Mergers and Acquisitions: A Step-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide

Authors: Edwin L. Miller, Jr. and Lewis N. Segall
Year: 2017
Month: May
Publisher: John Wiley
ISBN: 978-1119265412

Mergers and Acquisitions offers accessible step-by-step guidance through the M&A process to provide the legal and financial background required to navigate these deals successfully. From the initial engagement letter to the final acquisition agreement, this book delves into the mechanics of the process from beginning to end, favoring practical advice and actionable steps over theoretical concepts. Coverage includes deal structure, corporate structuring considerations, tax issues, public companies, leveraged buyouts, troubled businesses and more, with a uniquely solution-oriented approach to the M&A process. This updated second edition features new discussion on cross-border transactions and “pseudo” M&A deals, and the companion websites provides checklists and sample forms to facilitate organization and follow-through.

Mergers and acquisitions are complex, and problems can present themselves at each stage of the process; even if the deal doesn’t fall through, you may still come out with less than you bargained for. This book is a multi-disciplinary primer for anyone navigating an M&A, providing the legal, financial, and business advice that helps you swing the deal your way.

  • Understand the legal mechanics of an M&A deal
  • Navigate the process with step-by-step guidance
  • Compare M&A structures, and the rationale behind each
  • Solve common issues and avoid transactional missteps

Do you know what action to take when you receive an engagement letter, confidentiality agreement, or letter of intent? Do you know when to get the banker involved, and how? Simply assuming the everything will work out well guarantees that it will—for the other side. Don’t leave your M&A to chance; get the information and tools you need to get it done right. Mergers and Acquisitions guides you through the process step-by-step with expert insight and real-world advice.

Getting mergers and acquisitions transactions successfully completed requires an understanding of the legal framework, negotiating points, and practical aspects of each stage of the deal. M&As are complex undertakings with lots of moving parts and no end of tricky twists and turns at every stage of the process. This is why, no matter what your role in an M&A, it behooves you to learn as much as you can about their mechanics before entering into such arrangements—or you could come out of it with a lot less than you’d bargained for.

Fortunately, Mergers and Acquisitions, Second Edition makes it easier than ever for you to quickly get up to speed on all the M&A basics. Part legal primer, part business and negotiating how-to, it provides comprehensive, easy-to-digest insights, advice, and guidance for managers, investors, attorneys, and business professionals.

Attorneys Edwin Miller and Lewis Segall draw upon their decades of experience orchestrating M&As in both the public and private spheres to school you in the mechanics of M&As. Taking a multidisciplinary, solution-oriented approach, they walk you step by step through the entire process, filling you in on what you need to know about finance fundamentals, structuring transactions, tax considerations, leveraged buyouts, acquiring troubled businesses, and much more.

New to this edition of the critically acclaimed guide are discussions of cross-border transactions and quasi-M&A deals like joint ventures, and a companion website providing checklists and sample forms to facilitate organization and concrete understanding.

From the initial engagement letter to the final acquisition agreement, Mergers and Acquisitions, Second Edition arms you with the knowledge and tools you need to successfully navigate the M&A process and come out of it with everything you bargain for.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

CHAPTER 1 Structuring Fundamentals 1

Basic Corporate Finance Concepts 1

Reasons for Acquisitions 7

Three Basic Acquisition Structures 11

Structuring Considerations: Overview 14

CHAPTER 2 The Acquisition Process 20

Overview 20

Valuation of the Business 27

Investment Bank Engagement Letters 30

Confidentiality Agreements 35

Letters of Intent 37

Stay Bonuses and Other Employee Retention Arrangements 39

Business and Legal Due Diligence 42

Intellectual Property Due Diligence 55

From Signing to Closing 66

Appendixes 67

CHAPTER 3 Corporate (Nontax) Structuring Considerations 69

Business Objectives and Other Nontax Structuring Considerations 69

Acquisition Structure Diagrams 78

Forms of Acquisition Consideration 78

Debt 83

Cash, Stock, and Earnouts 96

Successor Liability and the De Facto Merger Doctrine 101

Securities Law Compliance 104

Antitrust Compliance: Hart-Scott-Rodino Act 114

Equity Compensation 120

Incentive Stock Options 126

Employment Agreements and Noncompetition Covenants 130

Indemnification 136

Employment and Benefits Law 138

Acquisition Accounting 140

Recapitalization Accounting 144

Appendixes 145

CHAPTER 4 Tax Considerations 146

Taxable Versus Tax-Free Transactions: Overview of Relevant Situations 146

Detailed Analysis of the Positions of the Target and Its Owners and of the Buyer 148

Taxable Transactions and Their Tax Effects 150

Tax-Free Transactions 154

Special Situations 159

Golden Parachute Tax 164

CHAPTER 5 The Definitive Acquisition Agreement 169

Economic Terms 169

Representations and Warranties 184

Covenants 196

Additional Agreements 199

Conditions to Closing 200

Survival of Representations and Indemnification 201

Termination 206

Miscellaneous 206

Representing Targets: A Summary 207

Appendixes 210

CHAPTER 6 Acquisitions of Public Companies 211

Public-to-Public Mergers: What is Different? 211

Case Law–Developed Fiduciary Duties and Standards of Review 214

Evolution of Fiduciary Duty Case Law and Judicial Review 220

Securities Laws and Public Company Acquisitions 237

Anti-Takeover Devices 247

Appendix 256

CHAPTER 7 Leveraged Buyouts (Structural and Tax Issues) and Acquisitions of a Troubled Business (Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy) 257

Leveraged Buyouts: Structural and Tax Issues 257

Acquisition of a Troubled Business Generally 263

Fraudulent Transfers 265

Acquisitions Out of Bankruptcy 272

CHAPTER 8 International M&A 282

Cross-Border Acquisitions 282

CHAPTER 9 Joint Ventures 292

Reasons for Joint Ventures 292

Types of Joint Ventures 293

Typical Joint Venture Terms 295

Appendix 304

About the Website 305

Index 307

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