Mergers & Acquisitions

  • November 22, 2017

    Ropes & Gray Taps PE Leader As Chicago Office Head

    Ropes & Gray LLP has chosen Neill Jakobe, a co-leader of its private equity industry group, as the new managing partner for its Chicago office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 22, 2017

    Breaking Down Waymo's Trade Secrets Trial With Uber

    Google's driverless car spinoff Waymo will face off in one week against Uber over its claims that the ride-hailing behemoth stole billion-dollar Waymo technology that could tilt the future of the nascent self-driving car industry when it acquired a former Waymo engineer's startup. Here, Law360 takes a look at the case in advance of the trial.

  • November 22, 2017

    SPACs Grabbing Bigger Share Of IPO Market

    Initial public offerings by special purpose acquisition companies are growing at their most robust clip since before the financial crisis, giving more visibility to a once remote corner of the IPO market.

  • November 22, 2017

    Inventure Foods Shareholders Misled In Utz Merger, Suit Says

    Shareholders of specialty food marketer Inventure Foods Inc. hit the Phoenix-based company with a proposed class action Wednesday in Arizona federal court, alleging company officials intentionally misled them in an effort to move along an announced $165 million acquisition by branded snack maker Utz Quality Foods LLC.

  • November 22, 2017

    FCC To Rethink Broadcast Ownership Cap Next Month

    The Federal Communication Commission on Tuesday announced a plan to review and possibly modify or eliminate regulations that keep in check the percentage of national broadcast audience a company’s television stations can reach, a move critics have ripped as paving the way for unhealthy media consolidation.

  • November 22, 2017

    Judges In Recent Merger Challenges Share Cautionary Tales

    Merger challenges place a good deal of weight on the shoulders of federal judges, but there are some things attorneys can keep in mind that help lighten the judiciary load. Here, Law360 looks at some advice recently given by a pair of D.C. district judges who have presided over some of the biggest merger cases of late, including best practices and things they said attorneys should avoid.

  • November 22, 2017

    Rockwell Turns Away Latest Emerson Electric Takeover Bid

    Rockwell Automation Inc. turned down the most recent acquisition attempt by Emerson Electric Co., saying Wednesday that it would be better served by pursuing its own strategy instead of agreeing to the proposed $28 billion tie-up.

  • November 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bank of Sharjah, Penta Investments, Actis

    Two United Arab Emirates financial institutions could merge to create a single entity boasting about 50.6 billion dirhams, CEFC and Penta Investments are partnering on a bid for Time Warner’s Central European Media Enterprises, and Standard Chartered is nearing a sale of its real estate principal finance business.

  • November 22, 2017

    American Securities Sells SeaStar Solutions In $875M Deal

    Dometic Group has agreed to pay $875 million to buy SeaStar Solutions from American Securities LLC, the companies said Wednesday, adding to the Swedish recreational vehicle company's portfolio a provider of vessel control, fuel systems and system integration to the marine industry.

  • November 22, 2017

    Deal Makers Ready To Shake Off 2017’s Cloud Of Uncertainty

    Companies and financial sponsors are expected to dive back into dealmaking in the coming year as they opt to stomach any lingering uncertainty from global regulatory and political challenges in order to take advantage of favorable economics and tap into growth.

  • November 21, 2017

    3 Key Issues In DOJ's AT&T-Time Warner Merger Complaint

    The U.S. Department of Justice upended conventional wisdom with its lawsuit Monday claiming that the vertical integration of AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV distribution network with Time Warner Inc.'s must-have content would lead to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of price increases and squelch innovative competition in digital video distribution.

  • November 21, 2017

    Akorn Reaches $24M Deal To End Investors' Accounting Suit

    Specialty drugmaker Akorn Inc. has reached a $24 million deal to settle a proposed investor class action alleging that the company’s failure to fix widespread accounting problems and weak internal controls led it to report inflated revenue figures to the market, according to papers filed in Illinois federal court on Monday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Bet-The-Business Merger Trial? O'Melveny Gets Tapped Again

    As the government tries to block AT&T from buying Time Warner in what could be the first merger trial under the new administration, the telecom giant has put its hopes for a digital content future in the hands of a firm that's been no stranger to courtroom faceoffs in the last decade. Here, Law360 looks at the biggest challenges O'Melveny & Myers LLP has defended in recent years.

  • November 21, 2017

    Sporting Goods Co. Gets Nod On Breakup Fee In Ch. 11 Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved a $150,000 expense reimbursement Tuesday should bankrupt Maurice Sporting Goods Inc.’s Chapter 11 stalking horse sale stumble, despite acknowledging concerns about insufficient legal backing and problematic features.

  • November 21, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: AppLovin, Nestlé, SQM

    AppLovin and China’s Orient Hontai are altering their $1.4 billion deal to try to pass regulatory muster, Nestlé is among those wooing U.S. organic and vegetarian food maker Hain Celestial, and multiple suitors are vying for a roughly $4.8 billion stake in a Chilean lithium producer.

  • November 21, 2017

    Ardian Reacquires European Biz Process Outsourcing Firm

    Private equity outfit Ardian has agreed to reacquire Competence Call Center Group roughly four years after having sold the European business process outsourcing services provider to Silverfleet Capital, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Del. Chancery Won't DQ Morris Nichols From Dollar Tree Case

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge Tuesday denied a request to disqualify Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP from representing Dollar Tree in an ongoing dispute with spinoff company Dollar Express on the grounds that the law firm had given prior legal advice on the dividend distribution that is at the heart of the case.

  • November 21, 2017

    Oncor Stakeholder Goes After NextEra For $72M Breakup Fee

    A minority shareholder in Texas utility Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC told the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday that NextEra Energy owes it $72 million as a breakup fee for a merger shot down by state regulators.

  • November 21, 2017

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Is No Stranger To Mega-Mergers

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge of AT&T’s planned Time Warner purchase was assigned to Senior Judge Richard J. Leon on Tuesday, a D.C. district judge with extensive antitrust experience who required extra conditions before greenlighting the government’s settlement with Comcast for its NBC Universal deal.

  • November 21, 2017

    Talos-Stone Union Creates $2.5B Offshore Driller

    Talos Energy LLC and Stone Energy Corp., which emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year, on Tuesday said they will merge in an all-stock deal that will create an offshore drilling company with an enterprise value of $2.5 billion and an initial market capitalization of $1.9 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Key Takeaways From The ABA Antitrust Fall Forum

    Jon Jacobs

    At the American Bar Association's annual Antitrust Fall Forum last week, the theme was “predictability,” and we heard from all three branches of government — from keynote addresses by agency enforcers and legislators, to an entertaining panel with federal judges who presided over recent trials, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • A Primer On 'Locked-Box' Deals

    John Pollack

    It is important to appreciate that the “locked-box” approach to M&A purchase price adjustments is becoming more and more accepted in the U.S., and that, all things being equal, there is nothing inherently wrong with it, say John Pollack and Pavel Shaitanoff of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • New Bipartisan CFIUS Reform Begins To Take Shape

    Mario Mancuso

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 introduced last week is intended to strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and address the committee's perceived inadequacies. If enacted, this legislation would reflect the most significant changes to CFIUS in the last decade, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.