Mergers & Acquisitions

  • July 05, 2024

    Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court's lethargic pace of decision-making this term left the justices to issue a slew of highly anticipated and controversial rulings during the term's final week — rulings that put the court's ideological divisions on vivid display. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term.

  • July 05, 2024

    High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

    The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court's session ended with a series of blockbuster cases that granted the president broad immunity, changed federal gun policy and kneecapped administrative agencies. And many of the biggest decisions fell along partisan lines.

  • July 05, 2024

    5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

    When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

  • July 05, 2024

    $125M Deal To End Discovery-AT&T Merger Suit In Chancery

    A $125 million settlement is in the works for a nearly two-year-old, now-consolidated Delaware Court of Chancery suit filed by former Discovery Inc. stockholders challenging the company's $43 billion merger with AT&T in April 2022, according to a court filing Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    SEC Issues Guidance On Confidential IPOs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Corporation Finance Division has issued updated guidance explaining how companies can file confidential registration statements when preparing go-public transactions such as initial public offerings and blank check company mergers.

  • July 05, 2024

    Mayer Brown Study Shows Firms Are Playing AI Catch-Up

    A recent Mayer Brown LLP report shows that leaders at financial and investment firms see mergers and acquisitions as a key method to expand their artificial intelligence platforms, but they also think their firms aren't getting up to speed fast enough.

  • July 05, 2024

    Record PE Dry Powder Shows Slowed Exit Activity, Attys Say

    Optimism that private equity deal making will take off in 2024 is fading, and while activity has increased, the record amount of dry powder floating around the private equity space signals that fund managers may still be hesitant to transact.

  • July 05, 2024

    2024 Global M&A, Mega-Deal Values Outpacing 2023

    Dealmakers and the attorneys who represent them came into 2024 with a sense of cautious optimism about the mergers and acquisitions market.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

  • July 05, 2024

    Willkie Advising Saks Fifth Avenue On $2.65B Neiman Deal

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is advising Saks Fifth Avenue's parent company on its freshly inked deal to buy the Neiman Marcus Group, advised by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, at an enterprise value of $2.65 billion.

  • July 05, 2024

    FTC Wants Second Look At $1.6B CoStar, Matterport Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission has requested more information from CoStar Group and Matterport on a planned $1.6 billion merger that would round out CoStar's real estate analytics offerings with the latter company's virtual property tour platform.

  • July 05, 2024

    Cybersecurity Firm Noventiq Kills Plans To List Via SPAC Deal

    London-based cybersecurity services provider Noventiq Holdings PLC and blank-check company Corner Growth Acquisition Corp. have canceled their plans to merge in a deal that sought to take Noventiq public in the U.S. at an estimated $1 billion value, citing market conditions.

  • July 05, 2024

    Monthly Merger Review Snapshot

    A Federal Trade Commission loss became a win when a Fourth Circuit pause spurred Novant Health to walk away from its plans to purchase two North Carolina hospitals, Assa Abloy complained about the monitor observing its compliance with a U.S. Department of Justice merger clearance deal, and a Colorado judge preserved the state attorney general's challenge to Kroger-Albertsons.

  • July 05, 2024

    Glencore Gets Canadian OK For $7B Buy Of Steelmaking Biz

    Glencore PLC said Friday that Canada has given it the go ahead for its $6.93 billion acquisition of the steelmaking coal business of Teck Resources Ltd., clearing the final hurdle for the Anglo-Swiss commodities and mining giant.

  • July 04, 2024

    UK Insurance Investor Expands In Poland, Buys Broker

    Insurance acquisition vehicle PIB Group Ltd. said Thursday that it has bought a Polish broker, Nord Group, strengthening its foothold in the Eastern European country.   

  • July 04, 2024

    British Biz To Buy US Material Analysis Co. For $260M

    Spectris PLC said Thursday that it has acquired SciAps Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of analysis instruments, for up to $260 million as the British high-tech instrument maker seeks to expand its presence in North America.

  • July 03, 2024

    Petersen Health Lands $136M In Winning Asset Bids

    Petersen Health Care told a Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday it selected four successful bids, totaling roughly $135.8 million, for the company's skilled nursing facilities, including an offer worth $116.2 million from a stalking-horse bidder.

