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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • December 14, 2018

    Neiman Marcus Accuses Marble Ridge Of Smear Campaign

    Neiman Marcus Group Inc. filed counterclaims in Texas state court Friday against Marble Ridge Master Fund LP and its adviser, disputing the lawsuit the hedge fund lobbed earlier in the week and saying it has “waged a public campaign” against the luxury fashion retailer in an effort to extort value from it.

  • December 14, 2018

    Gray, Raycom Must Divest TV Stations Before $3B Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it will require Gray Television Inc. and Raycom Media Inc. to divest broadcast television stations in nine markets as a condition of resolving its challenge to the proposed $3.65 billion merger between the media companies.

  • December 14, 2018

    Loeb & Loeb Leads Blank Check's $70M IPO To Buy Health Biz

    Chardan Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed by investment bank Chardan Capital Markets LLC for the purpose of acquiring a health care business, raised $70 million in an initial public offering that was guided by Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • December 14, 2018

    Aegean Marine Files Deal To Reorganize With $135M Sale

    Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. on Thursday filed an outline of plans to reorganize in Chapter 11 by selling the marine refueling business to entities owned by Oaktree Capital Management LP and Hartree Partners LP for $135 million, a departure from an earlier proposal to sell to its competitor.

  • December 14, 2018

    ‘No Need’ To Delay CVS-Aetna Merger, DOJ Says After Rebuke

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to keep CVS and Aetna apart while reviewing a proposed merger settlement the judge had blasted as having been pushed through without adequate judicial scrutiny, arguing that a delay is unnecessary and beyond the court’s authority.

  • December 14, 2018

    Covington & Burling Steers Merck's €2B Animal Tech Biz Buy

    New Jersey-based Merck & Co. Inc. said on Friday that it has agreed to buy all outstanding shares of privately-held animal intelligence technology group Antelliq Group for €2.1 billion ($2.4 billion) and assume its debt in a deal that was guided by Covington & Burling LLP.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest Telecom Cases Of 2018

    2018 was an action-packed year for telecom-related litigation that included a closely watched appeal of the government's rollback of net neutrality, fallout over the failed Sinclair-Tribune megamerger and a contentious trial over AT&T’s bid to acquire Time Warner. Here, Law360 reviews those and other high-profile cases from the past 12 months and outlines what they mean for the telecom industry’s legal landscape.

  • December 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sprint, McAfee, Bankia

    A U.S. national security panel is reportedly expected to OK a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, Intel Corp. and TPG Capital are in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo, and Bankia is close to offloading €3 billion ($3.4 billion) worth of bad loans and repossessed property.

  • December 14, 2018

    Freshfields Lures Antitrust Veteran From DOJ

    An antitrust litigator who served the U.S. Department of Justice under three presidents has landed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP as a partner.

  • December 14, 2018

    Don't Miss It: Sullivan And Sidley Guide Week's Hot Deals

    With so much mergers and acquisitions news this week, you may have missed several deals announced in recent days helmed by firms such as Sullivan & Cromwell and Sidley Austin.

  • December 14, 2018

    Paul Hastings Picks Up Private Equity Partner In Houston

    A former partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP who helped represent Brookfield Business Partners in its $4.6 billion Westinghouse Electric buy has joined Paul Hastings LLP as a partner in its Houston office.

  • December 14, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Gibson Dunn

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Travelport is taken private in a $4.4 billion deal, Lexington Partners closes on a $1 billion capital commitment for TPG Asia funds, and Permira snags private universities from Laureate Education for €770 million. 

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest M&A Moments Of 2018's Second Half

    The second half of 2018 featured a technology megadeal, intertwined bidding wars for media assets and a Delaware court battle between two media companies over their failed merger. Here, Law360 recaps the most headline-worthy M&A moments of the last six months of the year.

  • December 14, 2018

    Weil Shapes $3.2B Sale Of Belmond To Luxury Group LVMH

    LVMH said Friday it will take over hotel, restaurant and cruise operator Belmond in a deal worth $3.2 billion, as the luxury group known for brands like Dom Pérignon and Louis Vuitton looks to grow its foothold in the hospitality space following a sale process shaped by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • December 13, 2018

    Toys R Us Wins Ch. 11 Clearance For $760M Sale Of Asia Biz

    Toys R Us Inc. won approval from a Virginia bankruptcy court on Thursday to sell the majority stake of its business operations in Asia to a group of senior investors for $760 million as part of a Chapter 11 liquidation plan that provides creditor recoveries and releases potential claims between stakeholders.

  • December 13, 2018

    Arent Fox Nabs Ex-Shearman Atty For DC Tax Practice

    Arent Fox has announced a former Shearman & Sterling LLP partner is joining the firm’s tax practice in Washington, D.C., to assist clients with domestic and international transactional tax issues.

  • December 13, 2018

    NJ Health Care Co. Execs Indicted In $300M Investment Fraud

    Four former executives of the bankrupt Constellation Healthcare Technologies Inc. have been indicted for bilking investors out of $300 million in connection with a merger designed to take their publicly traded company private, New Jersey federal prosecutors said Thursday.

  • December 13, 2018

    Open Road Films' Ch. 11 Sale Delayed By Assumption Issue

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge delayed approval of the Chapter 11 sale of Open Road Films LLC on Thursday saying the parties needed to resolve outstanding contract cure and assumption issues before an amended sale order could be signed.

  • December 13, 2018

    MiMedx Dodges Rival's $6.8M Trade Secret, Breach Suit

    A Maryland federal judge has tossed claims brought by regenerative medicine company Osiris Therapeutics Inc. that its rival MiMedx Group Inc. breached a contract and stole trade secrets when the company acquired Osiris’ former distributor, holding that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the lawsuit.

  • December 13, 2018

    Alstom, Siemens Offer EC A Remedy For Merger Deal To Pass

    Alstom and Siemens said Wednesday that they had submitted a proposal to the European Commission to address its concerns that their merger would would increase costs to manufacturers and raise fares for passengers.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Sanctions Screening Lessons From OFAC Cobham Settlement

    Roberto Gonzalez

    Last month, the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced a settlement with Cobham Holdings over shipments of goods to a Russian entity. The violations, apparently caused by deficient screening software, may signal heightened compliance expectations, say Roberto Gonzalez and Rachel Fiorill of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Drafting Effective Joint Bidding Agreements For PE Funds

    Sawyer Duncan

    Club deals involving one or more private equity funds are becoming increasingly popular across the market. Failure to consider the numerous unique mechanics of such deals can dramatically inhibit investors’ ability to realize value, says Sawyer Duncan of King & Spalding LLP.

  • More Novation Complexity In Gov't Contracts M&A?

    Scott Freling

    Recent decisions illustrate the complexity of M&A transactions that involve novation of multiple award task order contracts. There are certain steps government contractors can take to help minimize risk in such transactions, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • ITC Clarifies Duty Of Respondents After Corporate Restructure

    Bryan J. Vogel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's recent decision in Certain Subsea Telecommunications Systems is a cautionary tale for respondents undergoing corporate reorganizations — the onus is on the respondent to inform the ITC and the complainant of the changes, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.