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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • May 17, 2019

    Group Questions T-Mobile's Lifeline Pledge, Drawbacks

    In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission Thursday, an Oklahoma phone company expressed doubt that T-Mobile would maintain a commitment to the Lifeline program for low-income consumers, citing the company’s track record of limited participation.

  • May 17, 2019

    JP Morgan Chase To Buy Medical Payments Co. InstaMed

    J.P. Morgan Chase announced on Friday its intention to purchase health care payments company InstaMed, which features a cloud-based payments platform, bolstering the bank’s investments in payment services and making inroads into the health care industry.

  • May 17, 2019

    Global Brass Hit With Investor Suit Over $963M Deal

    Global Brass and Copper Holdings Inc. failed to give stockholders enough information about its proposed $963 million tie-up with Wieland-Werke AG for them to make an informed vote on the transaction, an investor told a Delaware federal court Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    Why Law Firms Must Have A Compliance Plan For PE Clients

    As the SEC focuses on compliance in private equity investments, legal advisers must be ready to help clients assess risk, look for red flags at target companies and implement formal compliance systems, because the simple act of having a plan in place can win favor with regulators.

  • May 17, 2019

    Don't Miss It: Paul Weiss, Kirkland Lead Week's Hot Deals

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in recent days helmed by firms such as Paul Weiss and Kirkland. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you might have missed.

  • May 17, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: OneConnect, Starz, Carrefour

    A financial technology unit of Chinese conglomerate Ping An Insurance has tapped advisers related to its plans to go public in Hong Kong, Lions Gate rebuffed a $5 billion offer for its Starz network from CBS Corp, and Carrefour is considering selling a minority stake in its Chinese business.

  • May 17, 2019

    No Delay For CVS-Aetna Deal Review

    The U.S. Department of Justice deal clearing the CVS-Aetna merger remains bound for review with live witness testimony in early June after a D.C. federal judge rejected CVS Health Corp.'s bid to delay the first-of-its-kind review by more than a month.

  • May 17, 2019

    8 Firms Steer 5 IPOs Topping $1B Led By Diamondback Unit

    Eight firms will lead five initial public offerings that could raise more than $1.1 billion in combined proceeds during the week of May 20, led by a Diamondback Energy subsidiary's IPO and joined by smaller offerings among blank check and biotechnology companies.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wollmuth Maher Snags NOLA Energy Atty For NYC Office

    Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP has bolstered its bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency group with a former Skadden and McGlinchey Stafford attorney who specializes in the energy industry.

  • May 17, 2019

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Kirkland, Proskauer

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, KPS Capital Partners buys an air and gas business from Colfax, Hewlett-Packard takes over the supercomputer company Cray, and French chemical maker Arkema purchases an additive manufacturer.

  • May 17, 2019

    Polsinelli Lands New York M&A Shareholder From Westerman

    A deal-focused attorney who steers public companies and private equity sponsors has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in New York from Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein LLP.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wachtell, Fenwick Shape Hewlett-Packard's $1.3B Cray Buy

    Hewlett-Packard, led by Wachtell, unveiled plans Friday for a $1.3 billion takeover of Fenwick client and supercomputer company Cray as it looks to meet growing data processing needs.

  • May 16, 2019

    Greenberg Traurig To Open Milan Office, Its 40th Worldwide

    Greenberg Traurig LLP said Thursday it will acquire a boutique law firm in Milan and open an office in the northern Italian city, marking its fifth location in Europe and its 40th in the world.

  • May 16, 2019

    Nexeo Investor Seeks Del. Share Appraisal After $2B Sale

    A fund of Burford Capital Investment Management LLC sued in Delaware's Chancery Court Thursday for post-merger appraisal of its 5 million Nexeo Solutions Inc. shares, two months after the closing of Nexeo's $2 billion sale to Univar Inc.

  • May 16, 2019

    Del. High Court Turns Down Challenge To Equus Stock Plan

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday stood by a Chancery Court ruling that investment company Equus Total Return satisfied its duty to inform stockholders about a stock incentive plan, refusing to give new life to a proposed class action claiming Equus kept investors in the dark.

  • May 16, 2019

    Halting Anti-Competitive Conduct Not Enough, Vestager Says

    The European Union's top antitrust official suggested Thursday that the bloc's enforcers need to do more than just stop anti-competitive behavior in fast-moving digital markets, arguing for more proactive authority that can force companies to actually shore up the competition they allegedly undermined.

  • May 16, 2019

    Del. Justices Agree Tech Co. Sale Didn't Harm Shareholders

    Despite winning fiduciary breach claims against directors and an activist hedge fund over the 2014 sale of a tech company, shareholders lost an appeal Thursday asking the Delaware Supreme Court to reverse a finding that they weren't harmed by the breach.

  • May 16, 2019

    Proskauer, Kirkland Lead French Chemical Maker's $570M Buy

    French chemical maker Arkema said Thursday it has agreed to buy private equity-backed additive manufacturer ArrMaz for $570 million in a deal guided by Proskauer Rose, Kirkland & Ellis and Nob Hill Law Group that will build out the company’s offerings for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure.

  • May 16, 2019

    Columbia Pipeline Investors Call TransCanada Deal Flawed

    Shareholders seeking appraisal of their stock in Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Thursday the $13 billion deal with TransCanada that spurred the appraisal action was too flawed to allow the deal price to be used as a gauge of fair value.

  • May 16, 2019

    State AGs Want In On CVS-Aetna Deal Review

    Attorneys general from California, Florida and three other states that helped the U.S. Department of Justice craft a deal clearing the CVS and Aetna merger want time to defend the agreement amid the deal's unusual review process playing out in D.C. federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

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    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Activist Investors And The Evolving Role Of Directors

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    Recent developments between Arconic and activist investor Elliott exemplify the need for directors to be more informed and involved on the day-to-day operations of a company — and less reliant on, and more skeptical of, management, say Morton Pierce and Michelle Rutta of White & Case.

  • To Guard Against Waiving Privilege, Don't CC The Boss

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    Argos Holdings v. Wilmington Trust, a recent New York federal court opinion, cautions that attorneys and companies should not simply assume that privileged communications may be shared with a company’s owner or affiliates without waiving attorney-client privilege, even when the company’s and the owner’s interests are completely aligned, say attorneys at Katten Muchin.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Pitfalls To Avoid As Cannabis M&A Takes Off

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    Although 2019 is shaping up to be a banner year for mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis industry, parties must be mindful of the particular challenges of these deals, such as often contradictory regulatory regimes, significant stock price volatility and inflated valuation metrics, says John Bessonette of Kramer Levin.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • How Del. High Court Sees Discussion Vs. Negotiation In M&A

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    Although there is still no bright-line test, last month's Delaware Supreme Court decision in Olenik v. Lodzinski clarified the difference between “preliminary discussions” and “negotiations” for purposes of the requirement set forth in the 2014 case Kahn v. M&F Worldwide, say attorneys at Fried Frank.