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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • June 15, 2018

    GI Partners Nabs 2 Cos. To Form Human Tissue Storage Biz

    GI Partners, led by Paul Hastings LLP, revealed plans Friday to pick up donor sperm and egg bank California Cryobank and stem cell collection and storage company Cord Blood Registry in a pair of separate deals before merging the two into a top player in the stem cell storage and reproductive tissues services market.

  • June 15, 2018

    Health Hires: Honigman, Arnold & Porter, GrayRobinson

    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has named a health care fraud pro to co-chair its white collar practice, Arnold & Porter has scored an attorney fresh out of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and another health expert has joined GrayRobinson PA.

  • June 14, 2018

    Norton Rose Picks Up New M&A, PE Partners In NY, Calif.

    Norton Rose Fulbright has strengthened its mergers and acquisitions and private equity offerings with the addition of partners to its offices in major cities on the East and West Coasts.

  • June 14, 2018

    Inside The Battle To Take Over 21st Century Fox's Assets

    A suite of 21st Century Fox's assets is causing a stir, with Comcast jumping into the ring with a $65 billion challenge to Disney's planned takeover of the businesses after the Philadelphia-based cable company already topped Fox's play for British telecom giant Sky. Here, Law360 recaps the many twists and bids in the pursuit of Fox's media holdings.

  • June 14, 2018

    Koch Attorney Warns Chancery On Oxbow Sale Receiver Risk

    An attorney for William I. Koch's multibillion-dollar Oxbow Carbon LLC commodity business told a Delaware vice chancellor Thursday that appointment of a receiver for a court-ordered sale "is neither necessary nor appropriate nor permissible," and could jeopardize the business.

  • June 14, 2018

    Australian Device Co. Inks New Deal To Be Bought For $1.4B

    Australian medical device company Sirtex Medical on Thursday said it will scrap plans to be sold to Varian Medical Systems to instead pursue a roughly AU$1.87 billion ($1.4 billion) cash offer from China Grand Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Holdings and a Paul Hastings-advised affiliate of CDH Investments.

  • June 14, 2018

    What The Time Warner Case Means For Antitrust Enforcement

    The federal government was dealt a heavy blow this week when U.S. District Judge Richard Leon soundly rejected its first court challenge to a purely vertical merger in decades, and the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner trial provides some guidance about what to expect from future enforcement efforts.

  • June 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: H&M, Greystar, WeWork

    H&M’s chairman brushed off rumors that the retail giant’s founders are mulling a buyout deal, Greystar Real Estate Partners lobbed a $3.1 billion offer to buy Education Realty Trust, and WeWork could reap additional funding from SoftBank that could value the company at more than $35 billion.

  • June 14, 2018

    Blackstone Sells Business Solutions Co. For $1B

    Paris-based customer service and call center company Teleperformance SE said Thursday that it has agreed to buy a business outsourcing firm from Blackstone Group LP in a deal that carries an enterprise value of $1 billion.

  • June 14, 2018

    Interface Buys Private Rubber Flooring Maker For $420M

    Atlanta-based commercial flooring company Interface Inc. on Thursday said it agreed to buy nora systems GmbH, a German rubber flooring maker privately owned by British asset manager Intermediate Capital Group, in a stock-purchase deal worth roughly $420 million.

  • June 14, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Nabs O'Melveny & Myers Antitrust Atty

    A prominent antitrust attorney with extensive experience at the Federal Trade Commission and as a private litigator has left O’Melveny & Myers LLP to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, the firm said on Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    Skadden Reps Royal Caribbean In $1B Silversea Cruises Buy

    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on Thursday said it will pay $1 billion to take a majority stake in privately held luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises Ltd., with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP guiding the buyer.

  • June 13, 2018

    American Airlines Union Collusion Claims Tossed In Ch. 11

    A New York bankruptcy court on Tuesday shut down a suit by disgruntled pilots accusing their union of dropping the ball and even outright colluding with American Airlines during a tangled arbitration fight, calling the pilots’ claims “doomed” and “without any basis whatsoever.”

  • June 13, 2018

    Merging Marine Chemical Co. Easily Replaced, Expert Says

    The smaller of two marine chemical suppliers looking to complete a $400 million merger under challenge by the Federal Trade Commission can be easily replaced, leaving little risk of post-merger price increases, an economist testified for the companies Wednesday in a D.C. federal court bench trial.

