Private Equity

  • June 24, 2024

    Anaplan Beats Chancery Suit Over $10.4B Thoma Bravo Deal

    A Delaware vice chancellor has tossed a consolidated suit alleging that former officers of Anaplan Inc. "squandered" roughly $400 million in shareholder value when agreeing to the company's $10.4 billion sale to private equity firm Thoma Bravo, saying the suit fails because the stockholders approved the transaction through an informed and uncoerced vote.

  • June 24, 2024

    Mortgage Co. Fights To End Borrowers' RICO 'Smear' Suit

    United Wholesale Mortgage has urged a Michigan federal judge to toss a putative class action claiming it violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by forcing brokers to originate loans through UWM, arguing the suit is an illegitimate "smear" attempt to tarnish UWM's reputation to benefit hedge fund short-sellers.

  • June 24, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law topped the news out of the Court of Chancery again last week, as the hotly contested measure sailed through the state's legislature. Tesla and its shareholders continued their tug-of-war over attorney fees for Chancery litigation about Elon Musk's pay package, and new cases were filed involving biotechs, car rental companies, workout platforms, telecom towers, and a cargo ship fire in Brazil.

  • June 24, 2024

    Latest Gibson Dunn Transactions Hire Joins From Paul Weiss

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP said Monday it has brought on a former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP attorney in the latest of the firm's many recent transactional lateral hires.

  • June 24, 2024

    Defense Contractor Gresham Inks $83M SPAC Merger

    Defense contractor Gresham Worldwide Inc. and special-purpose acquisition company Ault Disruptive Technologies Corp. agreed Monday to merge in a deal that values Gresham at $83 million and enlarges the company's profile, steered by two law firms.

  • June 24, 2024

    CSG Ups Purchase Price For Vista's Kinetic Group To $2B

    Marking the latest update in its bid to scoop up Vista Outdoor Inc.'s various businesses, Czech defense company Czechoslovak Group AS has raised its proposal to purchase Vista's sporting products division to $2 billion, a $90 million increase over the original price lobbed by the defense company back in October.

  • June 24, 2024

    Cooley-Led Therapy Developer Alumis Aims For $300M IPO

    Venture-backed drug developer Alumis Inc. launched plans on Monday for an estimated $300 million initial public offering, guided by Cooley LLP and underwriters' counsel Latham & Watkins LLP, joining an active pipeline of IPO prospects this week.

  • June 24, 2024

    Freshfields-Led Packager Sonoco Buying Eviosys For $3.9B

    Hartsville, South Carolina-based packaging firm Sonoco Products Co. said Monday it has agreed to buy European food can maker Eviosys from private equity firm KPS Capital Partners for about $3.9 billion.

  • June 24, 2024

    CMS-Led Aareal Bank To Sell Unit To TPG For €3.9B

    German lender Aareal Bank AG and investment company Advent International said Monday that they have agreed to sell a property management and maintenance software company to U.S. private equity firm TPG and Canada's CDPQ for approximately €3.9 billion ($4.2 billion).

  • June 21, 2024

    Delaware's Corporate Law Debate Left 'Blood On The Floor'

    Delaware lawmakers have settled, for now, a rare, bitter, national fight over director rights to cede some powers to big stockholders, but the "Moelis" debate has also boosted friction between board and stockholder camps, with one retired law professor saying underlying litigation had left "blood on the floor."

  • June 21, 2024

    Treasury Unveils Rules Curtailing Outbound Tech Investments

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday proposed rules to implement President Joe Biden's executive order aimed at restricting American investments in certain technologies that China is developing, including artificial intelligence systems, that are deemed threats to national security.

  • June 21, 2024

    8 Firms To Lead 4 IPOs Totaling $806M As Action Heats Up

    Eight law firms are slated to guide four initial public offerings estimated to raise a combined $806 million during the week of June 24, potentially closing a slow month for new listings with a bang.

  • June 21, 2024

    Kirkland-Led KKR To Buy Entertainment Biz Superstruct

    Private equity giant KKR, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Friday announced plans to buy London-based Superstruct Entertainment from White & Case LLP-led Providence Equity Partners.

  • June 21, 2024

    3 Firms Build $540M Take-Private Sale Of Healthcare Data Biz

    Digital health company Sharecare Inc. on Friday announced that it has agreed to be bought by healthcare-focused private equity firm Altaris LLC in a $540 million take-private deal built by three law firms.

  • June 21, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Travers Smith, Potamitis Vekris

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, RSK Group Ltd. gets a £500 million ($632 million) investment, Boston Scientific Corp. acquires Silk Road Medical Inc., Masdar takes a part of Terna Energy SA, and Tate & Lyle PLC buys CP Kelco from JM Huber Corp.

