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Adobe PDFBefore The Whistle Blows: Understanding And Addressing The Expanding Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Sarbanes-Oxley And Dodd-Frank
William J. Foley, Jason M. Halper, Lambrina Mathews; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ("Sarbanes-Oxley") was enacted following the accounting scandals of the early 2000s involving Enron, WorldCom and other public companies. Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank") in 2010 following...

 

HTMLM&A Update: Delaware Court Upholds Sotheby’s Poison Pill Defense Against Activist Citing “Negative Control” as a Corporate Threat
Jason M. Halper, Gregory A. Markel, Braden McCurrach, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014
In a May 2, 2014 ruling relating to activist hedge fund Third Point LLC’s proxy battle with auction house Sotheby’s, the Delaware Chancery Court found that Third Point was not likely to succeed in its argument that the Sotheby’s board violated its fiduciary duties when it adopted...

 

HTMLChancery Court Provides Another Lesson for a Reasonable Sale Process
Jason M. Halper, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014
In a recent decision, Chen v. Howard-Anderson, the Delaware Chancery Court once again questioned the reasonableness of how a board conducted the sale of a company when it permitted stockholder claims to go to trial. The decision provides yet another reminder—if one is needed—that boards...

 

HTMLM&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder’s Tender Offer Based On Target Board’s Conflicts and Stockholder Coercion
Joshua Apfelroth, Jason M. Halper, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014
In a March 14, 2014 decision that has received little commentary, an Ohio federal court in Spachman v. Great American Insurance Co. took the extraordinary step of enjoining a tender offer by Great American Insurance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Financial Group, for the 48 percent of...

 

HTMLM&A Update: Delaware Court’s Orchard Enterprises Decision Provides Key Insights For Special Committees In Controlling Stockholder Transactions
Joshua Apfelroth, Jason M. Halper, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 21, 2014, previously published on March 19, 2014
On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Court of Chancery’s 2013 decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation, holding that in going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder, the use of both a truly independent special committee and a majority of the minority...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Holds That Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provision Applies To Employees Of Investment Advisers And Other Private Companies
William J. Foley, Jason M. Halper, Adam S. Lurie, Lambrina Mathews; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 18, 2014
On March 4, 2013, the Supreme Court issued an opinion with broad implications for mutual funds and certain other SEC-regulated companies that conduct business through or with privately-held entities (such as investment advisers and managers), as well as the private companies that do business with...

 

HTMLM&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Business Judgment Rule Review for Certain Controlling Stockholder Transactions with Dual Minority Protections
Joshua Apfelroth, Jason M. Halper, Gregory A. Markel, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014
On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Court of Chancery’s 2013 decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation, holding that in going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder, the use of both a truly independent special committee and a majority of the minority...

 

HTMLThe “Gatekeepers”: Delaware Court Holds Conflicted Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Joshua Apfelroth, Jason M. Halper, Gregory A. Markel, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 13, 2014
Delaware courts have increasingly shined a spotlight on what they consider to be conflicts of interest for sell-side financial advisors. On March 7th, the Delaware Chancery Court hit these conflicts with a laser beam. In a post-trial opinion in In re Rural/Metro Corp. S’holders Litig., Vice...

 

Adobe PDFHalliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.: Assessing Possible Modifications to Basic And The Fraud-On-The-Market Theory
Ryan J. Andreoli, William J. Foley, Jason M. Halper; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 7, 2014
Securities class action lawsuits have long been a fact of life for public companies traded on a U.S. exchange. Since 1997, plaintiffs have filed more than 3,200 securities fraud lawsuits that have resulted in approximately $75 billion in settlements. The threat posed by such suits has been cited as...

 

HTMLDelaware Court Allows Claims for Breach of Implied Good Faith Covenant in Earn-Out Case
Joshua Apfelroth, Jason M. Halper, William P. Mills, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 21, 2014, previously published on February 19, 2014
A recent Delaware Chancery Court opinion in American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC, et. al. v. LPL Holdings, Inc., et.al. held that a seller’s claim that its buyer diverted opportunities from the acquired business to a different subsidiary of the buyer, thereby denying the business the...

 


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