Mergers & Acquisitions

  • February 13, 2024

    Ambrx Shareholders Sue Over Proposed $2B J&J Deal

    Two new suits filed in Delaware federal court allege Ambrx Biopharma Inc. and its top executives omitted important information about a $2 billion proposed Johnson & Johnson buyout in the deal's proxy statement.

  • February 13, 2024

    Soroc Tech Sues In Del. For $115M Merger Takeback

    Soroc Technology Holdings LLC sued MainOne Technology Solutions LLC on Tuesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking recovery of the $115 million it paid in early 2022 for its acquisition of MainOne's interest in DecisionOne Corp.

  • February 13, 2024

    Food Co. Whole Earth Brands Taken Private In $209M Deal

    Food company Whole Earth Brands said Tuesday it will be acquired by private equity-backed Sweet Oak Holdings, which will take the company private in a deal worth about $209 million that was crafted by DLA Piper and Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • February 13, 2024

    Qihoo 360, Investors Ink $29.75M Deal Over $9.3B Merger Suit

    Investors suing Chinese software company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. asked a New York federal judge to approve a $29.75 million settlement ending claims the firm worked to push down its share price in order to pay shareholders an unfairly low price when it went private by means of a $9.3 billion merger.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurers Must Pay Pharma Co. Defense Costs In SEC Probe

    A drug development company formed by a merger is entitled to insurance payments for expenses it paid two of its former officers in connection with federal subpoenas because the insurer failed to show that an exclusion applied, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Kroger Says Its Past Shows Albertsons Deal Will Drop Prices

    Kroger has shared some statistics that it says show its merger with the country's second-biggest grocery chain, Albertsons, won't be a bad thing, pointing to evidence that prices usually drop at a grocery chain after being acquired by Kroger.

  • February 13, 2024

    Antitrust Issues To Watch In Sports Giants' Streaming Venture

    Few details were provided in last week's announcement of a joint venture under which ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery will combine their vast live sports portfolios into a single app. But as the companies work out the details of a project they hope to roll out this autumn, one thing is clear: The Justice Department is almost certain to take a look.

  • February 13, 2024

    Nava Health To Go Public Via $320M SPAC Merger

    Health clinic chain Nava Health is planning on going public through a merger with blank-check company 99 Acquisition Group in a $320 million deal led by two law firms, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    ESPN Bet To Launch In NY After Sports Betting Licenses Deal

    Penn Entertainment Inc. revealed Tuesday that it is acquiring New York mobile sports wagering licenses from Kirkland & Ellis LLP-advised Wynn Interactive Holdings for $25 million, allowing the entertainment giant to launch ESPN Bet in the state.

  • February 13, 2024

    Carl Icahn Sets Sights On JetBlue, Scooping 10% Share

    Activist investor Carl Icahn has revealed in a securities filing that he has amassed a nearly 10% stake in JetBlue Airways, a disclosure that sent the airline's stock price soaring more than 20% on Tuesday. 

  • February 13, 2024

    OpenText Wants Out Of Class Action Coverage Suit

    OpenText told a Michigan federal court it should be dismissed from an insurer's suit seeking to avoid coverage of a class action from former Covisint shareholders alleging an unfair merger, saying it's not involved in the underlying case and its only alleged connection is that it acquired outstanding Covisint stock.

  • February 13, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A pizza chain, an energy company, a medical-device maker and a Manila casino were all hit with book-and-record demands last week in Delaware's Court of Chancery. A shoe company also walked away from a shareholder suit, two cryptocurrency companies tallied the costs of a broken merger, and three cigarette giants argued over Florida settlement payments.

  • February 13, 2024

    Allen & Overy, Ropes & Gray Steer $1B Asset Manager Merger

    Financial services company LPL Financial, advised by Allen & Overy LLP, on Tuesday announced that it has agreed to buy wealth management solutions holding company Atria Wealth Solutions Inc., advised by Ropes & Gray LLP, for up to $1.035 billion in a deal that adds approximately $100 billion worth of assets to LPL's portfolio.

  • February 13, 2024

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP guided Exxon Mobil Corp. in its agreement to buy Permian Basin shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources for $59.5 billion, the largest deal announced in 2023, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • February 13, 2024

    Elliott Nails 1st Board Seat At Phillips 66 After Prior Demand

    Oil refiner Phillips 66 said Tuesday it has named former Cenovus Energy executive Robert W. Pease to its board, caving to pressure from Elliott Investment Management after the activist investor revealed it bought up a $1 billion stake in the company and was seeking two board seats.

  • February 13, 2024

    Akerman Grows In NY With Real Estate, Corporate Additions

    Akerman LLP recently announced two additions to its New York office: a former Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP partner and an attorney who helped launch the Washington, D.C., office of an international law firm.

  • February 13, 2024

    EU Conditionally Clears Korean Air's Acquisition Of Asiana

    The European Commission granted conditional approval on Tuesday for the proposed $1.6 billion acquisition of Asiana Airlines by Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. after accepting modifications to allay competition concerns.

  • February 13, 2024

    The Body Shop Appoints Administrators After PE Buyout

    The Body Shop on Tuesday appointed administrators to restructure its business, just months after the British cruelty-free cosmetics and skin care brand was bought out by European private equity firm Aurelius Group for £207 million ($261 million).

  • February 13, 2024

    Breast Implant Maker Sientra Hits Ch. 11 With $82M In Debt

    Breast implant maker Sientra Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with $82 million in debt, saying it is seeking a buyer for the business in the face of declining sales.

  • February 12, 2024

    Live Nation Buyers Urge 9th Circ. To Nix Arbitration Rules

    Consumers suing Live Nation and Ticketmaster in a proposed antitrust class action have told the Ninth Circuit that a district court correctly ruled the companies' failure to tell ticket buyers they were switching to a new arbitrator is "procedurally unconscionable to an extreme degree."

  • February 12, 2024

    Assure Buys Danam Health To Form $150M Business

    Neurology services company Assure and wellness platform Danam Health said Monday that they will merge in a deal valuing the combined company at roughly $150 million, led by respective legal advisers Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Dykema & Gossett PLLC.

  • February 12, 2024

    Alys Pharmaceuticals Launches With $100M In Financing

    A new immuno-dermatology company created as an amalgamation of six separate startups launched on Monday with $100 million in financing to target dermatological indications.

  • February 12, 2024

    Kodiak Gas Gives Enforcers More Time To Review $854M Deal

    Kodiak has given enforcers more time to review its planned $854 million deal for CSI Compressco, which would combine two major providers of compression services to the oil and gas industry.

  • February 12, 2024

    Oil Driller Accused Of Using Creditor Assets For Ch. 11

    A group of claimants in a Texas-based oil driller's Chapter 11 case recently asked a bankruptcy judge to reject the debtor's proposal for reorganization, alleging the plan would unlawfully use their property interests to pay off the company's debts and administrative costs.

  • February 12, 2024

    Musk Can't Dodge SEC Questions About $44B Twitter Buy

    A California federal judge has told Elon Musk that he must appear before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to testify about his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, waving off the billionaire's assertions that the agency was harassing him via a series of seemingly endless investigations.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • The Year Ahead In Foreign Investment And National Security

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    In 2024, expect the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, already at the forefront of addressing national security threats, to increase monitoring and enforcement related to outbound investment, focus on supply chain resilience in nondefense sectors, and heighten oversight of agricultural transactions, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Antitrust Enforcement Initiatives To Watch In 2024

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    The U.S. Department of Justice is likely to prioritize information-sharing prosecutions in 2024, following last year's withdrawal of safe harbors, as well as labor market enforcement after trial losses forced a pullback in 2023, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

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