Mergers & Acquisitions

  • June 12, 2024

    Shareholders To Settle Discovery-AT&T Merger Suit In Del.

    Former shareholders of Discovery Inc. who sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over the media entertainment company's $43 billion merger with AT&T in 2022 have agreed to settle their class action and intend to finalize settlement documentation by July 5, the parties told the court late on Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    2nd Circ. Cites Macquarie In Booting Suit Over Go-Private Deal

    The Second Circuit refused to revive a proposed class action accusing a real estate services provider of artificially depressing share prices, applying apparently for the first time the U.S. Supreme Court's Macquarie decision on alleged failures to disclose certain information.

  • June 11, 2024

    HashiCorp Hit With Investor Suit Over $6.4B Sale To IBM

    Software company HashiCorp Inc. and its board members face an investor suit seeking to halt an upcoming shareholder vote on a proposed $6.4 billion acquisition of HashiCorp by tech giant IBM, alleging the deal would unfairly benefit company insiders and hasn't been properly detailed in required filings.

  • June 11, 2024

    Slow IPO Recovery Expected To Accelerate In 2025

    More companies are preparing initial public offerings even as the pace of new listings has been slower than anticipated, experts said Tuesday, signaling that an IPO recovery is likely to accelerate next year after investors sort out November election results.

  • June 11, 2024

    FTC Gets Short Extension On Novant Deal Pause

    A North Carolina federal court Tuesday extended an order preventing Novant Health from closing its $320 million deal for a pair of hospitals in the state by 10 days to give the Federal Trade Commission time to ask the Fourth Circuit to pause the transaction.

  • June 11, 2024

    AlphaSense Valued At $4B After $650M Investment Round

    New York-based market intelligence platform AlphaSense said Tuesday it has raised $650 million in funding as part of an agreement to buy data provider Tegus, valuing AlphaSense at $4 billion.

  • June 11, 2024

    Swedish Software Co. IFS Buying Copperleaf In CA$1B Deal

    Linköping, Sweden-based IFS AB has agreed to purchase Canada's Copperleaf Technologies Inc. for about CA$1 billion ($725.6 million), the companies said Tuesday. 

  • June 11, 2024

    Wilson Sonsini-Led Yext Paying Up To $220M For Hearsay

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is advising Yext Inc. on a new agreement to acquire Latham & Watkins LLP-repped Hearsay Systems, a client engagement platform for financial services, for $125 million and up to an additional $95 million if certain performance metrics are hit.

  • June 10, 2024

    Rehab Clinics Add To MultiPlan Insurance Fixing Pile-On

    Addiction treatment providers sued MultiPlan, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth and Elevance Friday and Saturday in 14 separate New York federal court complaints that appear to be the first to add substance abuse disorder-specific allegations to the cases pegging MultiPlan at the center of a scheme to suppress insurer payouts.

  • June 10, 2024

    Chancery Retains Most Healthcare Tech Merger Suit Claims

    Nearly all the allegations of fraud, breach of contract and related claims lodged by healthcare technology venture Trifecta Multimedia Holdings Inc. against acquirer WCG Clinical Services have survived dismissal challenges and will move toward trial, a Delaware vice chancellor ruled Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Ex-Sports Illustrated Publisher Countersues Owner In TM Row

    The former publisher of Sports Illustrated has filed a countersuit alleging that the magazine's owner, Authentic Brands Group, made it impossible to run the magazine and then conspired to install a competitor as the new publisher.

  • June 10, 2024

    House Dems Push For More Info On Sports Streaming Venture

    A pair of House Democrats are pushing The Walt Disney Co., Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery for more information on their planned joint streaming venture, saying the companies' previous response did not assuage their concerns about competition, consumer protection and pricing.

  • June 10, 2024

    Conn. Hospital Broke $4.25M Property Sale Deal, Buyer Says

    A Connecticut hospital has been accused in state court of breaking its $4.25 million property sale contract after the sale was called off following the hospital's merger with Northwell Healthcare Inc.

  • June 10, 2024

    Arnold & Porter Advises Cognizant On $1.3B Belcan Buy

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is guiding Cognizant on a newly inked agreement to buy Kirkland & Ellis LLP-repped Belcan for about $1.3 billion, Cognizant said in a statement Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    FTC To Fight Go-Ahead Order On Novant $320M Hospital Deal

    Just days after a district court loss, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday it will ask the Fourth Circuit to step in and block Novant Health from buying two North Carolina hospitals in a $320 million deal the agency contends would harm competition.

