Mergers & Acquisitions

  • February 15, 2024

    7th Circ. Rejects Ancestry.com's Arbitration Bid In Privacy Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision that minors suing Ancestry.com for sharing their genetic testing information can avoid arbitration, saying there was no language in the terms their parents signed designating the children as parties to the agreement.

  • February 15, 2024

    Shoppers Say Albertsons-Kroger Suit Shortcomings Fixed

    Consumers challenging Kroger's $24.6 billion bid for Albertsons defended their revised lawsuit in California federal court against the supermarkets' latest dismissal bid, arguing their tweaked complaint now adequately identifies the affected stores and lays out how the deal threatens competition.

  • February 15, 2024

    HCA Says NC Hospital's Standard Of Care Hasn't Changed

    For-profit hospital network HCA Management Services has fired back at claims of rampant mismanagement at its Asheville, North Carolina, hospital, saying the state attorney general's office has made accusations about the quality of care that aren't based on the terms agreed to when HCA bought the hospital four years ago.

  • February 15, 2024

    DraftKings Paying $750M For Lottery App Jackpocket

    Digital sports and gambling company DraftKings Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to acquire U.S. lottery app Jackpocket for approximately $750 million, with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Cooley LLP representing the parties on the cash-and-stock deal. 

  • February 15, 2024

    Investor In Battery Co. Microvast Sues Over De-SPAC Merger

    Leaders of lithium-ion battery maker Microvast Holdings Inc. and the blank-check company that took it public in July 2021 were so "personally hellbent on completing the merger" for their own benefit that they deceived public investors into approving it, a shareholder alleges in a new Delaware Chancery Court suit.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trian Decries Disney's 'Spaghetti-Against-The-Wall' Strategy

    Walt Disney Co. shareholder and activist investor The Trian Group is taking a public swipe at the company's performance, criticizing its "fairy tale" and "spaghetti-against-the-wall" strategy to improve profits.

  • February 15, 2024

    From Farm Tiffs To Time-Warner Battles, Glasscock Saw It All

    Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III, due to retire later this year, presided over a wide-ranging caseload during his long Court of Chancery career. Since joining the court, initially as a master in chancery — a position now dubbed magistrate in chancery — he took on litigation that included disputes involving some of the country's largest corporations, while also juggling cases as local as illegal junkyard disputes and, in one instance, a deep dive into colonial-era land records in a dueling deeds lawsuit.

  • February 15, 2024

    Aurinia Refocusing After Failed Effort To Find A Buyer

    Kidney-focused biotech Aurinia Pharmaceuticals is hitting pause on drug development, cutting jobs and initiating a $150 million stock buyback program, the company disclosed in its year-end financial report Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Tax On Tribune's Cubs Sale Troubling, 7th Circ. Judge Says

    A Seventh Circuit judge said Thursday he was troubled by an IRS push to tax Tribune Media Co. on some gains from its sale of the Chicago Cubs that stemmed from a $425 million debt transaction, saying the agency seemed to ignore the relevant legal test.

  • February 15, 2024

    FTC's Khan Calls Healthcare 'Key' To Fight For Competition

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan told a conference of physicians the agency is fighting corporate control at several levels of the healthcare industry, touting the sector as a key battleground in the administration's push for more competition across the economy.

  • February 15, 2024

    Chancery Nixes Most Of Frank Founder's $835K Fee Demand

    The indicted founder of student financial planning venture Frank may not "shoehorn" new legal fee claims into a May 2023 court order that JPMorgan Chase Bank NA pay her defense on charges that she defrauded the bank when it bought her startup for $175 million in 2021, Delaware's Court of Chancery has ruled.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trump Social Media Blank-Check Merger Gets SEC Approval

    The blank-check company looking to take former President Donald Trump's social media platform public has obtained approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to move forward with the long-delayed merger, according to a recent regulatory filing.

  • February 15, 2024

    Japan's Renesas Paying $5.9B For Software Company Altium

    Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics said Thursday it has agreed to buy automation software company Altium Ltd. for about $9.1 billion Australian dollars ($5.9 billion) as it looks to bolster its electronics design product offerings, sending Altium's stock soaring about 29%.

