Mergers & Acquisitions

  • July 03, 2024

    VC Market Relies On AI Funding To Escape Doldrums

    U.S. venture funding rose to its highest quarterly total in more than two years thanks to increased funding for artificial-intelligence focused startups, according to data provider Pitchbook, although capital raising is still far below the boom era of 2021.

  • July 03, 2024

    Cerevel Investors Allege Insider Trades Pre-$8.7B AbbVie Deal

    A pension fund shareholder of Cerevel Therapeutics Holdings Inc. has sued the biopharmaceutical company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking documents to investigate potential fiduciary duty breaches and possible insider trading shortly before the company announced its pending $8.7 billion merger with AbbVie Inc.

  • July 03, 2024

    4 Firms Guide $183M Nano Dimension, Desktop Metal Deal

    Israeli 3D printing company Nano Dimension Ltd. said Wednesday it has inked a deal to buy Massachusetts-based Desktop Metal Inc. for $183 million, a surprise twist that comes after both companies had vied last year to combine with a third rival in transactions that would have been worth upwards of $1.8 billion.

  • July 03, 2024

    Weil Adds Mayer Brown Corporate Partner In New York

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has hired a former Mayer Brown LLP partner, who joins the firm's New York office to work on private funds issues and with investors, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    Chancery Tosses Challenge To $3B AstraZeneca Viela Bio Sale

    AstraZeneca PLC and a U.K. affiliate beat late Tuesday a Delaware Court of Chancery stockholder suit accusing the company of orchestrating an underpriced, $3 billion sale of clinical stage biopharmaceutical venture Viela Bio Inc. in order to clear the way for AstraZeneca's purchase of a larger competitor.

  • July 03, 2024

    Berkeley Research Group Hires Aprio Partner

    Berkeley Research Group, the expert services and consulting firm, has hired a new director in its government contracts practice who recently joined the firm in Washington, D.C., according to a recent announcement.

  • July 03, 2024

    Quest Diagnostics Paying $985M For OMERS' LifeLabs

    Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP is guiding New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics on a newly inked deal to buy LifeLabs from the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, or OMERS, for about $985 million, Quest said Wednesday. 

  • July 03, 2024

    Lufthansa's €325M ITA Air Takeover Gets Conditional EU Nod

    Europe's antitrust authority said Wednesday that it has conditionally backed Lufthansa's plan to buy a 41% stake in ITA Airways for €325 million ($350 million) if the carriers hand over flight slots to rival airlines.

  • July 03, 2024

    Video Gaming Biz Agrees To EQT's £2.1B Takeover Offer

    The board of Keywords Studios PLC said Wednesday that it has backed a £2.1 billion ($2.7 billion) takeover offer put forward by Swedish private equity firm EQT AB, a move that will pull another company from London's capital markets.

  • July 02, 2024

    Harvest Capital Class Ends Chancery Merger Suit For $3.85M

    Stockholder attorneys who secured a $3.85 million pretrial class settlement for an allegedly unfair Harvest Capital Credit Corp. merger deal won an above-average 25% share of the award Tuesday, in what a Delaware vice chancellor indicated was a move to reward top-flight attention to smaller-stakes litigation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Gauge TransDigm Deals' Effect On Defense Biz

    Three Democratic lawmakers are pressing the U.S. Department of Defense and antitrust enforcers to review an aerospace company's recent acquisition of two other companies, citing antitrust and price gouging concerns.

  • July 02, 2024

    DLA Piper Hires Former Goodwin Corporate Partner In DC

    A former Goodwin Procter LLP partner has joined DLA Piper's corporate practice in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where he will advise clients on mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. 

  • July 02, 2024

    Asia-Focused SPAC Eureka Raises $50M To Pursue Merger

    Eureka Acquisition Corp. began trading Tuesday after the special-purpose acquisition company priced a $50 million initial public offering, embarking on a search to acquire a Chinese or Greater Asian business, guided by three law firms.

  • July 02, 2024

    Chancery Cuts Sears Shareholders' $18.3M Award To $8.7M

    Minority stockholders of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores saw their class award in Delaware Chancery Court litigation trimmed from $18.3 million to $8.7 million Tuesday after former Sears CEO Edward S. Lampert and his co-defendants protested that the court had erred in its calculations.

  • July 02, 2024

    The Commercial Real Estate Q&A's You Can't Miss

    Check out Law360 Real Estate Authority's most buzzed-about commercial real estate Q&As from the first half of 2024.

  • July 02, 2024

    Cannabis Equity Licensee Says Rapper Burned Him In Deal

    The holder of a Massachusetts social equity cannabis license says several entities affiliated with a marijuana brand created by hip hop artist Berner are trying to stiff him out of $2 million they agreed to pay for a stake in his Worcester dispensary, while still trying to assert control over it.

  • July 02, 2024

    Jollibee Buying Compose Coffee Majority Stake In $340M Deal

    Filipino global food chain Jollibee Foods Corp. disclosed in a securities filing Tuesday it is acquiring 70% of South Korean coffee franchise Compose Coffee at a roughly $340 million valuation, through its wholly owned subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte.

  • July 02, 2024

    FTC Challenges Tempur Sealy's $4B Mattress Firm Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission moved Tuesday to block Tempur Sealy International Inc.'s planned $4 billion purchase of Mattress Firm Group Inc., saying the world's largest mattress supplier intends to use the deal to block its rivals from accessing the largest retail mattress chain in the U.S.

