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Fintech: A New M&A Frontier

David E. Barrett and Michael R. Flynn of Norton Rose Fulbright write: Big banks, insurance companies, investment management firms and other financial players are all watching developments in fintech intently—and investing their strategic capital accordingly. Technological breakthroughs will likely continue to unleash a tidal wave of M&A activity.

Delaware Appraisal Results Are More Predictable Than They Seem

Gail Weinstein, Christopher Ewan and Steven J. Steinman of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson write: The result in an appraisal proceeding is, broadly speaking, predictable—notwithstanding a widespread perception that appraisal results are highly uncertain (as well as a number of important issues that remain open with respect to appraisal jurisprudence).

Issues in Using Unregistered M&A Brokers in Transactions

Paul Pollock, Linda Lerner and Eden Rohrer of Crowell & Moring write: Until recently, the use of unregistered brokers was fraught with peril in the M&A context. While still evolving, there has been some progress in the area for unregistered M&A advisors.

A Series of Very Unfortunate Events

Jonathan M. Grossman, Thomas J. Ingalls and Michael B. de Leeuw of Cozen O’Connor write: Caledonia’s cautionary tale serves as a reminder that Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance is complex and often counterintuitive. In particular, security acquisitions may trigger HSR reporting obligations in circumstances in which in-house and corporate counsel would not expect.