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Shannon Zollo Comments on Proposed Aetna-CVS Deal in The National Law Journal Article 12/06/2017

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M0846567Corporate partner Shannon Zollo commented on the legal scrutiny facing CVS Health and Aetna’s planned merger in The National Law Journal’s article “Lawyers Say Fed. Regulators Likely Will Closely Scrutinize Aetna-CVS Deal.” In regards to the proposed merger, which would be a large consolidation within the healthcare industry, Shannon notes that:

 

It’s logical to anticipate [close scrutiny] based on the size and importance of the industry as it relates to the U.S. economy and well-being,” and that the effect the transaction has on competition “is informed by a number of factors, including how many players are left in the field after the deal is completed; the effect on existing customer and vendor relationships and the massive amount of integration required to consummate the deal.”

For additional insight from Shannon and information about the deal, read the full article.

Carl Barnes Comments on Earnout Disputes in Startup Acquisitions in Wall Street Journal 09/05/2017

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CFB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846497xB1386)The Wall Street Journal article “Rise of ‘Earnouts’ Muddies M&A Waters” discusses the increasing landscape of earnout agreements in startup acquisitions. As the article states, earnout agreements are often used in order to settle differences over a company’s valuation, but are frequently leading to disputes over milestone payments. MBBP corporate partner Carl Barnes remarks that:

Concern about the potential for earnout disputes is leading startups to take proactive measures, such as creating escrow accounts to fund legal battles. Typically, funds for the escrow come off the top of the cash paid up front. If the funds are never used, they are disbursed to shareholders.”

Additional measures involve how the earnout agreements are initially structured and negotiated within the deal. For more information, read the full article.

MBBP Publishes July M&A Today Newsletter 07/13/2017

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2016-08-08_16-11-25The latest edition of our M&A Today Newsletter is published!

Articles include:

Plus a special attorney profile of corporate partner Joe Marrow on page four.

Find more information view our M&A blog or read the full newsletter.

MBBP’s 2016 M&A Year in Review 02/14/2017

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The MBBP M&A team has extensive experience guiding clients through the complexities of M&A transactions in diverse markets. Over the last decade, we have represented hundreds of publicly-traded and privately-held companies in transactions, both buyers and sellers, valued from several million dollars up to hundreds of millions of dollars. For a sampling of our 2016 transactions, visit our M&A blog.

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Mary Beth Kerrigan Was Encore Panelist at CLE Webinar on Venture Backed M&A 02/10/2017

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M0846587Back by popular demand, corporate partner Mary Beth Kerrigan spoke on an encore panel of this year’s ABA Business Law Annual Meeting, titled “Venture Backed M&A: Special Considerations”.  Mary Beth and her fellow panelists discussed complex issues that commonly arise in acquisitions of venture-backed companies, including complicated waterfalls, the blurring of management incentives with purchase price, and much more.

Congratulations to Mary Beth on another job well done!

To learn more about the conference, visit the ABA’s event page.

Revised HSR Thresholds 2017 01/27/2017

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On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its annual press release announcing revised jurisdictional thresholds for 2017 in connection with reportable jmc-headshot-photo-2015-m0846508xb1386transactions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). These new HSR thresholds will go into effect 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register, which is expected to happen in late February.

For more information about the revised thresholds, read the full post written by corporate attorney Jonathan M. Calla on our M&A Today blog.

NYSE’s Corporate Board Member Online Magazine Brings in MBBP’s Carl Barnes for Insights on D&O Liability 11/17/2016

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CFB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846497xB1386)NYSE‘s publication, Corporate Board Member, has recently published an article, “Sidestepping D&O Liability”. This piece brings to light the year 2015 as a record-breaking one for securities litigation against directors and officers, and how this trend is continuing into 2016. The level of whistleblower activity has significantly increased, as exemplified by the astonishing 119 filings of new federal class-action securities cases, and complementing this increase is the substantial decrease in the settlement sizes of these suits.

