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The 2017 Automotive Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing,...more

Beyond Purchase Price: The Tax Treatment of M&A Deal Costs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Recovering Transaction Costs - It is a basic tax principle that the more a seller pays in taxes on the sale of its business, the lower will be the economic benefit realized on the sale; similarly, the more slowly that a...more

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

"Delaware Law Amendments Would Facilitate Blockchain Maintenance of Corporate Records, Among Other Changes"

On March 27, 2017, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) approved proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that had been proposed by the DSBA Corporation Law...more

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the past couple of years, the European Commission has decided to review and evaluate the functioning of different aspects of the EU merger control regime regulated by EU Regulation No. 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the...more

M&A Market Update

MergerMarket data shows that global deal activity in the first quarter of 2017 has so far remained resilient despite geopolitical uncertainty, with 3,554 deals worth $678.5 billion announced, representing an 8.9% increase in...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – April 2017

by King & Spalding on

US Department of Justice Issues New Corporate Compliance Guidelines - Criteria for the Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs - Introduction - Recently, and without the fanfare that often...more

THE LATEST: Entanglements and Concentrated Markets Require Divestiture in the Dairy Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 6, 2016, Danone S.A. (Danone) agreed to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for $12.5 billion. WhiteWave is the leading manufacturer of fluid organic milk in the United States and one of the top...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes: Drafters Beware

by Dechert LLP on

It is common practice for purchase agreements in private company M&A transactions to contain one set of rules to determine and resolve disputes regarding a post-closing purchase price adjustment and a separate, often vastly...more

Stockholder Vote Enjoined Over Banker's Financial Interest in Merger

by Morris James LLP on

Investment bankers play a central role in the exploration, evaluation, selection and implementation of strategic alternatives for Delaware companies. To enable stockholders to carefully assess how much weight to give an...more

SRS vs. Gilead Sciences: Delaware Chancery Court finding that "indication" means "disease" allows Gilead not to make $50M...

by King & Spalding on

In Shareholder Representative Services (SRS) vs. Gilead Sciences et al., an opinion issued on March 15, 2017, the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware found that the term “indication” means “disease” for purposes of a $50M...more

Think Twice: Costs Associated with Regulatory Approval for Corporate Transactions May Be Deductible

Although the cost of obtaining regulatory approval for a corporate transaction is identified as facilitative, a recent Chief Counsel Advice (CCA 2017-13-010, March 31, 2017) (the CCA) issued by the Internal Revenue Service...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In the first article in a...more

Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Bridging the Consideration Gap

by Dechert LLP on

As recently as March 15, 2017 (Financial Times), KPMG explained that total market capacity for M&A will increase by 17% in 2017 as companies continue to pay down debt and bolster cash reserves. As a result, sell-side...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims In Shareholder-Approved Merger, Finding That Shareholders...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a shareholder claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the board of directors (the “Board”) of Saba Software,...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

Litigation involving Delaware corporate law is undergoing major changes. Some commentators predict that Delaware will cease to be the favored forum for M&A litigation. While we disagree with that forecast, it is important to...more

FRB Lifts Threshold for Financial Stability Review

by Bryan Cave on

In its March 2017 approval of People United Financial, Inc.’s merger with Suffolk Bancorp (the “Peoples United Order”), the Federal Reserve Board eased the approval criteria for certain smaller bank merger transactions by...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Like Bigfoot, a Clear and Settled Definition of “Consequential Damages”...

by Dechert LLP on

A recent decision from the Delaware Chancery Court adds a twenty-first century interpretation to the common law doctrine of consequential damages which has roots reaching back to English contract law. This decision highlights...more

Bond Issues

by White & Case LLP on

France’s draft Ordinance and Decree of 30 January 2017 for improving the development of French law-governed bond issues The capital markets’ share of corporate financing, and of the economy in general, is growing year on...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 13 March 2017, it was announced that a United States (“U.S.”) chipmaker will acquire an autonomous vehicle technology company based in Israel for approximately USD 15.3 billion. This transaction may provide an interesting...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Corwin Defense

by Morris James LLP on

This is a significant decision because it is the first to find that a stockholder vote did not invoke business judgment review under Corwin because the vote was coerced and not fully informed. Under Corwin, a transaction...more

Court Gives Great Weight to Pre-Merger Negotiations in Interpreting an Ambiguous Contract

by Morris James LLP on

Contract interpretation is a staple of litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Disputes over the meaning of commercial contracts, foundational documents such as certificates of incorporation or bylaws or agreements...more

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