Mergers & Acquisitions

  • April 04, 2024

    Pump Co. Ch. 7 Trustee's $59.7M Case Could Go Before Jury

    A Chapter 7 trustee and the owners of a Connecticut pump manufacturer will square off in federal district court over claims that executives raided $59.7 million from the Nash Engineering Co.'s coffers, lined its stockholders' pockets and plunged the entity into bankruptcy to avoid paying asbestos injury claims.

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Points Jury To 'Coincidence' In Shadow Trading Trial

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney on Thursday cross-examined a former executive of pharmaceutical company Medivation about his alleged "shadow trading" in the stock of rival pharma company Incyte, pressing the executive repeatedly to assert that various facts and circumstances supporting the agency's position were merely "coincidence."

  • April 04, 2024

    MoneyLion's Woes Draw Del. Suit Against SPAC Insiders

    Investors have sued the sponsor of a blank-check company and several of its directors and controllers in Delaware's Chancery Court, accusing them of overvaluing a merger with digital finance platform MoneyLion, which was sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2022.

  • April 04, 2024

    Snowflake Investor Accuses Brass Of Insider Trading

    A Snowflake Inc. investor filed a lawsuit Thursday against the cloud data platform's leadership team, accusing company insiders of shedding over $1 billion worth of stock at inflated prices while knowing about or recklessly disregarding a scheme to misrepresent sales data following the company's $3.3 billion public debut.

  • April 04, 2024

    Caterpillar 'Talking Out Both Sides,' Judge Says

    A Delaware federal judge chastised Caterpillar Inc. ahead of trial in a series of orders mostly siding with claims from a defunct construction equipment supplier accusing the company of pressuring an online auctioneer to break an important contract with the would-be competitor.

  • April 04, 2024

    Snell & Wilmer Adds Former McDermott Partner In Dallas

    A former McDermott Will & Emery partner and tax specialist has joined Snell & Wilmer's Dallas office to advise clients on cross-border transactions, particularly in Latin America and Mexico.

  • April 04, 2024

    Kiss Sells Their Souls To PE Fund, Throws In Music Too

    Less than a year after playing their final show, members of '70s rock band Kiss said on Thursday that they're selling off their intellectual property to a private equity outfit owned by the guitarist of ABBA who is already promising investors that "plans for a biopic, an avatar show, and a Kiss-themed experience are already in the works."

  • April 04, 2024

    Latham Led Firms In 1st Quarter IPOs As Outlook Brightens

    Latham & Watkins LLP guided the most initial public offerings among law firms in the year's first quarter, benefiting from an improved fundraising climate that is spreading optimism for IPO lawyers at many firms as the second quarter unfolds.

  • April 04, 2024

    Novo Holdings, Catalent Reset Review Clock On $16.5B Deal

    Novo Nordisk Foundation has given the Federal Trade Commission more time for an initial review of Novo Holdings' plan to acquire Catalent in a deal that values the pharmaceutical services company at $16.5 billion.

  • April 04, 2024

    Structure Defense Remains In FTC Hospital Case, But Not Hearing

    When the Federal Trade Commission goes to trial April 29 against an allegedly anti-competitive hospital merger, the agency won't have to contend with defense assertions that its structure is unconstitutional right away, but a North Carolina federal judge refused Thursday to scrub them entirely.

  • April 04, 2024

    Wash. AG Defends Authority To Block Kroger-Albertsons Deal

    The Washington Attorney General's Office has told a state court that a local consumer protection law allows it to bring actions challenging anti-competitive mergers and urged the court to reject contentions from Kroger and Albertsons that the state lacks authority to block a nationwide deal.

  • April 04, 2024

    Large-Cap PE Specialist Moves To Sidley From Paul Weiss

    A veteran private equity attorney has joined Sidley Austin LLP's mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice in New York from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he told Law360 in a Thursday interview that he will continue representing large cap private equity firms amid an anticipated uptick in both platform acquisitions and exits. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Boston Scientific's $3.7B Axonics Buy Under FTC Microscope

    Biomedical engineering company Boston Scientific Corp. on Thursday disclosed that the Federal Trade Commission requested more information on its planned $3.7 billion acquisition of medical technology company Axonics, which will result in a delay in the deal's closing.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ex-CEO Reaches Legal Fee Agreement With Trump-Tied SPAC

    A Delaware vice chancellor has signed off on an agreement between Donald Trump-tied Digital World Acquisition Corp. and its former CEO to have the venture pay his legal costs related to federal probes and litigation in multiple states.

  • April 04, 2024

    Top M&A Advisers Of Q1 Include Kirkland, Skadden

    Global law firms Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were among the most active legal counsel providers for global mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of this year, according to a new report from the London Stock Exchange Group. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Del. Justices Reverse Chancery On Match.com Deal Fairness

    Delaware's Supreme Court on Thursday undid a Chancery Court dismissal of a challenge to Match.com's 2019 reverse-spinoff from Barry Diller-controlled IAC Interactive, in a closely watched case rejecting the lower court's finding that Match had justified the use of a less onerous fairness test.

  • April 04, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Alphabet, Honeywell, Syngenta IPO

    Google parent Alphabet is exploring whether to make an offer to acquire software company HubSpot; Chinese regulators encouraged pesticides giant Syngenta to pull its $9 billion IPO over concerns it could unsettle China's volatile market, and Honeywell wants to sell its personal protective equipment unit. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • April 04, 2024

    Insurer Resolution Life To Buy New Zealand Biz For $247M

    Resolution Life said on Thursday that its Australasian arm has agreed to buy Asteron Life, an insurer based in New Zealand, for 410 million New Zealand dollars ($247 million), as the global group eyes entry into the country's growing insurance sector.

