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Delaware Chancery Court Finds No Fiduciary Duty Breach, Notwithstanding Entire Fairness Review, And Determines Appraisal Value To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 21, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery (i) entered judgment in favor of defendants Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”) and Softbank Corp. (“Softbank”) on claims of breaches of...more

“No Shop” Clause Radioactive for Merger’s “Failing Firm” Defense

by Mintz Levin on

Last week a Delaware federal district court unsealed its earlier opinion blocking the merger of two radioactive waste disposal companies. The court rejected the parties’ failing firm defense, citing the merger agreement’s “no...more

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

by DLA Piper on

On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how...more

Merger and Purchase Agreements Governed by Maryland Law: "Sandbagging"

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Merger and purchase agreements involving Maryland corporations and REITs may be governed by Maryland law. For lawyers accustomed to agreements governed by Delaware or New York law, we are frequently asked to describe key...more

China to amend the merger control regime

by Dentons on

We thought you would be interested in learning about some recent developments in China's merger control rules. China launched its merger control regime in 2008 and based it on the European Union model. Those merger control...more

Anthem Terminates Merger Deal with Cigna; Litigation Continues in Delaware Chancery Court

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On May 12, Anthem announced that it was terminating all efforts to complete its proposed merger with Cigna. The deal, announced back in 2015 and valued at $54 billion, would have combined the country's second and fifth...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

Improving the Odds in Law Firm Merger

by Hayse LLC on

Law firm mergers remain popular as law firms everywhere seek an edge. Despite the high interest in merger as a difference maker, law firms considering merger need to be careful-merger can be fraught with risk. Indeed, it is...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Explores the Definition of “Commercially Reasonable Efforts"

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Williams Companies, Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., No. 330, 2016 (Del. Mar. 23, 2017) – The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the judgment entered by the Court of Chancery in favor of the defendant concerning the...more

In Brief: Court Rules Against Lyondell Litigation Trustee on LBO Fraudulent Conveyance Claims

by Jones Day on

In Weisfelner v. Blavatnik (In re Lyondell Chemical Company), 2017 BL 131876 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2017), the bankruptcy court presiding over the chapter 11 case of Lyondell Chemical Company ("Lyondell") handed down a...more

Dow/DuPont: MOFCOM Grants First Conditional Clearance of 2017

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 2 May 2017, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced its conditional clearance of the proposed US$130 billion all-stock merger of equals between the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company...more

California Judge Troubled By Trulia Refuses To Approve Settlement

by Allen Matkins on

Kevin LaCroix recently tackled the question Is Deal Litigation in Delaware Done? According to Kevin, “deal litigation has been shifting from Delaware Chancery Court to courts in other states and to federal courts”. He...more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 15, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached their duty of...more

Warranty and Indemnity Insurance: Practical Pointers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Warranty and Indemnity (W&I) insurance, which seeks to bridge the gap between a buyer’s wish for deal protection and a seller’s desire for a clean exit, has become a common product in European M&A transactions. In our view,...more

Energy Transfer, Williams, and the Circular Ownership of Stock

It is unheard of for a deal to die at the closing table because lawyers cannot deliver a required opinion regarding a transaction that they structured and negotiated. Yet, this is exactly what happened last year when two...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Decision Enjoining Anthem-Cigna Merger; Will the Supreme Court Weigh In?

UPDATE: On May 11, 2017, the Delaware Chancery court denied Anthem’s motion for preliminary injunction to prevent Cigna from withdrawing from the proposed merger, citing Anthem’s slim chance of success and the adequacy of...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims By Minority Stockholder Of Subsidiary In Relation To Acquisition...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 2, 2017, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a purportedly derivative and putative class action brought by a minority stockholder of software company VMware, Inc. (“VMware”), a subsidiary...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: Pricing Mechanisms

by DLA Piper on

In any M&A transaction, one of the fundamental matters to be agreed by the parties (usually at an early stage) is what approach will be used to calculate the purchase price, including whether or not there will be any...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Former Stockholders Lack Post-Merger Standing To Bring Mismanagement Claims

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 4, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed for lack of post-merger standing an action by former stockholders of Massey Energy Company (“Massey”) against its former officers and...more

Funds Talk: May 2017 - The ‘Commercially Reasonable Efforts’ Standard as Defined by the Delaware Supreme Court

In its recent decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court offered guidance on the interpretation of the “commercially reasonable efforts” standard in a merger...more

Practical Guidance on Merger Conditions from Williams v. Energy Transfer Equity

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court’s recent 4-1 decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., which affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision to allow a public company merger to be terminated...more

EU Retail News - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Considering a Retail Merger? The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. ...more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - The ‘Commercially Reasonable Efforts’ Standard as Defined by the Delaware Supreme Court

In its recent decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court offered guidance on the interpretation of the “commercially reasonable efforts” standard in a merger...more

Notable Delaware Decisions: First Quarter 2017

by BakerHostetler on

The Delaware Chancery Court and Delaware Supreme Court were busy during the first quarter of 2017, handing down decisions touching on: Required disclosure in a variety of settings – for standard-of-review “cleansing”...more

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