Heading into the 2018 proxy season, we have summarized five Canadian M&A cases from 2017 and their potential impact. This article should be read together with our recent post summarizing some of 2017’s most noteworthy developments in governance and disclosure requirements and guidelines.
#1. Residual uncertainty remains on the standard applicable to fairness opinions in plans of arrangement
On February 22, 2017, the Yukon Supreme Court (“YKSC”) approved an amended plan of arrangement for InterOil Corporation (“InterOil”) to be acquired by Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”) (“InterOil #2”). The YKSC decision leaves residual uncertainty that has persisted since … Continue Reading
In our two recent articles, available here and here, we outlined how social media can influence proxy contests and identified some potential legal challenges with this development. This update focuses on the recent use of social media in the high-profile (failed) hostile bid for Syngenta AG (“Syngenta”) by Monsanto Company (“Monsanto”).
In May 2015, Monsanto made a $45 billion bid (its third bid in four years) for Syngenta. Syngenta’s board almost immediately rejected the offer on the grounds of anti-trust concerns and lack of protection for shareholders should the deal fall apart. The rejection … Continue Reading
The recent settlement in the United States between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Revlon highlights the importance of not appearing to obstruct the flow of material information to shareholders.
The SEC settled charges that Revlon misled shareholders during a going private transaction. The SEC’s order found that to avoid a potential disclosure obligation, Revlon engaged in “ring fencing” to avoid knowing that the transaction’s consideration had been deemed inadequate by a third party’s financial advisor.… Continue Reading