Practical Considerations for Single-Bidder Processes in Public M&A

Insights: Mergers and Acquisitions

Whether a public company should engage in a “single-bidder” process is one of the most difficult questions a target public company’s board of directors must consider during the early stages of a transaction.

In the right circumstances, a single-bidder process can result in an expedient transaction that maximizes stockholder value while minimizing the risks associated with putting a corporation “in play.” In other circumstances, a single-bidder process can be a high risk proposition that exposes the deal to uncertainty and the directors and officers to possible monetary liability.

Although there are no “bright line” rules under Delaware law regarding the appropriateness of a single-bidder process, there are certain circumstances in which, we believe, a Delaware court likely would view a single-bidder process more favorably than in other situations.

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Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Nathan P. Emeritz, “Practical Considerations for Single-Bidder Processes in Public M&A,” Insights: Mergers and AcquisitionsVol. 31, No. 6, (June 2017).


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