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Mergers & Acquisitions

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    CFIUS Reform Is No Death Knell For Chinese Buyers

    A newly signed law overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has sparked concern in China, but concerns that the country would face tougher reviews than it has in the past are likely unfounded.

  • August 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Carlyle, CIE Automotive, Sinochem

    Carlyle is reportedly getting ready to list German chemicals company Atotech, CIE Automotive is in discussions to buy rival Inteva Products’ roof systems business, and Sinochem is discussing a deal to give PetroChina its nearly 34 percent stake in a refinery.

  • August 14, 2018

    Akin, Wachtell Assist On Diamondback’s $9.2B Energen Buy

    Diamondback Energy Inc. has inked a roughly $9.2 billion agreement to acquire Alabama-based oil and gas exploration company Energen Corp., the companies announced Tuesday, in a deal guided by law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • August 14, 2018

    DOJ Taps Ex-AG Mukasey To Monitor Bayer-Monsanto Deal

    A D.C. district judge on Tuesday appointed former U.S. Attorney General and district court chief judge Michael B. Mukasey to serve as the monitoring trustee for the U.S. Department of Justice agreement that allowed Bayer AG's planned $62 billion purchase of Monsanto Co. to proceed.

  • August 14, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Adds Corporate Partner In Houston Office

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has added a partner to its corporate practice group in Houston who brings with him more than 20 years of experience with securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate work in the energy industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    Euronext Hits Back At Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

    Euronext said Tuesday it has bought out the remaining minority stake of its Fastmatch unit held by the currency trading business' founder after the former executive sued the European stock exchange for wrongful termination in New York federal court.

  • August 14, 2018

    Phaunos Timber Fund Rejects Stafford's $244M Takeover Bid

    Phaunos Timber Fund Ltd. on Tuesday sent a letter to shareholders notifying them that it has rejected London-based alternative investment manager Stafford Capital Partners' takeover bid that valued the company at $244.2 million.

  • August 14, 2018

    Rising Star: Wachtell's Edward J. Lee

    Edward J. Lee of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has led a number of clients, including aerospace giant United Technologies, through billion-dollar deals, all while advocating for diversity within the legal industry, earning him a spot as one of six mergers and acquisitions law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 14, 2018

    Investors Sue MoviePass Owners As Stock Bottoms Out

    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. investors filed a putative class action suit against the company alleging that it misled the public on the profitability of moviegoing subscription service MoviePass Inc. before the stock bottomed out, according to a filing in New York federal court Monday.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    ActiveCare Gets Nods On DIP Financing, Auction Plans

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed to approve ActiveCare Inc.’s post-petition financing and plans for a $3.75 million stalking horse sale Monday after hours of negotiations to address unsecured creditors’ and the U.S. Trustee’s Office’s concerns the process was moving too quickly.

  • August 13, 2018

    5 State AGs Argue Against $62B Bayer-Monsanto Deal

    In opposition to Bayer AG’s planned $62 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., the attorneys general of California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Oregon sent a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, arguing that the deal would concentrate an already narrow seed market and threaten innovation.

  • August 13, 2018

    Aralez Gets OK To Tap $5M DIP, Must Produce Budget Info

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a request by Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. to use up to $1 million from a $5 million debtor-in-possession loan, but instructed the distressed drug distributor to better explain its budget and application of borrowed funds when it seeks the remainder.

  • August 13, 2018

    $7B USG-Knauf Merger Hit With Del. Chancery Class Suits

    Two investors in drywall maker USG Corp. filed proposed class action complaints Monday in Delaware Chancery Court alleging the company’s board breached its fiduciary duties in approving a $7 billion combination with Gebr. Knauf KG.

  • August 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: KKR, Diebold Nixdorf, Abraaj

    KKR & Co. is reportedly planning to locally list most of its Indian operations, Diebold Nixdorf tapped advisers to help it sell itself, and Agility has partnered up with private investment firm Centerbridge Partners to buy all or some of Abraaj.

  • August 13, 2018

    Dentons Grows In Latin America With New Chilean Office

    Dentons announced Monday that it is combining with a Chilean firm, a move the firm's leadership boasted will further shore up its presence in Latin America and enable it to provide legal services to clients around the globe.

  • August 13, 2018

    Insurers Won't Cover Verizon's $95M FairPoint Settlement

    Verizon Communications Inc. can’t use its insurance policies to cover the $95 million it paid out to settle claims that it lied to competitor FairPoint Communications Inc. when it sold off some of its landline infrastructure for $2.3 billion, insurers said in a suit filed in New York state court.

  • August 13, 2018

    Japanese Utilities Buy Stakes In $2.6B Innogy Wind Farm

    German energy company Innogy SE said Monday it has agreed to sell a 41 percent stake in a £2 billion ($2.6 billion) planned English wind farm to a pair of Japanese electric utilities for an undisclosed amount.

Expert Analysis

  • An Update, Not A Transformation, Of CFIUS Review Process

    Scott Flicker

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, a reform of the review process overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has just been signed into law. But to a great extent, it merely codifies CFIUS’ current practice of expansively interpreting its jurisdiction, stretching review timelines and taking a broad view of national security, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Companies Could Face Pressure Over Board Composition

    Arthur Kohn

    Companies should expect that the New York City Comptroller's Office, State Street Global Advisors and others will continue to seek dialogue, engagement and disclosure on diversity and other important social issues. Based on 2018 proxy season results, investors' votes may increasingly become a referendum on social concerns, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • How Taxpayers Are Taking To Tax Reform So Far

    Nickolas Gianou

    The effects of last year’s tax overhaul, the most significant since 1986, have not been as drastic as some expected. Still, taxpayers have begun to adjust and a number of significant trends are emerging, say Nickolas Gianou and Sally Thurston of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Delaware Court Offers Clarity On MFW Protections

    Scott Barshay

    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent opinion in Olenik v. Lodzinski held that the parties to an acquisition had followed the road map for controller transactions to receive business judgment review under Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. In so holding, the court provided helpful reminders about how best to achieve such protection, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.