Fairness Hearings

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Are Fairness Opinions Admissible on a Plan of Arrangement Hearing?

Differing viewpoints have recently arisen in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) as to whether fairness opinions are admissible during court approval of plans of arrangement. In Champion Iron Mines Limited...more

A Second Opinion on Fairness Opinions in Commercial Arrangements - Champion Iron Called Into Question by Bear Lake and Royal...

Decisions on corporate plans of arrangement tend to be of two varieties. Most are fairly straightforward decisions, where the applicant proves that it complied with the interim order already issued by the court, shows that a...more

Courts Uphold Use of Fairness Opinions at Hearings to Approve Plans of Arrangement

On April 7, 2014, Osler commented on the decision of Justice David Brown of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) in Re Champion Iron Mines Limited. In that case, the Court held that a fairness opinion from...more

Ontario Court Comments on Common Forms of Fairness Opinions in Arrangement Transactions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) recently made some noteworthy observations about the evidentiary utility of fairness opinions in the context of arrangements. The decision may have implications for the...more

Top 5 Delaware Case Developments in 2013 for M&A Practitioners

During 2013, in addition to the important changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) and the Limited Liability Company Act, described here, the Delaware courts issued a number of decisions that have a direct...more

Delaware Reigns in Shareholder Attacks on Weak Fairness Opinions

Financial advisors should remain keenly aware that, in recent years, plaintiffs and courts have been more carefully scrutinizing fairness opinions rendered in the context of public M&A transactions. Post-Great Recession, the...more

OECD Sets Out Ambitious Global Plan to Tackle Tax Fairness Issues

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued an “Action Plan” to tackle “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” (“BEPS”) on 19 July 2013. The concept of BEPS covers a range of international tax...more

Facebook Fairness Hearing Back In The News

Last August, the Department of Corporations approved the acquisition of Instagram, Inc. by Facebook, Inc. following a fairness hearing. See DOC Calls It Fair. According to this Los Angeles Times story by Salvador Rodriguez,...more

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