MBBP’s Carl Barnes, who specializes in director and officer liability, was asked to discuss precautions and to offer his counsel on this subject. Throughout the article, Carl is often cited offering advice on the various types of director liability and the methods in which to avoid litigation. Carl explains that directors are under fierce scrutiny in order to ascertain whether or not they have satisfied their duty of care, as this is the item that drives litigation. In order to minimize, or even avoid, liability altogether, Carl advises that directors be “actively involved, ask questions, and demand answers.” In a post-Enron world, directors need to be vigilant in order to avoid being liable, and the counsel that Carl offers may help directors and officers dismiss litigation quickly and perhaps even avoid it entirely. For more information, check out the full article.

MBBP’s Shannon Zollo Quoted in Reuters Article Regarding Loan Volume Boost and Election Outcome 11/10/2016

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Reuters quoted MBBP’s Shannon Zollo in an article regarding the financial industM0846567ry’s propensity for a Hillary Clinton presidency. Zollo expressed that the “devil you know” is the more predictable, and therefore safer, outcome because in an election as turbulent and polarizing as this one, the impact could eventually destabilize potential future deals. Before the election, various companies were receiving acquisition loans as they were expecting the market to be stable with a Clinton victory.

Shannon is a corporate partner whose practice specializes in private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions, and corporate governance. For more information, please contact Shannon Zollo.

MBBP Partner Scott Bleier Featured in “Legal Outlook Q&A” Interview with LinkSquares 09/28/2016

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Firm corporate partner Scott Bleier was recently interviewed by LinkSquares, Inc., regarding his vast knowledge and experience as a “veteran startup lawyer”. M0846500 Scott discussed various topics relating to startups, including the largest legal issues for early stage companies, the role of outside counsel for tech companies, and the biggest challenges surrounding customer agreements and contracts.

Read the full interview for more information.

Jonathan Gworek Concludes Tenure as Chair of Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee at ABA Business Law Annual Meeting 09/06/2016

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This year’s ABA Business Law Section Meeting will mark the end of Corporate Partner Jon Gworek’s position as Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.  Jon was appointed as chair of the committee in 2013 during the annual meeting, and in the role has been integral in planning the committees activities and meetings.  M0846570

During this year’s meeting in Boston, Jon will act as moderator for various meetings, while the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present two panels: “Valid Corporate Action: Avoiding Failures in Authorization and Ratifying Defective Corporate Acts” and “Venture Backed M&A: Special Considerations”.

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will feature a number of distinguished speakers, including Vice Chancellor Glasscock of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Bruce Patton of Vantage Partners, co-author of Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In and Distinguished Fellow and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and prominent corporate venture capitalists, Carl Stjernfeldt from Shell Technology Ventures, and Frank Andrasco from Siemens Venture Capital.

Jon has thoroughly enjoyed leading the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee over the past three years, and is looking forward to remaining actively involved in the Business Law Section of the ABA.

To read more about MBBP’s involvement with the Annual Meeting, read the latest posts on our M&A Today blog.

7th Circuit Rejects Fee Only Settlement 08/25/2016

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Ruling that the value of certain supplemental transaction disclosures in the context of a $15 billion merger was “nil,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned an award of attorneys’ fees to plaintiffs’ counsel in the context of merger litigation.  On August 10, 2016, in the case In Re: Walgreen Co. Stockholder Litigation, case number 15-3799, writing for the 7th Circuit, Judge Posner, following a recent trend of decisions denying requests for attorneys’ fees to attorneys representing shareholders challenging a merger, adopted Delaware’s Trulia standard for approval of such settlements.

To read more about the court’s decision, read the full post on our M&A blog.

MBBP Publishes August M&A Today Newsletter 08/09/2016

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Hot off the press!

Articles include:

Get more info on our M&A blog or read the full newsletter.

Civil Penalties for HSR Violations Raised by FTC 08/03/2016

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TCFB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846497xB1386)he Federal Trade Commission announced that the maximum civil penalty for violations of the premerger notification requirements of the HSR Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has increased from $16,000 to $40,000 per day. A premerger notification gives the FTC and the Department of Justice, which share jurisdiction over HSR, the ability to review a transaction for anti-competitive effects and determine whether to seek injunctive or other relief before it closes. This 150% penalty increase is due to “catch-up” inflation adjustments.

