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Affordable Care Act in Mergers and Acquisitions: New Guidance from Internal Revenue Service

In Notice 2014-49, the Internal Revenue Service (“Service”) issued guidance on how to avoid potential penalties under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in connection with mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”). The notice provides a...more

Black Horse Capital, LP v. Xstelos Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 8642-VCP (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that it could not enforce the plaintiffs’ alleged oral agreement where the related written agreements make no reference to any prior...more

Texas Court Refuses to Apply Texas Choice of Law in Non-Compete Fight Involving Texas Bank

A recurrent theme in non-compete litigation is the overriding importance of choice-of-law. The latest example comes to us from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and pits a Texas choice-of-law...more

In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. S'holder Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 8922-VCG (Del. Ch. Sept. 10, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion on a motion to dismiss, the Court of Chancery held that, in a controller transaction governed by entire fairness review, a plaintiff need not specifically plead non-exculpated breaches of duty as to...more

Public M&A: End Of The False Dawn

With an increase in sizeable, highly strategic public M&A transactions in key markets, we assess the regulatory and market challenges now confronting bidders, from activist shareholders to bid defence mechanisms and tighter...more

New LLC Act May Curtail Authority Of Managers Of Pre-Existing LLCs

California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA) took effect on the first of this year. The RULLCA repealed California’s first LLC law – the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act. The forced...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Proposals to - Improve EU Merger Control - ESMA Publishes Final Guidelines on Enforcement of Financial...more

European M+A News, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Shareholder Activism in Germany - Reinforced Ukraine-Related Sanctions on Russia - Current Developments Foreign Direct Investment into EU Increasing - Rising Confidence – European...more

U.S. Treasury Tries to Clamp Down on Tax Inversions

Lately, the media has focused on tax inversions, most recently when Burger King announced that it will purchase Tim Hortons, a Canadian company, but what are they?...more

New Treasury Regulations Target Corporate Inversions

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced a number of new regulations intended to make it more difficult to qualify for tax advantages associated with inversion transactions and reduce certain...more

Stop the Presses!

A recent client alert warned of impending changes in the California non-profit hospital world because of a new bill giving the Attorney General’s office greater powers than ever before to approve, deny, or modify mergers...more

Delaware Court Approves Out-Of-State Forum Selection Bylaw Adopted At Time Of Merger

In City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares Inc. et al., C.A. No. 9795-CB (Del. Ch. Sept. 8, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Bouchard, C.) held that a minority shareholder's claims against a Delaware...more

FTC Continues Aggressive Scrutiny of Hospital Mergers

A recent New York Times article highlighted new developments regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) continued focus on hospital mergers. Although the FTC’s enforcement has been well-documented over the past few...more

In re Nine Systems Corp. S'holders Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 3940-VCN (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this 146-page post-trial opinion addressing claims challenging a 2002 recapitalization of Nine Systems Corporation (“Nine Systems”), the Court of Chancery held that a conflicted transaction resulting in a fair price...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19151, SC19158 - Weiss v. Smulders - Plaintiff sued the defendant claiming it violated an oral agreement to form a new company by merging their existing companies as a joint venture to sell food products. After a...more

Insurer Sues Department of Insurance Over Multi-Million Dollar Penalty

In suing the California Insurance Commissioner on July 10, 2014, PacifiCare Life Insurance Company sought a writ of mandamus ordering the Commissioner to set aside his Decision and Order imposing a record $173 million penalty...more

Treasury Takes Action Against Corporate Inversions

Earlier this week, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced that they would issue regulations that substantially limit the U.S. tax benefits of corporate inversions (and certain post-inversion transactions)....more

Delaware Court Denies Dismissal for Disinterested Directors When Entire Fairness Applies

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently addressed the pleading standard for claims against disinterested directors arising out of transactions involving a controlling stockholder, where the transaction has been alleged to be...more

New Treasury rulemaking aims to curb advantages of inversion - will this affect your deal?

Yesterday, following a summer during which a number of major American companies announced plans to invert (i.e., shift their tax domiciles overseas following cross-border mergers), the US Treasury Department issued a notice...more

Disclosing Merger Negotiations: The Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Corporate merger negotiations are typically conducted under a veil of secrecy, with public disclosure withheld until the end when a definitive agreement has been signed. The fear is that premature disclosure of preliminary...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Reaffirms Enforceability of Forum Selection Bylaws

In City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (Del. Ch. September 8, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld a forum selection bylaw that designated North Carolina as the exclusive forum for certain...more

City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc., C.A. No. 9795-CB (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this consolidated opinion concerning the validity of a forum selection bylaw, the Court of Chancery affirmatively answered, among other things, an issue of first impression: “whether the board of a Delaware corporation may...more

The Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act Action may be required by Florida LLCs by December 31, 2014

In 2013, the Florida Legislature adopted the Revised Florida Limited Liability Act. The Revised LLC Act restates the Florida laws governing LLCs in an entirely new Chapter 605, which succeeds the prior LLC Act found in...more

Delaware Court Enforces Exclusive Forum Provision Adopted Concurrently with Announcement of Merger Agreement

Public companies are increasingly enacting “exclusive forum” bylaws — designating a single forum for intra-corporate disputes — as a way to limit the risk and burden of multi-jurisdictional stockholder litigation. This trend...more

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