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Cyber Risk a Modern Concern for M&A Dealmakers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Amid a growing number of high-profile corporate data breaches, cybersecurity is now a key issue for strategic acquirers. Thehack of Yahoo, which came to light midway through its 2016 takeover by Verizon, resulted in a US$350...more

Leaving the Contractual Term “Voting Power” Undefined Could Be Risky Business

What does the contractual term “voting power” mean? Does it refer only to the power to elect corporate directors, or does it refer to the power to vote on any fundamental matter of corporate governance? Is voting power an...more

Acquirers Beware: Salary History Bans Impact Employment Diligence and Arrangements

New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A deals New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A...more

NC Business Court Rules On What Constitutes An "Arbitration"

by Brooks Pierce on

You've probably never had to decide what it means to agree to arbitrate. Usually, there is a written provision that references the AAA Rules and includes a consent to AAA's procedures as to the appointment of the...more

Further ESOP Transaction Guidance Set Forth in Latest DOL Settlement Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the heels of a recent settlement agreement with an institutional employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustee, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and individual trustee James F. Joyner III (Joyner) entered into a...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

Delaware Law Updates – Delaware Court Of Chancery Affirms Fraud Exception To Parties’ Contractual Allocation of Risk

by McCarter & English, LLP on

EMSI Acquisition, Inc. v. Contrarian Funds, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 12468-VCS (Del. Ch. May 3, 2017), Slights, V.C. The Delaware Court of Chancery honored the well-settled policy against fraud and its limitation on parties’...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

There are always risks involved in buying a company. Until you are actually inside a company's operations, you can never be sure you know everything about it. Conversely, sellers too will bear the risk that buyer's remorse...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

Court Of Chancery Interprets Claimed Advancement Waiver

by Morris James LLP on

This decision explains how to obtain a release of advancement rights from a seller in an agreement to purchase his company. Here that effort failed. However, buyers will continue to not want to have to advance the sellers’...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The Abry Partners Doctrine

by Morris James LLP on

Parties to an acquisition often attempt to set limits on what may be recovered in any post-closing dispute between them. This helps the buyer get a lower price in return for the safety the sellers buy with a price concession....more

Court Finds Fraud Carve Out Ambiguous in Stock Purchase Agreement

In EMSI Acquisition, Inc., v. Contrarian Funds, LLC et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined a fraud carve out from an indemnification cap and an action for confirmation of an auditors award on a purchase price...more

Defendants in Stock Purchase Indemnification Action Entitled to Advancement under Bylaws

In Davis et al v. EMSI Holding Co., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that officers and directors of an acquired company were entitled to advancement under the acquired Company’s by-laws for expenses incurred in defending...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Like Bigfoot, a Clear and Settled Definition of “Consequential Damages”...

by Dechert LLP on

A recent decision from the Delaware Chancery Court adds a twenty-first century interpretation to the common law doctrine of consequential damages which has roots reaching back to English contract law. This decision highlights...more

First Department Opens the Door a Bit Wider to “Disclosure-Only” Settlement Agreements in Class Action Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 2, 2017, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, approved a “disclosure-only” settlement agreement in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 740 (1st Dep’t Feb....more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

Sole Owners of Close Corporation and LLC Discover They're Not So Sole

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What makes a shareholder a shareholder? What makes an LLC member a member? The simplicity of the questions belies the difficulties and endlessly unique fact patterns encountered in case after case involving close...more

Road Map to Europe II - Bridging the Documentation Gap Between the US and Europe in Venture Capital Transactions

It's a common issue: a US venture capitalist and a European company agree on the commercial terms of an investment transaction and think that the hard work is done but quickly find themselves at an impasse over the way the...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

by Kirton McConkie PC on

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

ZAG-S&W Provides U.S. Legal Advice to Medigus Ltd. in Offering of ADSs

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A ZAG-S&W Team served as U.S. counsel to Medigus Ltd. (NASDAQ: MDGS) (TASE: MDGS), a medical device company developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and a leader in direct visualization technology, in definitive...more

This Case Caused Me To Take Stock

by Allen Matkins on

I recently came across Fukuda v. Nethercott, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92462 (D. Utah, July 15, 2016). The case involved claims by the plaintiff that the defendants had sold him securities in violation of the registration...more

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Series A Financing (Q2 2016)

by McCarter & English, LLP on

A key milestone in the lifecycle of many successful companies (and, admittedly, many unsuccessful companies) is obtaining financing from angel or venture capital investors, but in negotiating with experienced investors...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

AC36912 - Whitney v. J.M. Scott Associates, Inc. Plaintiff entered into an employment and stock purchase agreement with the owner of the company, that provided if he were terminated without cause before the end of five...more

Small Business Investors Can Save Big with New IRS Code Amendments

by Polsinelli on

Recent amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) have significantly expanded the opportunity for tax savings under Section 1202. Section 1202, which was originally added to the Code in 1993, provides relief...more

"Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Signed Into Law"

On June 16, 2016, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) described in our March 16, 2016, client alert. Among the amendments are changes to Section 262 to impose...more

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