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Break Fees Can Cause Broken M&A Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Given ongoing competition between buyers in a strong sellers’ market, the resilience of seller break fees as a feature of the European M&A market is surprising. According to the Latham & Watkins 2017 European Private M&A...more

UK national security and infrastructure – tougher merger control ahead?

by Dentons on

On 17 October, the UK Government published a Green Paper reviewing national security implications of foreign ownership or control, as indicated in this year's Queen's Speech....more

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures- Tying It All Together for Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

As I conclude this section on joint ventures, I want to emphasize again the risk they pose under the FCPA. Mike Volkov has stated, “A joint venture requires the integration of disparate company cultures. It can be successful,...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – US

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Russia

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Spain

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Germany

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – England and Wales

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Business Combination Projections

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 17, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new guidance clarifying the circumstances under which financial forecasts included in registration statements, proxy statements or tender offer statements...more

Day 14 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Auditing Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

Joint ventures provide many FCPA risks that other types of business relationships do not bring. For instance, the joint venture may interact with foreign government officials or employees of a state-owned enterprise; then...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Compliance Terms and Conditions in Joint Venture Agreements

by Thomas Fox on

Numerous US companies have come to FCPA grief for their overseas joint ventures and the continue to be a bane for many companies under the Act. There are some basic compliance terms and conditions which should be considered...more

Pensions Hazard for PE Buyers on Carve-Out Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporate carve-outs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as buyout firms scour the market for primary deals. In an environment in which the UK Pensions Regulator (the Regulator) is becoming more active, in our...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Joint Venture Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

When you bring two entities together to operate jointly, there are several difficult issues to analyze. For the US company operating under the FCPA, there must be an adequate business justification for a joint venture with a...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

by Goodwin on

Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

Foreign investment review in Canada: “Net benefit” review threshold raised, update on national security reviews

by Dentons on

Foreign buyers of Canadian businesses are less likely to require approval from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development under the “net benefit to Canada” test as a result of increases in the review...more

NC Business Court Rules On What Constitutes An "Arbitration"

by Brooks Pierce on

You've probably never had to decide what it means to agree to arbitrate. Usually, there is a written provision that references the AAA Rules and includes a consent to AAA's procedures as to the appointment of the...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Dis-Linking any Illegal Conduct Going Forward

by Thomas Fox on

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

Economic Nationalism Set to Impact M&A Transaction Approvals Across Europe

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Growing economic nationalism is threatening to impact M&A across Europe, as governments and regulators take an increasing interest in “foreign” acquisitions of nationally important companies in the name of national security....more

Day 7 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Evaluating Pre-Acquisition Risk Factors

by Thomas Fox on

Today I want to look at what you should do with the information that you obtain in your pre-acquisition compliance due diligence. Jay Martin, Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at BakerHughes, a GE company. suggests an approach...more

Day 6 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

The compliance component of your mergers and acquisition regime should begin with a preliminary pre-acquisition assessment of risk. Such an early assessment will inform the transaction research and evaluation phases. This...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 71, the Three Dingers Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this week's episode, we discuss: 1. Roy Shell considers whether compliance officers should be liked or respected. 2. What is the intersection of sports, corruption and compliance? 3. The Alere FCPA enforcement...more

Day 5 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Pre-Acquisition Risk Assessment

by Thomas Fox on

One of the clearest themes from the 2012 FCPA Guidance was around the importance of your pre-acquisition work in any merger or acquisition on a target company. In the section on Declinations, the 2012 FCPA Guidance provided...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require HSR Filings For Executives Of REITs Or Other Companies

by Goodwin on

Common equity-based compensation-related transactions, such as restricted stock grants, settlement of restricted stock units (RSUs), exchange of operating partnership units (OP units) and option exercises, may trigger filing...more

Finding Disclosures Were Adequate, Delaware Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin And Volcano To Dismiss Post-Closing Breach Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed stockholder class claims for breach of fiduciary duty brought against the former directors of The Fresh Market (“TFM”) after...more

Review of foreign investments in the European Union on grounds of security and public order: a fair balance between market...

by Dentons on

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) are investments by private individuals, commercial entities or governments, aimed at acquiring and/or controlling a business or property outside of their home jurisdiction on a lasting and...more

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