Mergers & Acquisitions

  • February 07, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Full Del. High Court Asked To Revive $1.2B Crypto Merger

    Cryptocurrency wallet provider BitGo deserves the chance to go to trial with digital assets firm Galaxy Digital over their broken $1.2 billion merger because the dispute involves complex questions of administrative, agency and securities laws, as well as regulatory guidance, BitGo told Delaware's highest court Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    NGL Deal Adviser Urges Del. Justices To Uphold $36M Verdict

    An attorney for LCT Capital told Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday that a $36 million Delaware jury verdict favoring the institutional broker-adviser in a merger services dispute with NGL Energy Partners should carry "enormous" weight on its second appeal despite client protests.

  • February 07, 2024

    Lottery.com Beats Investor Suit Over Pre-IPO Disclosures

    A New York federal judge has dismissed consolidated securities class actions against third-party lottery website Lottery.com Inc., ruling that while some statements ahead of its 2021 initial public offering were false, the proposed class members failed to adequately allege the defendants intended to defraud investors.

  • February 07, 2024

    Matterport Stockholders Say Officials Wrongly Cashed $225M

    Shareholders of 3D model maker Matterport Inc. accused top company officials in Delaware Chancery Court of self-dealing by paying themselves performance rewards following a 2021 merger, even though the company hadn't met benchmarks to allow them to cash out $225 million in shares.

  • February 07, 2024

    Aera Energy Valued At $2.1B In California Resources Merger

    California Resources Corp. on Wednesday agreed to buy oil and gas producer company Aera Energy at a $2.1 billion valuation, in a deal the companies say will create California's top oil and gas producer, led by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP, respectively.

  • February 07, 2024

    With PE Exits Set To Surge, Buyers Must Act Quickly, Wisely

    Private equity exits are expected to rebound this year after a decade low in 2023, as investment time horizons expire and investors demand returns, but strategic buyers will need to act quickly and keep a finger on the market's pulse as competition heats up.

  • February 07, 2024

    FTC Says Layoff Shows Microsoft Will Control Activision

    The Federal Trade Commission, which is appealing a district court's refusal to block the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that a plan to lay off 1,900 video game workers undercuts assertions of an independent post-deal Activision.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer's Suit Over Class Action Coverage Early, Covisint Says

    An insurer's lawsuit seeking to dodge coverage for an underlying shareholder class action alleging an unfair merger should be dismissed, former Covisint executives told a Michigan federal court, saying the issue of coverage is not ripe for dispute.

  • February 07, 2024

    Australian Energy Cos. Woodside, Santos Cancel Merger Talks

    Australian energy companies Woodside and Santos said Wednesday that they had called off talks to merge, ending for now the possibility of forming a $52 billion energy giant by combining the companies.

  • February 07, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Guides Redx In $880M Cancer Drug Sale

    Biotechnology company Redx Pharma PLC on Wednesday said that it has agreed to sell global rights for further development of a cancer-fighting program to Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC for up to $880 million in a deal guided by Pinsent Masons LLP.

  • February 07, 2024

    Linklaters, Slaughter & May Guide £2.5B UK Builders' Merger

    Barratt Developments PLC said on Wednesday that it will acquire Redrow PLC in an all-share offer that values the rival homebuilder at £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) in a move it said will accelerate the construction of homes in Britain.

  • February 06, 2024

    AI Image Co. Hit With $14.1M Verdict Over Lowball Buyout

    A California federal jury returned a $14.1 million verdict Monday in favor of investors alleging AI-imaging software company ArcSoft and its billionaire CEO duped them into selling their shares for less than they were worth by hiding information about the business's success, its move to China and its eventual IPO.

  • February 06, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Nix Award In Telecom Shareholder Fight

    The Second Circuit affirmed an arbitration award ordering the sale of a Latin American telecommunications tower after telling the contesting shareholders during oral argument it sounded like they had "buyer's remorse" about choosing arbitration.

  • February 06, 2024

    Energy Firm Sued By Investors After $5M SEC Fraud Fine

    United Arab Emirates-based Brooge Energy Ltd. has been hit with a proposed class action, alleging it lied to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the public during the agency's investigation into the company's faulty accounting practices, which resulted in a $5 million fine last year.

  • February 06, 2024

    NY Marketing Co. Gets OK For $51M Sale To Lender

    The marketing firm Troika Media Group received final approval Tuesday of its $11 million debtor-in-possession loan from secured lender Blue Torch Finance, and for its $51 million credit sale to Blue Torch.

  • February 06, 2024

    Attys Seek $750K Fee In Del. For $6M Med Tech Co. Deal

    Proposed class attorneys who secured a $6 million settlement from medical device company AMDI Inc. after a purportedly underpriced and conflicted stock sale to an interest of Oracle founder Larry Ellison have asked Delaware's Chancery Court to approve $750,000 in attorney fees for their work.

