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Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Connection With Two-Step Merger, Despite Finding Corwin...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 30, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims against the board of Opower, Inc. (“Opower”) in connection with Opower’s acquisition...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

Five Things to Know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Even with the bill still in Conference, here are some things businesses should follow closely. Both House and Senate Bills call for deemed repatriation of accumulated foreign profits at reduced tax rates. ...more

The Latest: FTC Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Retail Fuel Station Transaction— Requires Three Localized Divestitures in Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) is a Canadian corporation and is engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States. Circle K Stores, Inc. (Circle K) is a wholly owned...more

FCA Publishes Policy Statement Setting Out Changes to the Listing Rules, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published a policy statement on 26 October 2017 setting out certain amendments to the Listing Rules ("LRs") and related technical notes ("Policy Statement"). The FCA...more

Expect A Busy 2018 On The M&A Front

by Murtha Cullina on

After a somewhat choppy 2017, many experts are calling for a busy 2018 in the M&A space. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor Report suggests that the pace of M&A activity will increase in 2018, based in large part on “a...more

CVS Health to Acquire Aetna

On December 3, 2017, CVS Health, a giant in the retail pharmacy industry, announced plans to acquire Aetna. Aetna is one of the largest medical insurers in the nation, servicing approximately 46.7 million people. Under the...more

Pre-Merger Suit Deemed Premature By Chancery, Dismissal Granted

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery, In re Straight Path Commc’ns Inc. Consol. S’holder Litig., Civil Action No. 2017-0486-SG (Del. Ch. Nov. 20, 20107), Vice Chancellor Glasscock stayed consideration of a...more

Technology As A “Horizontal” In M&A Transactions

by Cole Schotz on

Not too long ago, technology was considered a “vertical” market filled with companies that met the needs of the “technology” industry (think of the classic technology companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, Intel, and IBM). ...more

The Wait Is Over – Implementing Cross-Border Corporate Transactions by Carve-Out before Final Merger Control Clearance

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Overview - Cross-border corporate transactions often require merger clearance by several competition authorities before they can be implemented. If the parties are working to a tight schedule and the necessary approval in...more

Italy Enacts New Anti-Raider Rules to Protect Strategic Assets

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Recent foreign investments in Italian blue chips led the Italian government to intervene to protect strategic assets. The Result: Decree 148/2017 introduced new disclosure requirements regarding...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin And Test For Control

by Morris James LLP on

Peter Van Der Fluit v. Yates, C.A. No. 12553-VCMR (Nov. 30, 2017) - Briefly, under Corwin, the informed vote of a majority of the disinterested stockholders subjects a transaction to the business judgment rule when the...more

The U.S. Congress intends to make a comprehensive revision of the foreign investment review

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 8, bipartisan lawmakers in both houses of the United States and the United Democrats proposed a new act aiming to make major revisions to the current review of the laws applicable to the U.S. Foreign Investment...more

Competition News November 2017

by Dentons on

On October 18, 2017, the French Competition Authority penalized the three main producers of PVC and linoleum floor covering and their professional trade union (SFEC) with up to €302 million for the organization of a cartel...more

Is A Non-Compete Agreement In Connection With The Purchase And Sale Of A Family-Owned Business Enforceable?

by Murtha Cullina on

In connection with the purchase of a family-owned business, the buyer may seek a non-compete agreement from the selling owners and certain family member employees. Such agreements are intended to protect the buyer from a...more

German Public M&A Q1 – Q3 2017: Overview and current issues

by White & Case LLP on

German Takeovers in the headlines of the press - So far this year, three takeover bids have made headlines in the German financial press. After major struggles between the executive board, supervisory board and...more

A Court of Justice of the European Union Ruling Declared That Provisions of the Commercial Companies Code Restrict the Freedom of...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The provisions of the Commercial Companies Code (Commercial Companies Code Act of September 15, 2000, Code of Commercial Companies, uniform text in Journal of Laws of 2017, item 1577, hereinafter referred to as: “CCC”) do not...more

Court Of Chancery Finds Pre-Merger Suit Unripe

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision with potential implications for future shareholder litigation. Briefly, the complaint alleged that, in connection with a proposed merger, the controlling shareholder secured a side deal at the...more

Court of Chancery Addresses the Effect of Corwin and Garner in the Section 220 Context

Since its issuance in 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court’s decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC has been routinely applied, in appropriate circumstances, to dismiss post-closing deal litigation. However, Corwin’s...more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

Court of Chancery Confirms MFW Applies to Controlled-Company Sale With Disparate Consideration

In 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (MFW II), that the business judgment rule would apply to controlling stockholder “squeeze-out” mergers if the transaction is conditioned...more

Activists at the Gate: Court of Chancery Weighs In on Claims Involving Activist Stockholders

Several recent decisions applying Delaware law offer helpful insight about the impact that activist investor involvement has on board decision-making leading to a transaction and how those decisions will be reviewed by the...more

The Hidden Risks of MOFCOM’s Simplified Procedure

Three years ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a simplified merger review procedure to reduce the review time for transactions that do not pose significant competitive or industrial policy concerns in...more

Delaware Courts Continue to Define Appropriate Valuation Methodologies for Statutory Appraisal

Statutory appraisal actions remain one of the most closely watched areas of Delaware corporate law, and there have been significant developments in Delaware appraisal law. Recently, the Delaware Supreme Court provided...more

The Rise of Western Protectionism Is Set to Impact Global M&A

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This year has seen a surge in western protectionist sentiment as a number of countries have sought to introduce legislation to tighten their laws on foreign investment and public interest issues. In Europe, the European...more

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