  • July 01, 2024

    Metals Recycler Strikes $170M Go-Public SPAC Merger

    American Resources Corp. on Monday announced that its metals recycling subsidiary will go public by merging with special-purpose acquisition company AI Transportation Acquisition Corp., in a deal that values American Metals LLC at $170 million and that was steered by three law firms.

  • July 01, 2024

    IPO Rebound Leads Capital Markets Recovery At Midyear

    Capital markets activity moderately accelerated in the year's first six months, buoyed by the highest level of initial public offerings in three years, signaling a busy second half for deal-makers at least until the November presidential election.

  • July 01, 2024

    Xavier Niel's Atlas Follows Through With $4.1B Millicom Bid

    French billionaire Xavier Niel's Atlas Investissement on Monday made an official bid to buy out Luxembourgish telecommunications provider Millicom's shareholders through a tender offer at a value of approximately $4.1 billion.

  • July 01, 2024

    FC Barcelona Media Arm's $1B SPAC Merger Is Scrapped

    A deal that would have taken the digital media arm for Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona public through a $1 billion merger with special-purpose acquisition company Mountain & Co. I Acquisition Corp. has been called off, both parties have announced.

  • July 01, 2024

    White & Case Veteran To Co-Head Global Comp Practice

    White & Case LLP announced Monday the addition of a second chair for its still-growing global competition practice, elevating a 16-year firm veteran to co-chair the group.

  • July 01, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Two multimillion-dollar settlement approvals, a $25 million fee-shifting demand, and a biotech merger spoiled by murder: This was just the beginning of the drama last week in the nation's preeminent court of equity. Shareholders in satellite companies filed new cases, a cannabis company headed toward trial, and there were new developments in old disputes involving Tesla and Truth Social.

  • July 01, 2024

    Skadden-Led BlackRock To Buy Data Group Preqin For £2.6B

    Investment firm BlackRock said Monday that it has agreed to acquire private markets data provider Preqin for £2.55 billion ($3.2 billion) to boost its investment management in a deal guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Macfarlanes LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • The Opportunities, Risks And Rewards Of AI Acquisitions

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    As artificial intelligence acquisitions become an increasing area of focus for investors and technology buyers, entities should pay special attention to target identification, due diligence and more when structuring and executing a transaction with a company that has an AI-centric business model, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.

  • Tiny Tweaks To Bank Merger Forms May Have Big Impact

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    The impact of proposed changes to the Federal Reserve Board's and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s bank merger review forms would be significant, resulting in hundreds of additional burden hours for bank merger applicants and signaling a further shift by the prudential bank regulators toward more rigorous scrutiny of mergers, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • 4 Takeaways From Biden's Crypto Mining Divestment Order

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    A May 13 executive order prohibiting the acquisition of real estate by a foreign investor on national security grounds — an enforcement first — shows the importance of understanding how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States might profile cross-border transactions, even those that are non-notified, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Del. Dispatch: Chancery's Evolving Approach To Caremark

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    Though Caremark claims are historically the least likely corporate claims to lead to liability, such cases have been met in recent years with increased judicial receptivity — but the Delaware Court of Chancery still expressly discourages the reflexive filing of Caremark claims following corporate mishaps, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Series

    Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • Standardizing Early Case Appraisal In Securities Class Actions

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    While an initial economic assessment of securities class action litigation is far too often not undertaken, it's an important step in planning the defense strategy that can provide counsel, clients and insurers with a much clearer view of the case, and can be simplified through standardized analyses, says Assen Koev at SCA iPortal.

  • Del. Ruling Highlights M&A Deal Adviser Conflict Disclosures

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    The Delaware Supreme Court recently reversed the Court of Chancery's dismissal of challenges to Nordic Capital's acquisition of Inovalon, demonstrating the importance of full disclosure of financial adviser conflicts when a going-private merger seeks business judgment rule review, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Key Antitrust Class Certification Questions Remain Unclear

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    The U.S. Supreme Court, by recently rejecting certiorari in Visa v. National ATM, turned down the opportunity to clarify how to analyze disputed evidence bearing on the certification of antitrust class actions, leaving the applicable standards unclear instead of resolving this split of authority, says Jonathan Berman at Jones Day.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Dual-Track IPO-M&A Exit Strategies For Life Science Cos.

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    A dual-track process for life sciences companies offers a proven path to securing favorable deal terms for an exit, and strategic moves can include running a crossover financing round in the lead-up, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • How New Rule Would Change CFIUS Enforcement Powers

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    Before the May 15 comment deadline, companies may want to weigh in on proposed regulatory changes to enforcement and mitigation tools at the disposal of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including broadened subpoena powers, difficult new mitigation timelines and higher maximum penalties, say attorneys at Venable.

  • PE In The Crosshairs Of Public And Private Antitrust Enforcers

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    A series of decisions from a California federal court in the recently settled Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, as well as heightened scrutiny from federal agencies, serve as a reminder that private equity firms may be exposed to liability for alleged anti-competitive conduct by their portfolio companies, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Series

    Swimming Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Years of participation in swimming events, especially in the open water, have proven to be ideal preparation for appellate arguments in court — just as you must put your trust in the ocean when competing in a swim event, you must do the same with the judicial process, says John Kulewicz at Vorys.

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