Sims and Margaret Tough were joined for an informative panel discussion by Samantha...more

The Deal Video: Pepper Hamilton's Ed Dartley Talks Valuations [Video]

Right now, private equity firms are sitting on a cash glut that represents an all-time high for the industry, nearly $1 trillion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, says Pepper Hamilton securities lawyer Ed Dartley, we're also seeing...more

SEC No-Action Letter Exempts M&A Brokers from Federal Registration Requirements

On February 3, 2013, the Security and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets publically issued a significant no-action letter advising that M&A brokers do not need to register as broker-dealers to...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing to Prohibit An Acquiring Entity From Diverting...

In American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC v. LPL Holdings, Inc., CA NO. 9490-VCG, 2014 WL 354496 (Del. Ch. Feb. 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery applied the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing to a...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

California Finders Bill Moves To Senate on 73-1 Vote

Yesterday, I wrote about a recent no-action letter issued by the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets with respect to “M&A Brokers”. Here in California, the legislature is considering a bill, AB 713 (Wagner) that would...more

Recent Delaware Chancery Transcripts Emphasize That Materiality Is Key To Fee Awards In Disclosure-Based M&A Settlements

Some corporate practitioners could have the impression that significant fee awards are granted as a matter of course in M&A class action litigation, even where the results obtained by class counsel were supplemental (and...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Increased Approximately 7 Percent for 2014

This year's revised Federal Trade Commission thresholds under Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) represent an approximately 7 percent increase from the existing amounts. They will apply to all applicable transactions on or after...more

New HSR Thresholds for 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 24, 2014. The revised thresholds will...more

2014 Hart-Scott-Rodino Requirements

What you need to know: HSR filing thresholds will be adjusted upward effective February 24, 2014. What you need to do: Parties involved in a large merger or acquisition should analyze whether it will...more

"Delaware Continues to Influence US M&A"

A number of recent Delaware judicial and legislative developments will have important implications for parties engaging in or advising on M&A transactions in 2014 and beyond. Controlling Stockholder Transactions...more

FTC Raises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

Transactions closing toward the end of February will be subject to increased HSR Act jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds. On January 17, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will raise the...more

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