Corporate Counseling

"The large team in this reputable Wilmington firm provides the gold standard among Delaware corporate law practices, representing major financial institutions, investment funds, asset managers and other blue-chip clients." - Chambers USA 2012

The Delaware Corporate Counseling Group provides advice on all aspects of Delaware corporate law to publicly traded and privately held corporations and their boards of directors and officers, as well as international law firms, in-house counsel, and private equity and venture capital investors.  Our experience is particularly important to lawyers with law firms located outside of Delaware or in-house counsel who may be generally familiar with Delaware corporate law but do not practice Delaware law on a full-time basis.

Our practice may involve issues of corporate governance or issues that are more transactional in nature, including advice concerning mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, financings and other complex transactions.  Members of the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group are often called upon for advice that ranges from delivering immediate answers to time-sensitive questions to providing formal written legal opinions.  Our transactional work ranges from suggesting simple solutions based on our Delaware experience to designing and structuring complex transactions for businesses and investors throughout the world.

We regularly serve as special counsel to boards of directors and board committees, particularly in situations involving potential conflicts of interest and fiduciary duty issues.  Such representations often involve negotiated and hostile acquisitions, going-private transactions, financings and other transactions with existing investors or management, audit committee investigations, and transactions in the context of insolvency and bankruptcy.

We in the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group have a keen sense of, and appreciate, our clients’ need to have immediate answers to complex Delaware corporate law issues.  We are available to meet those needs and our experience permits us to do so in a cost-effective manner.  We recognize the ever-changing legal landscape in which our clients operate, and we are committed to working with them to achieve the best result possible.

Members of the Delaware Corporate Counseling Group are integral to the ongoing process of revising and updated the Delaware General Corporation Law, with two members of the group serving on the Council of the Corporate Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, the body charged with reviewing the Delaware General Corporation Law annually and suggesting revisions to keep Delaware’s corporate law the premier corporate law in the world.  In addition, members of the Group have written a leading treatise on Delaware corporation law, Delaware Corporation Law and Practice, which is revised and updated annually.

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News

30 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Wilmington, DE (August 17, 2015) – Thirty attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 79,000 eligible attorneys. Jack B. Blumenfeld was named the Best Lawyers® 2016... Continue Reading

The Legal 500 Ranks Morris Nichols as a Leading M&A Firm in the United States

Wilmington, DE (June 3, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been ranked as a leading M&A law firm in The Legal 500 United States 2015. Now in its ninth edition, the U.S. guide organizes various practice areas into a single national ranking. “Only a small number of firms in the United States have a truly national... Continue Reading

Two Morris Nichols Attorneys Announced As Winners of the 6th Annual 40 Under 40 Emerging Leader Awards

Wilmington, DE (May 20, 2015) – The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Awards on Monday, May 18, 2015. Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis S. Miller were both named winners for the Legal Advisor Category. The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks 23 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups Among the Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2015) – The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a Band 1 law firm in the Delaware categories for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Chancery, Corporate M&A & Alternative Entities, and Intellectual Property. Twenty-three... Continue Reading

16 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers

Wilmington, DE (May 15, 2015) – Sixteen Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers.  Jack B. Blumenfeld was named to the “Top 10” list for Delaware.  In addition, attorneys Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Curtis S. Miller and Matthew R. Clark were recognized as 2015... Continue Reading

Two Morris Nichols Attorneys Elected to Inaugural Class of American College of Governance Counsel Fellows

Wilmington, DE (April 21, 2015) – Today, leading corporate governance lawyers from the United States and Canada founded the American College of Governance Counsel, with two Morris Nichols attorneys elected as fellows. Frederick H. Alexander joins the inaugural class of 36 fellows and A. Gilchrist Sparks III joins the class of nine... Continue Reading

2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Morris Nichols Among “Best Law Firms” in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (November 3, 2014) – In the 2015 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings of the “Best Law Firms”, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP was selected for inclusion in a diverse array of bankruptcy, corporate, intellectual property, and trust law practice areas in Delaware.  The 16 practice... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

