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What’s Happening in Delaware M&A – Summer 2016

This update provides a summary of recent Delaware caselaw and statutory developments concerning mergers and acquisitions, including new cases regarding appraisal rights, fraud claims and fiduciary duty and deal process...more

Treasury Department Issues Proposed Regulations on Valuation Discounts

On Aug. 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations on valuation discounts. These proposed regulations make sweeping changes to the valuation rules for family-owned entities. If the proposed regulations...more

SEC Revises C&DI on Selling Securityholder Disclosure

On July 26, 2016, the SEC revised Question 140.02 of its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Regulation S-K, pertaining to selling securityholder disclosure. Revised Question 140.02 states that a...more

SEC Resolves FCPA Action With LAN Airlines

The SEC resolved another FCPA action centered on the entry of LAN Airlines S.A. into Argentina. Previously, the Commission settled with the CEO of the company who agreed to the entry of a cease and desist order based on...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - Senator Heinrich to introduce energy storage tax credit bill - Greentech Media - Jul 5 - There will soon be an energy storage tax credit proposal in both the House and Senate. Senator...more

Court of Chancery Explains How To Apply Multiple Advancement Rights

This detailed decision explains how to interpret multiple sources, such as bylaws and contracts, to determine any conditions to the right to have attorney fees advanced....more

The Ever-Increasing Importance of the Shareholder Vote: Delaware Chancery Court Extends Corwin to Two-Step Mergers under DGCL §...

On June 30, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court extended the Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), to two-step mergers under DGCL § 251(h). The Chancery Court concluded that...more

"Recent Developments in the Use of Variable Interest Entities"

The variable interest entity (VIE) structure has been around since the listing of Sina.com on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2000. It enables companies to exercise control over operating entities and derive economic benefits from...more

Successful Two-Step Tender Offer has the Same Revlon Cleansing Effect as a Stockholder Vote

The plaintiffs in In Re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litigation were former public stockholders of a company that was acquired for $18 per share in an all-cash merger. Just five months prior, the target company had declined an...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: What Fund Investors Should Know About US Bank Control Rules

Many private equity, hedge and mutual funds constantly have to confront the complex control rules that may impact even the smallest of investments in banks or bank holding companies (BHCs). The issue may be as simple as...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. v. Fox: Chancery Court’s Decision Is Affirmed, But Dissent Blasts Use of “Hindsight Bias” Analysis

On June 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed a decision of the Chancery Court finding that corporate directors and officers involved in a sales transaction breached a contract with option holders to fairly value...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisition Law News - First Quarter 2016

NEWS FROM THE COURTS - Court of Chancery Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Commercial Arrangement with Controlling Stockholder - In a recent opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery held...more

New OJK Regulation on Indonesian Securities Companies

The Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan - "OJK") has recently issued Regulation No. 20/POJK.04/2016 ("Regulation 20/2016") on the Licensing of Securities Companies that Conduct Business Activities...more

Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Enhances Protections for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts"

In November 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court bolstered the protection afforded to majority or controlling stockholders seeking to buy out the minority, provided that the transaction is structured in accordance with the...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Aiding-and-Abetting Liability for Financial Advisors"

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated opinion in RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, No. 140, 2015, 129 A.3d 816 (Del. 2015). The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s...more

"Court of Chancery Addresses Fundamental Issues of Derivative Litigation"

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently issued a trio of notable opinions involving stockholder derivative actions. The opinions addressed fundamental issues of law such as whether particular kinds of stockholder claims are...more

New York High Court Adopts Delaware Rule in Go-Private Suits

New York’s highest court earlier this month adopted a more lenient standard for reviewing certain types of corporate transactions between companies and controlling shareholders, similar to that adopted two years ago by...more

New York High Court Adopts Business Judgment Rule for Going-Private Transactions When Certain Minority Shareholder Protections Are...

Background of Kenneth Cole Productions Shareholder Litigation - The case involved Kenneth Cole Productions (KCP), a public New York corporation well-known as the designer and marketer of shoes, apparel and accessories....more

Business Judgment Rule Applies to Shareholder Suits Challenging Going-Private Mergers in New York

Action Item: New York’s High court provides a road map of how corporate attorneys should structure going-private transactions involving controlling shareholders. Utilizing certain protective measures at the outset should...more

New York Court of Appeals Adopts Delaware Law, Affirming Business Judgment Deference for Controlling Stockholder Transactions...

On May 5, 2016, New York’s highest court confirmed that, under New York law, business judgment deference—rather than more searching “entire fairness” review—applies to controlling stockholder transactions that are approved by...more

New York High Court Adopts Delaware's Deferential Business Judgment Review for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts

In re Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Shareholder Litigation - We previously reported on the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (MFW) applying the deferential, defendant-friendly...more

New York Follows Delaware, Applies Business Judgment Rule to Going-Private Mergers

On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that courts should apply the business judgment rule in shareholder lawsuits challenging going-private mergers, as long as shareholders were adequately protected—a decision...more

Challenges to Going-Private Mergers Just Got Tougher in New York

In a landmark decision on May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals held that challenges to going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder must be reviewed under the deferential business judgment rule rather...more

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