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Beyond Truth, and Toward Repose: Price Increases Following “Merger to Monopoly” Do Not Rekindle Statute of Limitations

Z Technologies Corp. v. Lubrizol Corp., No. 2:12-cv-12206 (6th Cir., May 23, 2014). In February, 2007, Lubrizol Corporation made a “merger to monopoly” acquisition of the assets of a competitor. The acquisition...more

Letter of Intent: Gateway to a Deal

Your time is valuable. So is the business that you are thinking about selling or the business you intend to acquire. You may also be thinking that before running up professional advisor costs, your business folks should...more

Analysis of Recent Trends in Warranty Insurance in Private Equity M&A Transactions

Although Warranty Insurance in M&A transactions was a novelty product five to ten years ago, Warranty Insurance has now become an industry standard in Europe, largely thanks to its wide use by private equity firms who have...more

What are the 3 most common mistakes made when acquiring a Chinese company?

chinesI am looking to buy a Chinese company. There is so much advice out there; so many checklists and warnings highlight the particular sensitivity of due diligence in China. What are the key areas that I should really...more

Overview of Recent Trends in Warranty Insurance in M&A Transactions

In the current economic climate, the appetite of purchasing parties to take on risk in an M&A transaction has greatly decreased. At the same time, sellers remain under intense pressure to contain outstanding liabilities, and...more

REG Makes Deal For Full Ownership Of Dynamic Fuels

On May 21, 2014, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG), a leading U.S. biodiesel producer, and Tyson Foods, Inc. (Tyson) announced that they have agreed to REG's acquisition of Tyson's 50 percent ownership position in Dynamic...more

What to Consider Before Buying a Business

Buying an existing business can be exhilarating and frightening all at once. It is important to find out as much about the business, its operations and finances as possible before purchase. Typical asset purchase agreements...more

Continuity of Enterprise is Enough for Successor Parties to be Liable

Successor liability is often a concern for the acquirer when purchasing substantially all of a seller’s assets. While this risk is well known, the circumstances under which an acquirer will be found liable under the theory...more

Covenant, Shmovenant? Ten-Year Nationwide Non-Compete in Asset Purchase Agreement Forms the Basis for Tortious Interference With...

Once again we are reminded that covenants not to compete given in connection with the sale of a business are an entirely different species from the employment kind. Last week, in Oros & Busch Application Technologies, Inc. v....more

New York Sales Tax Implications of an Asset Purchase

The buyer of an existing business must determine whether to purchase the stock of the business entity or to purchase the assets of the business. The factors to consider include both non-tax and tax-related advantages of each...more

Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices: Practical Tips for Both Parties

Introduction - Throughout the United States, hospitals and physicians are engaging in various affiliation models in order to adapt to the changes resulting from health care reform. While these affiliations take many...more

New Regulations Provide Advantageous Acquisition Structures

New regulations issued by Treasury under Section 336(e) permit certain stock acquisitions to be treated as asset purchases, allowing buyers access to stepped-up asset basis and corresponding depreciation and amortization...more

Ashley II Holdings Require Caution

On April 4, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a much anticipated decision in PCS Nitrogen, Inc. v. Ashley II of Charleston LLC, No. 11-1662 (4th Cir. April 4, 2013) (Ashley II). ...more

Rogers Towers: What can Twinkies and Beer Teach Investors about Purchasing the Assets of an Insolvent Corporation?

When Hostess announced last November that it would be shutting the doors to its factories, spooked by the news and likely addled by decades of cream filling, hoarders of Ho-Ho’s scurried to buy every brand name snack cake...more

Buyer Beware: Seventh Circuit Upholds Application of the Federal Common Law Standard of Successor Liability in an Asset Sale

One of the benefits to structuring an acquisition as an asset deal is that the buyer has the ability to choose the liabilities that it will assume and the liabilities that will remain with the seller, including contingent...more

7th Circuit Holds Successor Liable for FLSA Claims, Despite Buyer’s Disclaimer

In Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, LLC, the 7th Circuit in an opinion written by Judge Posner held that, absent a good reason to withhold liability, a purchaser of assets was subject to successor liability for Fair...more

Successor Liability Under The FLSA: Seventh Circuit Holds Purchaser Of Assets From Receiver Of Company Which Had Violated FLSA...

In a case which is sure to complicate the sale of companies (or discrete divisions thereof) and have widespread influence in other Circuits, the Seventh Circuit recently held that a company which acquired the assets (not...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Adopts Expansive View of Section 363 Free and Clear Assets Sales

Introduction - In a recent decision, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York broadly interpreted the meaning of “interest” in the context of determining the scope of a sale free and clear of “liens,...more

Seventh Circuit Extends FLSA Successor Liability to Asset Purchaser

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the second federal appellate court to extend successor liability under the FLSA to an asset purchaser. In Teed et al, v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, LLC, the...more

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