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Past Event: The Tech M&A Bounceback

Axios + Cooley hosted a virtual event on new deal-making in tech M&A. We discussed the future of the market and how innovative teams are getting things done. Axios Technology & Business Reporter Kia Kokalitcheva and Business Editor Dan Primack hosted conversations with: Stewart Butterfield – Co-founder & CEO, Slack […]

SPAC Trend Gives Rise to Securities Enforcement and Litigation Risks

What is a SPAC Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are on the rise. A SPAC is a publicly traded shell company with no underlying operating business that seeks to merge with a target operating company. According to Nasdaq, in 2015, SPACs made up approximately 12% of the IPO market, but by […]

Past Event: Un-packing SPACs: Risks, Rewards and Everything in Between

Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have exploded as an increasingly popular way for private companies to go public.  There were more SPAC IPOs in 2020 than traditional IPOs.  The market for SPAC IPOs and so-called “de-SPAC” transactions, by which private companies become public companies by combining with a SPAC, is […]

Podcast: For Women to Climb in M&A, Male Allyship is ‘Essential’

In an installment of Law.com’s “Legal Speak” podcast, Jamie Leigh, partner and co-chair of Cooley’s mergers and acquisitions practice group, discusses the various levels of support needed to help build more diverse and equitable M&A teams in Big Law, including male allyship, as well as the importance of strategic thinking […]

HSR Headwinds: FTC Hits ‘Pause Button’ on HSR Early Terminations

Parties to transactions requiring filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act are already facing considerable headwinds from US President Joe Biden’s antitrust enforcement agencies on important substantive and procedural issues that will delay transactions closing and potentially increase compliance costs and burdens. The HSR Act requires parties to transactions that meet certain financial thresholds to notify the […]

Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Thresholds Decrease for 2021

Baseline HSR threshold now $92 million The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act requires that parties to certain transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, acquisitions of voting securities, and assets and minority investments, file notifications with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission and observe a statutory waiting period if the transaction […]

Past Event: 2020 TechGC SPAC Forum

SPACs and Direct Listings have emerged as a significant new liquidity path for high growth tech companies over the last several months. In this three-day virtual forum, we’ll discuss how to approach these liquidity events strategically including evaluating which structure to use, understanding economics / dilution, and how to execute […]

Cooley’s 2020 Tech M&A Year in Review

A Tale of Two Years While we continue to absorb and understand the worldwide pandemic shockwaves of 2020, trying to encapsulate the vicissitudes of the past year in an annual recap is daunting. Early weeks of the pandemic created an almost inconceivable shift in dealmaking – lawyers and advisors conditioned […]

Cooley’s 2020 Life Sciences M&A Year in Review

General Trends in Life Sciences M&A If 2019 was the year of life sciences mega-deals, 2020 was the year of COVID-19, as the global pandemic permeated every aspect of the dealmaking landscape, with the life sciences sector being no exception. COVID-19 drove unprecedented levels of collaboration among biopharmaceutical companies seeking […]

Delaware Puts the Conduct of Business Covenant on Center Stage in COVID-Related M&A Dispute

In the months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a slew of parties filed lawsuits in US courts relating to M&A transactions that were signed prior to March 2020 and that buyers were seeking to terminate as a result of the pandemic. In these lawsuits, buyers commonly alleged one […]

Past Event: SPACs: The Next Gen IPO or Just a Fad?

On November 24th, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) brought together experts from across financial services to discuss current activity and prospects for special purpose acquisition companies (“SPAC”). The discussion was moderated by Gus Okwu, an EVP in BCW’s Corporate Group with a focus on financial communications, and the speakers included: […]

Recorded Event: Corporate Governance 2020 Balancing ESG, Sustainability and Growth

Eco-friendly, socially conscious and pro-governance investments have been hailed recently with a surge in focus on ESG initiatives, but sustainability and profitability don’t always go hand in hand. The Deal and a roster of senior corporate executives, institutional investors, and corporate advisers explored how companies are shifting their focus to more sustainable […]

Americas Antitrust Review 2021

Covid-19 has made 2020 into a year like no other with ‘stay at home’ orders and working from home the new normal. Nonetheless, the tech and pharma industries continued to attract immense antitrust scrutiny, with daily reports in the media and pressure from politicians to address what some perceive to […]

IRS Releases Guidance on PPP Loans and Employee Retention Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued several items of new guidance relating to loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including two new FAQs addressing the interaction of PPP loans and employee retention tax credits (ERTCs) in M&A transactions, a Revenue Ruling holding that expenses funded by PPP loans […]

Highlights from Cooley’s M&A Dealmakers Roundtable: SPACs!

On September 24, Cooley M&A partner, Garth Osterman, moderated a webinar on the current trend in going public: SPACs! Dave Peinsipp, co-chair of Cooley’s capital markets practice group and Rama Padmanabhan, a Cooley M&A partner participated in the webinar which focused on the current wave of SPAC activity and how […]

DOJ Issues Merger Remedies Manual as Both DOJ and FTC Step Up Efforts to Enforce Consent Decrees

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a new Merger Remedies Manual on September 3, clarifying the analytical framework it is using to evaluate remedies that may address competitive harms stemming from proposed mergers and acquisitions, as well as from consummated mergers. In announcing the modernized Manual, Assistant […]