  • April 04, 2024

    Mondi £5.1B Offer Deadline For DS Smith Extended

    Packaging business DS Smith said Thursday that its rival Mondi PLC has been granted extra time to make a £5.1 billion ($6.5 billion) all-share offer as a bidding war for DS with International Paper Co. continues.

  • April 04, 2024

    UK Deepens Probe Into Vodafone-Three Telecoms Merger

    Britain's antitrust authority said Thursday that it has launched an in-depth probe into plans by Vodafone and Three to merge their U.K. telecommunications networks to create a £16.5 billion ($21 billion) mobile operator after the companies failed to alleviate competition concerns.

  • April 03, 2024

    Antitrust Suits Remain Low Despite Slight 2023 Spike

    Federal enforcers and private plaintiffs filed more new antitrust cases last year than the year before but the slight uptick still kept 2023 as the second lowest in a decade, according to a new Lex Machina report.

  • April 03, 2024

    Accused 'Shadow Trader' Takes Stand To Slam SEC's Case

    A former Medivation executive accused of "shadow trading" when he purchased stock in rival Incyte testified in his California federal civil trial Wednesday that he didn't base that decision on confidential information, and he didn't think even "for one second" that he was violating securities laws.

  • April 03, 2024

    Israel-Hamas War No Excuse To Skip Discovery: Ch. 11 Judge

    A Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday penalized an Israeli creditor pursuing a roughly $13 million Chapter 11 claim against a California-based air purifier maker, finding the conflict between Israel and Hamas is not a valid excuse for repeatedly missing discovery deadlines.

  • April 03, 2024

    Hawaii Bio Power Co. Can't Add Merger-Based Antitrust Claims

    A Hawaii federal magistrate judge has refused to permit the addition of new allegations, based on a 2017 fossil fuel plant acquisition, to a recently restarted lawsuit accusing the state's largest power company of anticompetitively canceling a contract for a new biomass energy plant.

  • April 03, 2024

    AT&T Faces Investor Suit Over $43B WarnerMedia Spinoff

    A Warner Bros. Discovery shareholder accused AT&T and its CEO John Stankey of hiding how serious the company's problems were as it spun off its $43 billion WarnerMedia unit, alleging that caused Discovery to pay far too much when it merged with its fellow news and entertainment giant. 

Expert Analysis

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    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • Time To Step Up PFAS Due Diligence In Cross-Border M&A

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    Regulations in the U.S. and EU governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances will likely evolve to become global standards out of necessity and scale, so PFAS due diligence — particularly for buyers, sellers, and lenders and investors involved in multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions — will be essential in 2024, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • What Can Be Learned From Adobe-Figma Merger Termination

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s role in the recent termination of the proposed Adobe-Figma merger deal indicates the regulator's intention to be seen as a strong enforcer in the technology sphere, and serves as a warning for companies to address antitrust risks early on in the merger process, say Deirdre Taylor and Molly Heslop at Gibson Dunn.

  • Wachtell-X Ruling Highlights Trend On Arbitrability Question

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    A growing body of case law, including a California state court's recent decision in X Corp. v. Wachtell, holds that incorporation of specific arbitral body rules in an arbitration provision may in and of itself constitute clear and unmistakable evidence of delegation of arbitrability to an arbitrator, and thus such clauses should be drafted carefully, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Consider A Key Insurance Tool For Environmental M&A Deals

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    Transactional liability insurance can be a useful risk allocation tool for completing mergers and acquisitions in the renewable energy and climate and clean technology sectors, though policies must be structured carefully to achieve maximum coverage, say Joseph Castelluccio and Paul de Bernier at Mayer Brown.

  • 2 FCPA Settlements Illuminate Self-Disclosure, Disgorgement

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    Two of last year’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements — with biomedical company Lifecore and mining company Corsa Coal — suggest that the government will be much more flexible in negotiating disgorgement amounts if an entity voluntarily self-discloses misconduct, say Michael Gilbert and Lucas Amodio at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Opinion

    Conflicts Abound When Activist Short-Sellers Publish Reports

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    The self-serving relationship between activist short-sellers and plaintiff-side litigators is conflict-ridden and hinders the fact finder's impartiality when a short report forms the basis for lead plaintiffs' allegations, say Nessim Mezrahi and Stephen Sigrist at SAR.

  • Financing Healthcare Deals In Uncertain Markets This Year

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    As challenges to closing and financing new deals prevail into 2024, lenders in new healthcare transactions are talking about alternative approaches for sponsors to consider, such as private credit alternatives and utilization of junior capital, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Copyright And Generative AI Developments To Watch In 2024

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    This year could bring clarity to critical copyright issues raised by the recent surge of development in generative AI platforms, as Congress continues its legislative focus in this area and litigation tests theories of liability, say Joshua Weigensberg and Felicity Kohn at Pryor Cashman.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Antitrust And ESG: Maximizing Targets, Ensuring Compliance

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    Jennifer McAlpin at Verizon and Michaela Spero at Amadeus consider the convergence of antitrust and environmental, social and corporate governance factors, providing an executive overview of areas to watch, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as practical implementation tips for general counsel.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • SEC Case May Expand Scope Of Insider Trading Liability

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's first-of-its-kind enforcement action against an individual in a case involving "shadow trading" demarcates an expansion of insider trading liability to circumstances in which there is a market connection between the source of information and the issuer of the securities traded, say attorneys at Steptoe.

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