Wilmington, DE (August 18, 2014) – Twenty-eight attorneys from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell were selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 50,000 attorneys. Two partners received special recognition as 2015 Delaware Lawyer of the... Continue Reading

17 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers- Delaware Edition 2014

Wilmington, DE (May 19, 2014) – 17 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013. Jack Blumenfeld and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. In addition, attorneys Eric Klinger-Wilensky and Curtis Miller were recognized as 2014... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2014 Names 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2014) – The 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty-one Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Lawyers Named in Who's Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

Wilmington, DE (April 16, 2014) – Four Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell lawyers, have been named in The Who’s Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014. Frederick H. Alexander, Andrew M. Johnston, A. Gilchrist Sparks and Patricia O. Vella were named among the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions attorneys by Who’s... Continue Reading

2014 Chambers USA Directory Ranks 21 Morris Nichols Attorneys as 'Leaders in their Field"

Wilmington, DE (March, 2014) – The Firm congratulates its 21 attorneys who will be included in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” legal directory by Chambers & Partners. Several practices and lawyers are recognized in more than one area. Delaware A Gilchrist Sparks III, Chancery & Corporate /M&A Derek... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Alert Featured in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Wilmington, DE (November 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols’ Delaware Alert: Don’t Ask/Don’t Waive Standstills & Attorneys’ Fees in Delaware, was featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation on November 18, 2013.  It is the second Morris Nichols memorandum presented by HLS... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Alert Featured on Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Wilmington, DE (November 11, 2013) – Morris Nichols' Delaware Alert: A Third Circuit Panel Strikes Down the Court of Chancery's Confidential Arbitrations was featured on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 8, 2013. The Alert provides an analysis of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of... Continue Reading

18 Morris Nichols Practice Areas Named in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2014 Rankings of Best Law Firms in Delaware

Wilmington, DE (November 1, 2013) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce its selection to the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings for Delaware in the following 18 practice areas: Administrative/Regulatory Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America - 60 Practice Specialty Selections; 22 Top-Listed Practice areas; 5 Delaware Lawyers of the Year

Wilmington, DE (August 21, 2013) – Morris Nichols is pleased to announce that two thirds of the firm's partnership have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  The firm was noted for 60 individual specialty selections, 22 "Top-Listed" practice specialties, and five individual 2014 Delaware Lawyers... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2013 Names 17 Morris Nichols Attorneys and 4 Practice Groups as Best In Delaware

Wilmington, DE (May 24, 2013) – The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked seventeen Morris Nichols’ attorneys and four practice groups as best in Delaware.  Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and reputations... Continue Reading

22 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013

Wilmington, DE (May 23, 2013) – 22 Morris Nichols attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2013.  Rick Alexander and A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, were named to the Best of the Best Top 10 Delaware Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Elects Patricia Vella, John DiTomo as Partners; Katherine Betterly as Special Counsel

Wilmington, DE (January 7, 2013) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia O. Vella and John P. DiTomo have been elected partners, and that Katherine H. Betterly has been promoted to Special Counsel, effective January 1, 2013. Rick Alexander, Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, made the... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Attorneys Named Delaware “Lawyers of the Year”

Wilmington, DE (October 11, 2012) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell attorneys A. Gilchrist Sparks, III, Jack B. Blumenfeld, and Frederick H. Alexander have been named 2013 Delaware Lawyers of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America publication in the Bet-the-Company Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Mergers and... Continue Reading

28 Morris Nichols Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Wilmington, DE (August 31, 2012) – 28 Morris Nichols attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in twenty two practice areas. Morris Nichols lawyers were selected for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the country,... Continue Reading

Rick Alexander Named One of the Top Ten Most Highly Regarded Corporate Governance Lawyers in the World

7.1.2012 - Corporate Counseling
by Frederick H. Alexander in Wilmington, DE

Wilmington, DE (July 2, 2012) – Rick Alexander, member of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group and Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, has been named one of the top ten most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2012. ... Continue Reading

