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Changes to the UK Takeover Code—Asset Sales and Other Matters

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 8 January 2018, changes were made to the U.K. Takeover Code (the “Code”) which: (i) for the first time, expand the application of the Code to certain “asset” transactions taking place in “offer situations”, (ii) require...more

Day 18 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Internal Reporting and Triaging Claims

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a FCPA issue for your company. As the CCO, it will be up to you to begin...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 24, the Looking Back to Look Forward Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, the top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a look at some of the top FCPA, compliance and data privacy/data security issues from 2017 and how they inform what will be the top such issues in 2018....more

EU Merger Control 2017: Competition in Innovation; EC Prohibiting Deals; Fines for Procedural Infringements; and EU Courts...

by WilmerHale on

2017 saw some highly significant investigations and court judgments in European Union merger control. Notably: ..After detailed investigations and subject to extensive divestments, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared...more

Client Alert: AT & T - Time Warner Merger Challenge Might Signal Policy Change on Vertical Mergers

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently sued to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner, stating that such a merger would harm consumers by weakening competition. The lawsuit signals a policy change that “vertical...more

With the Draft of the Italian Budget Law 2018, more certainties on indirect taxation of share deals (Italian)

by Dentons on

Article 13 of the Draft Law on Budget 2018 provides for a provision amending the current Article 20 of the D.P.R. of 26 April 1986, no. 131 concerning the application of the registration tax (applicable also to other taxes of...more

Key terms in UK and US M&A deals

by DLA Piper on

Over the past ten years, it’s not been uncommon for the UK to report a trade surplus with the US, and simultaneously, the US to report a trade surplus with the UK....more

Overview of Recent U.S. Tax Reform Part I – Certain Significant Changes Impacting C-Corporations

by Mintz Levin on

On December 22, 2017, H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) was signed into law. As the first comprehensive U.S. federal income tax reform in over thirty years, the Tax Act includes dramatic changes to tax...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Grants Books And Records Demand, Holding That Corwin Is Irrelevant To Section 220 Proceedings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 29, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a stockholder’s demand to inspect books and records related to the acquisition of West Corporation (“West”) by Apollo...more

“You’re Not Fully Clean”: § 220 Inspection Demands Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 29, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to extend the ruling in Corwin by finding that the approval of a merger by a vote of the disinterested stockholders does not act as an impediment to a properly...more

Winter Case Notes: LLC Deadlock and Other Recent Decisions of Interest

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This winter forever will be remembered in the Northeast as the winter of the “bomb cyclone,” which gets credit for the 6º temperature and bone-chilling winds howling outside as I write this. So in its honor, I’m accelerating...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Challenge to Acquisition of VC-Backed Public Company

In late 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an important decision rejecting a post-closing challenge to the sale of a venture capital-backed public company. The decision, van der Fluit v. Yates,1 by Vice Chancellor...more

CFIUS's Failure to Approve Chinese Investment in Money Transfer Services Company Indicates Higher Hurdles for Chinese Investment...

by Bryan Cave on

On January 2, 2018, MoneyGram International Inc. and Ant Financial Services Group announced that they had terminated their Amended Merger Agreement after they were unable to obtain approval of the transaction from the...more

Banking: Year in Review and What to Expect

2017 was a great year for banks across a wide spectrum, and we believe 2018 holds tremendous promise, so long as the credit condition of borrowers does not deteriorate and banks continue to lend prudently. Below we count down...more

2017 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) is pleased to present its 2017 Antitrust Year in Review.In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at...more

CFIUS in 2017: A Momentous Year

It has been at least a decade since the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was the subject of as much focus, change, and consequence as it was in 2017. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Guide to Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings by US Issuers 2018

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

M&A Watch: Ant Financial and MoneyGram Terminate Merger Agreement Due to CFIUS Concerns

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

MoneyGram International Inc. and Ant Financial Services Group recently announced the termination of their agreement providing for the acquisition of Texas-based money transfer company MoneyGram by China-based Ant Financial...more

In 2018 We Are: (a) Doomed, or (b) in the Warm Embrace of Goldilocks

by Dechert LLP on

Around this time of year, we slip on the prognostication goggles and take a look forward into the next year. While there is ample evidence that prognostication is a dodgy exercise, I always tell my folks that the fact that...more

2017 Bank M&A Statistics

by Bryan Cave on

It looks like we’ll end 2017 with a total of 263 bank and thrift transactions, representing a slight increase in the number of deals over 2016 (250), but well below 2014 and 2015 levels (307 and 294, respectively). However,...more

Dell Appraisal Decision Overturned – Deal Price Given Substantial Weight

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a long awaited and highly anticipated ruling, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned the Court of Chancery’s decision in the Dell appraisal action, Dell v. Magnetar Global Event Driven Master Fund, No. 565, 2016 (Del. Supr....more

Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance of Deal Price in Dell Appraisal Reversal

by White & Case LLP on

Reaffirming the importance of deal price in appraisal proceedings involving wellshopped transactions, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the 2016 Chancery Court decision which held that Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Year-End Planning for Businesses

by Perkins Coie on

The tax reform bill, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act contains a number of provisions that create significant year-end planning...more

“Gun-jumping” – antitrust pre-closing risks and how to avoid them

by Dentons on

Competition authorities around the world – and in particular in Europe – have re-focused their attention on pre-closing behavior and transaction structures. These may conflict with antitrust rules in two ways: First,...more

Does Choice Of Law Include The Parol Evidence Rule?

by Allen Matkins on

On the antepenultimate day before Christmas, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that should be of interest and concern to lawyers documenting merger and acquisition agreements. Kanno v. Marwit Capital, No....more

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