Deals & Corporate Governance

  • June 12, 2024

    Yale Hospital OK With Merging Suits Over Stalled $435M Sale

    Yale New Haven Hospital has consented to combining two dueling lawsuits over its stalled $435 million deal to buy three Connecticut facilities operated by California-based Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., agreeing that judicial efficiency and economy is best served by consolidating both entities' claims into one proceeding.

  • June 12, 2024

    Texas Anesthesia Co. Appealing To Duck FTC Suit To 5th Circ.

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners Inc. gave notice Wednesday that it will ask the Fifth Circuit to review a Texas federal judge's mid-May decision refusing to toss Federal Trade Commission allegations of a monopolistic "roll-up" of Lone Star State anesthesia practices.

  • June 12, 2024

    Directors Of Defunct Med Tech SPAC Seek Toss Of Del. Suit

    Directors of a special purpose acquisition company that merged with now-defunct medical technology company Better Therapeutics Inc. urged Delaware's Court of Chancery on Wednesday to toss a shareholder's suit about the $15 million de-SPAC merger, saying it wasn't like other problematic SPAC deals.

  • June 12, 2024

    Sen. Dems Seek Criminal Penalties For PE Hospital 'Looters'

    A pair of Democratic senators are targeting private equity's role in the healthcare industry, introducing new legislation Tuesday that would give federal and state enforcers new tools to go after firms they say are "looting" hospital systems and other providers, including possibly jailing executives if patient deaths result.

  • June 11, 2024

    Ontrak CEO Told Broker To Sell Shares Quickly, Jury Hears

    A stockbroker testifying Tuesday in the California federal insider trading trial for Ontrak's founder said the executive didn't accept his advice to delay selling shares of the healthcare company to avoid the appearance of trading on insider information, but instead insisted on selling the shares immediately.

  • June 11, 2024

    Kirkland-Led InTandem Capital Lands $715M For 3rd Fund

    New York-based healthcare services-focused private equity firm InTandem Capital Partners LLC, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Tuesday announced that it has clinched its third private equity fund, above target with $715 million in tow.

  • June 11, 2024

    Rao Tracks His Journey From Stay-At-Home Dad To FTC

    Rahul Rao said that every role he's taken on — from BigLaw attorney to stay-at-home dad to overseeing healthcare mergers at the Federal Trade Commission — has helped shape him into the lawyer he is today.

  • June 10, 2024

    Conn. Hospital Broke $4.25M Property Sale Deal, Buyer Says

    A Connecticut hospital has been accused in state court of breaking its $4.25 million property sale contract after the sale was called off following the hospital's merger with Northwell Healthcare Inc.

  • June 10, 2024

    Addus HomeCare Buys Gentiva's Personal Care Biz For $350M

    Home care services company Addus HomeCare Corp. on Monday unveiled plans to buy the personal care operations from hospice company Gentiva for an anticipated price of roughly $350 million in a deal shaped by three law firms.

  • June 10, 2024

    Ventilator Co. Vyaire Hits Ch. 11 As COVID Demand Wanes

    Vyaire Medical Inc., a company that makes breathing ventilators and other respiratory treatment and diagnosis products, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware after demand for its products waned following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 07, 2024

    Ontrak CEO Had Anxiety Over Souring Cigna Deal, Jury Told

    A former Ontrak Inc. consultant testified Friday in the trial of its founder who's accused of trading on insider information about Ontrak's souring relationship with Cigna Healthcare in 2021, telling California federal jurors he frequently expressed anxiety, saying that Ontrak must "save Cigna" and describing the situation as a nightmare.

  • June 07, 2024

    Yale Hospital Sued For Seeking To Exit $435M Purchase Deal

    California-based Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. has sued Yale New Haven Health for seeking to back out of a $435 million acquisition of three financially distressed Connecticut hospitals, accusing the state's largest hospital of breach of contract and wrongfully leaking a prior lawsuit to the press.

  • June 07, 2024

    Acorda Therapeutics Gets OK On $185M Ch. 11 Sale To Merz

    Drugmaker Acorda Therapeutics Inc. received a New York bankruptcy judge's approval Friday to complete a $185 million sale of its assets to a fellow pharmaceutical company, allowing Acorda to move ahead with a Chapter 11 plan to wind down its business.