  • February 15, 2024

    M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's mergers and acquisitions team tackled some of the biggest, industry-shaping matters of the last year, including advising Seagen in the biggest all-cash pharma deal and representing Amgen in its $27.8 billion acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics, landing the firm a spot on Law360's 2023 Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • February 15, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sony-Michael Jackson, Inspire IPO, Walmart

    Sony plans to acquire half of Michael Jackson's catalog; private equity firm Roark Capital is planning to list Inspire Brands, which owns Dunkin' and other food chains; and Walmart is pursuing an acquisition of TV maker Vizio. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • February 15, 2024

    Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock Retiring From Del. Chancery

    Delaware's Court of Chancery will lose its current longest-serving, and perhaps most folksy, jurist this year with the planned retirement of Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III from the court after nearly 25 years, Delaware's chief justice revealed today.

  • February 14, 2024

    Campbell Soup Says It Gave FTC Info For $2.7B Sauce Deal

    Campbell Soup Co. has given the Federal Trade Commission all the information the agency has asked for concerning its planned acquisition of Sovos Brands, the owner of the popular sauce brand Rao, before the agency decides whether to give the $2.7 billion union its blessing.

  • February 14, 2024

    Telefonica Gets Win In $570M Busted Deal Dispute

    A New York state judge has said Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica SA is entitled to compensatory damages in a suit it launched against Millicom International Cellular SA over claims the mobile provider reneged on a $570 million deal to buy Telefonica's Costa Rican subsidiary.

  • February 14, 2024

    Karuna Faces Investor Suit Over $14B Bristol Myers Buyout

    A Karuna Therapeutics Inc. shareholder has filed suit against the Boston-based biotechnology company alleging a proxy statement related to a proposed $14 billion buyout deal between Karuna and Bristol Myers Squibb contained false and misleading information and omitted key facts.

  • February 14, 2024

    Del. Justices Mull Reviving $500M Maxim Merger Suit

    Former shareholders of circuit maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. told Delaware's top court Wednesday the investors weren't fully informed when they approved a $21 billion merger with Analog Devices Inc. that also cut off a $500 million, four-quarter string of dividends.

  • February 14, 2024

    Adagio Medical Goes Public In $128M SPAC Merger

    Adagio Medical, a catheter ablation tech maker, and Arya Sciences, a special purpose acquisition company, said on Wednesday that they would merge, taking the combined company public at a $128 million value, guided by respective legal adviser Reed Smith and Kirkland.

  • February 14, 2024

    Colo. Wants To Stop $24B Kroger Merger, 'No Poach' Deal

    Colorado's attorney general on Wednesday sued to block a proposed $24.6 billion merger between Kroger and Albertsons, alleging in a state court complaint that the deal between the state's two largest grocery chains would result in a virtual monopoly in some regions and harm consumers and workers.

  • February 14, 2024

    Breast Implant Co. Wants Ch. 11 Sale Closed In 60 Days

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge granted breast implant manufacturer Sientra preliminary approval Wednesday to tap $22.5 million in Chapter 11 financing and start the process of selling its business within a two-month timetable.

  • February 14, 2024

    Drug Co. Paratek's Officers Sued In Del. Over $462M Sale

    Former stockholders of drug developer Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc. have sued five directors and officers in Delaware's Court of Chancery, accusing those named of slow-walking company sale efforts and snubbing up to 50% higher offers in favor of a $462 million deal that allegedly assured the directors and officers maximum benefits.

  • February 14, 2024

    Biotech Nabs $200M Via Private Placement, Starts CEO Search

    Public gene therapy company enGene Holdings Inc. announced Wednesday that it will sell 20 million of its common shares, raising an anticipated private placement of around $200 million, to fund the development of its lead compound EG-70.

Expert Analysis

  • Chancery's Sears Ruling Clarifies Stockholder Duties

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    In a recent landmark decision involving stockholders of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, the Delaware Chancery Court addressed for the first time what precise duties a controlling stockholder owes, highlighting that controller interference with board action is not per se invalid and that enhanced scrutiny is a reasonableness test, say Christopher Chuff and Taylor Bartholomew at Troutman Pepper.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • How Biotech Deals May Help Competition, Despite FTC View

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    The Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Sanofi's proposed partnership with Maze Therapeutics highlights increasing skepticism of so-called killer acquisitions, but a closer look reveals potentially legitimate reasons behind why entities might decide to delay or abandon the development of acquired products, say consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Series

    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Series

    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.

  • Series

    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.

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