We represent a diverse array of clients of all sizes and industries including Fortune 500 companies, investment funds, large corporate stockholders, individual officers and directors, lenders, and startups.
Quinn Emanuel provides litigation counsel to its clients to facilitate their business objectives in corporate deals, whether by enjoining transactions, ensuring they are consummated, or vindicating our clients’ rights when transactions fall apart or issues arise after a deal closes. In addition to our varied courtroom and arbitration experience, we just as often advise clients on strategies to avoid litigation or otherwise negotiate successful results short of a lawsuit. Although we are a litigation only firm, clients routinely consult us before or at the outset of a deal, either in anticipation of litigation or simply because they value our perspective, expertise, and experience. We are often asked to value IP assets and assess pending lawsuits. We regularly work side-by-side with clients’ transactional teams to develop their deal strategies.
Our extensive experience litigating significant transaction-related disputes includes:
Because we are one of the few top-tier firms that can be adverse to major financial institutions and money center banks, and we do not have a corporate transactional practice or “business conflicts”, we can take on a variety of clients and have litigated every side of the transaction table. We can assemble a team and make it to court the same afternoon. Our unparalleled reputation as a trial law firm also ensures that our client’s adversaries know that we will go the distance to trial, if necessary, and win.
We represent private equity fund Snow Phipps Group in its dispute with Kohlberg & Co. over the sale of DecoPac, a leading specialty bakery supplier with proprietary technology for customizing cakes. Despite signing a stock purchase agreement on March 5 with just 60 days to closing, Kohlberg & Co. claimed in April that its debt financing became unavailable for closing due to a dispute with its lenders about accounting for the effects of the pandemic. Kohlberg & Co. also purported to terminate the deal claiming that that the pandemic caused Snow Phipps to breach covenants to operate in the ordinary course and with no material adverse effects. The case is currently pending in the Delaware Chancery Court before Vice Chancellor McCormick.
We represent several firms in connection with merger-related disputes arising out of the Covid-19 crisis and related events. Many of of these representations are pre-litigation or otherwise confidential.
We represented MHR Fund Management, its founder, Dr. Mark H. Rachesky, and its affiliated funds relating to Carl Icahn’s 2010 hostile bid for control of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Icahn brought suit in both Canada and New York, seeking to undo a series of transactions in which MHR, a large shareholder, acquired additional shares in the company. Following a four day trial, the Supreme Court of British Columbia rejected Icahn’s bid to rescind the transactions or sterilize MHR’s votes. Two months later, the New York Supreme Court denied Icahn’s request for a preliminary injunction.
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