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Court Awards $206 Million to Alta Wind Projects in Section 1603 Grant Litigation; Smaller Award to Biomass Facility

The US Court of Federal Claims awarded damages of more than $206 million to Plaintiffs/applicants in a case with respect to the cash grant under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). In its opinion, which was unsealed on Monday, October 31, the court held that the US Department of the Treasury had underpaid the Section 1603 Grants arising from projects in the Alta Wind Energy Center because it had incorrectly reduced Plaintiffs' eligible basis in the projects. In a separate case in the Section 1603 Grant context, the court awarded $450,000 to GUSC Energy, Inc. in connection with a combined heat and power biomass facility. Read the full article.

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US and EU Requirements for Pre-Merger Notification of an Acquisition of a Minority Shareholding Interest

In May, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC to divest its 23 percent interest in Unimark Remedies, Ltd. and its US marketing rights to a generic drug under manufacture by Unimark as a condition to allowing Hikma to complete its acquisition of Roxane Laboratories. The FTC was concerned that Hikma’s continued holding of a 23 percent interest in Unimark after consummation of its proposed acquisition of Roxane would create the incentive and ability for Hikma to eliminate future competition between Roxane and Hikma/Unimark in the sale of generic flecainide tablets (a drug used to treat abnormally fast heart rhythms) in the United States. Read the full article.

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Focus on Private Equity – April 2015

McDermott Will & Emery has released the October 2014 issue of Focus on Private Equity, which provides insight on issues surrounding private equity transactions and the investment life cycle across industries. Articles in this issue include: The Use of Alternative Credit in Europe As a result of the reduced availability of conventional credit from lending institutions in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, Europe has been eager to develop an alternative credit market to unlock the demand for money from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Read the full article. Buying and Selling a Craft Brewery in the United States The craft beer business has never been hotter, with market share now approaching 8 per cent by volume in the United States and margins that have attracted the attention of private equity and venture capital investors, and even large brewers. Read the full article.  

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Economic Justification in the Assessment of Abusive Terminations of Longstanding Commercial Relationships

International companies with operations in France, or those that conduct regular business with French commercial partners, should be aware that their longtime French commercial partners could be entitled to claim compensation for the termination of the contractual relationship well beyond the scope of the original contractual provisions. However, recent decisions of the French Supreme Court suggest that judges increasingly take into consideration the existence of economic difficulties as acceptable justification for the termination. The French Commercial Code provides that the total or partial termination of any kind of longstanding commercial relationship may be qualified as abusive if insufficient notice of termination is given to the contractual partner.  This law, considered as a mandatory public policy statute, applies to all existing commercial relationships.  As a result, a company that terminates a contractual relationship with a French commercial...

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Focus on Private Equity – October 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has released the October 2014 issue of Focus on Private Equity, which provides insight on issues surrounding private equity transactions and the investment life cycle across industries. Articles in this issue include: Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity A recently proposed plan to reform EU Merger Regulation could expand the scope of transactions subject to prior notification. For the first time, minority shareholding acquisitions that do not lead to a change in control could be subject to prior notification to the European Commission. The proposed expansion of the Merger Regulation’s jurisdiction could significantly impact businesses. Read the full article. IPO Market Offers Attractive Exit Alternative for Sponsor-backed Companies The strong IPO market offers private equity sponsors an attractive alternative to the sale of a portfolio...

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How Practitioners Can Apply Legal Project Management to M&A: New Tools for New Times

Learn how corporate counsel should (and are) adopting new tools and technologies resulting in significant efficiencies in legal project management. Byron Kalogerou, a Corporate partner in McDermott’s Boston office and co-chair of the Legal Project Management Task Force of the M&A Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, explains why the "old way" no longer works and how legal project management is being utilized for M&A transactions.  Read the full article.

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Focus on Private Equity – July 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has released the July 2014 issue of Focus on Private Equity, which provides insight on issues surrounding private equity transactions and the investment life cycle across industries.  Articles in this issue include: Latin American Private Equity on the Rise Favorable macroeconomic trends and positive regulatory developments continue to make Latin America an attractive destination for private equity investors looking for acceptable returns in relatively stable emerging markets. Not surprisingly, some challenges remain for foreign private equity investors entering the region, but most of these risks should be manageable for investment teams and advisors with sufficient experience in those jurisdictions. Read the full article. Tax Considerations When Acquiring Non-U.S. Portfolio Companies—Mitigating Subpart F Inclusions Subpart F income can diminish returns for investors acquiring non-U.S. portfolio companies by increasing tax cost....

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Focus on Private Equity – April 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has released the April 2014 issue of Focus on Private Equity, which provides insight on issues surrounding private equity transactions and the investment life cycle across industries.  Articles in this issue include: Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant Closing Laws Private equity firms risk potential liability for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act violations. Case examples demonstrate the need for proactive activity management, including observing corporate formalities, establishing and filling the director and officer positions of all entities, permitting the operating company management to make the decisions regarding employment terminations and plant closings, and clearly communicating and documenting these activities, to help avoid or quickly exit litigation. Read the full article. Incentivising Management Across the Pond U.S. private equity investors are increasingly looking outside the...

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Delaware Law to Provide for Ratification of Defective Corporate Acts as of April 1, 2014

It is quite common during the course of legal due diligence to discover that a target company has issued more stock than it had legally authorized through its certificate of incorporation.  Many companies, particularly emerging growth companies, are often too preoccupied with ambitious growth plans and raising critical private capital and overlook basic corporate housekeeping.  Or they dole out lots of equity to employees and business partners in order to conserve much needed cash, but forget that there is actually a legal limit to the number of shares they can grant.  These and other legal flaws, or “defective corporate acts,” can exist undetected for years in privately held companies, but they come to light at the worst possible time – when the company is being sold or when a significant capital raise is being undertaken.  Previously, the lawyers would advise that these past errors placed a troublesome legal cloud over the company that presented risks that...

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