Week Ahead in Mergers and Acquisitions: Oct. 4, 2021

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(Reuters) – Here are some upcoming events of interest to the M&A legal community.

Monday 4th October

11 a.m. – Investment firm Brookfield Asset Management Inc and graphite product maker GrafTech International Ltd will ask Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick in Wilmington, Delaware, to dismiss an investor’s amended lawsuit against GrafTech’s $ 250 million share buyback from Brookfield.

The case is Simons v Brookfield Asset Management Inc, Delaware Court of Chancery, No. 2020-0841. For Simons: Brian Robbins and Gregory Del Gaizo from Robbins. For Brookfield: Lawrence Portnoy of Davis Polk & Wardwell. For GrafTech: Geoffrey Ritts and Marjorie Duffy from Jones Day.

Tuesday October 5th

1:30 p.m. – GCI Liberty Inc shareholders, led by Mark Lebovitch of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann, will ask Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock to approve a $ 110 million settlement advising the telecommunications company’s board of directors of the allegations exempted from having concluded an allegedly “illegal and unfair” one. Merger with Liberty Broadband.

The case is Hollywood Firefighters’ Pension Fund v GCI Liberty Inc, Delaware Court of Chancery, No. 2020-0880. For the shareholders: Mark Lebovitch from Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann; Lee Rudy from Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check; Robert Klausner from Klausner, Kaufman, Jensen & Levinson; and Aaron Morris from Morris Kandinov. For GCI Liberty: Richard B. Harper.

Thursday October 7th

1:30 p.m. – Katapult Group Inc will request U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, Calif. To enforce arbitration on claims accusing the lease-to-owner payment company of failing to adhere to an advisory agreement after the company agreed to a $ 1 billion blank – consider merger. Former advisor Andrew Weinstein sued the company for allegedly refusing to buy Katapult shares, as set out in the agreement. Katapult says the agreement provides for arbitration of the claims.

The case is Weinstein v Katapult Group Inc, US District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 4: 21-cv-05175. For Weinstein: Christian Carbone from Loeb & Loeb. For catapult: Michael Hynes from DLA Piper.

2:00 pm – The New York State Bar Association will host a webinar entitled “Introduction to Distressed Business M&A in Bankruptcy – Bankruptcy Code 363 Sales” to train attorneys new or unfamiliar with the bankruptcy practice of these transactions. For further information, click here.

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Sierra Jackson

Sierra Jackson reports on legal matters relating to major mergers and acquisitions, including deal work, litigation, and regulatory changes. You can reach them at sierra.jackson@thomsonreuters.com

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