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11th Circ. Weighs In On Duty To Disclose Merger Talks

Law360, New York (October 1, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT) -- Corporate merger negotiations are typically conducted under a veil of secrecy, with public disclosure withheld until the end when a definitive agreement has been signed. The fear is that premature disclosure of preliminary merger talks will negatively impact the deal. For example, early disclosure might encourage speculative investment in the target company’s stock, driving up the price and diminishing shareholders’ perception of the offered premium, or even cause potential bidders to be reluctant to make an offer in the first place.

In light of these problematic scenarios, courts widely recognize that typically, there is no duty to disclose merger negotiations prior...

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