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Fraud Carve-Outs

An introduction to fraud carve-outs and the issues parties consider when defining fraud, such as who’s liable, whose knowledge matters, what types of fraud claims can be brought, and what statements can form the basis for a fraud claim. Features interviews with ABA M&A Committee members Glenn West from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Tali Sealman from White & Case LLP.

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Fraud Carve-Outs: Drafting

A look at different approaches to drafting a fraud carve-out in an acquisition agreement. Includes drafting tips and perspectives from ABA M&A Committee members Tali Sealman from White & Case LLP and Glenn West from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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Fraud Carve-Outs: Market Trends

ABA M&A Committee members Glenn West from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Tali Sealman from White & Case LLP discuss market trends for fraud carve-outs, drawing on data from the ABA M&A Committee's 2020-21 Private Target Deal Points Study.

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Updating Disclosure Schedules

An introduction to disclosure schedules updates provisions, including why parties include a right or obligation to update disclosure schedules, the scope of permitted updates, and the updates effect on other rights and obligations of the parties under the acquisition agreement. Features interviews with ABA M&A Committee members John F. Clifford from McMillan LLP and Ann Beth Stebbins from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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Claims 'If True'

An explanation of the claims “if true” concept in private M&A deals, including an analysis of the implications to the parties if an acquisition agreement does or does not contain this concept. Features interviews with ABA M&A Committee members Joanna Lin from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Jessica Pearlman from K&L Gates.

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Claims 'If True': Drafting

A look at how and where claims “if true” language appears in acquisition agreements, including sample provisions. Features drafting tips and perspectives from ABA M&A Committee members Joanna Lin from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Jessica Pearlman from K&L Gates.

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Claims 'If True': Market Trends

ABA M&A Committee members Jessica Pearlman from K&L Gates and Joanna Lin from McDermott Will & Emery discuss market trends for the claims “if true” concept in private M&A deals, drawing on data from the ABA M&A Committee's 2020-21 Private Target M&A Deal Points Study.

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Indemnifiable Losses

An explanation of how loss is defined in acquisition agreements, including the types of losses typically included (and excluded) from the definition. Features interviews with ABA M&A Committee members Leigh Walton from Bass, Berry & Sims and Scott Whittaker from Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann.

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Indemnifiable Losses: Drafting

A look at how loss is defined in acquisition agreements, including a discussion of buyer and seller perspectives and negotiating positions. Features insights from ABA M&A Committee members Leigh Walton from Bass, Berry & Sims and Scott Whittaker from Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann.

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Sandbagging

An explanation of sandbagging in private M&A deals, including a discussion on pro and anti-sandbagging provisions and how different courts and jurisdictions handle the issue. Features interviews with ABA M&A Committee members Nate Cartmell from Pillsbury LLP and Lisa Hedrick from Hirschler Fleischer PC.

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Sandbagging: Sample Provisions

A look at typical sandbagging provisions, including pro-sandbagging and anti-sandbagging provisions. Also includes drafting tips and perspectives from ABA M&A Committee members Nate Cartmell from Pillsbury LLP and Lisa Hedrick from Hirschler Fleischer PC.

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Sandbagging: Market Trends

ABA M&A Committee members Lisa Hedrick from Hirschler Fleischer PC and Nate Cartmell from Pillsbury LLP discuss market trends for sandbagging provisions, drawing on data from the ABA’s Private Target M&A Deal Points Study. Lisa and Nate talk about why so many deals are silent on sandbagging, the risk of being silent, and where they think the trend is heading.

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Materiality Scrapes

An introduction to damages scrapes, breach scrapes, and double materiality scrapes. Features interviews with ABA M&A Committee members Rita-Anne O’Neill from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Craig Menden from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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Materiality Scrapes: Market Trends

ABA M&A Committee members Lisa Hedrick from Hirschler Fleischer PC and Nate Cartmell from Pillsbury LLP discuss market trends for sandbagging provisions, drawing on data from the ABA M&A Committee's 2020-21 Private Target M&A Deal Points Study. Lisa and Nate talk about why so many deals are silent on sandbagging, the risk of being silent, and where they think the trend is heading.