Does a Reverse Triangular Merger Constitute An Assignment by Operation of Law? 03/12/2013Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Corporate, Legal Developments.
Tags: m&a, merger
By: Joe Marrow
In a Delaware Court of Chancery decision dated February 22, 2013, Vice Chancellor Parsons held that a reverse triangular merger does not constitute an assignment by operation of law under Delaware law. The decision, Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GMBH, C.A. No. 5589-VCP (Del. Ch. 2013) helped to clarify some uncertainty created by the same court in an earlier decision involving the same parties. As a result of the decision, M&A practitioners should feel more comfortable that Delaware courts will find that a reverse triangular merger will not be considered an assignment by operation of law when interpreting a contract.
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