Articles and updates affecting M&A transactions
The Latest in “Appraisal Arbitrage”
The practice of “appraisal arbitrage” has hit the radar for all public company dealmakers. Typically employed, to date, by activist investors and hedge funds, this strategic tool has recently received a shot in the arm with recent Court of Chancery opinions.
What Revlon Doesn’t Require
Two decisions by the Delaware courts (In re Family Dollar Stores, Inc. and C&J Energy Services Inc. v. City of Miami General Employees’ and Sanitation Employees’ Retirement Trust have more precisely defined the contours—substantive and procedural—of exactly what is (and what is not) required by a board of directors in complying with “Revlon” duties related to the sale of a controlling stake in a Delaware corporation.
Learning the Hard Way HSR Gun Jumping – Lessons from Flakeboard/SierraPine
Given the many opportunities and challenges that come from integrating two companies following a strategic transaction, including unlocking significant synergies and cost savings as a result of the combination, it is unsurprising that merging parties are often enthusiastic about moving forward with the process as soon as possible. Equally, it […]
M&A Releases and Post-Closing Indemnity Obligations in Private Company Merger Agreements
In Cigna Health & Life Insurance Company v. Audax Health Solutions, Inc. (Del. Ch. November 26, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery invalidated two buyer-imposed requirements that are frequently found in private company mergers, specifically the conditioning of payment of merger consideration on a release and certain aspects of post-closing […]
Can we Talk? New York Court Broadens Common-Interest Privilege for Pre-Closing Communications
Aware that parties to an acquisition need to share legal advice in connection with pre-closing activities, a New York appellate court permits the common-interest privilege to protect pre-closing communication, even without pending or anticipated litigation.
Is My Non-Binding Letter of Intent Actually Binding?
The Delaware Supreme Court rules that an integration clause in an acquisition agreement does not transform non-binding earnout provisions in a letter of intent into binding obligations under the definitive agreement.
A Reminder on Adequate Process
The Delaware Chancery Court analyzes a dilutive recapitalization transaction under the entire fairness standard of review and finds flawed process, despite a fair price in the deal.
Exploring the Scope of Recovery for Fraud Claims in Private Company Transactions
Court reviews detailed allegations and potential scope of recovery for fraud alleged against pre-closing officers, directors and, notably, innocent selling stockholders in a private company acquisition.
Cooley 1H 2014 Deal Activity
Cooley closes 97 deals with an aggregate value of $36.9 billion Cooley continues to be a leading law firm for clients seeking to transform their businesses through strategic transactions. In the first half of 2014, we advised on 91 signed M&A deals with an aggregate value of $30.7 billion. Year to date, […]
Exclusive Forum Provisions
Exclusive forum provisions (in a corporation’s bylaws or charter) designate a specific court(s) to serve as the exclusive venue(s) for intra-corporate litigation—e.g., derivative suits; actions (including class actions) asserting breach of fiduciary duty by a director, officer, or other employee to the corporation or its shareholders, and other disputes asserting […]