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Critical Transactional Insights for Deal-Makers
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Critical Transactional Insights for Deal-Makers

Focus on Private Equity – July 2015

McDermott Will & Emery has released the latest 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: What Private Equity Funds Should Know about ERISA Managers of private equity funds who are responsible for investing the assets of a fund that holds plan assets are likely to be considered a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). ERISA imposes numerous duties on fiduciaries, and those who fail to meet ERISA’s standards may be personally liable to restore plan losses, disgorge profits made through the use of plan assets, and pay additional statutory penalties imposed by the Department of Labor. The fiduciary may also face criminal penalties if found guilty of wilful failure. It is therefore vitally important that fiduciaries are fully aware of all their duties under ERISA. Read the...

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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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Potential Cost Savers in German M&A Transactions – Practical Experience with Notary’s Fees

International investors with corporate transactions in Germany are often surprised to learn that significant costs can be incurred by a German notary as part of a normal corporate transaction.  The involvement of a German notary is in many cases required by law, and the corresponding costs for such notary are set by the German federal statutory cost order (Gerichts- und Notarkostengesetz – GNotKG) with certain caps, however, amounting up to EUR 53,170.  A recent change in the German federal statutory cost order for notaries has increased these costs. In practice, structures can be modified to save notarial fees without any material deviations of the transaction documents.  For instance, international transaction documents are drafted often as bilingual documents. Under the changes in the new statutory cost order, the value of bilingual documents has increased by 30 percent.  It is worth considering if such translated documents should necessarily become a part...

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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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Inside M&A – Winter 2015

McDermott Will & Emery has released the Winter 2015 issue of Inside M&A, which focuses on current issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions.  Articles in this issue include: Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental accidents in the United States. Several criminal cases stemming from two recent disasters, however, indicate that the tide may be turning. These disasters, the repercussions of which have been playing out recently in the U.S. criminal courts, should put private equity and strategic investors in the mining and heavy industrials space on alert. Thorough due diligence into a target’s past operations and compliance record is more important than ever before. Read the full article. Options for Buying a UK Company with Multiple Selling Shareholders In the United Kingdom,...

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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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Inside M&A – Fall 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has released the Fall 2014 issue of Inside M&A, which focuses on current issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions.  Articles in this issue include: Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions Compliance risk management plays an increasingly important role in mergers and acquisitions transactions.  Appropriate compliance due diligence helps to establish the true value of the target company because successor liability for non-compliance of the target company can jeopardize the whole transaction.  Post-closing compliance initiatives help to reduce the compliance risks significantly. Read the full article.  You’ve Acquired a New Qualified Retirement Plan?  Time for a Compliance Check In connection with a merger or acquisition, an acquiring company may end up assuming sponsorship of a tax-qualified retirement plan that covers employees of the acquired company.  This article provides a brief summary of some key issues that a...

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Search Funds: Catering to Canadian Investors

As those in the search fund community are aware, finding the right investors for a fund is critical to its success.  Equity sources bring more than their capital to the table; the best investors serve as experienced advisers and trusted mentors to search funders as they navigate the acquisition phase and beyond.  As the search fund model has proliferated both within and beyond the United States, today’s search funders may have more potential stops on their “roadshows” than their predecessors. In seeking their ideal mix of initial investors, several of our recent search fund clients have ventured north of the border to raise a portion of their equity.  For search funds, which are typically structured as U.S. limited liability companies (LLC) with heavily standardized investment documents, taking on Canadian investors in a U.S. search fund has raised some interesting legal and practical issues.  Below are a few gating items for the search funder to consider in...

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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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