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Chancery Dismisses Complaint for Failure to Allege Noncompliance

A principal difference between alternative entities and corporations under Delaware law is the ability in the former to modify or eliminate fiduciary duties. A Delaware court is required by statute to give effect to the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Scope Of Fiduciary Duty Waiver

In Re Kinder Morgan Inc. Corporate Reorganization Litigation, C.A. 10093-VCL (August 20, 2015) - This is a great explanation of the scope of the waiver of a general partner or other fiduciary’s duties under the terms...more

2015 Amendments to Delaware Alternative Entity Acts

New amendments affect Delaware general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. On July 24, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law several amendments to...more

Converting a Profits (or Carried) Interest Into a Capital Interest Tax-Free, Even if it is a Marketable Security

In CCA 201517006 (dated 10/9/14 and released 4/24/15), the general partner of a publicly traded partnership (PTP) had, in addition to its capital interest, a profits interest in the PTP called “incentive distribution rights”...more

CLIENT ALERT: 2015 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (8 Del. C. § 101 et seq.) (the "DGCL"), including notable amendments involving fee shifting...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: The Broader Lesson of the El Paso Pipeline Decision

Alternative entities, such as limited partnerships and limited liability companies, have an advantage over corporations because of the greater flexibility to define the terms of the arrangement by contract. ...more

It’s All About the Process: Lessons from Delaware Court on MLP’s Conflicts Committee Approval

On April 20, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in the case In Re: El Paso Pipeline Partners L.P. (C.A. No. 7141-VCL), finding El Paso Pipeline GP Company LLC, the general partner (GP) of El Paso...more

Delaware Chancery Awards Investors $171 Million

On April 20, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision awarding $171 million in damages to the common unitholders of a limited partnership against its general partner in connection with a “dropdown” transaction. ...more

Court Of Chancery Explains How To Overcome Claim Of Subjective Good Faith

Limited partnership agreements often only require that the general partner act with subjective good faith in doing a deal with a parent entity. That is because the standard seems an easy one to meet....more

Partnerships – TMP Must Be a Partner

With April 15th rapidly approaching, I thought I would address a common question that I receive this time of year. Who can be the tax matters partner of a partnership?...more

Fundraising Strategy: Open Dialogue

In crafting current fund investments, investors have negotiated with fund managers for greater transparency, more efficiency and more egalitarianism. Navigating these issues necessarily becomes the priority for any GP’s list...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Choice of Entity Considerations

Starting a business can be a daunting but rewarding challenge. One of the key decisions at the early stages of a new business is how to structure your business – i.e., what legal entity to form in order to carry on your...more

IRS Will Not Follow Partner COD Bankruptcy Exception Cases

In a new Action on Decision (AOD 2015-10), the IRS stated that it will not follow the Tax Court’s 2004 Martinez decision, which had allowed a general partner to exclude cancellation of debt (COD) income from a partnership in...more

Why Am I Taxed Now on My Future Receipts: The Woes of a Profits Interest

Companies often grant stock options to incentivize employees and so that their interests are aligned with the future success of the company, and partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) are no...more

(INFOGRAPHIC) Amalgamation of Interests - or How to Ensure You Wasted Time Setting Up Multiple Project Companies

There is a fairly customary practice in real estate development and construction intended to take advantage of the liability protections afforded by the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The practice is very...more

Business Entity Alphabet Soup – GP, LP, JV, LLC, C, S, QSSS – What do they mean?

As government contractors, the business universe is likely filled with familiar acronyms. However, one may not be as familiar with the meaning behind the alphabet letters that comprise the different business entities in the...more

Midstream MLP Merger Mania Maintains Momentum

The market’s notable uptick in MLP-to-MLP M&A activity, often preceded by an acquisition of the target MLP’s general partner, follows a trend we recently identified. At least five MLP M&A transactions have been...more

Private Equity Fees and Expenses

In This Presentation: - Agenda - Typical Fund Structure - Typical Fund Waterfall - Fund Economics- Nuances - LPA Provisions - Fund Due Diligence - Legal Landscape - PEI...more

Who Runs my Joint Venture?

One of the primary purposes of a written partnership (or limited liability company (LLC) operating) agreement is to establish rights and obligations for management. In a general partnership or joint venture, any partner or...more

Four Trends in Master Limited Partnership M&A in 2014

MLP merger and acquisition activity can take a number of different forms to unlock value for sponsors and unitholders. Background - In the first half of 2014, master limited partnership (MLP) mergers and...more

IRS: Investment Fund Managers are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

The Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") recently issued internal guidance in the form of a Chief Counsel Advice (the "CCA") indicating that the IRS has taken the position that the "limited...more

In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7141-VCL (Del. Ch. Jun. 12, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion resolving cross-motions for summary judgment, the Court of Chancery dismissed in part claims challenging a drop-down sale governed by a limited partnership agreement that supplanted fiduciary duties...more

Why Private Equity Funds Face Employment Risks

Suddenly, the advance sheets show a wave of litigation targeting private equity funds. See, e.g., Guippone v. BH S&B Holdings LLC, 737 F3d. 221 (2d Cir. 2013) (private equity funds potentially liable for WARN Act liability);...more

Choice of Entity Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas

In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited...more

Federal Court Calls General Partnership Interest A Security

Are general partnership agreements for oil and gas exploration considered “securities” governed by federal securities regulations? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit thinks they could be. In SEC v. Jeffory...more

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