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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.27.16

We heard last week about Unilever’s $1 billion acquisition of start-up Dollar Shave Club. With a few days to reflect, the Deal Professor suggests that this relatively innocuous deal should make “every other company . . . very...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.26.16

Private equity bigwig Lynn Tilton has reportedly hired appellate superstar Paul Clement (after Gibson Dunn got the boot) to represent her in her “bid to revive her challenge to the [SEC’s] in-house court at the Second...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.25.16

The bids are all in, and Verizon’s the big winner. Well, both “big” and “winner” are relative, especially with news of a brutal Q2 for Marissa Mayer and her crew, but nevertheless, Yahoo’s core business is now Verizon’s in...more

IRS Proposes Tax-Free Spin-Off Regulations Interpreting the "Device" and "Active Business" Tests and Addresses Recapitalizations...

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code that would establish new guidelines under the so-called "device" and "active business" tests....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.19.16

The Carlyle Group is staring down the barrel of a $1 billion civil lawsuit by the failed Carlyle Capital Corp.’s liquidators over the 2008 collapse of the mortgage-bond fund. The trial’s taking place in Guernsey, a British...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.15.16

The 2d Circuit’s nixed a bid by investment fund SRM Global Master Fud LP to revive its $200 million securities fraud suit against Bear Stearns and Deloitte over alleged lies about Bear’s pre-collapse financial health. The...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded

Snapchat announces a seismic shift, Microsoft looks to DNA for your long-term storage needs, and authorities try to get out ahead of some of the predictable consequences of Pokémon GO’s arrival. (Please look where you’re...more

The Scope Of Stockholder Inspection In California And Delaware

Don’t peek at the statute, and answer the following question: A stockholder of a Delaware corporation has a statutory right to inspect a corporation’s (a) books of account; (b) accounting books and records; or (c) other...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.20.16

Manhattan USA Preet Bharara’s back in front of the cameras and back on the insider-trading horse with the announcement yesterday of criminal charges against well-known sports bettor Billy Walters and former investment banker...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.19.16

Bayer’s making good on its rumored interest in Monsanto in a deal that could be valued at more than $42 billion and would bring together two of the world’s biggest suppliers of crop seeds and pesticides...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.17.16

Gannet’s still after Tribune Publishing, and it’s upped its ante after Tribune “resoundingly rejected” early overtures – NYTimes... The Journal walks us through the fall of the Laplanche empire at Lending Club with a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.16.16

We’ve been hearing a lot about Verizon’s bid for Yahoo. But it’s not alone. In fact, it’s bringing some odd folks to the table together. Case in point: Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert – NYTimes and Bloomberg...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.28.16

As expected, the Fed held steady on rates as it waits for the American economy and labor market to keep improving. June remains on the table for the next incremental increase, though some analysts are shifting expectations...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.21.16

Dealbook’s White Collar Watch gives us a legal take on the many challenges, regulatory and otherwise, facing Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos – NYTimes... The international financial scandal du jour (the Panama Papers) is...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.20.16

As Yahoo took stock of its suitors yesterday, it released word that its business “continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, putting more pressure on the company to find a buyer quickly for its Internet operations.”...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2016

Where the (Class) Action Is - This issue of Roundup wraps up 2015 with another slate of interesting cases spanning industries and subject matter. The running theme of ascertainability is now stretching into antitrust...more

DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists

Suit signals potential consequences for activist investors who rely on the HSR “solely for purposes of investment” exemption. On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued certain ValueAct Capital entities...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.18.16

Major oil-producing countries failed to reach an agreement to cap production at meetings held this weekend at Doha. Expect markets not to take this news well – WSJ and Bloomberg... IPOs have been down—way down—in the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.15.16

With regulators’ rejection of big-bank living wills still very fresh in mind, the Upshot suggests that keeping powerful banks “on their toes . . . may end up playing a surprisingly important role in keeping the financial...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.11.16

The UK’s Daily Mail is reportedly joining Verizon in the field of suitors for Yahoo’s assets – WSJ - It’s no surprise when mega mergers attract the government’s attention, as we’ve seen in past weeks around here. But...more

Advertising Law - April 2016

Yahoo's Deal on E-Mail Scanning: More Warnings, No Cash - A California federal court judge granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit accusing Yahoo of reading e-mail messages for ad-targeting...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.8.16

The Deal Professor looks back on a wild week of “deal busting” that saw the government [often in the form of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] put the hurt on Pfizer/Allergan and Halliburton/Baker Hughes alike –...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.24.16

In a move that will surprise no regular reader here, Starboard Value has announced plans to put up its own slate of directors for Yahoo in an attempt to oust its “entire incumbent board” – NYTimes and WSJ... The Deal...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.22.16

Andrew Ross Sorkin wades into the Valeant debacle, writing that Bill Ackman is, if not doubling down, far from giving up on the cratering Canadian drug maker. Valeant announced today that Ackman’s joining its board and also...more

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