Mergers & Acquisitions

  • July 11, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Saudi Aramco, Paramount Global, Carlyle

    The Carlyle Group is considering acquiring Baxter International's kidney-care spinoff Vantive for about $4 billion, Aramco attracted more than $31 billion in orders for its $6 billion bond sale, and Paramount Global plans to cut more jobs before its merger with Skydance Media closes. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • July 11, 2024

    Earned Wealth Secures $200M, Buys Peer Thomas Doll

    DLA Piper-advised Earned Wealth announced on Thursday that it received a $200 million growth investment from growth equity investors while simultaneously unveiling its acquisition of fellow medical professional-focused financial services firm Thomas Doll.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ropes & Gray, Paul Weiss Steer Bain's $4.5B Envestnet Buy

    Ropes & Gray-led Bain Capital will buy Envestnet Inc., guided by Paul Weiss, in a take-private deal that values the financial technology company at $4.5 billion, Envestnet said in a statement Thursday. 

  • July 11, 2024

    White & Case Guides Turkish Biz's $310M Port Co. Buyout

    U.K. cruise port operator Global Ports Holding PLC said on Thursday that it has agreed to be bought out by a subsidiary of its majority shareholder Global Yatirim Holding AS, a Turkish conglomerate, for $310 million.

  • July 10, 2024

    Nasdaq Says It's Immune To SPAC's 'Racial Animus' Claims

    The Nasdaq Stock Market has asked a Brooklyn federal judge to toss claims it "arbitrarily and capriciously" derailed a minority-led special purpose acquisition company's plans, arguing in a Wednesday filing that it's immune to such claims as a self-regulatory organization.

  • July 10, 2024

    AdaptHealth Investor Attys Get 25% Of $51M Deal, With Caveat

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a $51 million settlement between AdaptHealth and investors over allegations tied to its merger with a blank check company, but the plaintiffs' counsel must wait for certain shares to be sold before they can collect their $12.8 million fee.

  • July 10, 2024

    Ellenoff-Led SPAC Raises $200M To Pursue Healthcare Merger

    SIM Acquisition Corp. I, a special-purpose acquisition company formed to pursue a healthcare merger, began trading Wednesday after pricing a $200 million initial public offering, represented by Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP and underwriters counsel Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • July 10, 2024

    Thoma Bravo's Qualtrics Bid Fell Short, SAP Tells Chancery

    Thoma Bravo LP may have offered $1.2 billion more than Silver Lake Management to buy Qualtrics International Inc. from software company SAP SE in 2023, but other aspects of the bid were less attractive than Silver Lake's $12.5 billion offer, an attorney for SAP directors told Delaware's Court of Chancery on Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Skydance, Paramount Unlikely To Hit Regulatory Roadblocks

    After Skydance Media and Paramount Global finally inked a deal to merge, the parties will move through a 45-day go-shop period and a review from U.S. regulators, but experts told Law360 the deal is unlikely to hit any antitrust obstacles.

  • July 10, 2024

    Kirkland, Skadden Steer $1.8B Honeywell Natural Gas Biz Deal

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Honeywell said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire Air Products' liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment business for $1.81 billion in an all-cash transaction, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP sitting on the other side of the bargaining table.

  • July 10, 2024

    SEC Probes NYSE's Bid To Extend SPAC Merger Deadlines

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision wants more time to investigate a New York Stock Exchange proposal that would lengthen deadlines to complete certain mergers involving special purpose acquisition companies to 42 months, saying NYSE's proposal departs from typical time limits intended to protect investors.

  • July 10, 2024

    AMD To Buy European AI Biz In $665M Cash Deal

    Semiconductor company AMD, advised by Latham & Watkins LLP, on Wednesday announced plans to buy a private European artificial intelligence lab called Silo AI in an all-cash deal valued at roughly $665 million.