Twenty-One Morris Nichols Practice Areas Named in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2011-2012 Rankings of Best Law Firms

Wilmington, DE (November 16, 2011) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been recognized in twenty-one practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers 2011 - 2012 "Best Law Firms" rankings. Those practice areas are Administrative/Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights,... Continue Reading

Tarik Haskins, Curtis Miller, Eric Wilensky to Become Morris Nichols' Newest Partners

Wilmington, DE (October 20, 2011) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Tarik J. Haskins, Curtis Miller and Eric Wilensky will become partners, effective January 1, 2012.  Rick Alexander, firm Chair, made the announcement of the election.  Tarik Haskins joined Morris Nichols in 2006 and is a member... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Trial Team Contributes to eBay's Victory in Shareholder Dispute with craigslist

Wilmington, DE - September 14, 2010 - William Lafferty, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation Group partner, headed the Morris Nichols trial team that represented eBay Inc. in its successful shareholder dispute against craigslist.  The September 9 opinion in favor of eBay by Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Selected as Law Firm of the Year Finalist for The M&A Advisor's Middle-Market Financing Awards

Wilmington, DE (June 10, 2010) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP has been named a finalist as Law Firm of the Year for The M&A Advisor‘s Middle-Market Financing Awards.  The Awards honor the outstanding achievements of professionals and firms in mergers and acquisitions deal financing, debt and equity offerings in the... Continue Reading

Lawdragon Names Four Morris Nichols Attorneys Among 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Wilmington, DE – May 13, 2010 – Morris Nichols partners Rick Alexander, Jack Blumenfeld, Bill Lafferty and Ken Nachbar have been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2010 guide, an independent listing of the nation’s most elite attorneys.  Morris Nichols had more honorees than any other Delaware law... Continue Reading

Morris Nichols Represents IMS Health Transaction Committee in $5.2 Billion Private Equity Acquisition - Largest Leveraged Buyout this Year

Wilmington, DE – November 6, 2009 – Morris Nichols’ Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner Rick Alexander, and associates Eric Wilensky and Ryan Greecher, advised the Transaction Committee for IMS Health, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by TPG Capital and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a... Continue Reading

A. Gilchrist Sparks III Featured in Pennsylvania (and Delaware) Super Lawyers 2009

Wilmington, DE – June 3, 2009 – Corporate and Business Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group partner A. Gilchrist Sparks III has been profiled in the feature article Company Man that appears in Pennsylvania (and Delaware) Super Lawyers 2009, released this week.  He is the only Delaware attorney to be so honored. Described... Continue Reading

18 Morris Nichols Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers - Delaware Edition 2009

Wilmington, DE – June 3, 2009 – Super Lawyers® magazine has named 18 Morris Nichols attorneys as top legal counsel in Delaware for 2009, three more than were listed in 2008. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics who undertakes a rigorous selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers,... Continue Reading

Chambers USA 2009 Names 20 Morris Nichols Attorneys and Five Practice Groups as Best in Delaware

Wilmington, DE – June 12, 2009 – The 2009 edition of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business today ranked twenty Morris Nichols’ attorneys and five practice groups as best in Delaware. Chambers annually conducts in-depth interviews of commercial users of legal services to assess the strengths and... Continue Reading

Rick Alexander Authors The Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers; Excerpts at Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Wilmington, DE  (June 25, 2009) – Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander authored the report The Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers issued by The Conference Board Governance Center.  The report is part of a series on the oversight role of the board of directors... Continue Reading

Rick Alexander Quoted in National Law Journal - Focus on Amendments to Delaware Corporation Law

Wilmington, DE – April 20, 2009 – Morris Nichols’ corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander was quoted in The National Law Journal this week in an article analyzing the recent amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell on April 10, 2009. In the article Delaware... Continue Reading

A. Gilchrist Sparks III and Michael Houghton Named 2009 Lawyers of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America

Wilmington, DE – February 16, 2009 – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partners A. Gilchrist Sparks III and Michael Houghton have been named Delaware Lawyers of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America Guide.  The firm’s lawyers picked up two of the five honors recognizing Delaware’s elite legal counsel. Gil... Continue Reading

