Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation


With unrivaled knowledge of Delaware corporate law, Morris Nichols represents companies, boards of directors and special committees in litigation arising from contemplated or hostile transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. We work closely with our Corporate Counseling, Alternative Entity Counseling, and Commercial Transactions teams to anticipate potential issues before a transaction is announced, and develop informed strategies based on our deep understanding of the law and courts.

Our lawyers routinely handle a full range of M&A related disputes, including class and derivative breach of fiduciary duty actions, busted deal cases involving material adverse change provisions, claims involving activist shareholders; statutory appraisal actions; challenges to shareholder rights plans; and other transaction related litigation.



  • Publication, March 2023

    Morris Nichols’ M&A Checklist summarizes key cases decided by the Delaware courts. Now updated for 2023 and available in PDF format, it is an essential tool for M&A dealmakers.

  • Article, Bloomberg Law, 10.01.2020

    In its 2020 session, the Delaware legislature passed a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law and the Delaware “alternative entity” statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act and the Delaware Statutory Trust Act.

  • Client Alert, 08.13.2020

    The Delaware Supreme Court recently decided the case of Murfey v. WHC Ventures, LLC, No. 294, 2019 (Del. July 13, 2020), which involved a dispute over whether the plaintiff limited partners were entitled to certain books and records under the partnership agreement in question.

  • Client Alert, 04.16.2020

    As COVID-19 continues to affect the legal community and the world in various ways, Delaware courts and state agencies have issued orders concerning COVID-19 measures. Here, we have consolidated key Delaware law resources on the unfolding situation. Our attorneys are committed to serving our clients through this challenging time.

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Litigation Suite

The Morris Nichols Litigation Suite for visiting counsel features over 4,000+ sq. ft. of state-of- the-art technology. Your legal team will benefit from both individual offices that provide comfortable space for confidential matters as well as over-sized multi-purpose rooms which afford a collaborative war-room environment when necessary. MORE

Landmark Victory for Anthem in High-Profile Merger Litigation

Morris Nichols, partnering with litigation counsel White & Case, achieved victory for Anthem in a long-running “busted deal” dispute against their former merger partner, Cigna. The case arose from the failed $54 billion merger of the country’s second-and third-largest commercial health insurers.MORE

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