Mergers & Acquisitions

  • April 02, 2024

    Theseus Investor Seeks Appraisal After Concentra Merger

    A fund invested in clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Theseus Pharmaceuticals Inc. has petitioned Delaware's Court of Chancery for an appraisal of the investor's 250,000 shares following Theseus' $4.05 per-share consolidation in February with Concentra Biosciences LLC.

  • April 02, 2024

    Axle Maker Says It's Getting Shafted On Exclusive Parts Deal

    A Colorado maker of electrically powered axle components says a Michigan heavy-vehicle company broke their exclusivity agreement and is trying to replace the manufacturer with a competitor, according to a complaint removed to Colorado federal court Monday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Arena Group Shareholders Sue Former CEO In Delaware

    Shareholders of the Arena Group — the digital publisher behind Sports Illustrated, TheStreet, Men's Journal and other brands — have sued the group's former CEO in Delaware's Court of Chancery, alleging wrongdoings ranging from fraud to gross negligence and demanding more than $10 million in compensatory damages.

  • April 02, 2024

    Monthly Merger Review Snapshot

    Kroger and Albertsons navigated merger challenges from the Federal Trade Commission and two separate state attorneys general, Nippon Steel tried to assuage concerns from the White House down about its planned purchase of U.S. Steel, and JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines abandoned their merger.

  • April 02, 2024

    Silver Lake To Take Endeavor Group Private For $13B

    Sports and entertainment company Endeavor Group Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to be acquired by California-based private equity firm Silver Lake in a take-private deal with a $13 billion equity value.

  • April 02, 2024

    Latham-Led SLB To Buy ChampionX In $7.8B All-Stock Deal

    Energy-focused global technology company SLB and chemistry solutions provider ChampionX Corp. said Tuesday they have agreed for SLB to purchase ChampionX in an all-stock transaction worth nearly $7.8 billion.

  • April 02, 2024

    A&O-Led Furnace Co. To Buy Alumina Producer For $430M

    RHI Magnesita NV, an Austria-based manufacturer of industrial furnace components, has agreed to buy Resco Group, a U.S. business that produces heat-resistant materials, for up to $430 million, the companies said.

  • April 01, 2024

    Autonomy Paid Whistleblower $750K Over Firing, Jury Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer testified Monday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he was fired after blowing the whistle to British regulators about accounting irregularities, and revealed that Autonomy later paid him $750,000 to resolve his wrongful termination claims.

  • April 01, 2024

    Warner Bros. Directors Resign Amid DOJ Antitrust Concerns

    A pair of Warner Bros. Discovery directors have resigned from the board of directors after the U.S. Department of Justice flagged potential antitrust concerns over them sitting on both the Warner Bros. board as well as the board of Charter Communications, the agency announced Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Nasdaq Sank Minority-Led SPAC's Tech Co. Merger, Suit Says

    The Nasdaq Stock Market along with in-house lawyers and other executives face claims they "arbitrarily and capriciously" abused their discretion to unfairly undermine a merger plan for a minority-led special purpose acquisition company seeking to bring a minority-led technology company onto the stock market.

  • April 01, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, Delaware's Court of Chancery saw a $42.5 million settlement, dismissal of two big suits with two more remanded back, and new cases from shareholders of Walt Disney, Donald Trump's Truth Social, Rivian Automotive and BarkBox.

  • April 01, 2024

    Sports Illustrated Hits 'Gangster' Ex-Publisher With IP Suit

    The owner of Sports Illustrated alleges in a $49 million lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court that an energy drink mogul acted like a "gangster" when he became the magazine's publisher, tearing apart a long-standing licensing agreement while sabotaging the brand and holding hostage valuable intellectual property.

  • April 01, 2024

    Trump's Truth Social Florida Suit Leaves Del. Judge 'Agog'

    A Florida lawsuit pitting Donald Trump's social media company against the two former "Apprentice" contestants who helped the former president create the Truth Social platform has flummoxed a Delaware Chancery judge, who said Monday the litigation left him "dumbfounded."

  • April 01, 2024

    Skillz Hid 'Rudimentary' Gaming Tech, Investors Tell 9th Circ.

    Skillz Inc. investors urged the Ninth Circuit Monday to revive a consolidated proposed class action alleging the mobile-gaming company misled investors about its growth prospects surrounding its 2021 go-public merger with a special-purpose acquisition company — arguing Skillz skewed revenues and misleadingly touted its gaming technology, which was in reality "rudimentary."

  • April 01, 2024

    Philip Morris Loses Chancery Bid To Join Reynolds-ITG Suit

    Philip Morris' "inexcusable," years-long inaction doomed its request to intervene for a cut of millions of dollars in profit adjustments, headed toward a Chancery Court trial later this year, in a dispute between two other tobacco giants over how much each party owes under a settlement with Florida, a Delaware vice chancellor ruled Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Trian Gains Support As Disney Proxy Contest Heats Up

    With The Walt Disney Company's annual shareholder meeting looming, activist investor Trian Fund Management is making one final push for its fellow shareholders to vote in favor of its director nominees, on Monday announcing its candidates have received support from two "respected" institutional investors.

  • April 01, 2024

    Morris James Forms M&A Group With 3 Attys From Skadden

    Morris James LLP has hired three attorneys from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP to launch the Delaware firm's new corporate and mergers and acquisition practice and enhance its already established corporate law services, the firm said Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    GE Vernova Spinoff Approved, Valued At $35.7B

    General Electric Co. said its board has approved the previously announced spinoff of its electric power business GE Vernova, setting the new company up to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 2.

