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Court of Chancery Speaks to Exclusivity Agreements in Public Company Acquisitions

You reach the point in the sale of almost every public company where the buyer wants an exclusivity agreement. Lawyers representing the target wring their hands about the effect of an exclusivity agreement and the effect of...more

DOJ Issues Opinion, Provides (Some) Comfort on Successor Liability

In a recent Opinion Procedure Release (OPR), Number 14-02, the U.S. Department of Justice expressly limited successor liability for a US company purchasing a non-US company that had paid bribes in the past. In so doing, DOJ...more

Delaware Court Invalidates Release and Indemnification Obligations Against a Selling Stockholder in a Merger Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently invalidated a buyer’s attempt to obtain a release and indemnification obligations from selling stockholders of a Delaware corporation that was acquired in a merger. The ruling will require...more

DOJ Is Moving Away From The Halliburton Opinion

The U.S. Department of Justice just issued its most recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion release, only the second in 2014. The requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether...more

A Yen for Israeli Technology

While Japanese companies have been investing in Israel for the past two decades, M&A activity has picked up significantly, concentrated in the science and technology (S&T) sectors....more

Opinion Release 14-02: Dis-Linking The Illegal Conduct Going Forward

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. I find it a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of...more

Midstream MLP Merger Mania Maintains Momentum

The market’s notable uptick in MLP-to-MLP M&A activity, often preceded by an acquisition of the target MLP’s general partner, follows a trend we recently identified. At least five MLP M&A transactions have been...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Activist investors often begin planning their campaigns as much as a year in advance of the annual meeting. This includes accumulating stock positions, coordinating with other hedge funds in so-called “wolf packs,” analyzing...more

Inside M&A - Fall 2014

Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions - Buyers can acquire unintended and potentially very damaging liabilities together with target business or assets. Analyzing the financial situation of a target company,...more

Four Trends in Master Limited Partnership M&A in 2014

MLP merger and acquisition activity can take a number of different forms to unlock value for sponsors and unitholders. Background - In the first half of 2014, master limited partnership (MLP) mergers and...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 European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements

The ruling caps fines on companies with historic cartel exposure that are acquired by large companies and increases predictability of future antitrust exposure stemming from pre-acquisition conduct. On 4 September...more

Sizing Up the Competition: Antitrust Enforcement and the Bazaarvoice Ruling

High-profile or highly profitable firms are no longer the sole targets of post-merger divestitures by antitrust enforcers. Today, firms that have little or no revenues, including some that operate in emergent industries with...more

Forum Selection Bylaws Help Combat Multijurisdictional Shareholder Litigation: State Courts are Increasingly Upholding Forum...

When almost 98 percent of takeover transactions valued at more than $100 million result in shareholder litigation, and often such transactions are the subject of multiple lawsuits filed in multiple jurisdictions, it is no...more

Resurgence of Protectionism – Can European Member States Really Do Whatever They Want to Foreign Takeovers?

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia recently cited the French initiatives to block the GE-Alstom deal as an example of “worrying signals of protectionist threats” in Europe. France is not, however, to be singled out....more

What?? The Target Company Does Not Own its IP!?

We have been working on a number of private company mergers and acquisitions transactions this year where the technology and the intellectual property of the target company (the “Target”) are the key value drivers for the...more

Delaware Formally Adopts Proposed Statutory Amendments Governing Mergers Following the Completion of a Tender Offer

The governor of Delaware recently signed into law previously proposed amendments to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”), which make Section 251(h) more accessible to deal parties by...more

Delaware Court Dismisses Shareholder Class Action Suit Attacking Corporate Merger

Almost every proposed corporate merger is met with a shareholder suit against the acquiring company, merger target and the target’s board of directors in which the shareholders assert that the board breached its fiduciary...more

Recent Practical Effects of “Just Saying No”

In the past few months, we have seen an increasing number of hostile or unsolicited M&A bids where boards of directors of target companies have resisted bidders’ advances. Traditionally, the board-friendly Delaware approach,...more

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® Is Naked No Vote [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Michael Dillard explains the M&A term Naked No Vote, where the target company shareholders vote against the proposed business combination at the special meeting in the absence of a superior proposal....more

Hushmail: Are Activist Hedge Funds Breaking Bad?

Increasingly, some activist hedge funds are looking to sell their stock positions back to target companies. How should the board respond to hushmail? The Rise and Fall of Greenmail - During the heyday of...more

The M&A Word of the Day® from the Book of Jargon® – Global Mergers & Acquisitions Is Revlon Doctrine [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Michele Johnson explains the M&A term Go Shop, a term used to describe both a standard of judicial review and a required determination by the Board of Directors of the target company. For additional...more

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