10 Tips for 10-Ks and Proxy Statements

Guest post by Laura D. Richman, Robert F. Gray, Jr., Michael L. Hermsen, Phyllis G. Korff, and David A. Schuette from Mayer Brown LLP

With the 2020 proxy and annual reporting season upon us, here are 10 tips for companies to consider when drafting annual reports on Form 10-K and proxy statements for filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Mega megadeals kept M&A at elevated levels in 2019

Guest post by John Reiss and Gregory Pryor of White & Case LLP

M&A in the last three months of 2019 gave a respectable performance. And while M&A value in 2019 as a whole fell, activity once again topped US$3 trillion in what remains an abundant deal market.

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The Direct Listing Craze

Guest post by Cooly GO

2019 marked the rise of the Direct Listing. Though they are not exactly new structures, following the heavily-publicized Direct Listings of tech giants Spotify and Slack, they have captured the imagination of the capital markets world. Venture capitalists love them. CFOs are intrigued by them. Bankers want to hang out with them. Securities lawyers are fearless of them. And, accountants, well, they mostly roll their eyes at them. They are everywhere. Howling in the hills, whispering in the wind, psst!’ing from hastily revised pitch books. If you want to get into a Direct Listing seminar, you have to call on Tuesday morning between 9 and 9:15 am, at least a month out. The point is that Direct Listings are kind of a big deal.

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7 Hot Health Care Industry Sectors for Investment, Growth & Consolidation in 2020

Guest post by attorneys at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Based on their extensive experience advising health care industry clients, Epstein Becker Green attorneys and strategic advisors from EBG Advisors are predicting the “hot” health care sectors for investment, growth, and consolidation in 2020.  These predictions for 2020 are largely based on the increasing confluence of the following three key “drivers” of health industry transformation that is substantially underway:

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CCPA: The next horizon for M&A deals in California and beyond

Guest post by Jennifer Post and Luke Sosnicki of Thompson Coburn LLP

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) takes effect on January 1, 2020. Private litigants may begin to bring lawsuits under the CCPA for data breaches the same day. California’s Attorney General will begin enforcing the CCPA in its entirety six months later on July 1, 2020.

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Private Equity in Franchising

Guest post by Nick Jones, R. James Straus and Jason C. Williams of Frost Brown Todd LLC

Private equity (“PE”) involvement in the franchising world has increased in recent years. Though historically PE firms have focused primarily on investment in franchisors, PE firms have in recent years increased their focus on franchisee-side investment. Understanding the franchisor’s perspective on PE investment into its franchisee community can help PE firms more effectively negotiate their relationship with the franchisor.

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