  • June 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Air India, IFA Rotorion

    Siemens AG is reportedly weighing a sale of its gas turbine unit, India isn’t opposed to floating its state airline, and IFA Rotorion is being sold.

  • June 13, 2018

    Yahoo Investor Tells 9th Circ. SEC Doesn't Answer Mail

    Yahoo investors urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive their derivative shareholder suit alleging Yahoo Inc. violated a deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by purchasing Alibaba stock, saying merely complaining to the SEC instead of suing wouldn't work because "writing letters" doesn't get a response.

  • June 13, 2018

    Burger King Franchisee Sold To New PE Firm In Utah

    A new private equity firm headquartered in Salt Lake City said Wednesday it has launched its business by buying a controlling stake in Meridian Restaurants Unlimited, a 126-store franchisee that manages eateries for the Burger King, El Pollo Loco and Chili’s chains.

  • June 13, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Paves Way For Industry Overhaul

    The telecommunications and media space is poised for an overhaul now that a D.C. federal judge has approved AT&T’s $85.4 billion Time Warner buy, with the ruling squashing doubt about the vertical merger’s effect on competition after a challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • June 13, 2018

    Blackstone Inks $2.3B REIT Deal After Closing 2 Funds

    The Blackstone Group has agreed to buy an Australian real estate investment trust for roughly AU$3.08 billion ($2.33 billion), according to a Wednesday statement, in a deal that comes only one day after the private equity giant closed two multibillion-dollar investment funds.

  • June 13, 2018

    Davis Polk, Wachtell Guide Comcast In $65B Cash Bid For Fox Assets

    Comcast Corp., guided by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, on Wednesday lobbed a $65.03 billion cash offer for the assets 21st Century Fox agreed to sell to California-based Walt Disney Co. last year, posing a challenge to the Walt Disney deal the day after another major vertical media merger secured antitrust approval.

Expert Analysis

  • GDPR — Coming Soon To A Merger Near You

    Emma Flett

    Beginning May 25, European regulators will be able to enforce the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The possibility of enforcement means the GDPR will now have greater bearing on M&A activity in the U.S. and elsewhere, say Emma Flett and David Higgins of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

  • Trade Rep Hints At More CFIUS Scrutiny Of Biotech Deals

    Stephen Mahinka

    The Section 301 report issued in March by the United States Trade Representative highlighted foreign acquisitions and investments in the U.S. biotechnology industry. Counsel on both sides of a transaction in this sector should consider carefully whether involvement by foreign entities, especially from China, should be filed for review by CFIUS before closing, say Stephen Mahinka and Carl Valenstein of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Trans-Atlantic M&A Set To Thrive Despite Uncertainty

    David Gibbons

    The U.K. remains a hotbed of high-quality, promising companies across a number of sectors. To the cash-rich U.S. investor taking a long-term view, the need to source returns may well overcome concerns around Brexit and Trump administration policies, say David Gibbons and Sarah Shaw of Hogan Lovells.

  • Kinross Settlement Highlights FCPA Risks For Mining Cos.

    Collmann Griffin

    In March, a Canadian gold and silver mining company agreed to pay nearly $1 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The case shows the risks faced by companies that fail to implement appropriate controls post-acquisition, particularly in the mining industry, says Collmann Griffin of Miller and Chevalier Chtd.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 4 Considerations For Gov't Contractor Carveout Deals

    Scott Freling

    The steady flow of M&A activity in the government contracts industry has included a number of “carveout” transactions, where a government-focused business is separated from its existing corporate structure. Despite the great benefits from carveouts, the path to the finish line is riddled with challenges, say Scott Freling and Alexander Hastings of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How Not To Bungle Off-Cycle Engagements With Stockholders

    Ethan Klingsberg

    Many companies are now turning from annual meetings to off-cycle engagements with their institutional investors, but the risks are significant. On that account, we have compiled some guidelines and tips based on direct feedback from a spectrum of investors over the past six months, say Ethan Klingsberg and Elizabeth Bieber of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Breaking Down The SEC's New Proxy Interpretations

    Laura Richman

    Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued compliance and disclosure interpretations on a broad range of proxy topics. Here, attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP review the substantive and technical changes from earlier guidance and offer some practical considerations.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.