Mergers & Acquisitions

  • April 16, 2024

    Activist Axes $3.6B SilverBow Merger Plan Amid Proxy Fight

    New York-based asset manager Kimmeridge said Tuesday it has scrapped its March offer to create a $3.6 billion Eagle Ford shale operator by combining the assets of Kimmeridge Texas Gas with those of shale driller SilverBow Resources, stating it will now focus on getting its three nominees elected to SilverBow's board. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Latham Adds 2 Simpson Thacher Attys To Its NY Office

    Latham & Watkins LLP has added two attorneys from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP for its New York office, one of whom joins as co-chair of its global hybrid capital practice.

  • April 16, 2024

    International Paper Co. To Buy UK Rival DS Smith For £5.8B

    International Paper Co. said on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire packaging provider DS Smith PLC in an all-share deal valuing the U.K. group at £5.8 billion ($7.2 billion), after fighting off a competing bid by Mondi PLC.

  • April 16, 2024

    HSF-Guided Hostmore To Buy TGI Fridays For £177M

    British restaurant group Hostmore said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire the American-themed casual dining business TGI Fridays for an enterprise value of £177 million ($220 million) in a deal guided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • April 15, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Testifies To Handshake Deals, Backdating

    Autonomy's former U.S. head of sales testified for the prosecution Monday in the criminal fraud trial of founder Michael Lynch, saying he boosted sales figures via "quid pro quo" handshake deals with customers, created pretextual emails to cover his tracks and even backdated a deal to meet revenue targets.

  • April 15, 2024

    Trump Media Files To Register More Shares For Potential Sale

    The owner of former President Trump's newly public social media platform Truth Social filed paperwork on Monday to issue an additional 21.5 million shares and register for resale about 146 million existing shares, including a large stake owned by Trump.

  • April 15, 2024

    Caterpillar Dealer Calls Keep Antitrust Claims Alive Amid Trial

    A Delaware federal judge doubled down Monday on his critique of arguments by Caterpillar Inc., which asked to toss antitrust and hub-and-spoke conspiracy claims from an importer that sought to disrupt the machinery industry before it went belly up.

  • April 15, 2024

    Solar Power Co. Accuses Ex-Insider Of Building, Selling Rival

    Delaware-chartered solar energy venture Volt Energy Utility LLC has sued a former top officer in Chancery Court, alleging that while employed by Volt, she secretly launched a competing company, contacted Volt's lenders and customers and then sold the new business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. for $216 million.

  • April 15, 2024

    Years After Args, 7th Circ. Continues Mootness Fee Attack

    A Seventh Circuit panel said Monday that a Chicago federal judge improperly barred a class action objector from intervening in a suit involving controversial "mootness fees" the appellate court has long criticized, saying he failed to articulate a valid legal reason for doing so.

  • April 15, 2024

    Canadian Supplement Co.'s Sale Hits Ch. 15 Snag In Del.

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge appeared skeptical Monday that an American judge can weigh in on a dispute over rights to Canadian assets, as counsel for a troubled nutritional supplement supplier based in Canada argued for U.S. recognition of a sale order from an insolvency court in its home country.

  • April 15, 2024

    Blackwells Sues Hospitality REIT Amid Board Takeover Row

    Blackwells Capital LLC has accused Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. of amending company bylaws, weaponizing a local news outlet and filing misleading materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, all to thwart the activist investor's attempt to nominate board members.

  • April 15, 2024

    Youth Sports Investment Group Bags Soccer, Baseball Cos.

    Unrivaled Sports, a youth sports-focused investment group led by the owner of the NFL's Washington Commanders, NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and NHL's New Jersey Devils, is quickly building its portfolio since launching last month, with two acquisitions announced Monday and last week.

  • April 15, 2024

    Cleary Gottlieb Guides APi's $570M Elevator Repair Co. Buy

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP-represented APi Group, which owns contracting businesses serving industries like energy and construction, announced Monday that it has bought an elevator maintenance company in a $570 million cash deal.