  • July 10, 2024

    Chevron's End Won't Affect Cubs Sale Tax Suit, 7th Circ. Told

    An anti-abuse rule the IRS is using to push for taxes on gains from Tribune Media Co.'s sale of the Chicago Cubs is not threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Chevron deference doctrine, an attorney for the IRS told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    NC County Can't Join AG's Suit Over HCA Healthcare Lapses

    A county in western North Carolina can't intervene in the attorney general's lawsuit accusing a for-profit health network of reneging on promises it made when it bought an Asheville hospital, the state Business Court has said, finding the county's interference would only delay the case.

  • July 10, 2024

    Gibson Dunn, Polsinelli Steer $450M Purchase Of Tech Firm

    Investment company Sure Ventures PLC said Wednesday Infinite Reality, an immersive virtual experiences firm, has agreed to buy its subsidiary's portfolio firm Landvault for $450 million (£350.6 million), a deal advised by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Polsinelli PC.

  • July 10, 2024

    PE Biz TowerBrook Bids £253M For Payments Platform Co.

    Private equity shop TowerBrook Capital Partners LP has made an improved cash offer of £253 million ($325 million) for Equals Group PLC, the British financial technology company said Wednesday after it put itself up for sale.

  • July 09, 2024

    Chancery OKs $100K Incentive Fee In $18.8M Class Settlement

    An $18.8 million settlement ended Tuesday a Delaware Court of Chancery derivative suit alleging a $220 million breach of fiduciary duty by Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors LLC and trustees of a closed-end fund client, with the court also approving a rare $100,000 plaintiff incentive fee.

  • July 09, 2024

    Healthcare Cases To Watch: A 2024 Midyear Report

    Courts across the U.S. this year will oversee key cases to the healthcare industry, from multidistrict litigation over the Change Healthcare hack to a challenge of a state gender-affirming care ban at the Supreme Court. Here are the healthcare cases to watch in the second half of 2024.

  • July 09, 2024

    Glocal Says UpHealth Coerced Acquisition In Ch. 11 Suit

    Indian healthcare network Glocal said its majority owner, bankrupt telemedicine tech company UpHealth, lied about business delays and exaggerated its finances as leverage in a 2020 acquisition, alleging in a Delaware bankruptcy court lawsuit that UpHealth and its executives eroded $200 million in value and failed to uphold their end of a share purchase agreement.

  • July 09, 2024

    Del. Chancellor Sends SwervePay Merger Suit Toward Trial

    Delaware's Court of Chancery on Tuesday rejected dismissal for an amended complaint filed by e-payment venture SwervePay accusing buyers affiliated with payment collection business Ontario Systems LLC of overstating by tens of billions revenue-producing transactions expected under a proposed 2020 tie-up.

  • July 09, 2024

    Chancery Gives X Corp. One Week To Redact Twitter Docs

    X Corp. has a little over a week to prepare public versions of sealed court documents from Twitter Inc.'s 2022 battle with Elon Musk over his $44 billion acquisition bid, after a legal research website challenged the ongoing confidential treatment of the Delaware Chancery Court filings.

  • July 09, 2024

    Judge Calls Cost Of DOJ's Assa Abloy Market Study 'Insane'

    A D.C. federal judge took the U.S. Department of Justice and its monitoring trustee to task Tuesday for their pursuit of an open-ended look at Assa Abloy's books to check for anticompetitive harms from a 2023 merger, excoriating budget estimates pricing the investigation at a minimum of $1.7 million.

  • July 09, 2024

    Sidley Brings On Tech, M&A Atty From Goodwin In San Diego

    Sidley Austin LLP has brought on a former Goodwin Procter LLP partner in San Diego, strengthening the firm's mergers and acquisitions and emerging companies and venture capital practices.

  • July 09, 2024

    Blank Rome Adds Ballard Spahr M&A Pros In NY

    Two Ballard Spahr attorneys, including a co-leader of its private equity group, are moving their practice to Blank Rome's New York office.

  • July 09, 2024

    Chancery OKs $22M Golden Nugget Deal, Trims Fee To $4M

    Former stockholders of Golden Nugget Online Gaming Inc. who challenged the venture's $1.56 billion all-stock sale in May 2022 to DraftKings Inc. got approval Tuesday to settle their Delaware Chancery Court class action for $22 million cash, with $4 million of it going to class attorneys.

