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Director’s Undisclosed Conflict Prevents Application of Business Judgment Rule in Acquisition

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City of Fort Myers General § Employees’ Pension Fund v Haley, which was commenced in the Delaware Court of Chancery, grew out of the merger of equals between Towers Watson & Co. and Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company.   Although Towers had stronger performance and greater market capitalization, under the... Read More

Topics: Litigation, M&A, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Updates COVID-19 Reporting Guidance

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division) has issued disclosure guidance in the form of CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 9A addressing COVID-19 disclosure considerations regarding operations, liquidity and capital resources. The Guidance supplements CF Disclosure Guidance Topic 9 which provided the Division’s initial views on disclosure and other securities... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

SEC Charges Alternative Asset Manager with Failing to have Sufficient Policies to Prevent Use of MNPI

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In 2016, Ares Management LLC, a subsidiary of a global alternative asset manager, invested several hundred million dollars in client funds in a portfolio company in the form of debt and equity. Confidentiality provisions in the loan agreement remained in effect between Ares and the portfolio company on a going... Read More

Topics: Investment Advisers, Private Equity, Public Companies and Securities