Mergers & Acquisitions

  • 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.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cannabis Fintech Withheld $500K In $7.5M Deal, Suit Says

    A Washington state-based fintech firm that provides payment solutions to cannabis retailers failed to pay the final $500,000 in a $7.5 million deal to buy a rival company, according to a breach-of-contract suit filed in Seattle federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Frank Execs Say JPMorgan Is Withholding Communications

    Charlie Javice and Olivier Amar, the indicted former executives of student loan startup Frank, asked a Manhattan federal judge Saturday for an extension of time to decide on raising an advice-of-counsel defense at their trial, saying they can't make a decision yet because JPMorgan is withholding discovery of their communications with Frank's general counsel.

  • February 12, 2024

    Online Marketplace Wish Sold At Steep Discount To $1.1B IPO

    ContextLogic Inc. announced Monday that it would sell off its operating assets and liabilities, including the e-commerce platform Wish, to Qoo10 for $173 million, in a deal that represents a significant drop-off from Wish's $1.1 billion initial public offering in 2020 and that was driven by respective legal advisers Sidley Austin LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 12, 2024

    Tod's Stock Rises After Go-Private Takeover Bid Disclosed

    Italian luxury shoe and apparel manufacturer Tod's Group experienced a more than 18% stock bump Monday after disclosing a go-private offer from private equity firm L Catterton valued at €43 ($46.36) per share.

  • February 12, 2024

    Viking Energy Shareholder Says Merger Was For CEO's Gain

    The former CEO of Texas energy company Viking Energy Group Inc. has been slapped with a proposed shareholder class action claiming he pursued a merger with a "financially troubled" shell company in order to provide himself with an exponentially greater claim of Viking's economic value.

  • February 12, 2024

    AI Cybersecurity Biz Secures $102M Of VC-Led Financing

    Information technology security company Bugcrowd announced Monday that it secured a $102 million investment to grow its crowdsourced, artificial intelligence-powered security platform offerings globally.

  • February 12, 2024

    Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP guided the Snyder family through a tense environment to seal the $6.05 billion sale of the Washington Commanders and advised WestRock's complicated $20 billion combination with Smurfit Kappa, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Mergers and Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • February 12, 2024

    Gilead Buying Liver Disease Drugmaker CymaBay For $4.3B

    Gilead Sciences Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to purchase liver disease-focused clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. for $4.3 billion in cash.

  • February 12, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Builds Out Corp. Group With 2 Partners

    Hogan Lovells announced Monday it has bolstered its corporate and finance group with the hiring of new partners in New York and Boston.

  • February 12, 2024

    Martin Marietta Paying $2B For Blue Water Raw Materials Ops

    Cravath-advised building materials supplier Martin Marietta Materials Inc. said Monday it has agreed to buy 20 active aggregate operations across five states from Blue Water Industries LLC, represented by Wachtell Lipton, for $2.05 billion in cash. 

  • February 12, 2024

    Diamondback Buying Endeavor In $26B Permian Megamerger

    Diamondback Energy Inc. said Monday it has agreed to buy Endeavor Energy Resources LP in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $26 billion, inclusive of Endeavor's net debt, to create the premier independent operator in the Permian Basin.

  • February 12, 2024

    French Music Label Tunes In To €1.5B Bid From Founder

    French digital music label Believe SA said Monday that it has been handed a €1.46 billion ($1.57 billion) offer by an investment consortium that includes its founder to take the company off the French stock exchange.

  • February 09, 2024

    No More Shady Trading For Ex-FBI Trainee After BigLaw Theft

    The former FBI trainee who secretly traded nonpublic information that he stole from his BigLaw associate ex-girlfriend has agreed to a civil judgment against him permanently barring him from violating securities laws, a judgment entered just months after he pled guilty to insider trading.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Cross-Market Implications In FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent complaint against a private equity firm's acquisition of anesthesiology practices highlights the controversial issue of cross-market harm in health care provider mergers, and could provide important insights into how a court may view such theories of harm, say Christopher Lau and Dina Older Aguilar at Cornerstone Research.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Inside Bank Regulators' Community Lending Law Overhaul

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    The federal banking agencies' recently finalized changes to the Community Reinvestment Act not only account for the gradual shift to an environment where lending and deposit-taking are primarily conducted online, but also implement other updates such as diversity initiatives and a new series of lending tests, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Sellers Seeking Best Deal Should Focus On Terms And Price

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    Rising interest rates and a decline in the automotive mergers and acquisitions market mean that a failed deal carries greater stakes, and sellers therefore should pursue not only the optimum price but also the optimum terms to safeguard their agreement, says Joseph Aboyoun at Fox Rothschild.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Competition Considerations From Biden's AI Executive Order

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    In light of President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence and the antitrust agencies' expansive enforcement posture, businesses in the technology and related industries should expect scrutiny, and avoid interactions that could be perceived as unlawful collaborations or exchange of competitively sensitive information, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Tips For Avoiding Disputes From M&A Earnout Provisions

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    Attorneys at Freshfields review key Delaware cases to outline several important considerations that may reduce the risk of an earnout dispute arising from a merger agreement and help the parties navigate disputes when they do occur.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

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