Mergers & Acquisitions

  • October 23, 2014

    Alibaba Rival Tencent Leads E-Shop's $350M Funding Round

    Chinese online retailer Koudai Gouwu raised $350 million in a Series C funding round, securing the biggest share of the investment, $145 million, from mobile provider Tencent Holdings Ltd., according to a statement on Koudai's microblog.

  • October 23, 2014

    Brookfield Offers $846M To Complete Stake In Developer

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc. said Thursday that it has offered to buy the remaining 30 percent of Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. that it doesn't own for $846.4 million in cash, offering $23 per share for 36.8 million shares.

  • October 23, 2014

    Q&A With Carlton Fields' Seth Joseph

    Institutional investors ask probing questions and expect specific answers. There is an art to ensuring that these disclosures do not prejudice a company’s relationship with a particular customer or business partner, says Seth Joseph, a shareholder with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA and former general counsel of both public and pre-IPO tech companies.

  • October 23, 2014

    Brazilian Bidders Again Boost Chiquita Bid As Vote Nears

    The Brazilian suitors seeking to upend a $500 million-plus inversion between Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Ireland's Fyffes PLC again sweetened their own all-cash takeover offer for Chiquita on Thursday, a last-ditch effort to win shareholders' support before a Friday vote.

  • October 22, 2014

    DaVita Finalizes $400M Settlement Over Kickback Claims

    Dialysis giant DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. has finalized a record deal in which it will pay more than $400 million and unwind 11 joint ventures to resolve claims by a whistleblower that it provided kickbacks to kidney doctors, Phillips & Cohen LLP, which brought the suit, said Wednesday.

  • October 22, 2014

    TPG Paid Top Dollar In $394M Gelson's Buy, Arden Says

    Arden Group Inc. on Wednesday urged a California judge to toss a shareholder derivative suit alleging TPG Capital LP's $394 million purchase of Arden's luxury supermarket chain Gelson's stiffed shareholders to enrich Arden's board, arguing boardmembers got sole-bidder TPG to pay over market value.

  • October 22, 2014

    Hooper Lundy Nabs Greenberg Traurig Vet For Health Practice

    Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC has lured a longtime Greenberg Traurig attorney to its Washington, D.C., office to guide health care providers through deals and lawsuits that implicate the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • October 22, 2014

    Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Following This Week

    With so much M&A news this week, you may not have seen some announced deals involving several law firms like WilmerHale, Greenberg Traurig and others. Here, Law360 takes a look at the ones you might have missed.

  • October 22, 2014

    Heineken Not Backing Down Amid Global Beer Merger Threat

    Heineken NV's chief financial officer said the company will be an “active player” in the beer industry's ongoing global consolidation, following the brewer's recent rejection of SABMiller PLC’s takeover attempt and Heineken's Wednesday report of disappointing third-quarter earnings.

  • October 22, 2014

    AWI Trade Creditors Say Proposed $170M Sale Is Too Cheap

    A group of trade creditors of bankrupt Associated Wholesalers Inc. blasted the cooperative food distributor's proposed sale Wednesday, two days before the auction is scheduled to begin, arguing the court should reject it unless bidding brings in at least $25 million more for the estate.

  • October 22, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Apollo Global, Advent, Sterigenics

    Apollo Global Management LLC is looking to raise between $2 billion and $3 billion for a second natural resources private equity fund, while Advent International Corp. and Avista Capital Partners are nearing a deal to buy Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc. from Belgium's UCB SA for as much as $2 billion.

  • October 22, 2014

    Market Drop Could Spell Opportunity For Deal-Hungry PE

    As the stock market struggles to find even ground, private equity investors in search of good deals may be in luck as trouble in the initial public offering market denies companies one way of raising cash and forces deal prices to fall.

  • October 22, 2014

    FCC Pauses Comments on $45B Comcast, $49B AT&T Deals

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday slowed down its review of both Comcast Corp.’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s potential purchase of DirecTV, saying more time is needed to resolve disputes over who has access to contracts with content providers.

  • October 22, 2014

    A Month In, Deal Makers Hurt But Not Sunk By Inversion Rules

    The Obama administration has claimed a few high-profile victories in the month since it rolled out a series of new rules meant to squelch the rising appeal of controversial tax-inversion deals, but while tougher restrictions have jostled the marketplace, several transactions remain on the table.

