Anatomy Of A Merger: Risk Pays Off In Ball’s Bet On Rexam

Law360, New York (July 22, 2016, 8:50 PM EDT) -- Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s longtime client Ball Corp. would from time to time mull a combination with one of its fellow aluminum can manufacturers, but at the end of 2014, that consideration started to turn into something more as talks with U.K. rival Rexam opened the door for a bid.

It was clear from the outset, however, that forging a tie-up between the drink can makers would face significant challenges.

Merging with a U.K. company meant the highly controversial, tax-motivated inversion structure had to at least be considered; the U.K.’s takeover rules would place much of the risk...

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