Events

Executive Compensation: Strategy, Design, and Implementation

6.18.2015 through 6.19.2015 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
by Andrew M. Johnston

The American Law Institute hosts a program on “Executive Compensation: Strategy, Design, and Implementation” from June 18 to 19, 2015. Morris Nichols partner Andy Johnston serves as faculty and participates in the panel discussion, “Compensation and Proxy Litigation and the Latest Delaware Cases,” at 1:30 p.m. EDT on June... Continue Reading

SEC Hot Topics Institute

6.11.2015 in Seattle, WA - Corporate Counseling
by Melissa A. DiVincenzo

Morris Nichols partner Melissa DiVincenzo will participate in a panel discussion on “Corporate Law Developments” at the SEC Hot Topics Institute on June 11, 2015 in Seattle, Wash. Hosted by RR Donnelley with the support and cooperation of Northwestern Law School, the annual conference brings together corporate and securities law... Continue Reading

27th Tulane Corporate Law Institute

3.19.2015 through 3.20.2015 in New Orleans, LA - Corporate Counseling, Corporate & Business Litigation

Morris Nichols attorneys will attend the 27th Tulane Corporate Law Institute from March 19 to 20, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.  Recognized as one of the premier M&A, corporate and securities law conferences, the Tulane Corporate Law Institute gathers Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery judiciary, prominent corporate counsel as well as... Continue Reading

2014 in Review: A Recap of the Biggest Corporate Law Decisions from Delaware

Morris Nichols partners Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky and Jeffrey R. Wolters will present the webinar “2014 in Review: A Recap of the Biggest Corporate Law Decisions from Delaware” on Feb. 5, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.  Hosted by Bloomberg BNA, the webinar will cover significant cases for public company deal practice and... Continue Reading

2nd Annual Northeast M&A and Private Equity Forum

Thomson Reuters will host the 2nd Annual Northeast M&A and Private Equity Forum in Boston on Dec. 3, 2014.  Morris Nichols is a sponsor and partners Andrew M. Johnston and R. Judson Scaggs, Jr. will participate as faculty. The program will showcase collective insight on trends, issues and challenges on deal activity and transactions in... Continue Reading

10th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum

Thomson Reuters will host the 10th Annual Southeastern M&A/Private Equity Forum in Atlanta on Oct. 2, 2014. Morris Nichols is a sponsor. Morris Nichols partners, Andrew M. Johnston and R.J. Scaggs, Jr. will participate in the panel discussion “Key Developments in Delaware Fiduciary Duty and M&A”. The session will cover recent... Continue Reading

Supreme Court Review 2014: A Discussion of Decisions at the Highest State and Federal Judicial Levels

9.30.2014 in Wilmington, DE - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

On Sept. 30, Morris Nichols partner Patricia O. Vella speaks on “Delaware Supreme Court Corporate Decisions” as part of a half-day Delaware State Bar Association CLE program. The seminar will be held in Wilmington, Del. with webcast in Georgetown, Del. Ms. Vella will discuss the most significant corporate cases decided by the Delaware... Continue Reading

ABA 2014 Business Law Section Annual Meeting

The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will host an annual meeting in Chicago from Sept. 11 to 13, 2014. Morris Nichols partners will serve as speakers at the conference. On the first day of the conference, partner Eric Klinger-Wilensky will chair the panel “The 2014 Annual Review of Developments in M&A” from 2:30... Continue Reading

Recent Changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law: Avoid the Risks; Reap the Benefits

On June 30, 2014, Morris Nichols partners Frederick H. Alexander and Melissa A. DiVincenzo will speak in a webinar on “Recent Changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law:  Avoid the Risks; Reap the Benefits.” They will discuss a number of significant changes that have been proposed to take effect in August 2014 and explore how... Continue Reading

