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Brexit: What Now?

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The vote is not legally binding but Prime Minister David Cameron has already acknowledged that the will of the people must be followed. We consider the key preliminary...more

Brexit – No Short Term Regulatory Change but Significant Longer Term Implications

The United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union (EU). Although the vote will have long term implications, in the short term there will be no change to the current legal and regulatory status quo; the UK will...more

SBA Rule Changes Benefit Contractors, But Pitfalls Remain

After much anticipation, the Small Business Administration has issued a final rule implementing numerous small business contracting reforms from the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act aimed at relaxing burdensome...more

New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

Expanding Reach of Indonesian Antitrust Law

In June 2016, an Indonesian parliamentary working committee proposed amendments to Indonesia’s principal competition law, Law No. 5 of 1999 concerning Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices and Unfair Business Competition (the...more

Employment Law Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

Last week, Microsoft announced its purchase of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. This acquisition is interesting for a number of reasons, and is very likely to affect the future of professional social networking. It also got us...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New CDIs Providing Guidance On Rule 701 Primarily In The Merger Context

Corp Fin has just issued some new CDIs providing guidance on Rule 701, with all but one of the CDIs addressing the application of Rule 701 in the context of merger transactions. The new CDIs are summarized below...more

‘Sorry, But You Have Nothing in Common’: The New York Court of Appeals’ Recent Rejection of the ‘Common Interest Doctrine’...

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party...more

What’s in a VC Term Sheet?

You’ve just received your first venture capital term sheet. Congratulations—you’ve earned it. Now what does it all mean? “Pre-money valuation,” “liquidation preference,” “pro-rata participation rights”? A seasoned venture...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Defers to the Court of Chancery’s Fact-Finding and Witness Credibility...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Supreme Court—CDX Holdings, Inc. v. Fox, C.A. No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016)—Justice Holland, writing for the majority, affirmed a Court of Chancery post-trial decision that found...more

New York Court of Appeals Rejects More General Application of Common-Interest Privilege in M&A Settings

New York’s highest court has rejected an attempt to expand the state’s common-interest doctrine, and reinstated the New York rule that the doctrine only applies in the context of actual or threatened litigation. Citing the...more

Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Will Affect Appraisal Actions and “Intermediate-Form” Mergers

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill 371, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) with respect to, among other things, appraisal proceedings and “intermediate-form”...more

STR Adopts New Competitive Set Guidelines – Impact on Owners

The importance of the competitive set - Many hotel management agreements contain performance test standards allowing an owner to terminate a management agreement if the hotel fails to meet specified guidelines, and most...more

"Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Signed Into Law"

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) described in our March 16, 2016, client alert. Among the amendments are changes to Section 262 to impose...more

Blog: CDX Holdings Decision Spotlights the Treatment of Stock Options in a Merger

The treatment of outstanding stock options and other equity compensation awards is often a key element of a sale transaction. Because stock options can represent considerable value, how they are treated can have a...more

Legal Vendor Due Diligence: Staging a Successful Sale

As anyone who has sold a house knows, the housing market can be an incredibly competitive one. Home sellers take such steps to maximize the value of their properties as home staging, hosting open houses and providing...more

New York’s Highest Court Refuses to Expand the Common Interest Doctrine to Merging Parties

On June 9, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued a stark reminder to transactional lawyers: no matter how much “common interest” two parties may have with respect to a transaction, the common interest doctrine may not...more

When Not to Rely: Non-Reliance Disclaimers after FdG

Action Item: To be effective in protecting a seller, acquisition agreements must contain a clear statement as to the disclaimer of reliance on extra-contractual representations and warranties and such disclaimer must come...more

Dell Decision Grants Claimants Fair Value Award Above Merger Price

Delaware law has long made clear that the price established for a company in a market transaction, while a relevant factor, does not necessarily equate to the fair value that shareholder claimants are entitled to receive in...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Adviser for Unregistered Brokerage Activity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1, 2016 announced a settled enforcement action against a private equity fund manager (Adviser) for acting as a broker-dealer without registering. The case is...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects MBO Merger Price as Best Evidence of Fair Value in Appraisal Proceeding

In In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., No. 9322 VCL, 2016 Del. Ch. LEXIS 81 (Del. Ch. May 31, 2016) (Laster, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that the fair value of the common stock of Dell Inc. (“Dell” or the...more

A Guide to Doing Business in Italy

Italy is renowned for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion, and culture; its beautiful coastline and beaches; its mountains; and priceless ancient monuments. In fact, Italy is a top tourist destination and has more World...more

"IRS Expands REIT Spin-Off Restrictions, Extends REIT Built-in Gains Period to 10 Years"

On June 7, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued new temporary regulations that have dramatic implications for all merger-and-acquisition activity by C corporations and real estate investment...more

SBA Amended Regulations Enhance Opportunities for Small Businesses

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has finalized multiple changes to its small business contracting rules, which should increase opportunities for small business prime contractors to partner with other businesses...more

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