Mergers & Acquisitions 2015: Trends and Developments

Practising Law Institute
New York, NY

Blank Rome Partner Eric Simonson will be presenting on several topics at the Practising Law Institute’s (“PLI”) “Mergers & Acquisitions 2015: Trends and Developments” program, which will be held on January 15-16, 2015.

Mr. Simonson will be presenting on January 15 on the following topics:

Advising the Board of Directors (1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.)

  • Directors’ fiduciary duties – trends in the Delaware case law
  • Business Judgment Rule
  • Importance of independent directors
  • Reliance upon third-party advisors and fairness opinions
  • Need for special committees
  • Enhanced scrutiny
  • Considerations applicable to financially distressed companies

Specialized Areas of Concern Applicable to the Transaction (3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m.)

  • Due diligence
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Environmental issues, e.g., CERCLA, ECRA, etc., phase one studies
  • Antitrust and other regulatory issues

Role Playing – Board of Directors Meeting (4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.)

  • Role playing to illustrate key elements of the hypothetical transaction
  • Board fiduciary duties in auction process
  • Comparing strategic alternatives
  • The role of the financial advisor at a board meeting

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Attorneys who counsel corporations (both inside and outside) are encouraged to attend. Participants will be eligible for CLE credits, and this program will include a groupcast and a live webcast for those who cannot attend in person. To register to attend or learn more, please click here.