March 2013 |
The Deal Compass is a monthly round up of key US strategic deals and US-sponsor-backed going-private deals prepared by Weil's Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity teams. Each month we survey the landscape and provide timely updates on significant transactions, and we'll provide more in-depth commentary on noteworthy deals from time to time. The March 2013 edition of The Deal Compass discusses deals announced in February 2013 and includes developments on previously announced deals. Eight strategic transactions valued above $500M were announced in February. February 2013 also yielded four going-private transactions valued above $100M.
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May 2013 |
In her regular column on corporate governance issues, Holly Gregory provides guidance for audit committees to keep their agendas focused on priorities, while staying up to date on changing conditions. The article, “Social Media and Regulation FD,” was published by PLC’s Practical Law Journal in the May 2013 issue.
May 14, 2013 |
Weil Antitrust/Competition associate Neil Rigby explains the important changes that the UK’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 ushers in. The new law creates the Competition and Markets Authority (while abolishing both the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading) and amends UK competition law to streamline timelines and enhance investigative powers for two-stage reviews; enhance antitrust enforcement investigation powers; and remove the "dishonesty" requirement in criminal cartel cases while introducing new defenses.
April 2, 2013 |
Weil Securities Litigation partner Robert Carangelo, Securities Litigation counsel Paul Ferrillo, and Complex Commercial Litigation associate Hannah Field-Lowes discuss the recent regulatory reforms in the UK and globally and analyze the remaining challenges global regulators will continue to face as they attempt to harmonize evolving regulatory paradigms.
February 14, 2013 |
Weil Business Finance & Restructuring partner Sylvia Mayer and associate Sunny Singh co-authored the article “Resolution Lemonade: Finding the Positives in Recovery and Resolution Planning,” which appeared in the February 2013 issue of The Banking Law Journal
. In the article, the authors explore the benefits of resolution planning for systemically important financial institutions that go beyond regulatory compliance.
March 28, 2013 |
Weil Litigation partner Christopher Pace discusses the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the use of expert testimony to support class certification in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend
January 23, 2013 |
Technology & IP Transactions partners Charan Sandy and Jeffrey Osterman discuss the US Supreme Court’s denial of a writ of certiorari in Rates Technology, Inc. v. Speakeasy Inc.
concerning the enforceability of "no challenge" clauses. In Rates Technology
, the Second Circuit upheld the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York's ruling that the "no challenge" provision barring Speakeasy from contesting the validity of patents contained in an agreement entered into prior to the commencement of litigation was unenforceable. This article analyzes the Rates Technology
decision and discusses US Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, and Federal Circuit precedent regarding the enforceability of "no challenge" provisions.
April 1, 2013 |
Weil Employment Litigation partners Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas and associate Patricia Wencelblat analyze the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ rescission of two 2006 guidance documents related to the evaluation of compensation practices of government contractors, and its issuance of Policy Directive 307, which allows for a more expansive investigation into alleged pay discrimination.
May 10, 2013 |
Weil Tax, Benefits, and Executive Compensation partner Kimberly Blanchard has authored the commentary “IRS Responds to Taxpayer’s Protest Over Application of Rev. Rul. 91-32.” The commentary discusses field attorney advice memorandum FAA 20123903F, which was released on September 28, 2012, but not published until March, and the application of Rev. Rul. 91-32, which the Obama Administration has proposed to “codify.”