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Courts Have the Flexibility to Select Valuation Date in Cram Down Scenario; Fifth Circuit Remands to Bankruptcy Court for...

The Fifth Circuit in Houston Sportsnet Finance, L.L.C. v. Houston Astros, L.L.C. (In re Houston Regional Sports Network, L.P.), 886 F.3d 523 (5th Cir. 2018), recently held that a bankruptcy court is not required to use either...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Court Of Chancery Appraisal Determination At Nearly 60% Discount To Deal Price

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed a decision by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery appraising the shares of Clearwire Corporation at $2.13 per share, notwithstanding...more

Paying the Price for Reps and Warranties Breaches

In the purchase agreement for the typical M&A transaction, the seller gives the buyer representations and warranties concerning key questions affecting the value of the target company. ...more

New York’s High Court Takes Fresh Approach to Wrongful Dissolution, Sustains Valuation Discounts, Limits Damages in Partnership...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

There’s a lot to digest in last week’s decision by the Court of Appeals — New York’s highest court — affirming and modifying in part the intermediate appellate court’s ruling in Congel v Malfitano, a “wrongful dissolution”...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March, 2018 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Investor Perspectives—Corporate Venture Capital - During January’s QuickLaunch University webinar, Partner David Gammell led a panel discussion of venture...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Denies Stay Of Columbia Pipeline Appraisal, Finding That Pendency Of An Appeal Of Aruba Networks Did...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 7, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to stay or extend discovery filed by an appraisal petitioner in light of Vice Chancellor Laster’s recent ruling in Verition...more

Court Of Chancery Imposes Sanctions For Failing To Comply With A Scheduling Order

by Morris James LLP on

In RE Examworks Group Inc. Stockholder Appraisal Litigation, C.A. 12688-VCL (February 21, 2018) - As this decision again points out, a scheduling order is a court order that must be followed or sanctions will be imposed....more

Court Of Chancery Interprets Dell In An Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

In RE Appraisal Of AOL Inc., C.A. 11204-VCG (February 23, 2018) - This is an important case for its comments on the Dell decision of the Delaware Supreme Court. The Court declined to use the deal price as evidence of the...more

Delaware Chancery Court in Aruba Appraisal Finds Fair Value to be the Pre-Announcement Market Price: 30% Below Deal Value

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In 2015, Hewlett Packard acquired Aruba for a negotiated price of $24.67 per share, or about $2.8 billion. Several stockholders sought appraisal. On February 15, the Delaware Court of Chancery found that, for purposes of...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Concludes That Company's Unaffected Trading Price Prior to Merger Is Fair Value for Purposes of...

On February 15, 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its post-trial decision in Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. v. Aruba Networks, Inc., a statutory appraisal proceeding arising from Hewlett-Packard's 2015...more

Episode 015: Confessions of a Business Appraiser: A Conversation with Chris Mercer

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In this episode of the Business Divorce Roundtable, Chris Mercer, one of the country’s leading business appraisers as well as a prolific author and frequent lecturer, shares what he calls “Confessions of a Reluctant Expert...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rulings Address Valuation and Insolvency Disputes

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The steady flow and scholarly character of Delaware Chancery Court opinions in company valuation contests provide an important resource and learning tool for business divorce practitioners, appraisers, and judges in New York...more

Can a license issued by Health Canada for producing or dealing cannabis be assigned as security?

by Dentons on

The last year has been filled with sensational headlines relating to the spectacular growth and rise to prominence of Licensed Producers (as defined below) in response to the federal government's plan to legalize recreational...more

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Emphasizes Deal Price in Appraisal Litigation

On December 14, the Delaware Supreme Court released a long-awaited opinion in Dell Inc. v. Magnetar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd. that reversed and remanded a high-profile appraisal case decided by the Delaware Court...more

Patents - The Multifunction IP Pocket Tools For Your Business

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Business leaders curious about leveraging an intellectual property (IP) portfolio may think of patents as merely a single-purpose tool: a sword to keep others from using your patented idea. In reality, patents are like a...more

Application of Discounts in Valuation of Interests in Privately Held Entities

by Jaburg Wilk on

When representing high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, frequently one of the assets is an ownership interest in a privately held business or professional practice. Establishing a value for the business can be...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

2018 Inflation Adjustments to Transfer Tax Items

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The IRS released its 2018 tax adjustments - the following table summarizes the transfer tax adjustments. Note that some of these adjustments will become moot if the changes in the House and Senate versions of the pending tax...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q3 2017 - The strong venture financing market of 2017 has continued in Q3. Amounts raised in Q3 2017 kept pace with the near-record highs earlier in the year. In addition, up...more

IRS and Treasury Department to Withdraw Proposed Tax Regulations Curbing Valuation Discounts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In a positive development for closely-held business owners and their families, the Treasury Department recently recommended the complete withdrawal of its proposed tax regulations that would have severely limited the...more

[Webinar] An M&A Primer for Software Companies - October 18th, 1:00pm ET

by BakerHostetler on

When contemplating a sale of your company, your hope as a businessperson and software engineer is that you have made it as valuable as possible. From a legal perspective, there are some simple, yet important, steps to...more

Early Partial Exits Pose Opportunities and Challenges for Private Equity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The exit environment recently ranked as the second greatest challenge facing global PE fund managers, according to Preqin’s H1 2017 Outlook report. As buyout firms weigh an uncertain exit outlook, they are increasingly...more

Withdrawal of Proposed Tax Regulations Affecting Availability of Valuation Discounts to Family Business Owners

In September and December of last year, we posted blog articles discussing the Treasury Department’s issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code (sometimes referred to as the 2704 proposed...more

IRS and Treasury Department Announce Withdrawal of Proposed 2704 Regulations

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, in its Second Report to the President Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it is recommending the complete withdrawal of the proposed 2704...more

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

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup Valuation 101: The Problem of Going Too High or Too Low - As this quick read from Inc42 makes clear, startup valuations are always more art than...more

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