CSC Interview with Vice Chancellor Laster

6.13.2014 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Morris Nichols partner Patricia O. Vella interviewed The Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery at a recent breakfast event hosted by the State of Delaware and the Corporation Service Company. The program took place at the University Club of New York on June 13, 2014. Vice Chancellor Laster offered his thoughts on... Continue Reading

DSBA Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional & Litigation Panel

5.22.2014 in Wilmington, DE - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella, James D. Honaker

Patricia O. Vella and James D. Honaker, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Counseling Group partners, will serve on a Delaware State Bar Association panel titled, Recent Development in Delaware Corporate Law: Transactional & Litigation Perspectives at The Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE on May 22, 2014. 4.0 hours of CLE... Continue Reading

Webinar: Appraisal Rights: A Changing World

Morris Nichols partners John DiTomo and Eric Klinger-Wilensky will serve as panelists for a webcast entitled “Appraisal Rights: A Changing World”, on May 13, 2014, from 2:00PM-2:45PM. Eric and John will be joined on the panel by Lisa Stark, a partner at Berger Harris. Learn from leading experts about how appraisal rights work in a... Continue Reading

The University of Texas School of Law’s 36th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law

2.14.2014 in Dallas, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, will serve as a panelist for the session entitled How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice to Directors and Officers of Delaware and Texas Corporations, at The University of Texas School of Law’s 36th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business... Continue Reading

ABA Webinar: Great Hill Equity Partners and the Attorney-Client Privilege in M&A: You Mean We Sold that Too?

Morris Nichols partners John P. DiTomo and Patricia O. Vella spoke in the ABA webinar, “Great Hill Equity Partners and the Attorney-Client Privilege in M&A: You Mean We Sold that Too?” The program, hosted by the ABA Private Equity/Venture Capital Committee, focused on this significant Delaware Court of Chancery case that held under... Continue Reading

Strafford Webinar: M&A Agreements: Limitations on Contractual and Extra-Contractual Liabilities

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, will serve as a speaker for the Strafford Webinar/Teleconference panel entitled, M&A Agreements: Limitations on Contractual and Extra-Contractual Liabilities, to be broadcast on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. This 90-minute CLE program will... Continue Reading

4th Annual Western M&A Forum

11.6.2013 in Santa Clara, CA - Corporate Counseling
by Andrew M. Johnston

Andrew Johnston, Morris Nichols Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, will serve as a member of the Forum Faculty and speak on the panel Strategic M&A Involving Public Companies at the 4th Annual Western M&A Forum in Santa Clara, California, on November 6, 2013. The panel will address how public/public deal process and terms are driven... Continue Reading

The University of Texas School of Law's 9th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute

10.17.2013 in Dallas, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, will serve on the panel Navigating Fiduciary Duties in Private Company M&A at The University of Texas School of Law’s 9th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, October 17-18, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. The panel will provide an analysis of... Continue Reading

2013 TerraLex Global Meeting

Eric Schwartz, Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group partner, will provide introductory remarks at the TerraLex Bankruptcy/Insolvency Practice Group Meeting, at the TerraLex Global Meeting in Paris, France.  The Group's featured presentation, Current Developments Regarding Intellectual Property Issues in Insolvency... Continue Reading

2013 SEC Hot Topics Institute

9.26.2013 in Houston, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Frederick H. Alexander

Rick Alexander, member of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, will speak on the panel M&A Update at the annual RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute in Houston, Texas, September 26, 2013. Joining Rick on the panel is Sean T. Wheeler of Latham & Watkins LLP. The day long Institute presents SEC officials, corporate... Continue Reading

ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2013

8.10.2013 in San Francisco, CA - Corporate Counseling
by Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, James D. Honaker

Eric Klinger-Wilensky and James Honaker, members of the Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group, will moderate and participate on the panel Key Issues In Negotiating Preferred Stock Investments and Exits at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association ("ABA") Business Law Section, August 9, 2013, at the Fairmont Hotel, San... Continue Reading

