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The Japan Fair Trade Commission Has Said No to LNG Resale Restrictions—What Does This Mean for Japanese and Non-Japanese LNG...

In June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued its conclusion on an earlier market study on liquefied natural gas (LNG) resale restrictions and cautioned that (i) destination clauses, (ii) diversion clauses,...more

Blog: Chicago Bridge Reversal Reiterates Need for Consistent Accounting in Working Capital True-Up

by Cooley LLP on

The vast majority of private company acquisitions contain some type of purchase price adjustment to account for any changes in certain financial metrics (including working capital) of the target between a specified reference...more

Blog: Monetizing an Earn-Out – Does That Make It a “Security?”

by Cooley LLP on

In life sciences/medical technology transactions, buyers and sellers often use milestone-based and sometimes royalty-based contingent consideration to compensate sellers for assets that are in various stages of development...more

JFTC questions the validity of destination clauses in LNG SPAs

by White & Case LLP on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") issued a report regarding its "Survey on LNG Trades" based on questionnaires and interviews with Japanese and non-Japanese buyers and sellers of LNG (the "Report")....more

‘Trust Me, You'll Love It': Caveat Emptor in Real Estate Transactions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Many people are familiar with the phrase “buyer beware,” or its Latin version, “caveat emptor.” In the sale of real estate, caveat emptor means that (absent contract language or terms to the contrary) a buyer purchases the...more

Delaware Law Updates – Delaware Court Of Chancery Affirms Fraud Exception To Parties’ Contractual Allocation of Risk

by McCarter & English, LLP on

EMSI Acquisition, Inc. v. Contrarian Funds, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 12468-VCS (Del. Ch. May 3, 2017), Slights, V.C. The Delaware Court of Chancery honored the well-settled policy against fraud and its limitation on parties’...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

There are always risks involved in buying a company. Until you are actually inside a company's operations, you can never be sure you know everything about it. Conversely, sellers too will bear the risk that buyer's remorse...more

Court Of Chancery Interprets Claimed Advancement Waiver

by Morris James LLP on

This decision explains how to obtain a release of advancement rights from a seller in an agreement to purchase his company. Here that effort failed. However, buyers will continue to not want to have to advance the sellers’...more

Acquisition Financing in the United States: 2017… Uncertainty!

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Global M&A was sluggish in the beginning of 2016, but ended strong with a fourth quarter burst of activity. While aggregate 2016 deal volumes dropped 16% from the highs of 2015, Thomson Reuters reports that 2016 global deal...more

M&A Indemnification Provisions: Are You Drafting Unenforceable Time Limits?

In an M&A transaction, the convention is for the seller to make representations and warranties to the buyer regarding the target business. When the target business is a private company, the acquisition agreement typically...more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #8: Employment Considerations in Business Transactions

This is the eighth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series, focusing on employment considerations in business transactions. Specifically, this instalment discusses key employment and labour issues that a...more

Plan Your Success – the LOI

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

During our April 26, 2017 webinar, we discussed Letters of Intent (LOI) and the important role they can play in transactions. The LOI often serves as a roadmap or initial term sheet between a buyer and seller. ...more

Beyond Purchase Price: The Tax Treatment of M&A Deal Costs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Recovering Transaction Costs - It is a basic tax principle that the more a seller pays in taxes on the sale of its business, the lower will be the economic benefit realized on the sale; similarly, the more slowly that a...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes: Drafters Beware

by Dechert LLP on

It is common practice for purchase agreements in private company M&A transactions to contain one set of rules to determine and resolve disputes regarding a post-closing purchase price adjustment and a separate, often vastly...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Bridging the Consideration Gap

by Dechert LLP on

As recently as March 15, 2017 (Financial Times), KPMG explained that total market capacity for M&A will increase by 17% in 2017 as companies continue to pay down debt and bolster cash reserves. As a result, sell-side...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Like Bigfoot, a Clear and Settled Definition of “Consequential Damages”...

by Dechert LLP on

A recent decision from the Delaware Chancery Court adds a twenty-first century interpretation to the common law doctrine of consequential damages which has roots reaching back to English contract law. This decision highlights...more

How to Effectively Manage Vapor Intrusion Risks When Acquiring and Developing Property

With increasing concern and attention being raised by regulatory agencies and the public on protecting building occupants from exposure to vapor intrusion (VI)-related contaminants, parties acquiring and developing property...more

LLC Membership Interest Purchase Treated As Asset Purchase

by Dickinson Wright on

A buyer of a business often will prefer to purchase assets rather than equity interests in order to, among other things, obtain a step-up in the tax basis of the assets of the business equal to its purchase price. The buyer...more

2016 Guidance from the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Attorney-Client Privilege Issues

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In civil litigation, parties frequently communicate with consultants, tax advisors, friends, family, and others concerning the subject matter of the litigation, and such communications raise issues regarding the possible...more

Commercial Real Estate Sellers: Hire Your Own Attorney!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Many sellers believe, possibly based on their experience in residential real estate transactions, that they can rely on the buyer's attorney, or a real estate broker, to "represent" them in a transaction. Although it is...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

Art Advisors and Duty of Loyalty in Focus Again Over Sale of Basquiat

by Sullivan & Worcester on

We reviewed in December an important decision that addressed the duties of loyalty that art advisors may, or may not, owe to their clients in dealing in the art market. That question—of to what extent advisors and...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

by White & Case LLP on

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

An Overview of Representations and Warranties Insurance

The last twelve months have seen strong levels of M&A activity in the U.S. energy tech and renewables sector. As this trend continues, we want to share a recent update on the increased use of representations and warranties...more

Reps & Warranties Insurance In M&A Deals – Getting the Deal Done

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Note: This is the first in a series of posts that will discuss the use of RWI in Mergers & Acquisitions. Essential to a buyer’s and seller’s evaluation of the purchase and sale of a company is the allocation of...more

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