  • June 21, 2024

    Swiss-Dutch Pharma Biz Raises €80M For Cancer Drug Work

    iOnctura BV has raised €80 million ($85.5 million) in a new round of financing, which the Swiss-Dutch biopharmaceutical company will use to continue developing two anti-cancer drugs.

  • June 20, 2024

    Chancery Preserves Most Of Hertz Shareholder Buyback Suit

    Several Hertz directors who authorized $4 billion in stock buybacks in 2022 that vaulted a private equity-based shareholder into a controlling position will have to face claims in Delaware's Court of Chancery that they breached their fiduciary duties to the company.

  • June 20, 2024

    Cheer Parents Get Initial OK For $82.5M Varsity Brands Deal

    A Tennessee federal judge is giving the preliminary go-ahead to an $82.5 million settlement between a class of cheer parents and a group of the biggest players in the American cheer industry, agreeing that the deal appears to be fair and equitable.

  • June 20, 2024

    6 Firms Build Hydrogen Developer's $1.6B SPAC Merger

    Chinese hydrogen solutions company United Hydrogen Group Inc. on Thursday announced plans to go public through a merger with special-purpose acquisition company Aimei Health Technology Co. Ltd. in a deal that values the combined business at roughly $1.6 billion on a pro forma basis and was built by six law firms.

  • June 20, 2024

    Assa Abloy Says Deal Monitor Going Too Far

    Assa Abloy has told a D.C. federal court that a monitoring trustee installed after the company settled a government merger challenge is taking things too far by trying to conduct a five-year, industry-wide study that's on pace to cost the company $20 million.

  • June 20, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Carlyle-KKR, Didi IPO, Open AI

    The deals rumor mill is often overflowing with transactions that are reportedly close to being signed, so it can be hard to know which ones to stay on top of.

  • June 20, 2024

    AssetMark To Buy $12B In Assets From Financial Services Biz

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP-advised wealth management platform AssetMark Inc. on Thursday announced a strategic partnership with Morningstar Wealth under which AssetMark will acquire roughly $12 billion in assets from the Morningstar Wealth Turnkey Asset Management Platform.

  • June 20, 2024

    Skadden, Weil Guide Honeywell's $1.9B Defense Tech Co. Buy

    Honeywell International Inc. said Thursday it plans to acquire defense electronics company CAES Systems Holdings LLC in a $1.9 billion all-cash deal guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP that Honeywell said would enhance its radio frequency technology offerings for military aircraft, missiles and drones.

  • June 20, 2024

    Dickinson Wright Brings On McDermott, Bell Nunnally Attys

    Dickinson Wright PLLC added a pair of new members who include a commercial finance and real estate attorney from Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP based in Austin, Texas, and a tax and incentives attorney from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • June 20, 2024

    A&O Shearman-Led Bridgepoint Makes £626M Offer For Rival

    Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Ltd. said Thursday that a company controlled by asset fund manager Bridgepoint Advisers is weighing a £578 million ($734 million) takeover and that it would recommend that to shareholders if it makes a formal bid.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

  • What 11th Circ. Fearless Fund Ruling Means For DEI In Courts

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent backing of a freeze on the Fearless Fund's grants to women of color building new companies marks the latest major development in litigation related to diversity, equity and inclusion and may be used to question other DEI programs targeted at providing opportunities to certain classes of individuals, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

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    As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • 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.

  • 5 Steps To Navigating State Laws On Healthcare Transactions

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    As more states pass legislation requiring healthcare-transaction notice, private equity investors and other deal parties should evaluate the new laws and consider ways to mitigate their effects, say Carol Loepere and Nicole Aiken-Shaban at Reed Smith.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Next Steps After 5th Circ. Nixes Private Fund Adviser Rules

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent toss of key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules regarding private fund advisers represents a setback for the regulator, but open questions, including the possibility of an SEC petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, mean it's still too early to consider the matter closed, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Inside Antitrust Agencies' Rollup And Serial Acquisition Moves

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    The recent request for public comments on serial acquisitions and rollup strategies from the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department mark the antitrust agencies' continued focus on actions that fall below premerger reporting thresholds, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Continuation Funds: What You Need To Know

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    As the continuation fund market matures, the structure and terms of these transactions have become increasingly complex, presenting challenges that should be carefully navigated by participants to ensure a successful transaction process, say lawyers at Skadden.

  • Reps And Warranties Insurance Considerations As M&A Slows

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    The first six months of the year have seen increasingly favorable rates and policy terms for the representations and warranties insurance market, and policy purchasers are right to pay close attention to pricing, coverage, exclusions, structures and claims as the M&A market cools, say attorneys at Cooley.

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    Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

  • How M&A Attorneys Can Best Serve Self-Funded Searchers

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    Post-pandemic, and with the so-called great wealth transfer on the horizon, individuals looking for small and midsize businesses to acquire are increasingly going the self-funded route, so deal attorneys must understand the major pain points and unique needs of this demographic, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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