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Appraisal Amendments to Become Effective on August 1

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

Now that the amendments to the Delaware appraisal statute have been signed into law, the new provisions will apply to all M&A agreements entered into on or after August 1.  Here is a link to the rule as revised, showing the new terms (only Sections 8-11 relate to appraisal).  As we have posted previously, the… Continue Reading

Will Appraisal “Reform” Be Successful?

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

As we’ve previously covered in this blog, the Delaware Legislature has proposed two changes to its appraisal statute in response to an increasing number of appraisal filings.  The first proposal, the De Minimis Exception, would require that anyone bringing an appraisal action have, at minimum, a $1 million stake in the company or 1 percent… 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

Proposed 2016 Changes to Delaware Appraisal Statute

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

A number of amendments to Delaware’s appraisal statute have once again been proposed by the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, the committee that customarily recommends legislative action to Delaware’s state lawmaking body. If certain proposed changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) are approved by the Corporation Law Section,… 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

Chancery Court Rejects Use of Merger Price in Appraisal Action and Accepts Experts’ Direct Capitalization of Cash Flows Valuation Method; Court Also Accepts Experts’ Use of Buildup Model

Posted in Buildup Model, Direct Capitalization of Cash Flows, Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, Fair Value, Independent Valuation, Merger Price, Short-Form Merger, WACC

On May 12, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its latest appraisal opinion, Laidler v. Hesco Bastion Environmental, Inc., addressing, among other things, the limitations on the use of merger price in an appraisal proceeding. The petition for appraisal was brought by a former employee of Hesco Bastion USA, Inc. (“Hesco”), which manufactured and… Continue Reading