Mergers & Acquisitions

  • February 21, 2024

    PE Firm Can't Shake Ex-CEO's Retaliation Suit In NC

    A North Carolina federal judge has maintained the bulk of a former executive's suit accusing a private equity firm of duping him into accepting a top role at a defense supply unit and fired him when he refused to hide the company's financial reality from a major defense contractor client, reasoning that he satisfied pleading standards.

  • February 21, 2024

    SPAC Boom Costs Auditor $2M In PCAOB Fine

    New Jersey-based auditing firm WithumSmith+Brown PC was sanctioned with a $2 million fine Wednesday by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which accused the company of taking on more work than it could handle as the market for special purpose acquisition companies boomed.

  • February 21, 2024

    Calif. Bill Would Let AG Audit Private Equity Healthcare Deals

    California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Wood have filed legislation that will give the state's AG oversight of private equity and hedge fund acquisitions of healthcare facilities, saying that private equity is causing soaring consumer costs.

  • February 21, 2024

    Consumer Data Co. Gets OK For $50M Ch. 11 Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday approved the $50 million sale of Near Intelligence after being told that unsecured creditors' objections to the California-based consumer data gathering platform's Chapter 11 plan had been resolved.

  • February 21, 2024

    JPMorgan Got $400M Before Inovalon Sale, Del. Justices Hear

    Inovalon didn't properly disclose that investors that bought the healthcare data company in 2021 paid $400 million in fees to its financial adviser, a JPMorgan unit, before the transaction, a reason enough to revive a lawsuit challenging the $7.3 billion acquisition, counsel for stockholders told Delaware's Supreme Court Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Winston & Strawn Bolsters NY Office With Rocket Central Atty

    A former senior counsel for Rocket Central jumped back into private practice by joining Winston & Strawn LLP's New York office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Crown Castle Proxy Spat Pits Paul Weiss Against Cadwalader

    Crown Castle Inc.'s board has rejected four board nominees of one of its co-founders, Ted Miller, as a proxy fight pits the communications infrastructure company and its Paul Weiss counsel against Miller and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • February 21, 2024

    White & Case Lateral Spree Includes SEC Atty, 2 M&A Leaders

    White & Case LLP said it has hired three notable lateral partners, adding a cryptocurrency and cybersecurity specialist from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as former practice heads within the mergers and acquisitions realm from Paul Hastings LLP and Hogan Lovells.

  • February 21, 2024

    SPAC To Delist After Failing To Close Merger With Food Biz

    Blank-check company Bite Acquisition Corp. on Wednesday revealed that it received a letter from the New York Stock Exchange saying that it has determined to begin proceedings to delist the company's common stock because it failed to complete a business merger within the specified time frame.

  • February 21, 2024

    Bradley Arant Adds Ex-Baker Botts Labor, Employment Leader

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is deepening its bench in the Lone Star State with the addition of its latest partner in Dallas, the former chair of Baker Botts' labor and employment practice.

  • February 21, 2024

    Cruise Line Hornblower Hits Ch. 11 With Over $1B Debt

    Cruise line and ferry service Hornblower Group Inc. and affiliates on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas with a plan to cut $720 million from its more than $1 billion of debt through a deal that will hand majority control to private equity firm Strategic Value Partners.

  • February 21, 2024

    Saint-Gobain Weighs Buying Australian Rival CSR For $2.9B

    French construction materials giant Saint-Gobain said Wednesday it is exploring potentially buying CSR Ltd., an Australian rival, for approximately $4.5 billion Australian dollars ($2.9 billion), as the company eyes expanding overseas.

  • February 20, 2024

    Fubo Wants Sports Giants' 'Unlawful' Streaming Plan Blocked

    The streaming company Fubo asked a New York federal court on Tuesday to block a joint venture under which ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery would combine sports portfolios into one streaming app, claiming that the plan would harm competition and result in higher prices for consumers.

  • February 20, 2024

    US Trustee Wants Sorrento Ch. 11 Tossed Or Relocated

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has moved to have Sorrento Therapeutics' Chapter 11 case dismissed, alleging the biopharmaceutical company manufactured a venue in Texas bankruptcy court, even as the debtor asked for court approval to sell off its assets to its CEO under a revised reorganization plan.

  • February 20, 2024

    Audacy Ch. 11 Plan Reducing Debt By $1.6B Confirmed

    Radio station operator Audacy Inc. received approval on Tuesday for its prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, allowing it to convert about $1.6 billion of debt to equity and emerge from bankruptcy following approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • February 20, 2024

    DOJ Could See The Bright Side Of $35.3B Capital One Deal

    Despite the sticker shock of Capital One's $35.3 billion deal to acquire Discover Financial Services, experts believe it will ultimately be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, which for years has placed its antitrust microscope over the larger players in the credit card space. 

  • February 20, 2024

    UMG Snags Stake In Music Rights Co., Valuing Biz At $1.85B

    Music entertainment company Universal Music Group on Tuesday announced it plans to buy private equity giant KKR's minority stake in Chord Music Partners in a deal that values the music label at $1.85 billion and was built by six firms.

