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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Delaware Chancery Awards 28% Premium in Dell Appraisal Case

Posted in Award Premium, Fair Value, Interest on Appraised Value, Merger Price

In a highly anticipated appraisal decision, Vice Chancellor Laster today valued Dell’s common stock at $17.62 per share, reflecting a 28% premium above the $13.75 merger price that was paid to Dell shareholders on October 29, 2013.  The court further ordered that interest shall accrue on this amount at the statutory rate of interest (5%… Continue Reading

Proposed Appraisal Amendments Might Increase Filings

Posted in Dollar Amount of Appraisal Rights Filings, Interest on Appraised Value, Prepayment of Merger Consideration, Short-Form Merger

Today’s New York Times ran this piece analyzing the proposed Delaware amendments on appraisal proceedings, which we blogged about last week.  The New York Times shares our own observation that the proposed legislation’s provision allowing for prepayment by the M&A target could have the unintended effect of increasing appraisal filings: “Rather than discourage appraisal petitions,… Continue Reading

Proposed Changes to Delaware Appraisal Statute OK’d By Delaware House

Posted in Dollar Amount of Appraisal Rights Filings, Interest on Appraised Value, Short-Form Merger

Proposed changes to the Delaware appraisal statute have cleared Delaware’s House of Representatives without dissent, and now move on to the state Senate.  The new legislation, which we blogged about in March, sets a floor for the number of shares and value of suit necessary to bring an appraisal action.  It also permits M&A targets… Continue Reading

Delaware Chancery Disqualifies Lead Petitioner in Dell Appraisal

Posted in Entitlement to Appraisal, Voting Against the Merger

On May 11, Vice Chancellor Laster issued an opinion in the Dell case denying the T. Rowe Price lead petitioner’s entitlement to proceed with its appraisal case on the grounds that it (inadvertently) voted in favor of the merger, when it should have abstained or voted against.  The ruling did not address the underlying valuation issue,… Continue Reading