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Breaking Down The Clearwire-Sprint Appraisal Ruling

Posted in Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, Distinct from Fiduciary Duty Claims, Fair Value, Merger Price, Perpetuity Growth Rate, Synergies

As we previously posted, the Chancery Court appraised the fair value of Clearwire Corp. to be $2.13 per share, substantially below the $5 per share merger price paid by Sprint Nextel Corp in July 2013.  This post will provide a more detailed breakdown of the ruling and the bases for Vice Chancellor Laster’s opinion. I. The… 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

Appraisal Rights and Institutional Investors’ Fiduciary Duties

Posted in Appraisal Arbitrage, Distinct from Fiduciary Duty Claims

In this 2015 article from the Arizona Law Review, “Shareholder Litigation Without Class Actions,” Boston University Law School Professor David Webber imagines a “post-class-action landscape for shareholder litigation,” positing that the class action vehicle is becoming gutted by the courts and that mandatory arbitration provisions are undermining the class action device.  In this so-called post-class-action… Continue Reading

Without Fanfare, Chancellor Bouchard Hands Down First Appraisal Opinion

Posted in Award Premium, Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, Distinct from Fiduciary Duty Claims, Fair Value, Operative Reality, Short-Form Merger, Terminal Value

The Delaware Chancery Court’s recent opinion in Owen v. Cannon has garnered little notice or press coverage, but deserves attention not only because the hybrid fiduciary duty-appraisal decision is Chancellor Bouchard’s first foray into the appraisal space, but because it reinforces some basic appraisal tenets and yet also bucks what some have called a recent… Continue Reading

Settling Safeway Shareholders Achieve Substantial Premium Within Six Months of Closing

Posted in Award Premium, Distinct from Fiduciary Duty Claims, Merger Price

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, several investments funds who had exercised appraisal rights in connection with Albertsons’ acquisition of Safeway Inc. have now settled their appraisal case for a 26% premium over the merger price within just half a year after the deal closed.  The settlement, at $44 per share, netted $127 million… Continue Reading

Court Reaffirms Independence and Importance of Appraisal Rights Remedy

Posted in Distinct from Fiduciary Duty Claims, No Proof of Wrongdoing Needed

Last week, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion in In re Orchard Enterprises, Inc. Shareholder Litigation (Del. Ch. Aug 22, 2014) concerning an application for attorneys’ fees (we have previously posted about a significant 2012 decision in that same case by former Chancellor Strine). We found the court’s latest decision noteworthy for two… Continue Reading