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OCTOBER 2018
 
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IN THIS ISSUE
 
Akorn, Inc. v. Fresnius Kabi AG: Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Material Adverse Effect
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California’s New Sexual Harassment Laws
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Register Now: Enforcement of Stock Pledges Luncheon Seminar
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Save the Date: Webinar on New Ethical Rules of Professional Conduct of Interest to Transactional Lawyers
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Enhance Your Practice: Join the Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Section
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Law Firm Memos
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Editors:
Andrew Clark
Latham & Watkins LLP
Andrew.Clark@lw.com

Alex Voxman
Latham & Watkin LLP
Alex.Voxman@lw.com


Business and Corporations Executive Committee Officers:

Katherine Blair, Chair
Harumi Hata, Vice Chair, Membership
Roger Loomis, Vice Chair, Membership
Barry Burten, Vice Chair, Programs
Peter Menard, Vice Chair, Programs
James Coupe, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Council of Sections Liaison
Mark Hiraide, Vice Chair, Events
Scott Lochner, Vice Chair, Events and Secretary

Members:
Candice S. Choh
Arash Khalili
Theresa Leets

Corporate Law Departments Section Representative
Lois M. Jacobs

Barristers Liaison
Sarah Kelly-Kilgore

 

 
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Akorn, Inc. v. Fresnius Kabi AG
 

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Material Adverse Effect

On October 1, 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued what is believed to be the first decision of a Delaware court finding the existence of a “material adverse effect” which justified the termination of a merger agreement.

Against the backdrop of a precipitous adverse change in the target business’s performance (including a 55% drop in annual EBITDA after consistent EBITDA growth in prior years), significant breaches of regulatory requirements and inadequate remediation of such breaches, the Court found the existence of a general “material adverse effect” and breach of regulatory compliance representations which would reasonably be expected to result in a “material adverse effect”. For further insight and analysis of the case, please see the dedicated sub-section of the “Law Firm Memos” section of this newsletter by clicking here.

In addition to the excellent law firm insight and analysis, the 246 page opinion itself provides an excellent guide for transactional practitioners of the issues to be mindful of when drafting and negotiating key provisions of acquisition and merger agreements under Delaware law. The full judgement of the Delaware Court of Chancery is available here.

 
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California’s New Sexual Harassment Laws
 

In its most recently concluded session, prompted by the #MeToo movement, the California legislature passed a number of bills to Governor Brown’s desk for signature on the issue of sexual harassment, spawning the hashtag #TakeTheLead to describe California’s approach to the issue.

In the final hours before the September 30 deadline, Governor Brown vetoed AB 3080 (the most controversial of the various bills which would have prohibited (a) mandatory arbitration agreements for almost all types of employment law claims in California, and (b) employers from insisting on confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements in the context of workplace sexual harassment) but he did sign into law a number of other sexual harassment related bills, including:

  • AB 3109 which renders void and unenforceable any provision in a contract or settlement agreement which seeks to limit a party’s right to testify in proceedings concerning alleged criminal or sexual harassment. For the full text of AB 3109, please click here.
  • SB 820 which, for agreements entered into after January 1, 2019, prohibits (and renders void and unenforceable) any provision that prevents disclosure of information relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment or discrimination based on sex (unless such provision is included at the request of the claimant). For the full text of SB 820, please click here.
  • SB 1343 which expands California’s requirement for sexual harassment training of employees to any employer with 5 or more employees (down from the current 50 or more employees). For the full text of SB 1343, please click here.
 
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Register Now
 

Pledges of Equity Interests Luncheon Seminar

Join the LACBA Business and Corporations Law Section and Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section for a luncheon seminar on Pledges of Equity Interests on November 15, 2018 at 12:15 PM at the Offices of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1055 W. 7th Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90047). Speakers include Barry L. Burten and John A. Graham of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP and Susan Goldfarb of Proskauer. For further information and to register, please click here.

 
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Save the Date
 

Webinar on New Ethical Rules of Professional Conduct of Interest to Transactional Lawyers

Save the date for a webinar on New Ethical Rules of Professional Conduct of Interest to Transactional Lawyers to be delivered by Neil Wertlieb to be held on January 15, 2019. Further information to follow.

 
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Enhance Your Practice
 
Join the Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Law Section

The Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Law Section is seeking new members. Membership on the Executive Committee is a terrific forum to network with your fellow corporate law practitioners across the city. Membership on the committee affords unique opportunities to participate in the creation of law in your practice area, to get to know and be known by other practitioners, to work with the recognized leaders in your field, and to stay on the cutting edge of developments and practice techniques.

For further information on the Section, click here.

If you are interested, please contact hhata@buchalter.com.

 
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Law Firm Memos
 

M&A: Akorn Case

The MAC is Back
Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds a Material Adverse Effect and Permits Termination of Merger Agreement
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Delaware Chancery Court Upholds Termination of Merger on MAE Grounds in Akorn v. Fresenius
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Akorn, Inc. v. Fresenius Kabi AG: Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Material Adverse Effect Allowing Buyer to Terminate Merger Agreement
Richards, Layton & Finger, PA

Yes, Virginia, there is an MAE
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Developments in California Law

New Wave of Employment Bills Signed into Law
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

California Will Soon Require Novel Disclosure Requirements Providers Of Commercial Financings
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

California Governor Signs Numerous #MeToo Laws
Cooley LLP

California Pioneers IoT Security Legislation
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

California Enacts New Laws Expanding Lactation Accommodation Requirements, Other Paid Family Leave Benefits
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

M&A

Court Of Appeal Finds No Property Transfer In Reverse Triangular Merger
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

CFIUS Pilot Program to Require Mandatory Notification of Certain Transactions
Cooley LLP

The Twilight of Enhanced Scrutiny in Delaware M&A Jurisprudence
Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Securities Laws

Semi-Public Offerings? Pushing the Boundaries of Securities Law
Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Ninth Circuit Holds General Partnership Interests To Be Investment Contracts
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

The Principles Guiding FINRA Enforcement
Latham & Watkins LLP

The Tesla/Musk Settlements
Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

General

Departing Is Such Sweet Sorrow: Some Things To Consider When You Leave California
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

 

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