Mergers & Acquisitions

  • February 6, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Adds Ex-BakerHostetler Attys As Partners

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has announced it's snagged two more attorneys from BakerHostetler, including a partner with a history of working on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and health care spaces, who will be partners in its Washington, D.C., and Houston offices.

  • February 6, 2018

    CFIUS Changes Are Coming: What Attys Need To Know

    Strong bipartisan support for legislation that would modernize the mandate of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. means changes are likely coming soon, and attorneys must be prepared to provide advice about how those potential changes might affect their clients’ deals.

  • February 6, 2018

    Furniture Co. Faces Shareholder Suit Over Asset Sale

    Stanley Furniture Co. Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in North Carolina federal court on Monday accusing the company and its directors of issuing a proxy statement that doesn’t include enough information for shareholders to properly assess the fairness of a proposed asset sale.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ex-Arsenal Investor Says Linklaters Error Cost Her £11.6M

    A former Arsenal shareholder is suing law firm Linklaters LLP and accounting firm Deloitte LLP for up to £11.6 million ($16.2 million) she says she lost after the firms failed to advise her of tax liabilities she would face in selling her shares in the Premier League soccer club to its U.S.-based majority owner.

  • February 6, 2018

    Gartner Lands $400M In Sale Of Talent Assessment Unit

    Research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. said Tuesday it will sell its recently acquired talent assessment business to U.K.-based private equity shop Exponent in a $400 million deal, wrapping up a four-month review of alternatives for the company. 

  • February 5, 2018

    Katten Muchin Opens Office With Ex-Andrews Kurth Partners

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP launched a new office in Dallas, Texas, Monday with seven former partners from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP whose practices largely focus on corporate law.

  • February 5, 2018

    Bayer Offers Commitments To EU For $63.5B Monsanto Buy

    German drug and chemical maker Bayer AG on Friday sent Europe's antitrust enforcers a new set of commitments aimed at curing competitive concerns raised by its planned $63.5 billion buyout of U.S. agrochemical company Monsanto Co.

  • February 5, 2018

    Mintz Levin Snags Ex-Gordon & Rees Employment Pro In DC

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC on Monday said the former managing partner of Gordon & Rees LLP’s D.C., Virginia and Maryland offices will rejoin the firm after more than 10 years away, bringing with him a stellar record on employment law matters in various transactions and disputes.

  • February 5, 2018

    Stone Energy Hit With Suit Over $2.5B Talos Merger

    A Stone Energy Corp. shareholder hit the oil and gas company with a suit in Delaware federal court Friday, claiming the shareholders were lied to and shortchanged in the company’s $2.5 billion merger with Talos Energy LLC.

  • February 5, 2018

    Breitburn Shareholders To Reopen Ch. 11 Row After $1.8B Bid

    Shareholders of Breitburn Energy Partners LP will get the opportunity next week to potentially reopen the court record and further challenge the company’s pending Chapter 11 plan after arguing a recent unsolicited $1.8 billion bid for the oil and gas enterprise should alter asset valuations, a judge decided Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Pfizer, ADM, Bhushan Steel

    Pfizer's consumer health unit reportedly only received bids by GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser Group, food processing giant Archer Daniels Midland is in talks to swallow rival commodities trader Bunge as soon as this week, and Bhushan Steel has received two bids for its business.

  • February 5, 2018

    Broadcom Makes Last Push For Qualcomm With $121B Offer

    Broadcom Ltd. on Monday, in an effort to end a monthslong standoff between the companies, increased its takeover offer for Qualcomm Inc., this time saying it would pay approximately $121 billion to acquire the California chipmaker.

