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HTMLU.S. Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department Report on Merger Enforcement
Kathryn M. Fenton, Michael H. Knight, Bevin M.B. Newman, Pamela L. Taylor, Molly M. Wilkens; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
August 26, 2015, previously published on August 2015
The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") and Department of Justice ("DOJ") have released their annual Hart-Scott-Rodino ("HSR") Report, which details the agencies' merger review and enforcement for fiscal year 2014, which runs from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014....


HTMLImportance of Risk Management Due Diligence in M&A Transactions
Edwin J. Broecker; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 17, 2015, previously published on August 13, 2015
A recent SEC disclosure by Vantage Drilling Company (“Vantage”) underscores the importance of thorough due diligence in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Vantage, an oil and gas contractor based in Houston, acquired some drilling vessels from Hsin-Chi Su, a Chinese...


HTMLSEC Adopts Pay Ratio Rule
Adam C. Berkaw, Stephen P. Coolbaugh, James E. O'Bannon, Kimberly J. Pustulka; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2015, previously published on August 2015
On August 5, 2015, the SEC adopted the pay ratio disclosure rule,[1] as required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This new rule comes more than five years after Dodd-Frank was enacted and after thousands of comment letters from companies, trade...


HTMLCanadian SPACS Ride the Lightning - Summer 2015
William J. E. Jones, Jonathan Poirier, Manoj Pundit, Jason M. Saltzman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
The Canadian capital markets are abuzz with optimism around the development and proliferation of the SPAC program in 2015. On June 22, 2015, the TSX hosted an information session on the SPAC program with panels on the Canadian experience to date contrasted with the US SPAC experience. The programme...


HTMLHarm to Potential Competition Triggers FTC Merger Challenge
Farrah Short, Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2015, previously published on June 2, 2015
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint last week challenging the proposed $1.9 billion merger of Steris Corporation (“Steris”) and Synergy Health plc (“Synergy”), charging that the transaction would...


HTMLIRS Mulls Change to Spinoff Rules
William P. Mills, Richard M. Nugent, Linda Z. Swartz; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2015, previously published on May 27, 2015
In a statement that would mark a stark change in approach, an IRS official recently indicated that the IRS may begin requiring that companies seeking to effect tax-free spinoffs conduct active businesses that represent a minimum percentage of the companies’ assets. The official noted that the...


HTMLA New Foreign Investment Regime Is Arising: Comments on the Draft PRC Foreign Investment Law
Patrick H. Hu, H. John Kao, Ian M. Liao, Peilin Liu, Jessie Chenghui Tang; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
June 1, 2015, previously published on May 2015
On January 19, 2015, the PRC Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM") issued the draft PRC Foreign Investment Law (the "Draft Law") for public comments. The Draft Law, if and when enacted, would repeal and replace the three existing laws on foreign investment: (i) the Chinese-Foreign...


Adobe PDFMoving On: A Retreat from Post-Financial Crisis Scrutiny of M&A Deals
Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 2015
Shareholder lawsuits have long been a staple of M&A transactions, but the number of lawsuits challenging M&A transactions has exploded in the aftermath of the Financial Crisis. Commonly cited studies show that shareholder lawsuits have more than doubled since 2007,2 the year before the financial...


HTMLM&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling Protecting Independent Directors
William P. Mills, Brittany Schulman, Martin L. Seidel; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2015, previously published on May 18, 2015
On May 14, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that claims against independent directors must be dismissed when a company charter provision shields directors from monetary liability for breach of the duty of care and the plaintiffs are unable to plead facts establishing that the directors...


HTMLCybersecurity In M&A Transactions
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on April 24, 2015
Firms engaged in mergers and acquisitions need to ensure from the outset that their communications are taking place in a cyber-secure environment. Online data rooms are rich targets for cyber criminals. The flow of information between buyers, targets and their consultants is particularly tempting,...


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