PLI Advanced Venture Capital 2012

12.4.2012 in San Francisco, CA - Corporate Counseling
by Jeffrey R. Wolters

Jeffrey Wolters, Morris Nichols Corporate Law Counseling Group partner, will serve as a faculty speaker for the program entitled Corporate Governance and Venture-Backed Companies at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) Advanced Venture Capital 2012 seminar, December 4, 2012, in San Francisco. The program will be webcast live.  Jeff’s... Continue Reading

The University of Texas School of Law's 8th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute

10.19.2012 in Dallas, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve on the panel Developments in Seller Liability in M&A at The University of Texas School of Law’s 8th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, October 18-19, 2012, at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. The panel will cover highlights of recent... Continue Reading

2012 SEC Hot Topics Institute

9.27.2012 in Houston, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve on the panel Key Issues in M&A at RR Donnelley’s SEC Hot Topics Institute, September 27, 2012, in Houston, Texas. The panel will cover M&A market trends, what acquirers are looking for, hostile takeover defenses, and recent Delaware... Continue Reading

2012 ABA Annual Meeting

Rick Alexander, Ken Nachbar, Lou Hering and Tarik Haskins served as program speakers for The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 3-5, 2012. Rick’s program, Dual Class Stock: Value Enhancer or Corporate Governance Killer? discussed the rational for the Dual Class... Continue Reading

2012 SEC Hot Topics Institute

5.17.2012 in Minneapolis, MN - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve on the panel M&A Update 2012 at RR Donnelley’s annual SEC Hot Topics Institute, May 17, 2012, at the IDS Center in Minneapolis. The panel will cover M&A market trends, recent Delaware law developments, prevailing deal terms, and... Continue Reading

2012 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

Rick Alexander, Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner, will serve as program moderator, and Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve as a panelist, for the session entitled The Ins and Outs of Topping Bids:  Maneuvering Through Deal Protection Terms,at the ABA Business Law... Continue Reading

ABA Webinar: Negotiating the Termination Provisions in a Public Company Acquisition Agreement

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve as a faculty panelist for the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section CLE Teleconference/Webcast entitled, Negotiating the Termination Provisions in a Public Company Acquisition Agreement, on March 6, 2012, 2:30 PM Eastern... Continue Reading

The University of Texas School of Law's 34th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law

2.10.2012 in Dallas, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella, Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve as a panelist for the session entitled How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice to Directors and Officers of Delaware and Texas Corporations, at The University of Texas School of Law’s 34th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and... Continue Reading

2011 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

A. Gilchrist Sparks III,  Rick Alexander, Lou Hering, Patricia Vella, and Eric Wilensky will serve as panel speakers at the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, April 14-16, 2011. Gil will serve as a Session Co-Chair on the program What’s New in the Revised Corporate Director’s Guidebook.... Continue Reading

PLI Going Private 2011

2.24.2011 in New York, NY - Corporate Counseling
by Frederick H. Alexander

Rick Alexander, Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner and Best Lawyers’ 2011 Delaware Lawyer of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions Law will moderate the session entitled Advising the Special Committee at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) Going Private 2011: Doing the Deal Right seminar, February 24, 2011, in New York... Continue Reading

Weinberg Center 2010 Annual Corporate Governance Conference

A. Gilchrist Sparks III, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group of counsel, will serve as a faculty speaker and panelist at the University of Delaware’s Weinberg Center 2010 Annual Corporate Governance Conference, November 12, 2010, in Newark, Del.  The Conference will focus on corporate governance... Continue Reading

ABA Webinar: Creating Contractual Limitations on Seller Liability that Work Post-Closing: Avoiding Serious Pitfalls in Domestic and International Deals

Morris Nichols Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel Patricia Vella will serve as a panelist in an American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section CLE Teleconference/Webcast on June 16, 2010. The 90 minute program, Creating Contractual Limitations on Seller Liability that Work Post-Closing: Avoiding Serious Pitfalls in... Continue Reading

2010 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

A. Gilchrist Sparks III, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group Of Counsel and Best Lawyers 2010 Delaware Lawyer of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Lou Hering, Commercial Law Counseling Group Partner, and Patricia Vella, Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group Special Counsel, will serve as panel speakers... Continue Reading