  • April 15, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, Delaware justices mulled whether one Chancery Court vice chancellor properly voided four company bylaws — just as another vice chancellor voided one more. Fights among Truth Social investors continued, and shareholders launched new cases involving Macy's, United Airlines, and Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC and Stone Point Capital LLC.

  • April 15, 2024

    Endeavor Group's $13B Take-Private Deal Challenged In Del.

    A Swedish bank has sued to block a $13 billion take-private sale of sports and entertainment conglomerate Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., branding the deal a prohibited minority stockholder squeeze-out tilted heavily toward large investors and insiders, including controller and global private equity firm Silver Lake.

  • April 15, 2024

    Freshfields Picks Up Covington M&A Pro In Silicon Valley

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is growing its corporate practice, bringing in a Covington & Burling LLP mergers and acquisitions expert as a partner in its Silicon Valley office, the firm said Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Bond Co. Asks For Life-Saving Pause On $811M Fine

    Immigration bonding company Libre by Nexus Inc. has begged a Virginia federal court for more time to pay an $811 million judgment for predatory bonding practices, saying it would collapse if forced to pay before it can execute its transfer to a new owner.

  • April 15, 2024

    Clearlake Increases Blackbaud Takeover Bid To $4.3B

    Private equity shop Clearlake Capital has upped its offer to purchase Blackbaud Inc. by roughly $500 million — bringing its proposal to around $4.3 billion — after the cloud computing software company rejected its previous buyout bid, with the firm saying the take-private deal would be the "clearest path" to maximizing shareholder value.

  • April 15, 2024

    EQT To Swap $500M Of Gas Assets As Part Of Divestiture Plan

    EQT Corp. and Equinor said Monday that they have agreed to an asset swap arrangement that will include Equinor paying $500 million in cash for a minority stake in EQT's nonoperated natural gas assets in Northeast Pennsylvania, part of a broader EQT strategy to divest assets and reduce debt ahead of its planned close of an energy mega-deal. 

  • April 15, 2024

    Simpson Thacher, Willkie Build $1.4B Sale Of Snap One

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP-advised Resideo Technologies Inc. on Monday announced plans to buy smart-living products provider Snap One Holdings Corp., led by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, for $1.4 billion, which will be supported by a $500 million investment from private equity giant Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC.

  • April 15, 2024

    Italian Cable Giant Prysmian Buying Encore Wire For $4.2B

    Milan-based electric cabling manufacturer Prysmian said Monday it has agreed to purchase McKinney, Texas-based Encore Wire in a transaction with an approximately $4.2 billion enterprise value.

  • April 15, 2024

    Irish Nutrition Biz Agrees To Buy US Peer For Up To $355M

    Glanbia PLC said Monday it has agreed to buy the U.S.-based "complementary" flavor manufacturer Flavor Producers LLC for an initial $300 million, as the sports nutrition product maker looks to tap into a growing market for organic-sourced tastes.

  • April 15, 2024

    BNP Paribas Buys 9% Stake In Insurer Ageas For €730M

    French banking giant BNP Paribas said Monday that its insurance subsidiary has agreed to acquire a 9% stake in Belgian multinational insurer Ageas for approximately €730 million ($777 million) from Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group.

  • April 15, 2024

    Justices Pass On Norfolk Southern Claim To Rail Line Control

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear Norfolk Southern Railway Co.'s challenge to a 2022 Surface Transportation Board ruling that the freight railroad company can't control Virginia's Belt Line, which opened it up to an antitrust suit from rival CSX Transportation Inc. over its rate-setting.

  • April 15, 2024

    Dentons-Led Group 1 To Buy Inchcape UK Auto Biz For £346M

    Group 1 Automotive said on Monday that its U.K. subsidiary has agreed to buy out British rival Inchcape PLC for approximately £346 million ($432 million), as the U.S. auto dealer continues its expansion into Britain.

