M&A Litigation Update: Standard of Deal Review, Appraisal Rights, D&O Fiduciary Duties

Implications of Recent Delaware Case Law for Planning, Negotiating and Drafting Deal Documents

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, October 18, 2018

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This CLE webinar will discuss the implications of 2017 and 2018 Delaware court decisions for current and future M&A practice. The panel will discuss the anticipated impact of recent Delaware court rulings on the standard of review in the third-party merger context, appraisal rights actions and more.


The Delaware courts issued several significant rulings in 2017 and 2018 addressing essential issues for M&A practice. Recent decisions continue to clarify the appropriate standard of review in M&A transactions in the wake of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC.

Appraisal rights actions and D&O fiduciary duties also continue to be the subject of Delaware decisions.

Listen as our panel of experienced M&A attorneys reviews key Delaware court decisions issued during 2017 and 2018 and their impact on M&A practice. The panel will explain legal and practical tactics for corporate and deal counsel negotiating and litigating deals in 2018 and beyond.



  1. Key 2017 and 2018 Delaware rulings
    1. Standards for deal review
    2. Appraisal rights
    3. D&O fiduciary duties
    4. Private company merger issues
  2. Implications and best practices for M&A transactional attorneys and litigators


The panel will review these and other highly relevant issues:

  • How have the Delaware courts addressed the standard for deal review in recent cases?
  • How will the 2017 and 2018 Delaware decisions reshape the way deals are structured and litigated?
  • What are best practices for M&A transactional attorneys and litigators in 2017 and beyond?


Allen, Michael D.
Michael D. Allen

Richards Layton & Finger

Mr. Allen counsels corporations, officers, directors, boards and stockholders on transactional and advisory...  |  Read More

Hirzel, Samuel
Samuel T. Hirzel

Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel

Mr. Hirzel specializes in litigation in the Court of Chancery of the state of Delaware as both lead and Delaware...  |  Read More

Stottmann, Ryan
Ryan D. Stottmann

Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell

Mr. Ryan’s litigation practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery...  |  Read More

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