Learn more about this increase in the full post on our M&A Today blog.

Delaware Chancery Court Rules on “Fair Value” Doctrine 07/29/2016

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M0846615The Delaware Chancery Court recently rejected the long-standing doctrine that the merger price in an arm’s-length transaction always represents fair value. The court carved out exceptions to the doctrine in two cases specifically: Appraisal of Dell, Inc (May 31, 2016) and Appraisal of DFC Global Corp. (July 8, 2016). In both cases, the Chancery Court found that there were specific, enumerated factors that made the merger price inadequate as a measure of fair value, despite the fact that the seller in both cases ran an aggressive and thorough sales process.

Read the full article on our M&A Today blog.

MBBP Partner Carl Barnes to be Panelist on MCLE M&A Program 06/10/2016

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Carl Barnes (CFB)Carl Barnes will be featured as a panelist on the upcoming MCLE program “Representations, Warranties, Indemnification and Termination Provisions: Drafting and negotiating to allocate risk in business transactions”.

For more detail and for information on how to register, visit our M&A Today blog.

MBBP Client Kewill Finalizes Acquisition of LeanLogistics 06/09/2016

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Firm client Kewill announced that as of June 1, 2016, its acquisition of LeanLogistics is closed.  The acquisition will allow the two companies to better serve their customers’ supply chain logistics needs.

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Kewill specializes in enabling its clients to efficiently move their information and goods across the global supply chain through its logistics software.
LeanLogistics’ is a software as a service (SaaS) company with a cloud-based transportation management system. 2016-06-09_11-49-46

Kewill’s acquisition of LeanLogistics creates “the most expansive and largest carrier network feeding into the most sophisticated Transportation Management platform available in North America.”  Congratulations to both companies on the acquisition!

M&A Considerations for Venture-Backed Companies – Register now! 04/27/2016

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MBBP to host a panel of experienced deal makers who will provide an insider’s perspective on what it takes to successfully position a venture backed company for sale and get a deal done. These panelists include Brady BohrmannTed Gillick, and Douglas Melsheimer. They all represent unique perspectives of a buyer, seller, and banker and each bring years of experience in venture-backed M&A.

Topics that will be addressed include positioning your company for a successful exit, various stakeholders in an M&A transaction, buyers assessing strategic fit, and best practices to ensure a smooth transaction and done deal.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 4:00pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Seating is limited – Register here.

 

 

Attorney Carl Barnes Panelist on Fairness Opinions 04/14/2016

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Carl Barnes (CFB)MBBP Attorney Carl Barnes will be a panelist in a webinar presented as part of the BDO KNOWLEDGE Webinar Series program, “When and Why Should a Board Require an Independent Fairness Opinion.” This moderated panel discussion, to be held from noon to 1:00pm, Boston time, on May 5, will focus on what fairness opinions are, what they are not, valuation techniques, and the role fairness opinions play in helping directors to fulfill their fiduciary duties in M&A and other transactions.

To register for the webinar, please visit BDO’s event registration page.

Attorney Shannon Zollo Panelist at AMAA New England Meeting 04/13/2016

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MBBP Attorney Shannon Zollo will be a panelist at the SSZ Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846567xB1386)upcoming Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors New England Chapter meeting on Monday, May 9th. The topic of this meeting is, “Bridging the Valuation Gap – Earn Outs”. Specifically, the panelists will discuss the use of earn outs in M&A, structural considerations, measurement methods, legal issues, tax implications, valuation and financial reporting, and potential pitfalls.

To learn more and to register, check out the AMAA New England Chapter Event page.

Just Posted – MBBP’s 2015 M&A Year in Review! 03/31/2016

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M&A TodayCheck out MBBP’s M&A Today blog for a sampling of our successful M&A transactions from 2015.

We take pride in guiding clients through the complexities of M&A transactions in markets as diverse as analytical instruments, software, SAAS, industrial controls, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, transportation, professional services, and oil & gas.

Cheers to great clients!

 

 

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