Lexology’s Federal Securities Law Blog has this analysis of the recent article we posted about, the High Cost of Fewer Appraisal Claims. The author, from Porter Wright in Ohio, notes that the recent data on appraisal claims dispel certain arguments made by the anti-appraisal crowd. In particular, he writes, “Prior to the 2016 amendments, many… Continue Reading
As reported today in Law360 [$$], the Delaware Supreme Court heard argument yesterday on the chancery court’s ruling in the Dell appraisal case. The court did not render its decision and did not indicate when it would do so. We’ll continue to monitor the docket and post when the ruling comes down. ** Note: this… Continue Reading
The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation posted yesterday on Merger Negotiations in the Shadow Judicial Appraisal. In this post, Professors Brian Broughman, Audra Boone, and Antonio Macias address the explosion in merger litigation over the past decade and present their empirical study testing the competing explanations of the ex-ante effect… Continue Reading
Today the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation posted this piece by Matthew Schoenfeld, The High Cost of Fewer Appraisal Claims in 2017: Premia Down, Agency Costs Up, which studies the recent reduction in appraisal claims and the decline in M&A deal premia.
Law360 [$$] recently covered appraisal rights, presenting an analysis by attorneys at Fried Frank [pdf] discussing the SWS appraisal decision. In their article, the Fried Frank lawyers note their view that it is a “misconception” that SWS heralds a new likelihood of below-merger-price appraisal decisions. Reviewing the SWS decision and the appraisal jurisprudence, the authors… Continue Reading
The Financial Times published this critical assessment [$$$] of the DFC Global ruling and of the appraisal arbitrage strategy more generally, observing that the pending DFC Global appeal frames the current debate about what role, if any, merger price should play in appraisal cases.
In a recent podcast, the Columbia Law School BlueSky Blog features Delaware Vice Chancellor Laster – whose appraisal decisions we have covered repeatedly – discussing the appraisal remedy. While the entire podcast is certainly worth a listen, some important topics include the history of appraisal (~1:30); when markets may depart from fair value (~5:50); how appraisal may act as a reserve price (~9:30); the discovery… Continue Reading
In a piece published by BreakingViews (a Reuters site), “Singing Appraisals” author Reynolds Holding talks about the benefits of the appraisal remedy and how it can be a “useful check on unfair transactions.” We’ve posted previously on the importance of the appraisal remedy.
Professor Guhan Subramanian of the Harvard Business School, who was one of the Dell stockholders’ experts in the Dell appraisal case focused on the M&A deal process, has developed an ostensive “middle ground” between the competing approaches advanced by the respective amicus briefs filed by some two dozen law and economics professors in the DFC… Continue Reading
Further to our posts about the DFC Global appeal, today the Delaware Supreme Court granted the February 3 motion by the Law & Economics Professors arguing against the adoption of a presumption requiring chancellors to defer to merger price in all M&A deals resulting from an apparently robust auction process. The Supreme Court is now… Continue Reading
Further to our recent post about the newest amicus brief offered up to the Delaware Supreme Court — arguing against the adoption of a merger price rule in appraisal cases — the Business Law Prof Blog posted this balanced assessment of the competing amici briefs and highlighted their key takeaways. Quoting in turn to the… Continue Reading
Further to our prior posts on DFC Global’s appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, a new group of law and economics professors moved the Court on Friday to consider their brief rebutting the amicus brief previously filed in support of DFC Global’s appeal; the prior brief argued for instituting a new rule requiring deference to… Continue Reading
This article by Stout Risius Ross surveys all appraisal rulings since 2010 and identifies certain key metrics in those decisions, including the court’s valuation methodology, whether an auction or go-shop was included in the M&A transaction, and the mean and median premium over merger price resulting from those awards.
We have posted before about the amicus brief that a collection of law professors has asked to put before the Delaware Supreme Court as it hears the DFC Global appeal. On Friday, the Supreme Court granted their request and will consider their submission advocating that the chancery courts should defer to the merger price when… Continue Reading
In a new post by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Professor Albert Choi (Virginia Law School) and Professor Eric Talley (Columbia Law School) present their new working paper, which asks how best to measure “fair value” in an appraisal proceeding. Applying principles of game theory and auction design, the… Continue Reading
Law360 has provided some Delaware Chancery Cases to Watch in 2017 [$$$], highlighting the DFC Global case, which we’ve blogged about previously. The Law360 commentary, like ours, notes that this will be an opportunity for the Delaware Supreme Court to weigh in on the factors relevant to appraisal and will be a closely watched decision.
We have blogged before about the purported “friend of the court” brief that a group of law professors would like to file with the Delaware Supreme Court, urging the Court to reverse the Chancery Court’s ruling awarding DFC Global stockholders a premium to the merger price. The stockholders have now filed their own brief opposing… Continue Reading
We posted earlier this week about DFC Global’s appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, challenging Chancellor Bouchard’s award to stockholders of a premium over merger price. Yesterday, a group of law and corporate finance professors from various universities moved the Supreme Court to allow them to file so-called amici curiae briefs as non-party “friends of… Continue Reading
We’ve posted before about the DFC Global decision, in which Chancellor Bouchard awarded a 7% premium over merger price, and then further increased that uplift by 9 cents in a ruling on reconsideration. That ruling is now on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, and the appellant’s brief was submitted last week. As reported in… Continue Reading
In Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, an appraisal case involving a small closely-held community bank that was sold in a stock-for-stock deal valued at $83 per share, Chancellor Bouchard disregarded merger price, as well as the “wildly divergent valuations” of both sides’ experts. He arrived at an independent valuation of $91.90 per share based on his… Continue Reading
In response to the article on appraisal arbitrage by Gaurav Jetley and Xinyu Ji of the Analysis Group, about which we’ve posted before, Villanova Law Professor Richard A. Booth now argues in The Real Problem With Appraisal Arbitrage [via Social Science Research Network] that Jetley and Ji’s charge against the Delaware courts for overly indulging… Continue Reading
For an interesting overview of the appraisal process and a concise summary of the merits and risks associated with litigating appraisal rights, we recommend reviewing the article “Opportunistic Investing – the Case for Appraisal Rights” from Neuberger Berman’s Hedge Funds Solutions Group. In describing appraisal as a “niche, legally intensive strategy” with the “potential for… Continue Reading
In a new ruling in the DFC Global appraisal case, about which we’ve posted before, Chancellor Bouchard has now reconsidered his prior award of 7% over the merger price and increased his prior award by an extra 9 cents per share, translating to an additional $12 million in value above his prior ruling. Both sides… Continue Reading
Delaware Chancery has again awarded appraisal petitioners a significant bump above the merger price. In the ISN Software Corp. Appraisal Litigation, Vice Chancellor Glasscock was facing widely divergent valuation from the opposing experts, and relied exclusively on a discounted cash flow analysis as the most reliable indicator of fair value. The court’s per-share valuation award… Continue Reading