Tulane University Law School 22nd Annual Corporate Law Institute

A. Gilchrist Sparks III, Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group Of Counsel and Best Lawyers 2010 Delaware Lawyer of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Rick Alexander, Corporate Law and M&A partner will serve as faculty members and panelists at the Twenty-Second Annual Corporate Law Institute at Tulane... Continue Reading

Office and Trial Practice CLE Seminar

Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group partner and Best Lawyers 2009 Delaware Corporate Lawyer of the Year A. Gilchrist Sparks III and Special Counsel Patricia O. Vella will serve as faculty speakers at the day-long CLE seminar, Office and Trial Practice, co-sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association and the... Continue Reading

2009 SEC Hot Topics Institute

9.17.2009 in Houston, TX - Corporate Counseling
by Frederick H. Alexander

Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander will speak on the panel Board of Directors' Fiduciary Obligations in M&A and Recent Cases at the annual RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute in Houston, Texas, September 17, 2009. The day long Institute presents SEC officials, corporate counsel, governance officers, chief... Continue Reading

DSBA Presentation: Delaware Corporate Law's Response to the Regulatory Challenges of the Economic Crisis

6.18.2009 in Wilmington, DE - Corporate Counseling
by A. Gilchrist Sparks III

Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group partner A. Gilchrist Sparks III will serve as a faculty speaker and panelist at the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) seminar Delaware Corporate Law's Response to the Regulatory Challenges of the Economic Crisis in Wilmington, Delaware, June 18, 2009.  His presentation... Continue Reading

PLI Delaware Law Developments 2009: What All Business Lawyers Need To Know

Morris Nichols Corporate Litigation and Corporate Law Counseling Group partner A. Gilchrist Sparks III will serve as a faculty panelist at the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) seminar What All Business Lawyers Must Know About Delaware Law Developments 2009 in New York City, May 21, 2009.  The panel will be broadcast live online. Panel topics... Continue Reading

ABA Webinar: Negotiating M&A Solvency Provisions: State of the Art in a State of Uncertainty - Live Audio Webcast

5.19.2009 in Wilmington, DE - Corporate Counseling
by Frederick H. Alexander

Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander will serve as program faculty and present on the panel Negotiating M&A Solvency Provisions: State of the Art in a State of Uncertainty, a teleconference and live audio webcast sponsored by the ABA Section of Business Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Tuesday,... Continue Reading

ABA Section of Business Law Spring Meeting 2009

Morris Nichols Commercial Law Counseling Group partner Lou Hering and Delaware Corporate Law Counseling Group partner Rick Alexander will serve as Program speakers at the Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of Business Law in Vancouver, BC on April 16 – 18, 2009.  Lou will present at the Program Choosing the Appropriate Governance... Continue Reading

Tulane University Law School 21st Annual Corporate Law Institute

Morris Nichols corporate law and M&A partner Rick Alexander will serve as a faculty member and moderate the panel, Roles Played and Issues Faced by Financial Advisors in Today's Deals, at the Twenty-First Annual Corporate Law Institute at Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, April 2-3, 2009.  Joining Rick is co-moderator Eileen... Continue Reading

31st Annual Securities Regulation and Business Law Conference

Morris Nichols partners Andrew Johnston and R.J. Scaggs, Jr. will speak at the 31st Annual Securities Regulation and Business Law Conference, February 12-13, in Dallas, Texas on a panel entitled: The Ins and Outs In Drafting MAC Clauses, Termination Rights and Other Heavily Litigated Provisions in Transactional Agreements.  Joining them on the... Continue Reading

Publications

It Doesn’t Always Come Down to the Highest Dollar: Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds Board’s Decision Not to Engage in Discussions with Topping Bidder in In Re Family Dollar, Inc. Stockholder Litigation

Morris Nichols partner Patricia O. Vella and associate Elizabeth A. Hecker “present a fascinating analysis of the intersection between antitrust, attorney-client privilege, and Delaware corporate law” in this article on In Re Family...

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