Event Recording: Berkeley Fall Forum on Corporate Governance

Cooley and the Berkeley Center for Law and Business met for a two-day hybrid conference, featuring panel discussions, workshops and interviews on cutting-edge topics in corporate governance, M&A and business law. The Berkeley Forum was hosted live in San Francisco, in accordance with local safety regulations and vaccine mandates, and […]

Pleading Bad Faith Against Special Committee Members: A New Trend?

Special committees, by design, are created to address conflicts and to insulate the board of directors from liability for the very conflicts that may invite judicial scrutiny of the fairness of the board’s decision. A well-functioning special committee will also mitigate the risk of personal liability for a company’s fiduciaries, […]

Proposed Federal Tax Legislation Would Reduce QSBS Benefit and Raise Capital Gain Rates

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee announced its consideration of federal tax legislative proposals that include reducing the exclusion from income of gain on the sale of qualified small business stock (QSBS) and increasing the tax rate on long-term capital gains, in each case for noncorporate upper-income taxpayers.

Event Recording: The Impact of Foreign Investment Screening Regimes on M&A Transactions

Recent years have seen a proliferation of foreign investment screening and control regimes worldwide, and with them, heightened government scrutiny of foreign investment transactions. The implementation of such “foreign direct investment” (FDI) regimes has accelerated as national governments broaden their conceptions of national security issues and seek to protect an […]

Cooley Stands Apart in Women and M&A Deal Leadership

A recently published article by UC Davis School Law Professor Afra Afsharipour, “Women and M&A,” shows that of the 20 firms handling the most significant public M&A transactions from 2014 to 2020, Cooley is the only firm with equal gender representation in leading roles across such deals. “The outlier position […]

President Biden’s Executive Order on Competition: Three Important Takeaways for Tech and Life Sciences Companies

On July 9, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” With 72 initiatives and directives by more than a dozen federal agencies, the order seeks to aggressively “reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition, and deliver concrete benefits to America’s consumers, workers, farmers, and small businesses.” […]

Keeping Up with Delaware Appraisal Jurisprudence Since Aruba: Deal Price Reigns Supreme, But Will Recent Decision Lead to More Arbitrage?

In a string of seminal decisions from 2017 through 2019 (DFC Global, Dell and Aruba), the Delaware Supreme Court re-shaped appraisal jurisprudence, in each case by overturning the Court of Chancery for failing to give adequate weight to deal price as the most reliable indicator of fair value. In the […]

Event Recording: M&A Dealmakers Roundtable: Tech M&A Outlook for a Post-COVID World

How has dealmaking changed in the last 18 months? Have we developed new playbooks or best practices? Will the market continue to accelerate through 2021 and beyond? What does all of this mean for the wider tech sector? Seasoned M&A dealmakers met on June 30, 2021 for a discussion on […]

Have Your Cake, and Closing Too: Invoking Prevention Doctrine, Delaware Chancery Court Grants Seller’s Request for Specific Performance in COVID-Related M&A Dispute

Chancellor McCormick’s opinion in Snow Phipps Group, LLC, et al. v. KCake Acquisition, Inc., et al. (Del. Ch. April 30, 2021) is 125 pages long, but she helpfully digests the holding in a single sentence on page 3: “Chalking up a victory for deal certainty, this post-trial decision resolves all […]

2021 M&A Editorial Advisory Board

Caitlin Gibson has been named to Law360’s 2021 M&A Editorial Advisory Board, which provides feedback on Law360’s coverage and expert insight on how best to shape future coverage. Read the Law360 article here (Subscription required) Contributors Caitlin Gibson