Representations and Warranties

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Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance - The growing use of rep and warranty protection in M&A transactions

The good news is that you can insure almost anything! In M&A transactions, buyers and sellers spend a great deal of time allocating risk relating to known and unknown pre-closing liabilities. The buyer’s view of the...more

Use of Transactional Insurance Remains on the Rise

An interesting recent trend in the M&A space is the continued increase in the use of transactional insurance policies in M&A deals, particularly coverage for representations and warranties. Much of this growth has been driven...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Change Representations And Warranties Framework

On May 12, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced numerous changes to the companies’ representations and warranties framework to expand repurchase relief for lenders....more

Survival of Reps and Warranties: Avoiding Unpleasant Surprises for Buyers

Survival of representations and warranties (“reps and warranties”) is among the staples of highly negotiated provisions in M&A purchase agreements. The length of the survival period limits the time during which claims may be...more

Financial Performance Representations

On Tuesday February 11th, the Charlotte Business Franchise Network met on the 15th floor conference room at Nexsen Pruet. The attendees, representing a broad cross section of franchisors, master franchisees, and franchise...more

M&A Agreements: Limitations on Contractual and Extra-Contractual Liabilities©

In This Issue: - Perspective - Pre-Signing Definitive Documents - Between Sign and Close - Post-Closing: Fraud Claims - Post-Closing: Survival Clauses - More on Fraud: Not all Erroneous Statements of...more

FHFA Announces Substantial RMBS Settlement

On October 25, the FHFA announced that a large bank agreed to pay $4 billion to avoid further litigation over allegations that the offering documents it provided to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in connection with the sale of...more

Confidentiality Agreements: How To Draft Them And What They Restrict

I. Confidentiality Agreements And Their Effects Are Evolving - A confidentiality agreement (also sometimes called a non-disclosure agreement or “NDA”) is typically the first stage for the due diligence process in a...more

Purchase Agreements – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office [Video]

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the key elements in a purchase agreement....more

Key Differences Between European and US Private Equity Transactions

Munich-based partner Jörg Kirchner and NY-based partner Eli Hunt discuss four key ways that private equty transactions in European and the US tend to differ. Kirchner, a Global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate...more

'Reps' and Warranties: One Could Cost More Than the Other Under English Contract Law

Contractual representations and warranties are often grouped together, referred to in shorthand as “reps and warranties.” The differences between the two concepts are often forgotten, but the distinction is important: a...more

Rating Agency Developments - July 03, 2013

On June 27, Fitch released its criteria for rating securitizations in emerging markets. On June 26, S&P released a request for comment on its proposed criteria for rating real estate companies. Comments must be submitted by...more

Buying and Selling Businesses in Today's Economy, Stephen Opler  [Video]

Now is a great time to sell a business. Nearly 4,800 private equity firms are looking to invest $1 trillion in business acquisitions, and the loan market is returning to re-recession levels. ...more

Antimonopoly Law Considerations and Risk Management in connection with M&A Transactions

In This Presentation: - General Indemnity: (1) Background and structure (2) Main provisions (3) Conduct of claims - Antitrust Indemnity: (1) Background (2) Main provisions (3) Conduct of...more

Federal District Court Issues First Ever Post-Trial Order Requiring Bank To Reimburse Monoline Insurer Over Loans Backing MBS

On February 6, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that loans underlying two trusts issued by a Michigan bank breached the representations and warranties in the contracts the bank entered with...more

Buyer Beware: Reduced Indemnity On Account Of Supposed (Mythical?) Tax Benefits.

Originally published in Deal Points: The Newsletter of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee - American Bar Association - Winter 2013. When the seller of a business or the assets of a business is negotiating the scope...more

Fannie Mae Obtains Comprehensive Settlement Of Repurchase Claims Against Major Lender

On January 7, Fannie Mae and a national bank announced a comprehensive settlement to resolve all outstanding and future repurchase requests on nearly all single-family loans originated by the bank (and other lenders it later...more

Winshall v. Viacom Int'l Inc., C.A. No. 6074-CS (Del. Ch. Dec. 12, 2012) (Strine, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery held that stockholders of an acquired video game developer were not required to indemnify the acquirer for losses it incurred defending claims based on intellectual property...more

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