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Delaware Litigation 2017: Assessing Trends at Year-End

Litigation in Delaware in 2017 has somewhat turned on its head the long-held expectation that “every public deal draws a lawsuit” but “private company stockholders rarely sue.” Early indications that public company deal litigation would decrease in Delaware courts have proven to be accurate through 2017. Yet the Delaware Court of Chancery has been busier than ever — so much that Chief... Continue Reading

2017 Amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law and Alternative Entity Statutes

In its last session, the Delaware Legislature passed a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the ‘‘DGCL’’) and the Delaware ‘‘alternative entity’’ statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the ‘‘DLLCA’’), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (‘‘DRULPA’’) and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act... Continue Reading

Responding to a Complaint: Delaware

A Q&A guide to responding to a complaint in a trial court of general jurisdiction in Delaware. This Q&A addresses the time to respond, extending the time to respond, pre-answer motions, answers, replies to the answer, counterclaims, crossclaims, third-party claims (also known as impleader) and defensive interpleader. Answers to questions can be compared across a number of jurisdictions... Continue Reading

Delaware Courts Affirm Guidance for Directors in Distressed Situations

The Delaware Supreme Court and the Court of Chancery recently issued guidance for directors navigating the complex fiduciary issues that arise around insolvency. That guidance, outlined in a series of decisions in Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, should give directors a measure of comfort in understanding the who, what, when, and how of fulfilling fiduciary duties in these... Continue Reading

Practical Considerations for Single-Bidder Processes in Public M&A

Whether a public company should engage in a “single-bidder” process is one of the most difficult questions a target public company’s board of directors must consider during the early stages of a transaction. In the right circumstances, a single-bidder process can result in an expedient transaction that maximizes stockholder value while minimizing the risks associated with putting a... Continue Reading

Build It And They Will Come: Why Delaware Trusts Lead The League

The article, “Build It And They Will Come: Why Delaware Trusts Lead The League,” was published in the Spring, 2017 issue of the Delaware Banker Journal. It describes the history of the Delaware trust industry and how the robust trust infrastructure and commitment of the State and the industry have made Delaware the preeminent trust jurisdiction in the world... Continue Reading

Testing Management Valuation When Something Doesn’t Smell Right

This article examines equity committee formation and methods used by bankruptcy courts to limit the costs of appointing an additional statutory committee, and it queries whether the appointment of equity committees in these cases resulted in increased returns for equity holders. It explores this question through an examination of two bankruptcies in which equity committees were appointed: In re... Continue Reading

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