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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.

Shannon Zollo Comments on Uber’s Due Diligence Process in Otto Acquisition 11/01/2017

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M0846567In Corporate Counsel’s “Should Uber’s Salle Yoo Have Taken Earlier Look At Critical Due Diligence Report,” corporate partner Shannon Zollo comments on Salle Yoo’s, the chief legal officer at Uber, potential involvement in the due diligence process during Uber’s acquisition of Otto. The issue is at question in Uber’s ongoing court battle with Waymo, where Uber claims that Yoo did not see the due diligence report until a year after the acquisition was announced. Shannon remarks that Yoo may have “relied extensively on the internal team.” He also poses the question:

Independent of this situation, does it make strategic sense at times for people in positions of authority to not be exposed to potentially damaging information?”

For Shannon’s answer to that question and to read more about the case, read the full Corporate Counsel article.

Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo Explains In-House Counsel’s Role in Due Diligence 07/05/2017

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M0846567In Corporate Counsel’s article “10 Uber In-House Attorneys Saw Due Diligence Report in Battle With Alphabet“, Shannon Zollo comments on the role of in-house counsel in the due diligence process. The article discusses a due diligence report from Uber’s acquisition of Otto, in which Alphabet claims there is proof that Uber knowingly acquired stolen intellectual property. As such, the importance of the due diligence process is highlighted and, in particular, in-house counsel’s role in the process.

Shannon explains that the goal of the due diligence period is to review a target company in a merger or acquisition and ascertain whether or not there are any potential issues. He notes:

The purpose of a diligence report is to understand as best as is possible before you close, the nature of the target and whether that target fits within your acquisition profile across the board.”

If any issues do arise, Shannon states that the buyer’s internal team has to discuss the next best steps and that “in-house counsel should be deliberate in trying to maintain privilege”.

For more information from Shannon on the due diligence process read the full article.

MBBP’s Shannon Zollo and Josh French Discuss Quickly Enacting Trump Administration Policies in BBJ Article 02/10/2017

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M0846567   Josh French

In an article in the Boston Business Journal, Corporate partner Shannon Zollo and corporate senior attorney Josh French discuss the importance for the Trump administration to act quickly in enacting new policies that were promised during Trump’s campaign. The potential legislation, including protectionist trade policies, corporate tax reform, increased infrastructure spending, and immigration reform, has left businesses feeling uncertain about how to move forward with their business strategies. Zollo and French argue that the Trump administration must act quickly to enact legislation in order to foster a more certain business environment.

For further detail, read the full article.

M&A Video Clip: Investment Banker Engagement Letters 06/22/2015

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The second video in MBBP’s M&A Clip Series addresses the necessity of Investment Banker Engagement Letters. Corporate attorney Shannon Zollo gives a brief overview.

Catch Shannon next week discussing another common issue in M&A transactions: Cash vs. Equity

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Radio Entrepreneurs Interviews Shannon Zollo 04/28/2014

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Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo

The Radio Entrepreneurs, a show that provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies, recently interviewed MBBP Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo. Shannon was invited to discuss the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) Boston, a community of trusted advisors to privately-held businesses and their owners who are focused on a successful path to the exit, and its annual Summit on May 2nd. The 2014 XPX Summit‘s theme is on growth and liquidity and helping business owners achieve both. To listen to the full discussion, please click the following link: Radio Entrepreneurs Interviews MBBP Attorney Shannon Zollo

Feel free to contact Shannon with any questions on exit planning or XPX.

Visit XPX Summit 2014 for more information or to register for the event.

Radio Entrepreneurs Interviews Shannon Zollo 04/01/2013

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Corporate Attorney Shannon ZolloOn Tuesday, March 5th MBBP Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo was a guest of the “Radio Entrepreneurs” Show which provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies. Shannon provided listeners with information on emerging trends in private equity and venture capital transactions. For the full discussion, please click the link below:

Shannon Zollo Radio Entrepreneurs Interview

Feel free to contact Shannon with any questions on private equity or VC transactions.

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