Earn-Outs

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Fortis Advisors LLC v. Dialog Semiconductor PLC, C.A. No. 9522-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss certain claims relating to a dispute over earn-out payments owed to the former equity holders of iWatt, Inc. (“iWatt”) following the sale of iWatt...more

Weiner v. Milliken Design, Inc., C.A. No. 9671-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff-counterclaim defendant’s motion for summary judgment seeking to compel arbitration of a post-closing price adjustment to a stock purchase agreement and...more

Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Bulletin: - Intellectual Property: Guidance to the Upstart Tech Company for Protecting IP Rights - Mergers & Acquisitions: Five Legal Issues Entrepreneurs Should Consider Before Agreeing To an Earn-Out...more

Delaware Court Examines Implied Covenant of Good Faith Related to Earn-Out

In Fortis Advisors LLC, as the equity representative v. Dialog Semiconductor PLC, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined the implied covenant of good faith in the context of an earn-out provision included in a merger...more

Another Look at U.S. Federal Income Tax Treatment of Contingent Earnout Payments

The sale of a company in an M&A transaction often involves consideration to the selling shareholders that is deferred and contingent on subsequent events in the life of the company, such as the post-acquisition performance of...more

Delaware Court Allows Claims For Breach Of Implied Good Faith Covenant In Earn-Out Case

A recent Delaware Chancery Court opinion in American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC, et. al. v. LPL Holdings, Inc., et.al. held that a seller’s claim that its buyer diverted opportunities from the acquired business to a...more

Delaware Cases: Good Faith, Non-Reliance and Fiduciary Duties

Last week, in American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC v. LPL Holdings, Inc. (February 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery, in connection with a disputed earnout provision, allowed a claim for breach of the implied...more

ABA’s 2013 Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study: Financial Deal Points

Recently, the 2013 Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study was finalized by the M&A Market Trends Subcommittee of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association. This bi-annual study,...more

Delaware Supreme Court applies ‘reasonable conceivability’ standard and addresses earn-out and indemnification provisions

Last month, in Winshall v. Viacom International, the Delaware Supreme Court applied the “reasonable conceivability” standard to a motion to dismiss and addressed the earn-out and indemnification provisions in a merger...more

Winshall v. Viacom Int’l Inc., C.A. No. No. 39, 2013 (Del. Oct 7, 2013)

In this opinion, the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware affirmed the Court of Chancery’s judgment granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, rejecting a claim...more

Earn-Out Arrangements – Interview with David Lagasse, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney David Lagasse, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, talks about the use of an earn-out arrangement as a way to resolve disagreements between buyers and sellers regarding the value of a...more

Recent Compensation Trends In Mergers And Acquisitions And Section 409a

This article discusses the traps for the unwary created by Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) with respect to current trends in change-in-control compensation for public company executives and the...more

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