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Seattle Genetics Acquires Cascadian Therapeutics, Continuing a Strong 2018 Start in Biotech Mergers and Acquisitions

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 31, two Seattle biotech companies, Seattle Genetics and Cascadian Therapeutics, announced a merger agreement under which Seattle Genetics will acquire Cascadian Therapeutics for $614 million. The announcement...more

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Leading Private Equity Firms That Invest in Healthcare (Part VI)

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Throughout 2016 and 2017, we published a multi-part series highlighting leading private equity funds in healthcare. This publication is Part VI in that series. These investors are primarily funds that focus largely on...more

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends

Our Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2018 may hold based on significant developments...more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Does the EU’s Qualcomm fine represent efficient justice? As widely reported, on 24 January 2018, the EU Commission fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its dominant position in LTE baseband chipsets....more

Market Update: Delayed Draw Term Loans

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Historically, delayed draw term loans (“DDTLs”) were generally seen in the middle market, non-syndicated world of leveraged loans. DDTLs were used in bespoke arrangements by borrowers who wanted to get incremental committed...more

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

by Bryan Cave on

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...more

CFIUS and China: Separating Fact from Fiction

No, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has not put a halt to acquisitions of U.S. companies by China-based purchasers. ??????????????????????????????????? Three recently cleared transactions...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2018

by Jackson Walker on

On January 29, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

Section 809 Panel Releases First Volume of Recommendations for the Overhaul of DoD’s Acquisition Process

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In 2016, Congress instructed the Department of Defense (DoD) to review its procurement regulations by convening a panel of procurement professionals—from both the public and private sectors. This panel became known as the...more

Impact of Recent Tax Legislation on M&A Transactions

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

This post outlines at a high-level certain provisions under the recently enacted 2017 tax legislation (Pub. L. 115-97, the “Tax Act”) that may affect M&A Transactions. Some of these rules are very complex, particularly in...more

Capital Markets Alert: SEC Approves NYSE Rules to Facilitate Direct Listings

On February 2, 2018, the SEC approved the New York Stock Exchange’s proposal to permit qualifying private companies to use “direct listings” to list their shares on the NYSE and become publicly traded without conducting an...more

Blog: The Cooley Outlook for 2018 M&A

by Cooley LLP on

What’s on tap for 2018 M&A? A recap of 2017 trends and the Cooley outlook on this year’s dealmaking: - Buying Innovation: Retention and Non-Competes. For both old-line companies and tech giants, innovation is the name of...more

JPM Conference Takeaways: Biotech and Biopharma Set for Growth in 2018

Coming off a year that saw a record number of new drug approvals, significant scientific breakthroughs and a year-end tax reform package that both significantly lowers corporate taxes and provides the long-awaited tax...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Four key trends moving the M&A needle in 2018

by White & Case LLP on

M&A's strategic relevance will ensure transactions continue to close in the face of geopolitical uncertainty. But trends in four areas—taxation, technology, PE, and antitrust—could define the coming year of...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Searching for the next big thing: Healthcare M&A

by White & Case LLP on

The hunt for blockbuster drugs is driving activity within the sector, while technology firms’ increasing presence in the market will be an area to watch in 2018. Despite a fall in headline figures, the healthcare sector...more

Report on Sedona Conference on Trade Secrets

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On December 6-8, the inaugural Sedona Conference on trade secrets took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. The invitation-only conference brought together outside counsel, in-house counsel, and experts to have an in-depth...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Pursuit of scale drives consumer M&A

by White & Case LLP on

The race to consolidate resulted in a flurry of megadeals in 2017, while the disruptive impact of technology on consumer behavior continues to generate activity. M&A deal value in the consumer sector saw phenomenal growth...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Energy dealmaking is fueled by oil and power

by White & Case LLP on

Oil & gas dealmaking continues to generate the bulk of sector activity; consolidation in the power sector was driven by unsettled market conditions. M&A in the energy sector has taken a hit in 2017, with value dropping...more

Should Your Bank Consider Eliminating Its Parent Bank Holding Company?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• After the April 2017 announcement that Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock, Ark., had decided to eliminate its bank holding company in favor of operating directly through its bank subsidiary, a number of banks have followed...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Industrials and chemicals M&A moves into the digital age

by White & Case LLP on

While market uncertainty surrounding tax reforms and NAFTA negotiations caused sector deal value to take a hit in 2017, technological convergence continues to generate a healthy level of deals....more

Energy & Sustainability 2017 Year in Review: Notable Deals and Financial Activities (Part 4 of 4)

In this four-part series, we revisit 2017’s biggest developments in Energy & Sustainability-related news, milestones, policy changes, and financial transactions. This is the fourth installment of the series. Click to read...more

Fraudulent Transfer Avoidance Recovery Not Limited to Total Amount of Creditor Claims

by Jones Day on

Courts disagree as to whether the amount that a bankruptcy trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") can recover in fraudulent transfer avoidance litigation should be capped at the total amount of unsecured claims...more

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