Mergers & Acquisitions

  • May 06, 2024

    Truth Social Backer 'Absolutely' Denies Insider Rap To Jury

    An investment pro told a Manhattan federal jury Monday that he never tipped Florida speculators to a confidential plan to take former President Donald Trump's media concern Truth Social public, taking the stand to fight insider trading charges against him.

  • May 06, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A record $100 million settlement, a fishy Facebook decision, a canceled Amazon delivery and an upended $7.3 billion sale dispute topped the news out of Delaware's Court of Chancery last week. There were also new cases involving Hess, Microsoft and the 2022 World Cup.

  • May 06, 2024

    Clifford Chance Continues 2024 Growth In New York, Houston

    Clifford Chance continued its recent aggressive expansion by growing its Houston and New York offices with two attorneys specializing in energy, taxation and mergers and acquisitions, bringing the firm's lateral hires up to 10 attorneys in 2024.

  • May 06, 2024

    Trump Media Hires Auditor To Replace Firm Accused Of Fraud

    Trump Media and Technology Group Corp. has hired a new auditor, replacing its predecessor firm, which was permanently suspended by securities regulators Friday for alleged "massive fraud" regarding its work with hundreds of clients, according to a filing Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Synopsys Selling Software Biz To PE Firms In $2.1B Deal

    Software firm Synopsys Inc. on Monday announced that it is selling its Software Integrity Group business to private equity firms Clearlake Capital Group LP and Francisco Partners for up to $2.1 billion in a deal built by three firms.

  • May 06, 2024

    Orrick Adds 7-Atty M&A Team From Shearman Italian Arm

    The former head of Studio Legale Associato Shearman & Sterling LLP's Italian mergers and acquisitions practice joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's M&A and private equity team in Milan, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Perficient Stock Soars On $3B Buyout By EQT Asia Fund

    St. Louis-based digital consultancy Perficient Inc. said it has agreed to be taken private by an affiliate of Swedish private equity firm EQT's Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VIII at an approximately $3 billion enterprise value, a disclosure that sent Perficient's stock soaring more than 50% on Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    3 Firms Build $6.2B Take-Private Sale Of Allete Energy Biz

    A consortium of buyers led by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Global Infrastructure Partners unveiled plans Monday to buy and take private Minnesota-based energy company Allete Inc., in a $6.2 billion deal put together by at least three firms.

  • May 06, 2024

    Battery Startup Ambri Hits Ch. 11 With Lender Sale Plans

    Massachusetts battery developer Ambri Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware with over $50 million in liabilities and a credit bid stalking horse offer from a group of secured noteholders after fundraising efforts last year fell short.

  • May 03, 2024

    HR Biz Kelly Buys Talent Solutions Co. MRP For Up To $485M

    Human resources consulting services company Kelly, guided by Jasso Lopez PLLC, on Friday unveiled plans to buy BakerHostetler-advised Motion Recruitment Partners LLC from Greenwich, Connecticut-based private investment firm Littlejohn & Co. LLC for up to $485 million, marking Kelly's largest-ever acquisition.

  • May 03, 2024

    Hospital In Novant Merger Beset By Staff Turnover, Court Told

    The Federal Trade Commission and two healthcare companies used witness testimony Friday to paint competing pictures of a North Carolina hospital at the center of a $320 million merger dispute: one in which the hospital has focused on making quality improvements, and another where it's been plagued by poor ratings and high staff turnover.

  • May 03, 2024

    DuPont, Corteva Want 'Schrödinger's Cat' Class Decertified

    DuPont and Corteva Inc. asked a Pennsylvania federal court Friday to undo class certification for former employees who claim they were wrongly denied an "optional retirement" when DuPont de Nemours Inc. and Corteva's parent companies merged and they were spun off, arguing that the two class representatives' claims clash with the rest of the class.

  • May 03, 2024

    Chancery OKs Extra Digging Into Trump Media Share Dispute

    The sponsor of a special-purpose acquisition company that took Donald Trump's social media venture public earlier this year won Delaware Court of Chancery approval Friday to briefly dig deeper into disputed share-exchange terms for the deal, with more than $58 million on the line.

  • May 03, 2024

    Hess-Chevron Merger Hit With Class Disclosure Suit In Del.

    A Hess stockholder sued the energy company in Delaware's Court of Chancery over alleged deal disclosure failures in the proposed $53 billion Chevron-Hess merger, adding to a list of complications that include claims by other energy giants to Hess interests.

  • May 03, 2024

    EU OKs Nippon-US Steel Deal As DOJ Causes Delayed Close

    The European Commission on Friday indicated via an annotation on its merger review page that it has given Nippon Steel's controversial $14.9 billion acquisition of U.S. Steel its unconditional approval, a move that comes just a day after the parties announced the deal would be delayed due to further scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 03, 2024

    FTC Requests Additional Info On $16.5B Novo-Catalent Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking additional information on Novo Holdings' planned $16.5 billion acquisition of pharmaceutical services company Catalent in order to examine whether the blockbuster deal passes antitrust muster, according to a Friday securities filing.

