Merger Agreements

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FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 158-Jeff Lurie on pre-acquisition M&A protocols [Video]

In this episode I visit with management consultant Jeff Lurie about his thought for your pre-acquisition protocol when evaluating a company for a merger or acquisition...more

Court Of Chancery Again Accepts Merger Price In An Appraisal

This decision is another in a line of recent appraisal cases where the Court of Chancery has relied on the merger price to set the “fair value” of the stock involved. ...more

Acquiring a US Public Company: An Overview for the Non-US Acquirer

In This Issue: - Introduction - The US M&A Market - Friendly or Hostile? Deciding on the Approach to a Target - The Basics: Transaction Structures A. One-Step: Statutory Merger B....more

Obligations Under Earn-Outs Are Limited to What the Words Say

The stockholders of Cyveillance, Inc., sold their company for $40 million up-front and a $40 million earn-out if the company’s revenues reached a certain level. Section 5.4 of the merger agreement prohibited the buyer from...more

Ellis v. OTLP GP, LLC, C.A. No. 10495-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery denied plaintiffs’ motion to expedite certain contractual claims arising from the sale of a limited partnership after finding that the claims were not colorable. Plaintiffs were...more

Halpin v. Riverstone National, Inc., C.A. No. 9796-VCG (Del. Ch. Feb. 26, 2015) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery granted a motion for summary judgment for minority stockholders asserting appraisal rights in a squeeze-out merger. The Court assumed, without deciding, that a common stockholder may...more

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

Re-examining the M&A Playbook for Non-consenting Stockholders in Light of Cigna Health

In a case that is likely to impact M&A structuring for certain transactions, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that (1) stockholder release obligations found only in a letter of transmittal and not in the related merger...more

Exercising Drag-Along Rights After Merger Did Not Waive Appraisal Rights

In Halpin et al v. Riverstone National, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery found that invoking drag-along rights against minority stockholders after a merger did not waive appraisal rights under the facts of the case...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Late Notice Inexcusable under Claims-Made Policies

Facts - In Craft v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2015 CO 11 (Colo. Feb. 17, 2015), Craft was the principal shareholder and president of two entities to which Philadelphia issued claims-made directors and officers...more

Considerations with Regard to “Material Adverse Effect” Clauses

In the mergers and acquisitions context, there is a risk that the occurrence of some event between signing and close may cause the value of the target to diminish significantly, making the deal no longer attractive to the...more

McWane, Inc. v. Lanier, C.A. No. 9488-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss or stay for lack of personal jurisdiction. The Court held that a mandatory forum selection clause in a merger agreement controlled over a...more

“And they’re closing all the factories down”* — Going Dark During a Merger Review

Demand in your industry has been declining for years, the decline is projected to continue for the foreseeable future, and you are one of the few cost-effective manufacturers around. You just inked a deal to buy a competing...more

Court Of Chancery Adopts Merger Price In Appraisal Proceedings As Fair Value

After a complete analysis of the usual issues in an appraisal case involving a DCF valuation, the Court here concluded that the result was close enough to the actual price paid in the merger to warrant adoption of the merger...more

New York Court Dispenses with the Litigation Requirement for the Application of the Common-Interest Privilege: Why Transactional...

In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department, broke with other New York courts and joined Delaware and federal courts in applying the common-interest privilege to...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

Dentons Dacheng Deal Done: Will BigLaw Follow Suit?  [Video]

Jan. 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at The Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently announced merger between Dentons and Dacheng, a 4,000 lawyer firm based in China. With 6,600...more

"The Newfound Attractiveness of European M&A"

In 2014, Europe registered its highest levels of M&A deal activity since the financial crisis. Compared to 2013, overall European M&A activity climbed 40.5 percent to $901.4 billion (the highest value since 2008). Inbound...more

FERC Proposes Tighter “Hold-Harmless” Commitment Standards for Utility Mergers

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is proposing to revise its standards for determining whether proposed utility mergers and other asset transfer transactions subject to its jurisdiction under Section 203 of the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Concludes Indemnification and Other Provisions of a Merger Agreement Are Not Enforceable Against...

In November, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision that raises troubling questions about commonly used techniques in private company acquisitions and that, if not modified on appeal or through legislation, could...more

The Delaware Chancery Court Awards Lump-Sum Expectation Damages, Including Interest and Attorneys Fees, in the Amount of...

This Legal Insight updates our Legal Insight dated June 25, 2013, regarding the Delaware Chancery Court case captioned PharmAthene, Inc. v. SIGA Technologies, Inc., Civ. Action No. 2627-VCP, in which K&L Gates LLP serves as...more

New York Courts Reject Disclosure-Based Settlements of Merger Lawsuits

In two recent rulings, the New York Supreme Court rejected settlements arising from lawsuits in which plaintiff stockholders challenged the defendant public companies’ merger-related disclosures. The court in each case...more

Chancery Explains New Delaware Statute of Limitations

In Bear Stearns Mortgage Funding Trust 2006-SL1 v. EMC Mortgage LLC et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery explained the operation of Section 8106(c) of the Delaware statutes for the first time. The results are surprising to...more

Del. Justices Reverse Injunction Halting Sale of Control Transaction

When a Delaware corporation engages in a sale of control transaction, its board's obligation is to obtain the highest value reasonably attainable. This obligation, often referred to as Revlon duties, may be fulfilled as long...more

Private Company M&A: Post-Closing Purchase Price Adjustment Provisions: New Decision Holds Some Common Mechanics Unenforceable

In private company acquisitions, it is common for the buyer to require that a portion of the merger consideration be set aside in escrow as an accessible source of funds to cover the buyer’s post-closing indemnification...more

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