  • February 20, 2024

    FERC Greenlights $6.7B Vistra-Energy Harbor Merger

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a $6.7 billion proposed merger between Vistra Corp. and Ohio-based Energy Harbor LLC after taking extra time to review the tie-up amid competition concerns from both federal antitrust officials and state consumer advocates.

  • February 20, 2024

    Boomerang In Default For Silence On $7M Del. Contract Suit

    A defunct steel tube plant that failed to respond to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit seeking $7.35 million for unpaid invoices was found in default Tuesday after failing to appear in court for more than a year and a half.

  • February 20, 2024

    EU Approves Orange's €18.6B Spanish Telecoms JV

    Europe's competition enforcer on Tuesday approved a deal for Orange SA and MasMovil Ibercom SA to combine their operations in Spain through a €18.6 billion ($20.3 billion) joint venture after the companies agreed to sell spectrum to a growing mobile operator in the country.

  • February 20, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Repping Walmart In $2.3B Vizio Takeover

    Hogan Lovells-led Walmart Inc. announced its plans Tuesday to buy private smart television manufacturer Vizio in a $2.3 billion deal that will provide the retail giant with more places to sell ads and appeal to shoppers.

  • February 20, 2024

    Truist Selling Insurance Brokerage At $15.5B Value

    Truist Financial Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its remaining stake in subsidiary Truist Insurance Holdings to an investor group led by private equity firms Stone Point Capital and Clayton Dubilier & Rice, in an all-cash transaction that gives the insurance brokerage an enterprise value of $15.5 billion.

  • February 19, 2024

    Wachtell Lipton Guides Capital One On $35.3B Discover Deal

    Wachtell Lipton-advised Capital One said Monday it has agreed to acquire Discover Financial Services, guided by Sullivan & Cromwell, in a $35.3 billion all-stock deal that Capital One said will give it the ability to compete with the nation's top three credit card networks. 

  • February 19, 2024

    Gold Miner To Sell Russian Biz For $3.7B As Sanctions Bite

    Polymetal International said on Monday that it has agreed to sell its Russian business for an estimated $3.69 billion in cash and debt, as the precious metals giant looks to comply with international sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

  • February 19, 2024

    Currys Snubs Fund's £700M Proposal, JD.com Preps Rival Bid

    Currys PLC said Monday that it has rejected a proposed takeover offer from U.S. investment firm Elliott Advisors to buy the British retailer, saying it "significantly undervalued the company and its future prospects."

Expert Analysis

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Mitigating The Risk Of Post-Closing M&A Earnout Disputes

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    Today's uncertain deal environment makes a well-crafted earnout an excellent way for parties to accomplish a desired transaction that would not otherwise occur, but transacting parties also need to take key steps to avoid the risk of post-closing disputes that earnouts can present, say Chad Barton and Claire Lydiard at Holland & Knight.

  • Planning For Stymied HSR Filings At FTC If Shutdown Occurs

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    If the government were to shut down in early March, the inability to submit Hart-Scott-Rodino filings with the Federal Trade Commission would grind transactions to a halt, and parties should consider numerous implications as they are negotiating or planning to close pending transactions, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Texas Ruling Clarifies That Bankruptcy Shields LLC Rights

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    A Texas bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in In re: Envision makes it clear that the Bankruptcy Code preempts a section of Delaware state law that terminates a member’s interest in an LLC upon a bankruptcy filing, clarifying conflicting case law, say Larry Halperin and Joon Hong at Chapman and Cutler.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • What To Know About RWI In Acquisition And Divestiture Deals

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    As a slower pace of merger activity turns underwriters toward new industries, representations and warranties insurance policies are increasingly being written for acquisition and divestiture energy deals, making it important for contracting parties to understand how the RWI underwriting process works in this new sector, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • The Latest Antitrust Areas For In-House Counsel To Watch

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission's increasingly aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement means in-house counsel should closely monitor five key compliance issues, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Navigating New Regulations In Healthcare And Other M&A

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    While notice requirements recently enacted in several states are focused on the healthcare industry for now, this trend could extend to other industries as these requirements are designed to allow regulators to be a step ahead and learn more about a transaction long before it occurs, say Kathleen Premo and Ashley Creech at Epstein Becker.

  • Aviation Back On Course, But Keep Seat Belts Fastened

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    While the airline industry finally returned to profitability last year for the first time since the onset of COVID-19, and is poised for historic levels of traffic in 2024, supply chain problems and economic and geopolitical uncertainty persist — so more turbulence may lie ahead, say Kevin Lewis and Bart Biggers at Sidley.

  • Del. Dispatch: Clarification On Fiduciary Duties Of Controllers

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s January opinion in a Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores' stockholder dispute — holding that a controlling stockholder owes the company and minority shareholders some fiduciary duties when selling shares or voting to change the status quo — suggests instances where investors opposing board decisions should tread carefully, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Healthcare Collabs Can Alleviate Labor, Antitrust Challenges

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    Two major challenges facing hospitals and health systems include labor shortages and increased antitrust scrutiny at both federal and state levels, but collaborative efforts may help with addressing these difficulties, says Sumaya Noush at McDermott.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Assessing Merger Guideline Feedback With Machine Learning

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    Large language modeling appears to show that public sentiment matches agency intent around the new merger control guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department, says Andrew Sfekas at Cornerstone Research.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

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