  • May 03, 2024

    Chancery OKs Record-Breaking $100M Pattern Energy Deal

    A $100 million settlement ending state and federal court litigation over Pattern Energy Group Inc.'s $6.1 billion go-private sale in 2020 got the nod from Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday, along with a requested $26 million fee award and two $25,000 incentive awards for the lead shareholder plaintiffs.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Willkie Atty To Lead New Paul Weiss Latin America Practice

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP said Friday it has launched a Latin America practice to be led by a former longtime Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner.

  • May 03, 2024

    Tech Security Firm Founder Sues Buyer For Legal Fees In Del.

    The founder of security and information technology service venture Counter Threat Solutions sued the company that acquired it for legal fee advancement in Delaware's Court of Chancery, after accusing the buyer in a Delaware Superior Court suit of fabricating post-closing indemnity claims and refusing to honor payment terms.

  • May 03, 2024

    Debevoise, Davis Polk Guide Windstream, Uniti Merger

    Uniti Group Inc., advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, on Friday unveiled plans to merge with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP-led telephone service company Windstream Holdings II LLC in a deal that includes a $425 million cash component, $575 million in preferred equity and a minority share in common equity of the combined company.

  • May 03, 2024

    SEC Fines Trump Media's Audit Firm For 'Massive Fraud'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday that it has fined and permanently suspended the public accounting firm of former President Donald Trump's social media company for allegedly running a "sham auditing mill" by failing to meet industry standards in reviewing the financial statements of hundreds of clients.

  • May 03, 2024

    Exxon Closes $60B Pioneer Purchase After FTC Agreement

    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that it has closed its $60 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources, one day after the Federal Trade Commission gave the oil giant a conditional green light to move ahead with the deal. 

  • May 03, 2024

    US Investors Make $835M Offer For Swedish Legal Info Biz

    The board of Swedish professional information services provider Karnov Group said Friday that it is backing a 9.06 billion Swedish kronor ($835 million) takeover offer from U.S. investment firms Greenoaks Capital Partners LLC and Long Path Partners LP.

  • May 02, 2024

    Whistleblower Claims Would 'Destroy' Autonomy, GC Was Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel testified Thursday in the criminal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that the company's chief operating officer didn't want a whistleblower's claims to get into court, telling him that while the "law" was on their side, "the facts look bad" and would "destroy Autonomy."

  • May 02, 2024

    DOJ Wants More Info On Controversial US Steel-Nippon Deal

    U.S. Steel revealed Thursday it has received a second request for information from the U.S. Department of Justice about its controversial plan to be sold to Japan's Nippon Steel Corp., but it said the deal is on track to be completed in the second half of this year. 

Expert Analysis

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Consider A Key Insurance Tool For Environmental M&A Deals

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    Transactional liability insurance can be a useful risk allocation tool for completing mergers and acquisitions in the renewable energy and climate and clean technology sectors, though policies must be structured carefully to achieve maximum coverage, say Joseph Castelluccio and Paul de Bernier at Mayer Brown.

  • 2 FCPA Settlements Illuminate Self-Disclosure, Disgorgement

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    Two of last year’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements — with biomedical company Lifecore and mining company Corsa Coal — suggest that the government will be much more flexible in negotiating disgorgement amounts if an entity voluntarily self-discloses misconduct, say Michael Gilbert and Lucas Amodio at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Opinion

    Conflicts Abound When Activist Short-Sellers Publish Reports

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    The self-serving relationship between activist short-sellers and plaintiff-side litigators is conflict-ridden and hinders the fact finder's impartiality when a short report forms the basis for lead plaintiffs' allegations, say Nessim Mezrahi and Stephen Sigrist at SAR.

  • Financing Healthcare Deals In Uncertain Markets This Year

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    As challenges to closing and financing new deals prevail into 2024, lenders in new healthcare transactions are talking about alternative approaches for sponsors to consider, such as private credit alternatives and utilization of junior capital, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Copyright And Generative AI Developments To Watch In 2024

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    This year could bring clarity to critical copyright issues raised by the recent surge of development in generative AI platforms, as Congress continues its legislative focus in this area and litigation tests theories of liability, say Joshua Weigensberg and Felicity Kohn at Pryor Cashman.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Antitrust And ESG: Maximizing Targets, Ensuring Compliance

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    Jennifer McAlpin at Verizon and Michaela Spero at Amadeus consider the convergence of antitrust and environmental, social and corporate governance factors, providing an executive overview of areas to watch, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as practical implementation tips for general counsel.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • SEC Case May Expand Scope Of Insider Trading Liability

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's first-of-its-kind enforcement action against an individual in a case involving "shadow trading" demarcates an expansion of insider trading liability to circumstances in which there is a market connection between the source of information and the issuer of the securities traded, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • The Year Ahead In Foreign Investment And National Security

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    In 2024, expect the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, already at the forefront of addressing national security threats, to increase monitoring and enforcement related to outbound investment, focus on supply chain resilience in nondefense sectors, and heighten oversight of agricultural transactions, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Antitrust Enforcement Initiatives To Watch In 2024

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    The U.S. Department of Justice is likely to prioritize information-sharing prosecutions in 2024, following last year's withdrawal of safe harbors, as well as labor market enforcement after trial losses forced a pullback in 2023, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

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