Deals & Corporate Governance

  • February 01, 2024

    Tenet Healthcare To Shed 4 Calif. Hospitals For $975M

    Tenet Healthcare Corp. is selling four of its California hospitals in Orange County and Los Angeles County to UCI Health in an all-cash deal of around $975 million, the two announced Thursday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Bankrupt Pharma Co. Impel Gets OK For $17.5M Sale

    Migraine-drug maker Impel Pharmaceuticals can proceed with its sale to JN Bidco LLC, which had made a $17.5 million stalking horse bid, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey G. Jernigan said at a hearing Thursday in a Texas bankruptcy court.

  • February 01, 2024

    Life Sciences VC Firm Seroba Closes $134M Fund

    Seroba, a European life sciences venture capital firm, said Thursday it has closed a new fund focused on early-stage life sciences companies at €123 million ($134 million).

  • January 31, 2024

    Cooley-Led Vaxcyte Prices $750M Public Offering

    Public vaccine developer Vaxcyte has priced a $750 million public offering of common stock and pre-funded warrants, represented by Cooley LLP, the company has announced.

  • January 31, 2024

    Cardinal Health Buys Specialty Networks In $1.2B Deal

    Healthcare services company Cardinal Health announced Wednesday that it has entered into a deal to buy health platform Specialty Networks for $1.2 billion in cash.

  • January 31, 2024

    8 Firms Lead $3.7B Sale Of Cigna Medicare Businesses

    The Cigna Group will sell multiple health benefits and Medicare units to Health Care Service Corp., the companies said Wednesday in an announcement detailing a deal valued at around $3.7 billion and steered by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Rule Garza Howley LLP, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and Sidley Austin LLP.

  • January 30, 2024

    NC Federal Judge OKs Temporary Halt In Novant Hospital Deal

    Novant Health's push to buy two North Carolina hospitals is on hold after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order Monday pausing the $320 million transaction, a step each party agreed to amid the antitrust challenge.

  • January 30, 2024

    Minority USPS Workers Lack Access To Counseling, Suit Says

    The U.S. Postal Service violates federal law by making an anonymous counseling program available for postal inspectors, who are predominantly white, while not doing the same for its largely Black and Hispanic postal police officers, a proposed collective action told a California federal court.

  • January 29, 2024

    Don't Keep Us Out Of ITC, Startup Says In Apple Watch Row

    A Silicon Valley medical device startup that wants the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban certain health-related features from being employed by new Apple Watches is arguing that this dispute is important to ensure that other startups that don't make products can litigate their grievances with tech giants at the Washington, D.C.-based commission.

  • January 29, 2024

    2 Biotech Firms Join IPO Fray With Plans To Raise $211M

    Two drug developers, metabolism-focused Fractyl Health Inc. and psychiatry-focused Alto NeuroScience Inc., joined a growing pipeline of initial public offerings Monday by unveiling plans for IPOs that could net $211 million combined, guided by three law firms.

  • January 29, 2024

    Imperative Care Names O'Melveny Deals Partner As CLO

    Silicon Valley's Imperative Care announced Monday that an O'Melveny deals partner will take over as chief legal officer, joining a revamped leadership team at the medical tech company.

  • January 26, 2024

    $298M Contract Row Can't Stay In Federal Court, Sellers Say

    The sellers of a $257 million portfolio of 17 North and South Carolina skilled nursing and assisted living facilities urged a North Carolina federal court to dismiss the portfolio buyers' suit over a deal that had a total value of more than $298 million, arguing on Friday that the asset purchase agreement for the soured deal has a forum selection clause that forces them to litigate in North Carolina state court.

  • January 26, 2024

    NJ Health Network Accused Of Poaching Docs Amid JV Talks

    A major Garden State healthcare provider "decimated" a private orthopedic surgery practice when it abruptly scuttled talks on a potential joint venture and poached 10 physicians, a suit filed in New Jersey state court claims.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-Goodwin Procter Life Sciences Atty Joins DLA Piper In NY

    DLA Piper announced it has hired an experienced life sciences transactional attorney from Goodwin Procter LLP as a New York-based partner in its corporate practice.

  • January 25, 2024

    Danaher Execs Face Investor Suit Over Post-Pandemic Slump

    Shareholders of global science and technology company Danaher claim its top brass misled them about increased revenue growth during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and failed to inform them that it was not sustainable as the virus entered an "endemic" state.

  • January 25, 2024

    Colo. REIT Overpaid For $21B Merger, Investor Says

    A shareholder of a Colorado-based real estate investment trust alleged in a Denver court Thursday the company misled investors about a $21 billion merger, overpaid for the acquisition by at least $1 billion and watered down the value of stock held by its existing investors.

  • January 25, 2024

    PE-Backed BrightSpring Prices $693M IPO Below Range

    Private equity-backed healthcare platform BrightSpring Health Services Inc. on Thursday priced a $693 million initial public offering below its range, represented by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • January 25, 2024

    FTC Sues To Stop NC Healthcare Systems' $320M Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday it has sued to block a $320 million deal between health network Novant Health and publicly traded healthcare company Community Health Systems.

  • January 25, 2024

    Service Snag Delays Hospital Operator's Ch. 11 Confirmation

    California-based hospital operator Alecto Healthcare Services LLC will wait until March to seek confirmation of its proposed Chapter 11 plan as a small-business debtor, after attorneys told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday it hadn't served notice of the proposal to roughly 700 creditors. 

  • January 25, 2024

    Kirkland Reps Arlington Capital On $3.8B Fund VI

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP-advised Arlington Capital Partners on Thursday announced that it closed its sixth fund at its hard cap with $3.8 billion in commitments, making the fund the largest in the Washington, D.C.-area-based firm's 25-year history.

