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Fraud Vitiated Special-Committee Process in Dole Merger

In a self-interested transaction between a company and its controlling stockholder, the operative standard of judicial review under Delaware law is the most rigorous: entire fairness standard of review. To obtain the least...more

Business Judgment Rule Applies to Merger Approved by Informed, Disinterested Stockholders

Delaware Supreme Court’s ruling provides additional grounds for dismissal in post-closing stockholder litigation regarding mergers that are not subject to entire fairness review. Introduction - Clarifying a...more

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015) (Strine, C.J.)

In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a stockholder challenge to a merger, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the approval of the merger by a fully informed, disinterested stockholder majority...more

[Webinar] Tax Planning for Investments Into Brazil - Oct. 14th, 12:00pm ET

Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 12:00pm EST for an in-depth joint presentation by tax attorneys, Jeffrey Rubinger of Bilzin Sumberg and Fernando Martins of WFaria Advogados on the cross-border tax considerations...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Czech Republic

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? In accordance with the Czech Labour Code, it is only permissable to change the rights and duties owed under an employment relationship by...more

Responding To Challenges In The Merger Review Process, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the merger review process and the potential challenges that can come up for companies. One particularly aspect of the review process that can be a sticking point is the period after...more

Basic Tax Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") are complex, multilayered transactions with multiple moving parts and a healthy dose of negotiation. There are, however, common tax implications at play in most transactions of which...more

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Supreme Court Finds That Fully Informed Stockholder Vote Approving Merger Invoked Business Judgment Rule

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015). In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a purported class action challenging an acquisition transaction, the Delaware...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Bulgaria

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Employment relationships are automatically transferred by law in the following cases: a) Merger of undertakings; b) Distribution of the...more

Responding to Challenges in the Merger Review Process

When two companies propose a merger, there are a lot of things that need to fall into place to make the deal successful. Aside from the business, financial and logistical aspects of the merger, there are various legal issues...more

Tyranny of the Minority: North Carolina Business Court Explores Potential Fiduciary Duties of Minority Shareholders

The North Carolina Business Court recently issued an opinion considering whether a minority shareholder can ever be considered a “controlling shareholder” who owes a fiduciary duty to other shareholders. The court’s opinion...more

"Insights Conversations: Update on Shareholder Activism in the US Banking Industry"

Two years ago, the U.S. banking industry was a rare exception to the trend of increased shareholder activism that was prevalent across industries. At the time, Skadden partners Brian Christiansen, David Ingles, Sven Mickisch...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2015

IRS Issues New Draft Form 1095-C and Instructions. On August 6, 2015, the IRS published its most recent updates to Form 1095-C and the instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Beginning in early 2016, applicable large...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. July 13, 2015) (rev'd July 30, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the continuous holder requirement set forth in Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State...more

"Popularity of Locked-Box Deals in the UK: Price Certainty, Other Benefits for Buyers"

In the U.K. M&A market, the continuing trend in recent years has been an increase in the number of deals being completed on the basis of a locked-box pricing mechanism. In a locked-box transaction, as opposed to the...more

Mannix v. PlasmaNet, Inc., C.A. No. 10502-CB (Del. Ch. July 21, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss and approved a settlement whereby certain former stockholders would dismiss their appraisal demands in exchange for shares of the surviving...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Focuses on Health Insurers Merger... Arkansas to Delay Setting Up Its Own State Exchange...The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Medicare Advantage...more

No X-Ray Vision at the FTC: Court Hands Agency a Rare Defeat in the Steris/Synergy Merger

In FTC v. Steris, the FTC was handed a rare litigation defeat. The case was notable because it involved a merger between companies who were not current competitors. The FTC alleged that without the merger, Synergy would have...more

[Webinar] Ediscovery Considerations in Second Requests and Antitrust Litigation - Oct 7th, 1:00pm CST

Although the use of ediscovery technologies in civil litigation document review has been much discussed and debated, its use in merger investigation responses to the FTC or DOJ raises unique issues that are often less...more

"Federal Trade Commission Loses Challenge to Steris-Synergy Deal"

On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy...more

How the FTC Analyzes Efficiencies Claims

In a recent speech, FTC Bureau of Competition Director Deborah Feinstein discussed the FTC’s approach to analyzing claims by merging parties that a merger will benefit consumers by creating efficiencies. Feinstein began...more

Court Of Chancery Signals Limits On M&A Settlements

This decision has been widely reported as signaling the Court of Chancery’s intention to cut back on the wave of suits filed over almost every merger. First, the Court held that the scope of any release will be affected...more

2015 Guide to Acquiring US Public Companies

This guide summarizes certain important considerations for acquiring a publicly traded US-based target corporation through a negotiated (i.e. “non-hostile”) tender offer, exchange offer or merger. US public companies are...more

A Farewell to Alms? Peppercorn Settlements of M&A Litigation

An apparently frustrated Delaware Vice Chancellor recently approved yet another disclosure-only settlement of yet another challenge to a merger, but seemed intent on signaling that such proposed class-action settlements might...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Vietnam (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

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