American Bar Association
Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

Committee Update

The program materials for a number of the Chicago Committee meetings and for the plenary meeting of the Committee on Saturday have been posted on the Programs Subcommittee web page, which you can access by clicking the Programs Subcommittee link below or by CLICKING HERE.

Welcome to the first-ever Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Chicago. The current edition of Deal Points, which was recently e-mailed to most but not neccesarily all (due to a server overload), Committee Members, and which can also be accessed by CLICKING HERE, contains the schedule for meetings of subcommittees and task forces as well as other information for participants. In addition to reports from our various task forces and subcommittees and the Chicago meeting schedule and dial-ins, this issue contains articles on Communications Challenges in the Valeant/Pershing Square bid for Allergan and a commentary on disparate treatment of bidders after the Chen v. Howard-Anderson case. Note especially the new format for Deal Points that has been developed by Eric Klinger-Wilensky and his team of editors.

Are you up on case law that affects your practice? The M&A Lawyers Library includes links to the Annual Surveys of M&A Law for the past seven years. Click the tab below to enter the M&A Lawyers Library to access these materials as well as a number of memoranda on topics of current interest to practitioners. The Deal Points Studies, containing analysis of frequently-used contract clauses, are available (to committee members only) on the M&A Market Trends page. Included in those documents are recently-published 2013 studies on private targets, strategic buyer/public targets, Canadian public-company targets and European private targets.

M&A Lawyers' Library

The M&A Lawyers' Library is a service of the M&A Jurisprudence Subcommittee of the M&A Committee. This collection of timely articles and memos on topics of interest to the M&A practitioner, available only to members of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, can be accessed by clicking the link below.

M&A Lawyers' Library

More About the Committee

The mission of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee is to discuss, debate and educate its members on the legal issues relating to, and to collaborate with law schools, the judiciary and investment banking and other professionals to establish best practices for, M&A and related transactions, including with respect to the process of negotiating, documenting and bringing these transactions to market.

Committee Facts

  • Founded in the late 1980s, the Committee has grown to over 4,000 members, including practitioners from 49 American states, five Canadian provinces and more than 40 different countries on five continents
  • The Committee meets during the ABA Annual Meeting and the Spring meeting of the Business Law Section and also hosts an annual standalone meeting
  • Among other things, the Committee focuses on issues associated with mergers, asset acquisitions, stock acquisitions, joint ventures and international transactions
  • Active members of the Committee include leading attorneys, investment bankers and others involved in national and international merger and acquisition practice and generally at least one member of the Delaware judiciary
  • The Committee sponsors and presents educational programs on M&A-related topics (both CLE and the timely dissemination of developments on a more informal basis)
  • Committee members prepare and publish model agreements (with extensive commentary and ancillary documents), practice manuals, market trends surveys, real time alerts regarding breaking M&A developments, other resource materials and a periodic newsletter (Deal Points)
  • The Committee provides practical M&A education to law students
  • The Committee provides opportunities for M&A professionals to network
  • Most Committee activities are conducted through various Subcommittees, Task Forces and Working Groups (click on tabs for Subcommittees, Task Forces and Working Groups to learn more about the activities of these groups)

Areas of Expertise

  • Mergers and acquisitions involving U.S.-based publicly-traded companies
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving U.S.-based privately-held companies
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving publicly-traded and privately-held companies in Canada, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world
  • Friendly and hostile transactions
  • Securities law considerations in mergers and acquisitions
  • State law considerations (including fiduciary duty issues) in mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax, antitrust, regulatory, employee benefits, executive compensation and related legal considerations in mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint venture-related issues

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section

September 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Join us in Chicago for the first-ever fall annual of the Business Law Section. All of the Committee task forces and subcommittees will be meeting. Meeting materials are posted on the Programs Subcommittee page.

Annual Stand-Alone Meeting of the M&A Committee

January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015
Our annual stand-alone meeting will be held for the fourth year at the Montage Resort, Laguna Beach, California. Details will be distributed shortly.
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Modified by Graham Hunt on September 12, 2014

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