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Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Court of Chancery’s Dell Appraisal Decision; Suggests that Deal Price Was the Best Evidence of the Company’s Fair Value

In Dell, Inc. v. Magnetar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s valuation of Dell in an appraisal case arising from the 2013 management buyout of Dell by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.

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The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

Practices: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Linked is the Fourth Quarter 2015 edition of the Ropes & Gray M&A Newsletter. Topics addressed in this edition include:

News from the Courts

  • The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements? The Court of Chancery Outlines a New Regime
  • Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Court of Chancery Rulings in the Rural/Metro Case
  • Court of Chancery Reverses Finding of Financial Advisor Aiding and Abetting Liability for Lack of an Underlying Breach
  • Hostile Bid Prevented by Confidentiality Agreement
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Invalidates Charter & Bylaw Provisions Allowing Only “For Cause” Director Removal Where Board Is Unclassified
  • Oregon Supreme Court Enforces Delaware Exclusive Forum Selection Bylaw
  • Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Award of Expectation Damages in Breach of Contract Claim
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Opinion Provides Guidance on the Interpretation of Contractual Provisions Relating to Fraud-Based Claims
  • Delaware Supreme Court Draws Inference that Controller’s Long-Term Friend Is Not Independent
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Binds Investor to Contractually Mandated Fair Value Assessment Determination


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