Governance & Contract Disputes

Governance issues typically relate to the adequacy of the deal process and the extent to which deal protection terms or other provisions may have prevented the target from realizing a higher price. 

In these disputes, we have examined: 

  • Transaction agreements: We have reviewed issues of enforceability and violation related to nondisclosure, standstill, and material adverse effects agreements. In Ventas, Inc. v. HCP, Inc., we examined the extent to which a topping bid that was in violation of a standstill resulted in Ventas having to increase its offer for Sunrise REIT.
  • Adequacy of deal process: In analyzing deal process, we support expert examination of the extent to which the sales process and actions by participants were consistent with customary practice. In Ventas, for example, we analyzed the extent to which HCP’s actions were in line with customs and practice. Adequacy of deal processes may also involve analyzing the extent to which there are aspects of the deal process that may have disincentivized potential bidders from trying to acquire the target.
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