  • October 22, 2014

    Antitrust Group Urges Rejection Of Mass. AG's Hospital Deal

    The American Antitrust Institute once again urged a Massachusetts judge on Tuesday to reject the state attorney general’s agreement allowing Partners Healthcare System to acquire two health systems, arguing that an amended consent decree still falls short of showing why the acquisitions are in the public interest.

  • October 22, 2014

    Q&A With Baker Botts' Hillary Holmes

    While it is exciting to take a company public, especially in an MLP structure, management may decide to wait with the goal of greater deferred gain. The poker playing can be even more difficult when commodity prices and energy legislation are as volatile as they have been lately, says Hillary Holmes, a partner with Baker Botts LLP specializing in capital markets transactions for master limited partnerships and corporations in the energy industry.

  • October 22, 2014

    SoftBank Leads $100M Financing For Indonesian Online Market

    Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. on Wednesday continued its push to become the largest Internet company in Asia by leading a $100 million investment round in Indonesian online marketplace PT Tokopedia.

  • October 22, 2014

    Q&A With Carlton Fields' Jim Walker

    Valuation gaps between buyers and sellers have become much more common. In order to keep deals from falling apart, we have had to develop some very esoteric earnout and other valuation adjustment mechanisms, says James Walker IV, a shareholder with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt who represents companies and investment funds in capital-raising transactions.

  • October 22, 2014

    Latham Pilots PR Firm's £200M Purchase Of Media Data Co.

    Private equity-backed public relations services provider Cision will acquire U.K.-based media data provider Gorkana Group Ltd. — its third big deal of the year — with advice from Latham & Watkins LLP, Cision said Wednesday.

  • October 22, 2014

    CVC Capital Sinks €700M Into Finnish Insulation Co.

    CVC Capital Partners has agreed to buy Finnish insulation supplier Paroc Group for €700 million ($890 million), aiming to fund the growth-minded company's penetration across Europe, it said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • New Lessons From Rural/Metro II For M&A Parties, Advisers

    Peter J. Rooney

    The Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision this month in the case of Rural/Metro Corp. Stockholders Litigation awarding nearly $76 million in damages against a seller’s financial adviser highlights the difficult strategic questions nonsettling defendants face by proceeding alone to trial, including whether to put on trial the conduct of the settling defendants, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Canada's Proposed Takeover Bid Rules Are Target-Friendly

    Ralph Shay

    Newly proposed amendments to Canada's takeover bid legislation would address long-standing concerns that the current regulatory regime tilts the playing field too far in favor of hostile bidders, says Ralph Shay of Dentons Canada LLP.

  • The Impact Of Boilermakers Continues To Be Felt

    Celia Taylor

    Relying on and further strengthening the import of Boilermakers Local 154 Retirement Fund v. Chevron Corp., a recent decision in a shareholder suit involving Chemed Corp. shows the power of boards to have their say as to where intracorporate litigation will take place and who will pay for it, says Celia Taylor of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

  • Who Runs My Joint Venture?

    Sean A. Bryan

    It is common for investment funds and other entities, whether in the form of a limited liability company or limited partnership, to have boards of advisers or otherwise provide for consultation with nonmanaging equity owners. The partnership or operating agreement should be explicit in granting authority, if any, or disclaiming authority, as is more customary, says Sean Bryan of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • The Root Cause Of Skyrocketing Defense Costs

    Douglas W. Greene

    The costs of defending securities class actions continue to increase, and the root cause is the convergence of two related factors — the prevailing view that securities class actions are “bet the company” cases, and the consequent reflexive hiring of BigLaw firms, says Douglas Greene of Lane Powell PC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • Start To Think About Entering China's Health Care Market

    Tim Stratford

    After the news this past July that German hospital operator Artemed had signed a framework agreement to establish the first wholly foreign-owned hospital in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, foreign investors anxious for an opening into China’s tightly regulated health care sector may have further reason for optimism, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Offensive Use Of The FCPA?

    Kedar Bhatia

    With recent examples in mind, there is no clear indication that offensive use of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is actually a new frontier as opposed to another somewhat underhanded effort at securing a competitive advantage, say Kedar Bhatia and Shamoil Shipchandler of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

  • Commerce's BE-13 Survey Is Back: What You Need To Know

    Scott Flicker

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis — a little-known U.S. government statistical reporting bureau — has revived a dormant regulation mandating that U.S. entities submit a report when they take on, or are created as a result of, qualifying new foreign direct investment in the United States, say Scott Flicker and Dana Stepnowsky of Paul Hastings LLP.