Tender Offers

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Buttonwood Tree Value Partners, L.P. v. R.L Polk & Co., Inc., C.A. No. 9250-VCG (Del. Ch. Aug. 7, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed disclosure and aiding and abetting claims brought against a corporation in connection with a self-tender. In granting the defendant-corporation’s motion to dismiss, the...more

Important changes to Italian mandatory tender offer Rules

The Decreto Competitività (as converted into Law with amendments, the “Decree”), published on August 20, 2014, in the Italian Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana), has made some important changes to...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

Laidler v. Hesco Bastion Environmental, Inc., C.A. No. 7561-VCG (Del. Ch. May 12, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery determined the fair value of the petitioner’s stock in a statutory appraisal proceeding arising from the short-form merger of Hesco Bastion USA, Inc. (the “Company”) into the...more

SEC Staff Guidance on the Use of Social Media in Securities Offerings, Tender Offers, Business Combinations and Proxy Contests

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently provided guidance on applying its rules regarding communications in connection with securities offerings, tender...more

Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP v. Fidelity Mgmt. & Research Co., C.A. No. 8066-VCL (Del. Ch. April 16, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

The Court of Chancery awarded plaintiffs attorneys’ fees and expenses under Delaware’s common fund and common benefit doctrines, concluding that defendants — who settled their potential claims against Revlon, Inc. (“Revlon”)—...more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Eases Social Media Restrictions

Last week, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance intended to facilitate the use of social media in connection with capital markets transactions,...more

M&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder’s Tender Offer Based On Target Board’s Conflicts and Stockholder...

In a March 14, 2014 decision that has received little commentary, an Ohio federal court in Spachman v. Great American Insurance Co. took the extraordinary step of enjoining a tender offer by Great American Insurance, a...more

Covered Funds Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

The 2013 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law [Video]

Pepper partner Matthew Greenberg was interviewed by Jane Searle of The Deal about recent changes to Delaware law that will affect acquisitions of public companies, including the increased use of tender offers and trends...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Update: Procurement

BACKGROUND - Tokyo will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July – 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August – 6 September 2020. According to Jacques Rogge, former President of the...more

Financial Advisory Update

Novel theories by plaintiffs’ lawyers need to foster novel approaches by M&A lawyers. A number of recent cases highlight the increasing risks for financial advisors and the lawyers who represent them. Financial...more

A Look at Tender Offers Under Section 251(h) of Delaware Law

Latham & Watkins partner Brad Faris was among the panelists at the October 31, 2013 “Tender Offers Under the New Delaware Law” webcast sponsored by DEALlawyers.com. Faris expects that strategic buyers and private equity...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Delaware Legislative Update - Notable Deals - News from the SEC - London Update - Asia Update - Deal Stat Snapshot -...more

New Delaware Law May Facilitate the Use of Tender Offer Structures in Merger Transactions

What you need to know: In August 2013, a new law went into effect in Delaware that allows buyers, subject to certain conditions, to quickly consummate a back-end merger without stockholder approval following a tender...more

Delaware Legislature Adopts Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law

Effective as of August 1, 2013, the Delaware legislature adopted several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). ...more

Delaware Corporation Law Amended to Eliminate Need for Stockholder Approval of Back-End Merger following Successful Tender Offer

Recent amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) include a new subsection that will, in many cases, eliminate the need to obtain stockholder approval of a back-end merger following a successful tender offer,...more

Amendments to Japanese Insider Trading Regulations Which Broaden the Scope of Application to Tippers and Tender Offer Bids

On June 12 2013, a bill (the “Amendment Bill”) to amend the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA was passed at the Diet session and promulgated as of June 19 2013....more

Public Company Adviser - May 2013:Recent M&A Developments

Recent months have seen several noteworthy developments regarding tender offers, “poison puts”, reverse triangular mergers, and litigation that will impact the negotiation and execution of future M&A transactions. These...more

Partial offers -- Time for a revival?

Although partial offers are not particularly common, with only a handful made in the past several years, in some circumstances, they could be an attractive option for companies to consider. One of the most recent was the...more

In re BioClinica, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

In In re BioClinica, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery in a memorandum opinion on a motion to expedite examined the cumulative effect of deal protection devices to determine whether they should have...more

Working Group Recommendations with respect to the Insider Trading Regulations of Japan

In response to recent high profile insider trading incidents conducted by tippees who received inside information from corporate insiders, especially in connection with public offerings made in Japan, on July 4, 2012, the...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Share Repurchases

In recent months, a number of companies have repurchased or announced plans to repurchase their shares. Management and boards of directors overseeing companies with significant cash stockpiles yet finding fewer mechanisms to...more

FTC Proposes Amendments To The Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Regarding Withdrawal Of A Premerger Notification Filing

On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to amend the Rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 regarding the...more

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