  • July 03, 2024

    Canadian IPO Market Remained Largely 'Deserted' In First Half

    Only 12 companies completed initial public offerings on Canadian exchanges in the first half of 2024 — half of which were actual operating businesses — continuing a multiyear decline in new listings for Canada, new data shows.

  • July 03, 2024

    Blackwells Loses Bid To See Disney Books On ValueAct

    The Walt Disney Co. does not have to give activist shareholder Blackwells Capital more information about an agreement that Disney made with ValueAct Capital, a Delaware Chancery Court judge ruled Wednesday, finding that Blackwells had "failed to meet its burden to prove a credible basis to suspect wrongdoing."

  • July 03, 2024

    SentinelOne Beats Investor Suit Over $27M Revision, For Now

    Cybersecurity company SentinelOne Inc. has beaten a proposed investor class action filed after its $27 million downward revision of one of its key business metrics for its 2023 fiscal year, though a California federal judge gave the shareholders a chance to revise their suit.

  • July 03, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Paramount-Skydance, EuroLeague, Hyundai

    Skydance closes in on an agreement to buy Paramount, PE firms eye EuroLeague basketball at a potential $1 billion valuation and Hyundai could raise $3.5 billion in its India unit's IPO. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • July 03, 2024

    Deal Reached In Del. Suit Targeting Gores-Backed UWM SPAC

    Architects of a $16 billion special purpose acquisition company merger that took United Wholesale Mortgage public have reportedly agreed to settle a Delaware Chancery Court stockholder suit accusing private equity billionaire Alec Gores and others of misleading investors.

  • July 03, 2024

    Assa Abloy Trying To Rewrite Merger Deal, Gov't Claims

    The U.S. Department of Justice fired back at Assa Abloy's bid to rein in a monitoring trustee installed after the company settled a government merger challenge, saying the company is trying to "walk away from its promises to the court" after completing its acquisition of Spectrum Brands' hardware and home improvement business.

Expert Analysis

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • A Look At M&A Conditions After FTC's Exxon-Pioneer Nod

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent consent decree imposing several conditions on Exxon Mobil's acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources helps illustrate key points about the current merger enforcement environment, including the probability of further investigations in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors, say Ryan Quillian and John Kendrick at Covington.

  • FTC Theories Of Harm After Anesthesia Co. Ruling

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    As Federal Trade Commission litigation against U.S. Anesthesia Partners proceeds following a Texas federal court's recent decision to dismiss a private equity sponsor from the suit, the case attempts to incorporate and advance some of the commission's theories of competitive harm from the final 2023 Merger Guidelines, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • BF Borgers Clients Should Review Compliance, Liability

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    After the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently announced enforcement proceedings against audit firm BF Borgers for fabricating audit documentation for hundreds of public companies, those companies will need to follow special procedures for disclosure and reporting — and may need to prepare for litigation from the plaintiffs bar, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Perspectives

    Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • What Updated PLR Procedure May Mean For Stock Spin-Offs

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    A recently published Internal Revenue Service revenue procedure departs from commonly understood interpretations of the spinoff rules by imposing more stringent standards on companies seeking private letter rulings regarding tax-free stock spinoff and split-off transactions, and may presage regulatory changes that would have the force of law, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • What's New In Kentucky's Financial Services Overhaul

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    Kentucky's H.B. 726 will go into effect in July and brings with it some significant restructuring to the Kentucky Financial Services Code, including changes to mortgage loan license fees and repeals of provisions relating to installment term loans and savings associations, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • FTC Noncompete Rule Risks A Wave Of State AG Actions

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    The Federal Trade Commission's final rule language banning noncompetes may contribute to a waterfall enforcement effect in which state attorneys general deploy their broad authority to treat noncompetes as separate and independent violations, say Ryan Strasser and Carson Cox at Troutman Pepper.

  • What Transactional Attys Must Know About Texas Biz Courts

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    As Texas prepares to launch its new business courts, transactional attorneys — especially those involved in commercial, securities and internal governance matters — should keep several issues in mind when considering use of the state's business court system to facilitate deals and settle disputes, say attorneys at Katten.

  • A Comparison Of FDIC, OCC Proposed Merger Approaches

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    Max Bonici and Connor Webb at Venable take a closer look at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's respective bank merger proposals and highlight certain common themes and important differences, in light of regulators continually rethinking their approaches to bank mergers.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

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