M&A Earnouts and Economic Uncertainty: Negotiating and Structuring, Best Practices for Avoiding Disputes
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will examine the components of a well-structured earnout and discuss best practices for designing earnouts to minimize disputes. The panel discussion will also include results from recent ABA and SRS Acquiom Deal Term Studies regarding earnout provisions in M&A transactions, and how market trends may shape earnout negotiations. This discussion will focus on the use of earnouts outside of life sciences transactions.
- Current market trends
- Determining when an earnout is appropriate for the transaction
- Performance metrics and other threshold issues
- Structuring earnout provisions
- Operating control issues
- Dealing with unanticipated events
- Post-closing covenants from buyer and seller perspectives
- Determining when performance metrics have been achieved
- Resolving conflicts regarding the earnout
The panel will review these and other critical issues:
- When is an earnout the right tool to bridge the valuation gap?
- What is the best metric to use for an earnout, and how is it best defined?
- What covenants are appropriate for operating the target business after closing with respect to the earnout?
- What dispute resolution provisions should be included in the purchase agreement regarding the earnout?
For over 35 years, Mr. Pryzant has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt... | Read More
For over 35 years, Mr. Pryzant has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and other corporate transactions. He regularly works with entrepreneurs who want to sell or merge their companies, and the buyers of those companies, each of whom faces their own challenges with the transaction. As part of his practice, Mr. Pryzant regularly works with strategic buyers, and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, to acquire software and other high-tech companies that help his clients obtain new cutting-edge technologies and add new products and services.Close
Suzanne L. Saxman
Ms. Saxman is Chair of the firm’s M&A group. For more than three decades as a corporate lawyer, she has... | Read More
Ms. Saxman is Chair of the firm’s M&A group. For more than three decades as a corporate lawyer, she has counseled clients—from entrepreneurs and startups to large, privately held companies across multiple industries—through every phase of growth, during times of economic prosperity and economic downturn. Ms. Saxman works with clients in two capacities: executing deals and functioning as outside general counsel, often at the same time. She brings substantial legal know-how, a high-volume track record of transactions, and a commitment to speak the language of her clients in every deal. She analyzes complex, confidential, and strategic opportunities to address the legal issues presented.Close
James Dorough-Lewis, Ph.D., LL.M.
Mr. Dorough-Lewis' experience in the corporate and federal government sectors allows him to navigate the... | Read More
Mr. Dorough-Lewis' experience in the corporate and federal government sectors allows him to navigate the complexities of growth and development in the current business environment. Before becoming an attorney, he began his career in the US military, where he served in multiple deployments and assignments throughout the country and abroad. These experiences taught him that business is fundamentally about people, and that achieving an organization’s objectives merits full commitment to identifying and implementing practical solutions.Close