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Rep and Warranty Insurance in Canada: A Market-Driven Option for M&A Negotiations

Canadian M&A practitioners are increasingly using representation and warranty (R&W) insurance as a competitive tool in deal negotiations. The insurance, which provides coverage for breaches of a seller’s representations and...more

Impact of the Cigna Health Decision on the Use of the Merger Structure in Private Acquisitions

When buying a private company controlled by a private equity sponsor but with a substantial number of other shareholders, a common technique to avoid the need to obtain signatures from all the shareholders to a stock purchase...more

Alliant Techsystems, Inc. v. MidOcean Bushnell Holdings, L.P., C.A. No. 9813-CB (Del. Ch. Apr. 24, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted a request for specific performance requiring a party to a stock purchase agreement to submit a dispute over accounting methodology relating to the calculation of net...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Primacy Of Purchase Price Adjustment Clause

The buyer’s rights under a stock purchase agreement sometimes seem in conflict. This decision resolves such a conflict by holding that under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price adjustment process trumps the buyer’s...more

Court Finds In Favor Of Harbinger On $50 Million Claim Involving Purchase Of Old Mutual Financial Life Insurance Company

In a lengthy opinion detailing extensive findings of fact and law, a New York federal district court entered its order in favor of Harbinger F&G, LLC and against OM Group (UK) Limited in an action stemming from claims arising...more

Weiner v. Milliken Design, Inc., C.A. No. 9671-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff-counterclaim defendant’s motion for summary judgment seeking to compel arbitration of a post-closing price adjustment to a stock purchase agreement and...more

"Acquisition Financings: European Certain Funds vs. US Limited Conditionality"

There has been a steadily increasing trend of European borrowers with little or no specific business in the U.S. raising financing under so-called “Yankee loans” — where the credit facility is syndicated to U.S. investors, is...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

Financing the Business Buyout – Part II (Investors)

Last month, Part I on this topic discussed the problem facing a Remaining Spouse when the Departing Spouse rejects a buyout offer of a modest down payment and a long installment note: How to raise sufficient cash to avoid a...more

Monster Bites Back, Accuses Beats of Monstrous Scam

It’s a monster movie cliché – near the end, when the monster is “dead,” the dust is settling and the heroes are patting each other on the back, the monster rises from the dead and goes on one more rampage before it expires....more

UK Style Management Investment Warranties Spreading

In a very seller-friendly market, UK-style management investment warranties are providing an increasingly popular source of comfort for PE buyers. Compressed deal timetables, restricted access for due diligence and limited or...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Lower Court And Affirms Arbitrator’s Award

Reversing the Court of Chancery’s ruling vacating an arbitration award, the Delaware Supreme Court held in SPX Corporation v. Garda USA, Inc. that the arbitrator’s decision should have been affirmed because the arbitrator’s...more

Sample Antitrust-Related Provisions in M&A Agreements

In this article: - Definitions - Representations and Warranties - Conditions Precedent - General Efforts Covenants - Conduct of Business Covenants - Merger Control Filing...more

Purchase Price Allocations Under ASC 805: A Guide to Allocating Purchase Price for Business Combinations

When your company is on the buy-side of an acquisition, you are burdened with the responsibility of reporting all items related to the transaction on your financial statements. Large companies under high levels of scrutiny...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

Should've, Would've, Could've: High Court Rules On The Use Of Hindsight In The Valuation Of A Target Company

In Ageas (UK) Ltd v Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd & anr [2014] EWHC 2178 (QB), 4 July 2014, in a claim for breach of warranty under a share purchase agreement, the defendant's warranty and indemnity insurer, AIG, argued that the...more

The Activist Investor and Negotiated Share Purchases

Steven Stokdyk is the global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Public Company Representation Practice. He has extensive corporate, finance and acquisition experience representing companies, principal investors and investment...more

Overview of Recent Trends in Warranty Insurance in M&A Transactions

In the current economic climate, the appetite of purchasing parties to take on risk in an M&A transaction has greatly decreased. At the same time, sellers remain under intense pressure to contain outstanding liabilities, and...more

I/MX Info. Mgmt. Solutions, Inc. v. Multiplan, Inc., C.A. No. 7786-VCP (Del. Ch. Mar. 27, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment as to the withholding of escrowed funds, reasoning that the defendants did not have a pending claim that could...more

FTC Letter is a Reminder for All M&A Deals

On April 10, 2014, Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, wrote a letter to both Facebook, Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. warning the companies that the FTC expects both companies to honor the privacy...more

Brownstein Trial Victory Emphasizes Limits on Indemnifying Party's Right to Control Litigation in M&A Indemnification Context

A team of trial attorneys from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck recently won a significant trial victory stemming from the acquisition of a company by a Brownstein client. The dispute raised questions about the obligations of...more

Making “Material Adverse Change” Mean What You Choose It to Mean — Neither More nor Less

A recent decision by the Court of Chancery of Delaware provides a reason to pause before agreeing to standard, boilerplate “material adverse change” clauses in purchase agreements. In Osram Sylvania, Inc. v. Townsend...more

Delaware Cases: Good Faith, Non-Reliance and Fiduciary Duties

Last week, in American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC v. LPL Holdings, Inc. (February 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery, in connection with a disputed earnout provision, allowed a claim for breach of the implied...more

ENI Holdings, LLC v. KBR Group Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 8075-VCG (Del. Ch. Nov. 27, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion granting in part and denying in part a motion to dismiss counterclaims, the Court of Chancery held that the parties to a stock purchase agreement (“SPA”) had contractually agreed to shorten to one year the...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

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