  • April 01, 2024

    Formula One Owner Buying MotoGP Racing Biz In $4.5B Deal

    Formula One owner Liberty Media Corp. said Monday that it had agreed to acquire MotoGP parent company Dorna Sports SL from Bridgepoint and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a deal worth €4.2 billion ($4.5 billion). 

  • April 01, 2024

    PE Firm Advent Buying Canada's Nuvei In $6.3B Deal

    Canadian fintech Nuvei Corp. said Monday it has agreed to be taken private by Advent International through an all-cash transaction that values Nuvei at approximately $6.3 billion, including debt.

  • April 01, 2024

    Global Tensions Stall Cross-Border Deals As Gov'ts Regroup

    Global cross-border mergers and acquisitions activity has fallen steadily from its 2021 peak, in part due to geopolitical issues that attorneys say are causing governments across the globe to bolster foreign investment policies and could lead investors to shift their geographic focus.  

  • April 01, 2024

    Masimo Rips Politan's New Attempt To Grab Board Seats

    Medical technology company Masimo Corp. on Monday pushed back against activist allegations of broken governance and lack of independent oversight, saying investor Politan Capital Management LP's plans to oust its current chairman and CEO contradict shareholders' best interests.

  • March 29, 2024

    Alleged 'Shadow Trader's Co-Worker Tells Jury Stocks Not Tied

    A co-worker of an ex-Medivation executive accused of "shadow trading" in rival Incyte's stock testified Friday as the first defense witness in his California federal civil trial, telling jurors that the two companies weren't competitors and that he wouldn't expect their stock prices to rise in tandem.

  • March 29, 2024

    Dem Cites 'Secret' Report Against Ticketmaster 'Rebates'

    A major congressional critic of Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Ticketmaster highlighted an expert report from a long-running lawsuit as further proof of the ticketing juggernauts' "rampant, corrupt and abusive practices," although assertions that the report was secret and only newly unearthed may be overblown.

  • March 29, 2024

    Innoviz's $1.4B SPAC Deal 'Abysmal,' Investor Tells Chancery

    A former stockholder of the special purpose acquisition company that took autonomous vehicle software provider Innoviz public has sued the architects behind the $1.4 billion merger in Delaware's Court of Chancery, accusing them of unjust enrichment and breaches of fiduciary duty and calling the transaction "abysmal" for investors.

Expert Analysis

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Reverse Merger Tips For Biotechs After SEC's Recent Actions

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    Several recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission developments could limit the viability of reverse mergers for biotech companies, and will require additional creativity and analysis for private companies looking to go public, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • What R&W Insurance Access Means For Small-Cap M&A

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    As a slowdown in mergers and acquisitions has increased insurer appetite for underwriting small-cap transactions, buyers of small and midsize enterprises stand to benefit from easier access to representations and warranties insurance, which can add protection and reassurance for all parties involved in a deal, say Caroline Thee and Ewelina Mikocewicz at Taft Stettinius.

  • Del. Dispatch: Efforts Clause Trumps Contractual Right

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's Chordia v. Lee ruling this month — that the efforts clause set forth in a stockholders' agreement overrode the acquired company's right to fire its officers and employees — highlights key considerations for parties in such agreements to avoid post-acquisition disputes, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

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    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Notes Of Interest From 5th Circ. Illumina-Grail Merger Ruling

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    Attorneys at Simpson Thacher consider the Fifth Circuit's recent decision upholding the Federal Trade Commission's challenge of the Illumina merger with Grail, its much-needed boost to the Biden administration's antitrust agenda, and some silver linings the decision offers to merging parties.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • GAO Decision Underscores Complexity Of '180-Day Rule'

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    The Government Accountability Office's ruling last month in Washington Business Dynamics, evaluating its eligibility for a small business set-aside contract, provides an important reminder for companies to stay vigilant of developments around the evolving "180-day rule" for submitting a proposal, say Stephen Ramaley and Adam Bartolanzo at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Bank M&A Considerations Amid 2024's Regulatory Uncertainty

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    Following the decline in banking mergers to the lowest level in more than a decade last year, receptiveness to community bank combinations and positive macroeconomic factors may help banks with less than $50 billion in assets see increased deal-making opportunities this year, despite regulatory uncertainty, say Robert Azarow and Amber Hay at Arnold & Porter.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Inside Del. Determinations Of Specific Performance In M&A

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    Delaware M&A rulings, including several from the end of 2023, shed light on the facts that courts may consider when determining whether a party to a transaction is entitled to specific performance, say attorneys at White & Case and Odeko.

  • 9 Contractual Issues Tech Startups Should Be Wary Of

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    Technology startups often overlook relatively simple but crucial contracting steps that are essential to owning and protecting their intellectual property, and the consequences of this will almost always surface at some point, typically in connection with a key investment or other significant transaction involving the business, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • A Potential Proactive Tool For Public-Private Joint Ventures

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    In the current environment of heightened antitrust enforcement, the National Cooperative Research and Production Act seems tailor-made for the collaborative work among competitors encouraged by the Biden administration's infrastructure and green energy funding legislation, say Jeetander Dulani and Susan Ebner at Stinson.

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