Expert Analysis

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • New Proposal Signals Sharper Enforcement Focus At CFIUS

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    Last week's proposed rule aimed at broadening the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' enforcement authority over foreign investments and increasing penalties for violations signals that CFIUS intends to continue expanding its aggressive monitoring of national security issues, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • 4 Ways AI Tools Can Improve Traditional Merger Analyses

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    Government officials at the American Bar Association's annual antitrust spring meeting last week reinforced the view that competition cases will increasingly rely on sophisticated data analysis, so companies will likewise need to use Big Tech quantitative techniques to improve traditional merger analyses, say Patrick Bajari, Gianmarco Calanchi and Tega Akati-Udi at Keystone.

  • Oracle Ruling Underscores Trend Of Mootness Fee Denials

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s recent refusal to make tech giant Oracle shoulder $5 million of plaintiff shareholders' attorney fees illustrates a trend of courts raising the standard for granting the mootness fee awards once ubiquitous in post-merger derivative disputes, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Blocked JetBlue-Spirit Deal Illustrates New Antitrust Approach

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent successful block of a merger between JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines demonstrates antitrust enforcers’ updated and disparate approach to out-of-market benefits versus out-of-market harms, say Lisa Rumin and Anthony Ferrara at McDermott.

  • Comparing Corporate Law In Delaware, Texas And Nevada

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    With Elon Musk's recent decision to reincorporate his companies outside of Delaware, and with more businesses increasingly considering Nevada and Texas as corporate homes, attorneys at Baker Botts look at each jurisdiction's foundation of corporate law, and how the differences can make each more or less appealing based on a corporation's needs.

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • Opinion

    Aviation Watch: Not All Airline Mergers Hurt The Public

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's actions to block recent attempted airline mergers have been touted as serving the interests of the consumers — but given the realities of the deregulated air travel market, a tie-up like the one proposed between JetBlue and Spirit might have been a win for the public, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • The Merger Cases That Will Matter At ABA Antitrust Meeting

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    While the American Bar Association's Antitrust Spring Meeting this week will cover all types of competition law issues in the U.S. and abroad, expect the federal agencies' recent track record in merger enforcement to be a key area of focus on the official panels and in cocktail party chatter, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Calif. Verdict Showcases SEC's New 'Shadow Trading' Theory

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    Last week's insider trading verdict, delivered against biopharmaceutical executive Matthew Panuwat by a California federal jury, signals open season on a new area of regulatory enforcement enabled by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's shadow trading theory, say Perrie Weiner and Aaron Goodman at Baker McKenzie.

  • Climate Disclosure Mandates Demand A Big-Picture Approach

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    As carbon emissions disclosure requirements from the European Union, California and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission take effect, the best practice for companies is not targeted compliance with a given reporting regime, but rather a comprehensive approach to systems assessment and management, says David Smith at Manatt.

  • Series

    Playing Hockey Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Nearly a lifetime of playing hockey taught me the importance of avoiding burnout in all aspects of life, and the game ultimately ended up providing me with the balance I needed to maintain success in my legal career, says John Riccione at Taft.

  • Considerations For Evaluating IP Risks In Cannabis M&A

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    Due to the patchwork of state cannabis laws in the U.S., investors and businesses acquiring intellectual property must assess whether a trademark portfolio possesses any vulnerabilities, such as marks that are considered attractive to children or third-party claims of trademark infringement, say Mary Shapiro and Nicole Katsin at Evoke Law.

  • A Snapshot Of The Evolving Restrictive Covenant Landscape

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    Rachael Martinez and Brooke Bahlinger at Foley highlight recent trends in the hotly contested regulation and enforcement of noncompetition and related nonsolicitation covenants, and provide guidance on drafting such provisions within the context of stand-alone employment agreements and merger or acquisition transactions.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

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