  • January 24, 2024

    J&J Agrees To $150M Deal Ending Wash. Opioid Litigation

    Johnson & Johnson will pay almost $150 million to end Washington's lawsuit accusing it of pushing opioid painkillers and understating the risk of addiction, according to a settlement filed in state court on Wednesday, adding to the tally of states that have gotten a payout from the pharmaceutical giant for its alleged role in the opioid epidemic. 

  • January 24, 2024

    Latham, Cooley Steer CG Oncology's Upsized $380M IPO

    Bladder-cancer therapy company CG Oncology is set to begin trading on Thursday after pricing an upsized $380 million initial public offering, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters counsel Cooley LLP.

  • January 24, 2024

    M&A Off To Strong Start In 2024 Amid Flurry Of US Megadeals

    The month of January is providing exactly the jolt of activity those betting on a 2024 mergers and acquisitions rebound have been hoping for, with a flurry of announced U.S. deals collectively worth $136.6 billion as of Wednesday, data provided by Dealogic shows.

  • January 24, 2024

    Hospital's $55M Deal To End 16-Year Antitrust Case Gets OK

    An Illinois federal judge granted initial approval Wednesday to a $55 million settlement by NorthShore University HealthSystem, resolving a 16-year-old antitrust class action over alleged price hikes the health system instituted following a merger in 2000 with Highland Park Hospital.

  • January 24, 2024

    Cannabist Co. Says Suit Over $25M Deal Came Too Late

    Cannabist Company Holdings Inc. said this week an associate's lawsuit in New York federal court claiming he was never paid for his work expanding the company into Florida and securing one of the state's few medical marijuana licenses was filed too late, dooming all of his claims.

Expert Analysis

  • How Attorneys Can Help Combat Anti-Asian Hate

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    Amid an exponential increase in violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, unique obstacles stand in the way of accountability and justice — but lawyers can effect powerful change by raising awareness, offering legal representation, advocating for victims’ rights and more, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Congress Needs To Enact A Federal Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    Although many states have passed statutes meant to prevent individuals or entities from filing strategic lawsuits against public participation, other states have not, so it's time for Congress to enact a federal statute to ensure that free speech and petitioning rights are uniformly protected nationwide in federal court, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Takeaways From New Fla. Pharmacy Benefit Manager Rules

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    A recently passed Florida law imposes several new requirements on pharmacy benefit managers, necessitating practical considerations that range from potential license application delays to possible trade secret exposure, say Thomas Range and Bruce Platt at Akerman.

  • Looking For Plausibility In FTC's Amgen Merger Challenge

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    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block Amgen's acquisition of Horizon, alleging that, if consummated, the deal would violate Section 7 of the Clayton Act — but this may be the first merger complaint in a generation that could be dismissed for failing to state a claim, say William MacLeod and David Evans at Kelley Drye.

  • Some Client Speculations On AI And The Law Firm Biz Model

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    Generative artificial intelligence technologies will put pressure on the business of law as it is structured currently, but clients may end up with more price certainty for legal services, and lawyers may spend more time being lawyers, says Jonathan Cole at Melody Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Approaching Digital Assets In Discovery

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    The booming growth of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens has made digital assets relevant in many legal disputes but also poses several challenges for discovery, so lawyers must garner an understanding of the technology behind these assets, the way they function, and how they're held, says Brett Sager at Ehrenstein Sager.

  • High Court's Ethics Statement Places Justices Above The Law

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    The U.S. Supreme Court justices' disappointing statement on the court's ethics principles and practices reveals that not only are they satisfied with a status quo in which they are bound by fewer ethics rules than other federal judges, but also that they've twisted the few rules that do apply to them, says David Janovsky at the Project on Government Oversight.

  • Time For Law Schools To Rethink Unsung Role Of Adjuncts

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    As law schools prepare for the fall 2023 semester, administrators should reevaluate the role of the underappreciated, indispensable adjunct, and consider 16 concrete actions to improve the adjuncts' teaching experience, overall happiness and feeling of belonging, say T. Markus Funk at Perkins Coie, Andrew Boutros at Dechert and Eugene Volokh at UCLA.

  • Tips For In-House Legal Leaders In A Challenging Economy

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    Amid today's economic and geopolitical uncertainty, in-house legal teams are running lean and facing increased scrutiny and unique issues, but can step up and find innovative ways to manage outcomes and capitalize on good business opportunities, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • What Associates Need To Know Before Switching Law Firms

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    The days of staying at the same firm for the duration of one's career are mostly a thing of the past as lateral moves by lawyers are commonplace, but there are several obstacles that associates should consider before making a move, say attorneys at HWG.

  • A Case For Sharing Mediation Statements With Counterparties

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    In light of a potential growing mediation trend of only submitting statements to the mediator, litigants should think critically about the pros and cons of exchanging statements with opposing parties as it could boost the chances of reaching a settlement, says Arthur Eidelhoch at Eidelhoch Mediation.

  • Tackling Long-Tail Legacy Liability Risk: A Defendant's Toolkit

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    Johnson & Johnson was recently rebuffed in its efforts to employ the "Texas Two-Step," which is likely to affect this increasingly popular method to isolate and spin off large asbestos and talc liabilities, but companies have multiple options to reduce long-tail legacy liability risk, says Stephen Hoke at Hoke LLC.

  • Challenging Standing In Antitrust Class Actions: Injury-In-Fact

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    As demonstrated in recent cases, the classic injury-in-fact requirement for Article III standing claimed in most antitrust suits is economic harm — and while concrete harm satisfies the requirement, litigants may still be able to challenge whether economic injury has occurred, say Michael Hamburger and Holly Tao at White & Case.