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Aruba Appraisal: Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Chancery Court’s Exclusive Reliance on Trading Price in Determining “Fair Value” Under DGCL § 262

Oct. 21, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Martin Shepherd | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 239 (2020) | “Consistent with DFC and Dell, Aruba II reaffirmed the important, if not dispositive, role that deal price usually plays in determining ‘fair value’ for purposes of DGCL § 262. One cannot ignore the fact that the Chancery Court retains broad...

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Chancery Court––for the First Time–– Releases Buyer from Obligation to Close due to Target MAE

Oct. 21, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Katie Clemmons | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 227 (2020) | “Under the standard adopted by the Delaware Court of Chancery (‘Chancery Court’) in In re IBP Inc. Shareholders Litig., 789 A.2d 14 (Del. Ch. 2001) (‘IBP’), a buyer seeking release from its obligations under an acquisition agreement due to...

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Negotiating Against Yourself: Flawed Negotiating Process Leads Chancery Court to Deny M&F-Premised Motion to Dismiss

Sep. 22, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Matthew K. Vallade | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 213 (2020) | “In Alon USA, a target company minority stockholder challenged a transaction where a stockholder owning ‘48% [of the] equity interest’ in the target purchased the remainder of the outstanding stock via a merger transaction. In sorting out this...

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Delaware Supreme Court Approves Federal Forum Selection Provision for Securities Act Claims

May. 7, 2020—Robert S. Reder | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 123 (2020) | “In 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery (“Chancery Court”) confronted the question of whether a corporation could validly adopt an exclusive forum selection provision requiring that claims under the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) be brought in federal rather than state...

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Chancery Court Dismisses Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Target Company Directors Despite Unavailability of Corwin Defense

May. 4, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Lorin Hom | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 111 (2020) | “In Morrison III, Vice Chancellor Glasscock again dismissed the claims of fiduciary breach brought against all but one of the named target company directors, citing failure by plaintiff to adequately plead facts satisfying the high bar imposed by an...

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Chancery Court Denies Rescission of Merger Agreement Where “Indispensable” Company Stockholders Not Named as Parties to Litigation

Apr. 21, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Jacob R. Haskins | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 105 (2020) | It is customary, when a private corporation with numerous stockholders is sold, for a representative to be appointed to act on behalf of the stockholders if a dispute arises post-closing with respect to a purchase price adjustment or...

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Norcraft Appraisal: Chancery Court Gives No Weight to Deal Price Negotiated in a Conflicted CEO-Led Transaction with a Flawed Sales Process

Apr. 21, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Szymon S. Barnas | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc. 93 (2020) | “[I]n Blueblade Capital Opportunities LLC v. Norcraft Companies, Inc., No. CV 11184-VCS, 2018 WL 3602940 (Del. Ch. July 27, 2018) (hereinafter “Norcraft Appraisal Action”), the Chancery Court determined that neither the deal price produced by the sales process...

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Chancery Court Indicates Willingness to Extend M&F to Compensation Award to Controlling Stockholder

Jan. 28, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Alexandra N. Bakalar | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 61 (2020) | PDF Download Link “Delaware courts are tasked with reviewing breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from a variety of commercial transactions. No matter the type of transaction, however, the standard of review applied by the court is all-important...

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Chancery Court Finds Notice to Non-Consenting Stockholders Not a Precondition to an Effective Majority Written Consent

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Jake Haskins | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc. 53 | PDF Download Link “[N]otice issues were addressed by the Delaware Court of Chancery (“Chancery Court”) in Brown v. Kellar, C.A. No. 2018-0687-MTZ, 2018 WL 6721263 (Del. Ch. Dec. 21, 2018). First, Vice Chancellor Morgan T. Zurn considered whether “prompt notice”...

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Chancery Court Rejects Target Company Claim That Termination Fee Was Jilted Merger Partner’s Exclusive Remedy

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Alexandra Sasha Gombar | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 45 | PDF Download Link “Recently, in Genuine Parts Co. v. Essendant Inc., C.A. No. 2018-0730-JRS, 2019 WL 4257160 (Del. Ch. Sept. 9, 2019) (“Genuine Parts”), the Chancery Court had another opportunity to analyze standard public merger agreement provisions. Vice Chancellor...

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Chancery Court Refuses Pleading Stage Dismissal Under Corwin When Stockholders Not Fully Informed of Long-Overdue Financial Restatement

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Amanda M. Mitchell | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 35 | PDF Download Link “The factual bases underlying Vice Chancellor Slights’s refusal to entertain a Corwin defense at the pleading stage in Tangoe—delayed Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings and inadequate financial statement disclosures to stockholders—are similar to the factual...

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Chancery Court Refuses to Dismiss Action to Enforce Post-Merger Covenant Due to Ambiguities in Merger Agreement

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Faisal Q. Haider | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 27 | PDF Download Link “Notwithstanding the disavowal of covenant survival and third-party beneficiary rights, there are circumstances in which publicly traded targets bargain for post-merger covenants in public merger agreements. For instance, where a significant amount of acquiring company stock...

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Chancery Court Declines to Apply Corwin at Pleading Stage to “Cleanse” Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Due to Material Non-Disclosures

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Robert W. Dillard | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 17 | PDF Download Link “In late 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Chancery Court”) once again denied pleading-stage application of Corwin when faced with well-pled allegations a stockholder vote was not fully informed. In In re Xura, Inc. Stockholder...

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Chancery Court Finds Merger Agreement Preserved Sellers’ Privilege Over Pre-Merger Attorney-Client Communications

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Jake Haskins | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 11 | PDF Download Link “Parties to a merger naturally retain individual legal counsel throughout the process. By operation of the merger statute, when the transaction closes all assets of each constituent corporation to the merger become assets of the surviving corporation....

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Delaware Court Refuses Corwin “Cleanse” Due to Inadequate Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest and Financial Projections

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Kelsey McKeag | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 1 | PDF Download Link “In Chester County Employees’ Retirement Fund v. KCG Holdings, Inc., C.A. No 2017-0421-KSJM (Del. Ch. June 21, 2019) (“Chester County”), Vice Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick refused to grant dismissal of a former stockholder’s challenge of a...

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Chancery Court Applies M&F Framework to Transactions in Which Controlling Stockholders Allegedly Received “Unique Benefits”

May. 9, 2019—Robert S. Reder & Elizabeth F. Shore | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 221 | MFW Trio | Chancery Court Applies M&F Framework to Transactions in Which Controlling Stockholders Allegedly Received “Unique Benefits” | PDF Download Link | Three recent Chancery Court decisions focus on circumstances in which controlling stockholders, each alleged to have...

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