Merger Agreements

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Watch Your LOIs and MOUs and “Agreements to Agree”

If you are working with a third party on a term sheet, letter of intent or memorandum of understanding (an “LOI”) on what you view as a non-binding basis, make sure to say so explicitly in the LOI. Businesses use LOIs...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Articulates Test for Direct Shareholder Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

On January 25, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, even where all...more

IREG Update - FHFA cuts off FHLB access to captives

FHFA cuts off FHLB access to captives - After considering input received in more than 1,300 comment letters submitted in response to a proposed rule issued in 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued its...more

Delaware Supreme Court Offers Insight on Enforceability of Preliminary Agreements and the Entitlement to Damages

In SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., No. 20, 2015 (Del. Dec. 23, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Chancery opinion awarding expectation damages for a parties breach of an agreement to...more

Break Fees in Private M&A

The speed of economic change in the energy sector has created legitimate concerns about volatility in the marketplace. This has caused both vendors and purchasers to be more cautious in deal making. One way to help the...more

Smart Selling And Buying: 5 Main M&A Pitfalls to Avoid

Marcellus Shale drilling was taking off, and the owner of an oil and gas service company fielded a buyout offer from a Wall Street private equity firm. Golden opportunity, right?...more

Preservation of Option to Pursue Claim Not Threatened Action

Buyers and sellers and their counsel allocate risk in stock purchase or merger agreements. A buyer, for example, may not be willing to close if there is threatened regulatory action affecting an asset or liability it is...more

Breaking News: FTC Rejects Staples’ Proposed Divestiture in Office Depot Merger

As we previously reported, the FTC recently filed suit to challenge Staples’ $6.3 billion bid for Office Depot. In response to the FTC’s challenge, Staples offered to divest up to $1.25 billion in commercial contracts to...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Third Quarter 2015

Delaware Court Awards $148 Million in Damages, as Fiduciaries’ Bad Faith Conduct Prevented Stockholders from Obtaining a “Fairer Price” in Take-Private Transaction In a recent post-trial opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster of the...more

Court Decides Successor In Merger May Enforce Arbitration Clause

Can a party to written agreement that does not include an arbitration clause enforce an arbitration provision in another agreement to which it is not a party? Boiled down to the essentials, this is the question decided...more

How Many Signatures Are Required For An Agreement of Merger?

Corporations Code Section 313 generally provides that a contract, note or other instrument will not be invalidated as to a corporation by any lack of authority if it is signed by the corporation’s chairman of the board, the...more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

Endologix, Inc. To Merge With TriVascular Technologies, Inc.

According to a recent press release, Endologix, Inc. and TriVascular Technologies, Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement. The merger, in which TriVascular will survive as a wholly-owned subsidiary of...more

FTC Challenges Hospital Merger Despite Conduct Remedy Accepted by State AG

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the merger of two West Virginia hospitals that had earlier been cleared by the state’s Attorney General (“W.V. AG”)...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

On 11 September, TeliaSonera and Telenor have abandoned the proposed merger of their business units in Denmark. The contemplated transaction would have resulted in the establishment of a joint venture active in the provision...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Catch-all Disclaimers No Substitute for Untrained Salespeople

How strong are "non-reliance disclaimers" or "integration" or "merger" provisions in franchise agreements at protecting a franchisor when it really matters? Only so much, a New York court recently decided....more

M&A Update: Chancery Court Finds Merger Price to be Most Persuasive Factor in Appraisal Action

In a recent decision in an appraisal action, the Delaware Chancery Court reaffirmed the Court’s reluctance to substitute its own calculation of the “fair value” of a target company’s stock for the purchase price derived...more

The Growing Power of Fair Price and Process in Delaware Appraisal Actions

On October 21, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in an appraisal action in which it yet again found that the merger price was the most reliable indicator of fair value. Vice Chancellor...more

What You Need to Know About Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 2) - The First Conduct Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...more

Rejected! Common Mistakes on Corporate Merger Filings

Our last blog post was about mistakes that are made on common types of corporate filings, resulting in having them kicked back by the Secretary of State. We continue that theme with mistakes that are made on corporate merger...more

What's Market? Update: Litigation

In In re Appraisal of Ancestry.com, Inc., C.A. No. 8173-VCG (Del. Ch. 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held in connection with an appraisal proceeding brought by a dissenting shareholder that the best indication of the...more

Obtaining Diminution in Value Damages for Seller Misrepresentations in M&A Agreements: New Ruling in the Southern District of New...

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an Opinion and Order (the Opinion) in favor of our client, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SB&D), in its litigation arising from SB&D’s...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

SABMiller Accepts $104 billion Offer from AB InBev

SABMiller has accepted a takeover proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, in a deal that would include cash and stock worth 68 billion pounds ($104.4 billion). The new conglomerate would brew more than...more

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