Following the Delaware Chancery Court’s ruling in In re Trulia, Inc. that effectively closed the door to 14(a) disclosure-based settlements in Delaware state court, federal courts saw an influx of 14(a) “merger objection” litigation. More often than not, these suits are quickly dismissed following the company’s issuance of a supplemental proxy with additional disclosures and the parties negotiate a mootness fee. The transaction closes and all parties move on — or so we thought. An emerging trend suggests that exposure to 14(a) claims may coming back from the near dead.
As law firms endeavor to survive in an increasingly competitive world, one strategy picking up steam is the law firm merger. In this article, we recap law firm merger activity in 2018 and consider the economic outlook for law firm mergers for 2019.
Thomas McThenia and Richard Markow
Like poorly-behaved school children, new technologies and intellectual property (IP) are increasingly disrupting the M&A establishment. Cybersecurity has become the latest disruptive newcomer to the M&A party.
Jonathan B. New and Elias D. Trahanas
Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken notable steps to advance the axiom that the business community and law enforcement are “partners, not adversaries.” DOJ has now taken its guidance one step further, announcing that the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy would apply to all potential wrongdoing discovered by an acquirer in the course of a merger or acquisition, not just to FCPA violations.
Hugh A. Simons and Nicholas Bruch
The Numbers Say Yes, But Not for the Reasons Many May Think
Conventional wisdom has it that mergers enhance profitability through increased revenues and reduced costs. However, the numbers contradict this view: post-merger revenues are lower relative to competitor firms than are the sum of the predecessor firms’ revenues, and costs per lawyer increase markedly.
Francis G.X. Pileggi
Mergers and Acquisitions
A few recent decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery provide useful information to corporate executives who are involved in the sale or purchase of businesses, or who are involved in joint ventures in which the sales price or the post-closing profit distribution is based on certain milestones being reached.
P. Clarkson Collins Jr.
Corporate practitioners have been closely following developments in Delaware's shareholder appraisal litigation. Much of the interest concerns the court's "fair value" determination and the risk that an acquiring company will have to pay appraisal petitioners more than the merger deal price. In a much-anticipated decision, the Delaware Supreme Court provides valuable guidance about the relative importance of the deal price in the court's adjudication of the "fair value" of a petitioner's shares.
Janice G. Inman
On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court upended years of jurisprudence to hand corporations a gift: a far more stringent definition of specific jurisdiction that will force plaintiffs to bring suit in multiple state courts rather than join their claims to those in far-flung jurisdictions.
Ronald J. Levine and Clifford Tatum
As corporations continue to reshape at a rapid rate, due diligence groundwork concerning product liability issues can be critically important. This article addresses how deals can be structured, and the areas that need to be explored, when evaluating a potential deal from the perspective of product liability.
Abbott Laboratories’ $5.8 billion proposed purchase of Alere, a Massachusetts medical testing company, is in trouble now that multiple criminal allegations have been leveled against Alere.