  • February 5, 2018

    Litigation Finance Co. Sells Most Of US Portfolio For $57M

    Litigation finance firm IMF Bentham Ltd. has sold the majority of its U.S. investment portfolio to Bentham IMF Fund 1 LLC for $57.4 million, which raises the fund’s ceiling from $133 million to $166.3 million, the firm announced on Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Weil Guides Kroger In $2.15B Convenience Stores Sale

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP advised Kroger on its $2.15 billion sale of several hundred convenience store businesses to U.K.-based privately held gas station operator EG Group, a deal that marks EG's entry into the U.S. market, the firm and companies said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Oil & Gas Producer Raises $1B For Permian Basin Work

    Texas-based oil and gas production company Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC has raised more than $1 billion in equity commitments, which will go toward acquisition and development in the Permian Basin, the company said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Warburg Pincus Invests $300M In Oil And Gas Explorer

    Private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC is providing $300 million of equity financing to oil and gas exploration and production company Ridge Runner Resources LLC, the company said Monday.

  • February 2, 2018

    Chancery Tosses Challenge To $125M Synutra Buyout

    A Delaware Chancery judge on Friday threw out a shareholder lawsuit challenging Beams Power Investment Ltd.’s $125 million buyout of baby formula maker Synutra International Inc., ruling that the suing stockholders did not make a strong enough case to indicate the deal violated laws related to controlling-party takeovers.

  • February 2, 2018

    Locke Lord Adds Tax, Transaction Atty From Andrews Kurth

    Locke Lord LLP’s tax practice received a boost with the addition of a partner in its Dallas office, as the firm announced Thursday the addition of a former Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP attorney with significant experience navigating the tax complexities of various transactional, real estate and capital markets matters.

  • February 2, 2018

    Duane Morris Adds 2 Partners To New Austin Office

    Two partners, one with experience in insurance mergers and the other in technology patent litigation, have joined Duane Morris in Austin, Texas, from Winstead and McKool Smith.

  • February 2, 2018

    Half A Dozen Firms Aided Top Jan. Real Estate Deals

    January proved to be a busy month for real estate mergers and acquisitions with eight announced deals north of $1 billion, and the 10 largest deals during the period got done with the help of half a dozen law firms.

Expert Analysis

  • An Optimistic M&A Outlook For 2018

    Jeffrey Gifford

    Many corporate executives and advisers expect the market for M&A to strengthen next year. Here, Jeffrey Gifford and Meagan McKeown of Dykema Gossett PLLC discuss why deal makers are optimistic.

  • What To Know Before Going Into Arbitration

    Carl Jenkins

    While the advantages of arbitration are well known, they can become disadvantages for the unwary. Carl Jenkins and A. Scott Davidson of Duff and Phelps Corp. offer suggestions from their experiences as arbitrators, arbitration panel members, expert witnesses and consultants.

  • Bringing Cayman Derivative Claims In NY Just Got Easier

    Robert Quirk

    The New York high court’s recent holding in Davis v. Scottish Re Group removes a significant practical hurdle to bringing derivative claims involving Cayman Islands corporations. With the Cayman leave-of-court rule out of the picture, shareholders need not arrive at the courthouse door already equipped with evidence to support their claim, say Rob Quirk and Stephen Younger of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Take Me To Your (Joint Venture) Leader

    Stephen Glover

    There are several different approaches to selecting the CEO and other senior executives of a joint venture. The challenge for venture parties and their advisers is to select an approach and adapt it to suit their particular circumstances, say Stephen Glover and Alisa Babitz of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • When Activists Are At The Gate: Lessons From Chancery

    Edward Micheletti

    Several recent Delaware Chancery Court opinions offer helpful insight about the impact that activist investor involvement has on board decision-making leading to a transaction, and how these board decisions will be reviewed by the courts in any subsequent litigation, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • How To Utilize Social Media In Proxy Contests

    Steve Wolosky

    As shareholder activists fine-tune their communications strategies for the upcoming proxy season, many will view social media as an increasingly important means of getting their message out. Attorneys with Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP lay out some important considerations for investors evaluating whether and how to use social media in their upcoming campaigns.

  • Tips For Successful Post-Merger Integration

    Jeremy Swan

    Effective integration efforts start long before a deal is completed. In fact, integration should start at the target screening stage of the M&A process, says Jeremy Swan of CohnReznick LLP.