Merger Agreements

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Competition News September 2016

By a controversial decision, the Constitutional Council ruled that so-called “simple” investigations comply with the constitution - The investigation services of the French Competition Authority made several requests for...more

DOJ and States Challenge Health Insurer Mergers

Following more than a year of regulatory review, in late July 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and a number of states filed actions seeking to derail both the Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers. In...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Quarter 2016

NEWS FROM THE COURTS - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in Dell Appraisal Litigation - On May 31, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its post-trial...more

Blog: Court Gives Energy Transfer the Right to Walk Based on its Counsel’s Inability to Deliver the Required Tax Opinion

In a rare decision involving unusual facts, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a buyer (Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.) had the right to terminate a signed merger agreement with its target (The Williams Companies, Inc.)...more

What’s Happening in Delaware M&A – Summer 2016

This update provides a summary of recent Delaware caselaw and statutory developments concerning mergers and acquisitions, including new cases regarding appraisal rights, fraud claims and fiduciary duty and deal process...more

Delaware Law Updates – Court of Chancery Puts Boards of Directors on Notice that Contracting Away Derivative Claims in a Merger...

Vice Chancellor Glasscock has held that a merger designed to eliminate derivative claims against a majority of directors justified the application of the entire fairness standard of review in a direct challenge to the merger....more

DOJ Sues to Enjoin Two Large Health Insurer Mergers

In July 2015, health insurer mergers were announced between Anthem and Cigna and between Aetna and Humana. The effect of these mergers would elevate Anthem/Cigna to the #1 rank in size among national health insurers. ...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. (f.k.a. Caris Life Sciences, Inc.) v. Kurt Fox, No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016) (Holland, J)

In this split decision, a 4-1 majority of the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s post-trial ruling that Caris Life Sciences’ (“Caris” or the “Company”) board of directors (the “Board”) breached a stock...more

Return of the MAC – Material Adverse Change Clauses Making a Comeback in Oil and Gas Deals

For many years, US and UK M&A practices have differed in their use of material adverse change clauses (MACs) in sale and purchase documents. Common, even ubiquitous in the US, these clauses, which permit a buyer to refuse to...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds that Director Defendants Can Not “Merge Their Way Out of” Breach of Fiduciary Claims

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court allowed claims of unfair dealing against the Board of property management company Riverstone National Inc. to survive where the directors facilitated a merger that forestalled a...more

Merging Wisely: Best Practices for Structuring Successful Non-Profit Mergers

A merger in the non-profit world is no less complicated than the merger of a for-profit corporation. But the metrics of success are different. Values-based organizations structured around achieving a mission—as opposed to...more

2016/07/13 DAMITT Q2 2016 Update

Fast Facts - - Significant merger investigations during the first half of 2016 lasted 9.5 months on average—on par with CY2015, but more than 30 percent longer than from 2011 to 2013. - In the first half of 2016,...more

Tenders Have the Same Cleansing Effect as Stockholder Votes in Two-Step, Section 251(h) Deals

In In re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litig., C.A. No. 10485-VCMR (Del. Ch. June 30, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that when a fully informed, uncoerced, disinterested majority in voting power of a target’s...more

ValueAct Settles for Record HSR Fine

Activist investor ValueAct Capital agreed to pay an $11 million fine and also agreed to injunctive relief to settle the DOJ’s allegations that it violated the HSR Act in connection with its acquisition of over $2.5 billion of...more

The Impact of Brexit on Global M&A: Perspectives from the UK, US and Europe

The British public voted to leave the European Union on Thursday 23 June. What happens next is far from certain. The implications for global M&A markets are, accordingly, equally far from certain. The volume of M&A...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

A putative class action filed last week is accusing 25 prominent banks—including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays—of “conspiring to rig the market for securities” sold by the US Treasury in their roles as primary...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Difficult Valuation Techniques

This decision deals with the always difficult world of what beta to use in a DCF valuation....more

2016 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill No. 371, which makes a number of noteworthy changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”). The most significant 2016 amendments to the...more

Chancery Declines to Require Buyer to Complete Merger Transaction

Parties who at the signing of a merger agreement are eager to close may have a change of heart if intervening adverse market conditions reduce or eliminate the economic benefits. Those changing market conditions often do...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.6.16

How often are we going to be hearing about Brexit aftershocks? I’d expect you better get used to it. Today’s edition: two other real estate funds (these run by Aviva ad M&G) have joined Standard Life in freezing withdrawals...more

The Ever-Increasing Importance of the Shareholder Vote: Delaware Chancery Court Extends Corwin to Two-Step Mergers under DGCL §...

On June 30, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court extended the Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), to two-step mergers under DGCL § 251(h). The Chancery Court concluded that...more

Successful Two-Step Tender Offer has the Same Revlon Cleansing Effect as a Stockholder Vote

The plaintiffs in In Re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litigation were former public stockholders of a company that was acquired for $18 per share in an all-cash merger. Just five months prior, the target company had declined an...more

Lessons from LinkedIn: Privacy and Data Security Representations in the M&A Context

Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of LinkedIn earlier this month—a deal where concerns for privacy and data security loomed large—provides a glimpse into the growing trend of including separate privacy and data security...more

Energy Transfer May Terminate Merger Agreement Based on Lack of Tax Opinion

In a litigation involving one of the biggest M&A deals in 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that it will not compel Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. to complete its proposed acquisition of The Williams Companies, Inc. It...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.30.16

US banks made a strong showing in part 2 of the latest round of the Fed’s stress tests. Only Morgan Stanley didn’t pass unconditionally (concerns over the company’s “internal controls and processes” tripped it up), while the...more

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