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Beware the tail of the dog: 5 tips in dealing with employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the context of the age-old M&A mantra “Don’t let the tail wag the dog,” employee benefits are usually relegated to the role of “tail of the dog.” However, employee benefit matters relating to a merger or acquisition can...more

Planning for Cybersecurity Risks in M&A Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

A glance at any media outlet shows that cyber risk is pervasive and increasing, and that virtually no company is immune to a cyber incident. Almost all companies and associations collect and store some type of data, whether...more

Court Of Chancery Favors Plain Language In Earn-Out Dispute And Declines To Imply Contractual Terms

by Morris James LLP on

Greenstar IH Rep. LLC v. Tutor Perini Corporation, C.A. No. 12885-VCS (Oct. 31, 2017) - With every contract under Delaware law comes the obligation to not act so as to deprive the counter party of the benefit of its...more

Getting Your Ducks in a Row

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This past August, Sapporo bought Anchor Brewing. Anheuser-Busch InBev has bought Wicked Weed, Four Peaks, and many more breweries. If and when your turn comes, will you be ready? Here are a few things craft breweries can do...more

A road map to life sciences M&A in the Netherlands

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S.-based life sciences companies considering transactions in Europe may easily become overwhelmed with the complexity of Europe’s various jurisdictions. In this series, members of our European Life Sciences Transactions...more

New Notification Conditions for Italian Mergers and Acquisitions

by Bryan Cave on

On 29 August 2017, Law No. 124 of 2017 entered into force and amended Section 16 (1) of Law No. 287 of 1990 (the Italian competition law) that provides for prior notification system of all mergers and acquisitions in Italy...more

Litigation Issues Arising from M&A Transactions - Don't Cut Corners: How Legal Shortcuts May Come Back to Haunt You Later

by Bryan Cave on

On September 20, San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton hosted a webinar on the litigation issues arising from M&A transactions and how legal shortcuts could come back to haunt...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: American Deal Terms

by DLA Piper on

With regulatory constraints currently making it challenging to get capital out of China, the Pound Sterling continuing to suffer Brexit-related weakness and the NZ$ having softened against the Greenback, we expect North...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancellor's Chicago Bridge Ruling - Authority of Independent Auditor to Resolve Purchase Price...

by Jones Day on

In a much-anticipated decision, on June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware reversed the Chancery Court's ruling in Chicago Bridge v. Westinghouse. The Delaware Supreme Court determined that an independent auditor...more

Recent Delaware Case Sets Trap for Unwary Regarding Acquisition Agreement Indemnification Caps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Acquisition agreements frequently contain maximum limits or “caps” on the sellers’ potential liability for losses resulting from breaches of the sellers’ and target company’s representations and warranties. However, the...more

BB&K Advises on Partnership and Acquisition Deal for Safe Company - Creates Market Leader in the Field

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A team of Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys represented Cannon Safe, the leading manufacturer of large-scale residential safes and innovator in home defenses systems, in a deal that will expand their services and market...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2017 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Small Business Guide to Thriving in the Amazon-Whole Foods Era As Entrepreneur reports, the ripple effects of the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition are being felt...more

FCPA Risks and Acquisition Integration Challenges

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have devoted significant efforts to conducting pre-acquisition due diligence of a proposed target companies. I do not intend to diminish the importance of pre-acquisition due diligence, but I have...more

High Court Resolves $2B 'True Up' Dispute Against Acquirer

by Morris James LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in Chicago Bridge & Iron v. Westinghouse Electric, resolved a $2 billion post-closing dispute about the interplay between common features of acquisition agreements: sellers'...more

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

by WilmerHale on

In addition to the deal-structuring issues that typically arise in any acquisition, M&A transactions involving a party incorporated or based in California raise a number of special issues and opportunities. Some of these...more

Two Recent Delaware Appraisal Decisions, Though Unlikely To Squelch Plaintiffs' Enthusiasm For Appraisal Actions, Give Companies...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Recent rulings issued by the Delaware Chancery Court in two appraisal cases handed wins to the defendant companies, reflecting at least some degree of temperance within the Delaware Chancery and potentially stemming the tide...more

Preparing for Your Cross-Border Deal: Practice Tips for In-House Counsel

by WilmerHale on

Your CEO just announced that the company wants to acquire a business with global operations. As in-house counsel, you will play a key role in this transaction by ensuring the deal runs smoothly. It’s a tremendous growth...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 15, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached their duty of...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Quasi-Appraisal Claims Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 3, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the buyer of EMSI Holding Company (“EMSI”) asserting post-closing claims for indemnification against...more

Warranty and Indemnity Insurance: Practical Pointers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Warranty and Indemnity (W&I) insurance, which seeks to bridge the gap between a buyer’s wish for deal protection and a seller’s desire for a clean exit, has become a common product in European M&A transactions. In our view,...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: Pricing Mechanisms

by DLA Piper on

In any M&A transaction, one of the fundamental matters to be agreed by the parties (usually at an early stage) is what approach will be used to calculate the purchase price, including whether or not there will be any...more

Practical Guidance on Merger Conditions from Williams v. Energy Transfer Equity

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court’s recent 4-1 decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., which affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision to allow a public company merger to be terminated...more

The new face of private equity

by DLA Piper on

There is a new face of private equity in the today's mining M&A market. Private equity is no longer willing to entertain opportunities which spruik only the potential for speculative capital gains. Rather, private equity is...more

Tax support of M&A transactions

by Dentons on

Tax issues are major aspects of complex investment transactions involving the acquisition of an active business to expand one's own business, portfolio investments intended to grow shareholder value, granting/raising project...more

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