  • February 06, 2024

    Davis Malm Guides Clean Harbors On $400M Hepaco Buy

    Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC-advised Clean Harbors Inc. said Tuesday it has struck an agreement with private equity firm Gryphon Investors to acquire its majority-owned portfolio company Hepaco, a provider of environmental and emergency response services, for $400 million in cash.

  • February 06, 2024

    Saul Ewing Minn. Partner Named Transactional Dept. Chair

    A former managing partner of Saul Ewing LLP's Minneapolis office will oversee more than 200 attorneys as the new chair of the Philadelphia-headquartered firm's transactional department.

  • February 06, 2024

    Cybersecurity Biz To Go Private Following $350M Merger

    External cybersecurity provider ZeroFox Holdings Inc., advised by Venable LLP, will no longer be a public company following its all-cash $350 million acquisition by private equity firm Haveli Investments, led by Ropes & Gray LLP, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • February 06, 2024

    Blackwells Starts Disney Proxy Fight, Blasts Fellow Activist

    Activist investor Blackwells Capital officially launched its proxy fight with Disney on Tuesday, urging the entertainment behemoth's shareholders to vote for its three board nominees and opposing the two offered up by fellow activist Trian Fund Management.

  • February 06, 2024

    Legato Merger's Third SPAC Prices $175M Offering

    Legato Merger Corp. III, a special-purpose acquisition company targeting infrastructure and construction-related industries, was slated to begin trading Tuesday after raising $175 million in an initial public offering, represented by Graubard Miller and underwriters' counsel Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ideanomics Not On Hook For EV Unit's Parts Contract

    Ideanomics has escaped an automotive parts manufacturer's lawsuit for now, with a Michigan state judge saying Monday there was insufficient evidence it took on the debts of an electric-vehicle company it acquired last year.

  • February 06, 2024

    Deal Reached To Fund E-Bike Co.'s Ch. 11 Admin Expenses

    An e-bike rental company and creditors have struck a budget agreement for administrative expenses after the company urged a Florida federal court to give final approval for $25.1 million in debtor-in-possession financing to fund operations through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

  • February 06, 2024

    Freshfields Helps Novartis Buy German Pharma In €2.7B Deal

    Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG has agreed to buy MorphoSys AG in a deal that values the German biopharmaceutical group at €2.7 billion ($2.9 billion) as it seeks to develop its oncology treatment options.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Banker Settles SEC's Civil Insider Trading Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a settlement resolving its civil claims against a former Goldman Sachs banker convicted of insider trading, according to a motion for consent judgment filed in New York federal court Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • New DOJ Roles Underscore National Security Focus

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent creation of two new leadership positions signals to the private sector that federal law enforcement is pouring resources into corporate investigations to identify potential national security violations, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • How To Navigate The FTC's New Private Equity Frontier

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent district court complaint against an anesthesia firm and its private equity partner tests key bounds of the agency's stand-alone authority, and defense strategies can include challenges to both the geographic and the service market fronts, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • Practicing Under DOJ 'Safe Harbor' Policy For M&As

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    The U.S. Justice Department's recently announced safe harbor policy for mergers and acquisitions offers greater specificity and predictability for acquiring companies that need time to self-report violations, but it's important to remember that the new window is not endless, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • SEC's Life Sciences Actions Utilize Novel Tools And Theories

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    Recent enforcement actions show that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is employing new forms of data analytics and noteworthy applications of insider trading laws in its scrutiny of fraud within the life sciences and health industries, say Edward Imperatore and Jina Choi at MoFo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    SEC Actions Against Musk Are Constitutionally Defective

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent subpoena enforcement action against Elon Musk may be constitutionally and statutorily deficient — and the commission staff who issued the subpoenas and the action may have been unconstitutionally appointed, say Alex Lipman at Lipman Law and Justin Weddle at Weddle Law.

  • Series

    Conn. Banking Brief: The Notable Compliance Updates In Q3

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    The most notable legal changes affecting Connecticut financial institutions in the third quarter of 2023 included increased regulatory protections for consumers, an expansion of state financial assistance for underserved communities, and a panoply of tweaks to existing laws, says Brian Rich at Barclay Damon.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • The Impact Of Proposed HSR Form Changes On Agency Staff

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent proposed changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification and Report Form will have the unintended effect of drastically increasing the burden on agency staff without an appreciable increase in their ability to detect potentially anti-competitive transactions, say Amanda Wait and Andrew Eklund at Norton Rose.

  • FTC's Health Co. Suit Indicates Agency's Private Equity Focus

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    The Federal Trade Commission's latest lawsuit against an anesthesia company and its private equity investor highlights the agency's willingness to regulate the health care industry even when relevant acquisitions are relatively dated or when the controlling entity's economic interest is under 50%, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • Top 4 Antitrust Enforcement Issues In Health Care Today

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent lawsuit against U.S. Anesthesia Partners exemplifies antitrust enforcement authorities' efforts to aggressively reshape the health care industry, ranging from new proposed rules to withdrawals of previous guidance, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

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