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Appraisal Rights in New York

Posted in Appraisal-Eligible Deals, Interest on Appraised Value, New York Appraisal Rights, Notice of Demand for Appraisal

The New York Law Journal recently ran an article, Looking Beyond Delaware: Exercising Shareholder Appraisal Rights in N.Y. [via ALM], which analyzes the New York appraisal statute and observes that while appraisal litigation has remained underutilized outside of Delaware, it is possible that with the uptick in Delaware appraisal New York will see more appraisal… Continue Reading

Does the Appraisal Remedy Discipline Corporate Management?

Posted in Appraisal Arbitrage, Appraisal-Eligible Deals, Distinct from Fiduciary Duty Claims, Entitlement to Appraisal, Market-out Exception, Merger Price, No Proof of Wrongdoing Needed

In a March 2016 working paper, Corporate Darwinism: Disciplining Managers in a World With Weak Shareholder Litigation, Professors James D. Cox and Randall S. Thomas detail several recent legislative and judicial actions that potentially restrict the efficacy of shareholder acquisition-oriented class actions to control corporate managerial agency costs. The authors then discuss new corporate governance… Continue Reading

The Market-Out Exception: Delaware’s Unique Twist on a Commonly Used Anti-Appraisal Device

Posted in Appraisal-Eligible Deals, Arizona Appraisal Rights, Fair Value, Market-out Exception, Massachusetts Appraisal Rights, Stock Market Price

The so-called market-out exception precludes appraisal where the target’s stock trades in a highly liquid market.  In other words, appraisal is normally available to shareholders except, as the rationale goes, where the M&A target’s stock trades in such a liquid, highly efficient market that its stock price naturally reflects its fair value, and any M&A… Continue Reading

Academics Propose New Reforms for Appraisal

Posted in Appraisal Arbitrage, Appraisal-Eligible Deals, Award Premium, Dollar Amount of Appraisal Rights Filings, Interest on Appraised Value, Merger Price, Number of Appraisal Rights Filings, Record Date

We’ve posted before about the article by Professors Charles Korsmo and Minor Myers analyzing the recent surge in appraisal activity.  These co-authors have prepared a new draft article to be published in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, proposing reforms for appraisal litigation.  Based on their latest research the authors stand by their prior conclusion… Continue Reading

Can Appraisal Rights Be Available in an All-Stock Deal?

Posted in All-Stock Deal, Appraisal-Eligible Deals, Market-out Exception

A frequently asked question involves the availability of appraisal rights when investors are being offered only stock in the acquiring corporation in exchange for their shares. The answer is typically no.  The Delaware appraisal statute provides that appraisal rights are available in a wide range of statutorily permitted mergers.  8 Del. C. § 262(b).  However,… Continue Reading