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Confidentiality Agreements and Letters of Intent – October 2017

I. CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT - A confidentiality agreement (“Confidentiality Agreement”), also sometimes called a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”), is typically the first stage for the due diligence process as parties...more

Key Texas M&A Issues (Presentation)

Agenda - Letters of Intent - Best Efforts - Indemnification - Sandbagging - Non-Reliance - Fiduciary Duties - Letters of Intent: • Buyer may seek letter of intent that is generally not binding on either party...more

Joint Venture Governance And Business Opportunity Issues

The joint venture is a vehicle for the development of a business opportunity by two or more entities acting together, and will exist if the parties have: (1) a community of interest in the venture, (2) an agreement to share...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated party transactions,...more

Indemnification In M&A Transactions For Strict Liability Or Indemnitee Negligence: The Express Negligence Doctrine

The buyer of a privately-held business usually seeks to impose only on the seller (and often its owners) financial responsibility for breaches of representations and covenants in the acquisition agreement and for other...more

Joint Venture Critical Issues: Formation, Governance, Competition And Exits

The joint venture is a vehicle for the development of a business opportunity by two or more entities acting together, and will exist if the parties have: (1) a community of interest in the venture, (2) an agreement to share...more

Texas Supreme Court's Recent Shareholder Oppression Opinions Reaffirm Primacy of Common Law Fiduciary Duties Under Gearhart

In three recent cases, the Texas Supreme Court has made it clear that for claims of "minority shareholder oppression" — essentially, acts of a majority shareholder group that are harmful to a minority shareholder without...more

Acquisition Structure Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas Course

Buying or selling a closely held business, including the purchase of a division or a subsidiary, can be structured as (i) a statutory combination such as a statutory merger or share exchange, (ii) a negotiated purchase of...more

Choice of Entity Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas

In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

Life Cycle Of A Company – Choice Of Entity And Key Contents Of Organization Documents

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation •...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

Misbehaving Directors, Including Directors’ Duties To Maintain The Confidentiality Of Information

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...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

Navigating Fiduciary Duties In Private Company Mergers And Acquisitions

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

Fiduciary Duties In Oil Patch Deals

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation •...more

Legislative Update: Business Law

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General...more

Dissident Director Who Harms Corporation To Further Personal Objectives Violates Duty Of Loyalty

I. Director Duty of Loyalty - Directors owe fiduciary duties to a corporation on whose Board of Directors (“Board”) they serve and effectively to all of its stockholders. The fiduciary duty of loyalty dictates that...more

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