Expert Analysis

  • Antitrust In Retail: The Meaning Of 'Accessible Luxury'

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    In order for the Federal Trade Commission to block a deal that would put six "accessible luxury" brands, including Coach and Michael Kors, under one roof, the agency will need to prove that this category is distinct from the true luxury or mass-market categories, says David Kully at Holland & Knight.

  • A Case Study For Calif. Cities In Water Utility Takeovers

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    With growing water scarcity and drier weather looming, some local governments in California have sought to acquire investor-owned water utilities by eminent domain — but the 2016 case of Claremont v. Golden State Water is a reminder that such municipalization attempts must meet certain statutory requirements, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • 4 Important Events In Bank Regulation: A Midyear Review

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    The first six months of 2024 have been fairly stable for the banking industry, though U.S. Supreme Court decisions and proposals from regulators have significantly affected the regulatory standards applicable to insured depository institutions, says Christina Grigorian at Katten.

  • Series

    Skiing And Surfing Make Me A Better Lawyer

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    The skills I’ve learned while riding waves in the ocean and slopes in the mountains have translated to my legal career — developing strong mentor relationships, remaining calm in difficult situations, and being prepared and able to move to a backup plan when needed, says Brian Claassen at Knobbe Martens.

  • Unpacking The Circuit Split Over A Federal Atty Fee Rule

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    Federal circuit courts that have addressed Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are split as to whether attorney fees are included as part of the costs of a previously dismissed action, so practitioners aiming to recover or avoid fees should tailor arguments to the appropriate court, says Joseph Myles and Lionel Lavenue at Finnegan.

  • 6 Tips For Maximizing After-Tax Returns In Private M&A Deals

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    With potential tax legislation likely to spur a surge in private business sales, sellers can make the most of after-tax proceeds with strategies that include price allocation and qualified investment options, say Isaac Grossman and Daniel Studin at Morrison Cohen.

  • After A Brief Hiccup, The 'Rocket Docket' Soars Back To No. 1

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    The Eastern District of Virginia’s precipitous 2022 fall from its storied rocket docket status appears to have been a temporary aberration, as recent statistics reveal that the court is once again back on top as the fastest federal civil trial court in the nation, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • The Current State Of Healthcare Transaction Reviews In Calif.

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    As of April, certain healthcare transactions in California have been subject to additional notification compliance requirements, and complying with these new rules could significantly delay and discourage some deals, says Andrew Demetriou at Husch Blackwell.

  • Big Banks Face Potential Broader Recovery Plan Rules

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    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recent call for potentially subjecting more banks to recovery planning standards would represent a significant expansion of the scope of the recovery guidelines, and banks that would be affected should assess whether they’re prepared, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Practical Private Equity Lessons From 2 Delaware Deals

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    A pair of Delaware Chancery Court cases remind private equity sponsors that specificity is crucial through the lens of deal certainty, particularly around closing conditions and agreement sections of acquisition agreements, say Robert Rizzo and Larissa Lucas at Weil Gotshal and William Lafferty at Morris Nichols.

  • Recruitment Trends In Emerging Law Firm Frontiers

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    BigLaw firms are facing local recruitment challenges as they increasingly establish offices in cities outside of the major legal hubs, requiring them to weigh various strategies for attracting talent that present different risks and benefits, says Tom Hanlon at Buchanan Law.

  • 4 Tips For Drafting Earnouts To Avoid Disputes

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    Amid slowed merger and acquisition activity, buyers and sellers are increasingly turning to earnout provisions to get deals done, but these must be carefully drafted to avoid interpretative differences that can lead to later disputes, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Series

    Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

  • Opinion

    Paid Noncompetes Offer A Better Solution Than FTC's Ban

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    A better alternative to the Federal Trade Commission's recent and widely contested noncompete ban would be a nationwide bright-line rule requiring employers to pay employees during the noncompete period, says Steven Kayman at Rottenberg Lipman.

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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