Month: September 2017

M&A Lessons Learned from the Blocked Chinese Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice), a US computer chip manufacturer, by a Chinese investor. The president’s order blocking the transaction was based on a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency committee […]

Non-Competes for California Employees in M&A Deals: Don’t Fudge It

Post-employment non-compete covenants are generally invalid in California, with certain limited but important exceptions like when a business or associated goodwill is sold and the buyer – as part of the deal – wants to prohibit certain sellers from competing with their former business. Consequently, buyers of California-based businesses generally […]

DealLawyers.com Webinar: Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A

Over the past several years, cybersecurity issues have become prominent areas of emphasis for M&A due diligence. Post-signing revelations about cybersecurity breaches have had a disruptive effect on several high-profile transactions, and are likely to make buyers and sellers even more attentive to cybersecurity issues during the due diligence process. […]

Upcoming Event: Second Annual Symposium on Corporate Law at UC Berkeley

This two-day, multi-panel event will explore the development of corporate law, the evolving relationships between corporate stakeholders, M&A and what corporate lawmaking may look like in the future. Jamie Leigh will speak on a panel on “Trends and Developments in M&A Law” on October 27. October 26 – 27, 2017 […]

Martha Stewart Decision Draws Roadmap for Controller Sales to Third Parties

A transaction involving a controlling stockholder on both sides of the deal presents a clear conflict of interest that will result in heightened scrutiny under the “entire fairness” standard of review if later challenged. However, there is not always a conflict when the controller stands on just one side of […]