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Private equity funds and Chinese corporates – a more level playing field?

by Hogan Lovells on

In the competition for Chinese investment opportunities, private equity funds have, in recent years, often been priced out of headlining M&A deals by strategic corporate buyers with deep pockets and aggressive global...more

Pensions Hazard for PE Buyers on Carve-Out Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporate carve-outs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as buyout firms scour the market for primary deals. In an environment in which the UK Pensions Regulator (the Regulator) is becoming more active, in our...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

Forging ahead with “entire fairness,” or playing it safer (procedurally speaking)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Controlling stockholder buyouts of Delaware corporations are generally scrutinized under the lens of “entire fairness” to determine whether the transaction was the product of fair dealing and fair price. Notably, however,...more

Episode 014: Business Divorce Stories: Business Appraiser Tony Cotrupe and Attorney Jeff Eilender

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This is the first in what I hope will be a recurring feature of this podcast featuring war stories told by business divorce professionals. In this episode we hear stories from business appraiser Tony Cotrupe (Meliora...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses And Remands Appraisal Award But Rejects Bright-Line Presumption In Favor Of Deal Price

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., reversed and remanded an appraisal ruling that had determined the buyout of DFC Global Corporation (“DFC”) by private equity...more

Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Factors to Consider in Appraisal Valuation Procedure in Context of DFC Global...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In DFC Global Corp. v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P.,1 the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision relating to the 2014 acquisition of DFC Global Corporation, an international...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Private equity adapts in a seller's market - Buyout firms are exploring new ways to deploy dry...

by White & Case LLP on

US private equity (PE) deal activity recorded a strong first half of 2017 against a mixed M&A backdrop. PE equity buyout value reached US$99.1 billion, up 24.5 percent from the previous US$79.6 billion record achieved in the...more

Buyout Firms Must Take Action to Respond to Global Cyber Threats

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cybercrime has become a critical issue for buyout firms as hackers are increasingly targeting sensitive business data to profit from insider knowledge. According to a Private Funds Management survey of 91 PE houses, 54% of PE...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Disclosure Claim Based On Subsequent Employment Of Special Committee Chair By Legal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed dismissal of a putative stockholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the directors of Blount International, Inc. (“Blount”) and aiding and abetting...more

Minority Shareholder Oppression Damages in New Jersey: More Than Just a Buyout?

As I have said many times in this blog, when minority shareholder oppression occurs, the most likely remedy is a buyout. In other words, courts in New Jersey have the power to compel the majority shareholder to pay “fair...more

Aim Carefully Before Pulling Trigger on Shotgun Buy-Sell Agreement

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

At least on paper, shotgun provisions in shareholder and operating agreements provide an elegant and efficient buy-out solution when business owners can’t get along and need a divorce. In a two-owner company, the one who...more

Will New Spanish Dividend Rules Cause Pain for Private Equity in Spain?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recently effected reforms to Spanish dividend protections for minority shareholders should cause European dealmakers to review deal terms more closely in 2017. Outright acquisition of businesses is unusual in Spain, 83% of...more

Episode 8: Minority Oppression in the LLC: Interview With Professor Douglas Moll

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The combination of majority rule and lack of exit rights leaves minority members of LLCs vulnerable to oppressive conduct by the majority, yet unlike legislation in most states giving dissolution and buy-out remedies to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules WARN Claimants/Workers Must Get Priority Over Other Unsecured Creditors In Bankruptcy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A bankruptcy court overseeing an employer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding allowed the employer to pay certain unsecured creditors before paying Worker Adjustment And Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”)...more

Arbitral Award Settling Buyout Price In Diamond Business Dispute Affirmed Over Allegations Of Arbitrator Partiality

by Carlton Fields on

The arbitration award in a dispute between former joint venture partners in a series of international diamond businesses has been confirmed by the Southern District of New York. The decision resolved motions by Julius Klein...more

Episode 10: The Marketability Discount Revisited: Interview with Greg Barber

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The marketability discount as applied in New York fair value proceedings remains a hot topic in business valuation and legal circles. In this episode, I interview business appraiser Greg Barber of Barber Analytics who...more

How An Employee/Shareholder Can Protect Oneself Against Oppression

Because termination of one’s employment does not necessarily equate to shareholder oppression under New Jersey law, as seen in my last post, it is often a good idea to take proactive measures to inoculate yourself against a...more

Singapore Court Rules on Buyout Provisions Under the Companies Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The seminal ruling dictates when a buyout order under the new Section 254(2A) may be made as an alternative remedy to a winding up order....more

A Sharpening of the Pensions Regulator's Claws

by White & Case LLP on

The Pensions Regulator ("TPR") has wide-ranging statutory powers to intervene in the running of work-based pension schemes. The most prominent of these are the so-called "moral hazard powers". To date, TPR has used these...more

Some Pitfalls of Negotiating Your Own Buyout in a Business Divorce

More and more shareholder dispute litigations are settling earlier than ever before, which is obviously a good thing for anyone who does not want to pay a fortune in legal fees (i.e., everyone). The reason is simple – in all...more

Court Addresses “Fair Value” Determination In Statutory Buyout Proceeding

by Allen Matkins on

When when a shareholder sues for involuntary dissolution, the corporation, or the holders of 50% or more of the voting power of the corporation, may avoid the dissolution by purchasing for cash the plaintiff’s shares at their...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Litigation Arising from Controller Buyout of Books-A-Million Under "MFW" Framework

by King & Spalding on

On October 10, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its decision in In re Books-A-Million, Inc. Stockholders Litigation. The decision, authored by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, is important because it applies the...more

Developments in Unitranche Financing (2016)

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The increasing use of unitranche financing, both domestically and abroad, has created new opportunities for middle market loan participants. However, lenders must understand the legal issues and potential bankruptcy risks...more

Private Briefing: The Appeal of Secondary Buyouts

Greenberg Glusker partner Andrew Apfelberg was quoted in a July 22, 2016 article about sponsor to sponsor asset sales published in The Deal. The article addressed arguments for secondary sales of assets and specifically,...more

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