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Litigation Issues Arising from M&A Transactions - Don't Cut Corners: How Legal Shortcuts May Come Back to Haunt You Later

by Bryan Cave on

On September 20, San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton hosted a webinar on the litigation issues arising from M&A transactions and how legal shortcuts could come back to haunt...more

Amendments to Connecticut Business Corporation Act Effective October 1, 2017

by Murtha Cullina on

Public Act No. 17-108, titled An Act Concerning Limited Liability Companies and Business Corporations (the "Act"), has amended the Connecticut Business Corporation Act ("CBCA"). Effective October 1, 2017, the Act amends the...more

Delaware Law Updates – Anti-Reliance Provision In Merger Agreement Justifies Non-Payment Of Working Capital Deficiency

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Sparton Corp. v. O’Neil, et al., C.A. No. 12403-VCR (Del. Ch. Aug. 9, 2017) – In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed a situation in which a purchaser of a company discovered that the actual amount of...more

Finding the Right Law Firm Merger Candidate - Five Fundamentals

by Hayse LLC on

Law firm mergers are a regular occurrence in today’s American legal landscape. Large or small, they happen because law firms and their leaders see merger has meeting a perceived need. Whether seeking greater market share,...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: American Deal Terms

by DLA Piper on

With regulatory constraints currently making it challenging to get capital out of China, the Pound Sterling continuing to suffer Brexit-related weakness and the NZ$ having softened against the Greenback, we expect North...more

Considering Law Firm Merger? Four Disciplined Steps to Getting It Right

by Hayse LLC on

In the case of many law firms competing in today’s legal environment, growth is important. Some growth is done quietly while other expansion is discussed widely. Growth in the form of law firm merger gets everyone’s...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Fiduciary Duty Claims, Finding The Complaint Failed To Plead Bad Faith

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 17, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a shareholder suit asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against the directors of MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MW”) in connection...more

Taxpayers Bear The Tax Consequences Of Business Decisions

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It is a basic precept of the tax law that the substance of a transaction, rather than its form, should determine its tax consequences when the form of the transaction does not coincide with its economic reality. This...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Delaware Test for Direct Versus Derivative Action

In a case arising out of the inversion transaction where Medtronic merged with Coviden, the Minnesota Supreme Court spoke on the proper test of determining when an action is derivative or direct in In re Medtronic, Inc....more

Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Factors to Consider in Appraisal Valuation Procedure in Context of DFC Global...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In DFC Global Corp. v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P.,1 the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision relating to the 2014 acquisition of DFC Global Corporation, an international...more

Another Working Capital Claim Fails in Delaware Because of Liability Limitations

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to permit the purchaser of a business to recover a working capital shortfall as a result of a purchase price...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds Garner Fiduciary Exception Does Not Justify Compelled Production Of Privileged Documents Relevant To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that stockholder plaintiffs had not satisfied their burden of showing “good cause” under the Garner fiduciary exception to the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

2017 Summer review: M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

To Merge or Not To Merge – What’s A Law Firm To Do?

by Hayse LLC on

Merger mania continues in the legal sector. According to Altman Weil’s MergerLine, there have been more than 50 law firm mergers in the US so far this year; 2017 could well be a record year for law firm combinations. The...more

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

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