Mergers & Acquisitions

  • 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.

  • March 29, 2024

    Blue Yonder Buying One Network For $839M

    Panasonic-owned supply chain management company Blue Yonder said Friday it has agreed to acquire digital supply chain network supplier One Network Enterprises for approximately $839 million.

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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