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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 Second Half 2016 edition of the Ropes & Gray M&A Newsletter. Topics addressed in this edition include:

News from the Courts

  • Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation
  • In an Appraisal Proceeding, Chancery Court More Likely to Equate Deal Price with Fair Value Where Transaction Is the Result of an Appropriate Sales Process
  • Some Non-Delaware Courts Reject “Disclosure-Only” Settlements and Endorse Trulia Standard, but a New York Court Adopts a Different Approach
  • Narayanan v. Sutherland Global Holdings: The Importance of Unifying D&O Indemnification and Expense Advancement Standards Across Corporate Documentation
  • Three Court of Chancery Decisions Consider the Effect of Stockholder Approval on Challenged Transactions
  • Chancery Court Dismisses Suit by Former Shareholders Against Board Members of OM Group, Inc., Applying the Corwin Standard and Making the Sale at Issue Subject to the Business Judgment Rule
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Find Interested Directors May Not Extinguish Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims through Merger
  • Chancery Court Confirms Continued Applicability of “MFW” Standard in Dismissing Challenge to Controller Buyout
  • Additional Delaware Guidance on Avoiding Extra-Contractual Fraud Claims in a Sale Transaction
  • Delaware Supreme Court Revives Fiduciary Duty Claim and Provides New Guidance on Director Independence
  • Court of Chancery Addresses Standing to Bring Fiduciary Duty Claims Following a Freeze-Out Merger
  • Court of Chancery Invalidates Fee-Shifting Bylaw

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