  • June 10, 2024

    Conduent Buys Back $132M Of Shares From Carl Icahn

    Business services provider Conduent Inc. on Monday agreed to repurchase $132 million of common stock from activist investor Carl Icahn, ending Ichahn's stock in the company through a deal guided by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 10, 2024

    Addus HomeCare Buys Gentiva's Personal Care Biz For $350M

    Home care services company Addus HomeCare Corp. on Monday unveiled plans to buy the personal care operations from hospice company Gentiva for an anticipated price of roughly $350 million in a deal shaped by three law firms.

  • June 10, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Big players and big moves dominated much of the past week in Delaware's Court of Chancery, as Tesla in particular and big corporations in general showed their pique over rulings that went toward stockholders or against conventional expectations.

  • June 10, 2024

    Vista Outdoor Rejects MNC's Over $3B Takeover Bid

    Vista Outdoor Inc. said Monday that it rejected MNC Capital Partners' over $3 billion takeover offer that it lobbed at the outdoor goods company last week, while simultaneously announcing a new $2 billion offer for its sporting products division from an undisclosed U.S.-based private investment firm.

  • June 10, 2024

    Elliott Presses Southwest Airlines For Leadership Changes

    Elliott Investment Management LP said Monday that it has amassed a stake in Southwest Airlines of approximately $1.9 billion as it pushed the airline to make leadership changes, but Southwest was quick to defend its top brass. 

  • June 10, 2024

    Ventilator Co. Vyaire Hits Ch. 11 As COVID Demand Wanes

    Vyaire Medical Inc., a company that makes breathing ventilators and other respiratory treatment and diagnosis products, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware after demand for its products waned following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 10, 2024

    Paul Weiss Guides Noble Corp. In $1.6B Deal To Buy Rival

    Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corp. PLC said Monday that it will buy Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. in a cash and stock deal that values the rival operator at $1.6 billion.

  • June 07, 2024

    SEC Fines Ex-AstraZeneca Insider $1.4M For Merger Trades

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered a former AstraZeneca employee to pay $1.4 million to settle claims he used nonpublic information to trade CinCor Pharma shares ahead of the public announcement that the two companies would merge.

  • June 07, 2024

    Don't Delay In-House Handbags Case For Fed. Court, FTC Told

    Federal Trade Commission staffers are urging the commission not to delay an in-house challenge to the planned $8.5 billion merger combining the parent companies of Coach and Michael Kors, arguing that a separate New York federal court fight won't automatically determine the deal's fate.

  • June 07, 2024

    FaZe Clan SPAC Investor Sues B. Riley In Chancery Court

    Former stockholders of the blank-check company that took electronic sports and entertainment company FaZe Clan public in a $725 million transaction in July 2022 sued B. Riley Financial and others behind the deal on Friday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, alleging disclosure failures and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Expert Analysis

  • What TikTok's Race Against The Clock Teaches Chinese Firms

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    The Biden administration's recent divestiture deadline on TikTok parent ByteDance provides useful information for other China-based companies looking to do business in the U.S., including the need to keep products for each market separate and implement firewalls at the design stage, says Richard Lomuscio at Stinson.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • Live Nation May Shake It Off In A Long Game With The DOJ

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    Don't expect a swift resolution in the U.S. Department of Justice's case against Live Nation, but a long litigation, with the company likely to represent itself as the creator of a competitive ecosystem, and the government faced with explaining how the ticketing giant formed under its watch, say Thomas Kliebhan and Taylor Hixon at GRSM50.

  • Boeing Saga Underscores Need For Ethical Corporate Culture

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    In the wake of recent allegations about Boeing’s safety culture, and amid the U.S. Department of Justice’s new whistleblower incentives, business leaders should reinvigorate their emphasis on compliance by making clear that long-term profitability requires ethical business practices, says Maxwell Carr-Howard at Dentons.

  • Series

    Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • Parsing Controversial Del. General Corporation Law Proposals

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    In response to issues raised in three recent high-profile Delaware Court of Chancery decisions, many amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law were quickly proposed that, if enacted, would bring significant changes likely to be hotly debated — and litigated — for the foreseeable future, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • 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.

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