  • June 07, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Vinson, Latham, Ropes & Gray

    In this Week's Taxation with Representation, Waste Management buys Stericycle, Becton Dickinson pays $4.2 billion for Edwards Lifesciences' critical care products unit, Aquiline Capital Partners raises over $3.4 billion in fund capital, and Bain Capital buys PowerSchool Holdings.

  • June 06, 2024

    Health Co. CEO Sold Stock Amid Souring Cigna Deal, Jury Told

    A stock analyst told California federal jurors Thursday he noticed in disclosure forms that the founder of healthcare company Ontrak Inc. was starting to sell company shares a few weeks before Cigna announced it was terminating its $90 million contract with the company.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pharma Co. Misled Investors On Seizure Drug Trial, Suit Says

    Marinus Pharmaceuticals has been hit with a proposed shareholder class action alleging that the company understated the risks of an epilepsy drug trial and did not warn investors that trial enrollment would be suspended when it failed to meet certain criteria.

  • June 06, 2024

    North Carolina AG Narrows Target In Hospital Contract Suit

    The North Carolina Attorney General's office has agreed to drop for-profit hospital network HCA Management Services from a lawsuit over allegedly unsafe and unsanitary conditions at its Asheville hospital, although an affiliate remains as a defendant, according to a joint stipulation in the state Business Court.

  • June 05, 2024

    AI Co., Biotech Prep IPOs Worth $602M As Novelis Delays

    Healthcare data artificial intelligence platform Tempus AI and Australian biotech Telix Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday unveiled plans for initial public offerings that will aim to raise a combined total of approximately $602 million, while sustainable aluminum solutions provider Novelis, a day prior, postponed IPO plans due to market conditions.

  • June 05, 2024

    FTC Can't Pause Novant's $320M Bid To Buy NC Hospitals

    The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday lost its bid to block Novant Health from buying two local hospitals in North Carolina for $320 million while it conducts an in-house review, with a federal judge reasoning that competition would actually fare better if the merger advanced.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ontrak CEO Shed $20M In Stock With Insider Info, Jury Hears

    Ontrak Inc.'s founder rushed to dump over $20 million of the healthcare company's stock using insider information about a souring relationship with its biggest client, Cigna, helping him avoid $12 million in losses, prosecutors told California federal jurors Tuesday in a first-of-its-kind securities fraud trial.

  • June 04, 2024

    Chinese Fund Asks To Nix Doc Bid In $830M Transaction Row

    A Chinese healthcare investment fund has asked a New York federal court to toss a Hong Kong medical fund's subpoena request seeking information in a foreign case stemming from a stymied $830 million transaction, saying the discovery bid isn't allowed for the private arbitration.

  • June 03, 2024

    Judge Says It's Time For DIP Deal For Steward Healthcare

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday gave Steward Health Care permission to offer a commitment fee to induce a lender to provide it with the financing to see the hospital chain through its Chapter 11 case, while saying the company needs that final commitment soon.

  • June 03, 2024

    Taxes Take Center Stage In Pot Industry Amid Fed. Policy Shift

    The federal government's move to loosen restrictions on cannabis is expected to trigger a wave of mergers and acquisitions structured as asset deals in the industry, especially among struggling retail operations willing to restructure in order to raise profits and lower their tax liabilities.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ropes & Gray Guides Becton On $4.2B Edwards Unit Buy

    Ropes & Gray LLP is guiding Becton Dickinson and Co. on a deal that will see the medical technology company pay $4.2 billion for Edwards Lifesciences' critical care product group, which focuses on patient monitoring using artificial intelligence, the companies said Monday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Caremark Cut Loose From CVS Price-Gouging Case

    A Rhode Island federal judge on Thursday dismissed Caremark from long-running litigation alleging CVS schemed with pharmacy benefit managers to overcharge insured health plans for generic drugs, finding Caremark's contracts with the funds have enforceable arbitration clauses.

Expert Analysis

  • Feds' Biotech Enforcement Efforts Are Too Heavy-Handed

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent actions against biotech companies untether the Anti-Kickback Statute from its original legislative purpose, and threaten to stifle innovation and undermine patient quality of care, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Del. Ruling Highlights M&A Deal Adviser Conflict Disclosures

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    The Delaware Supreme Court recently reversed the Court of Chancery's dismissal of challenges to Nordic Capital's acquisition of Inovalon, demonstrating the importance of full disclosure of financial adviser conflicts when a going-private merger seeks business judgment rule review, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • A Recipe For Growth Equity Investing In A Slow M&A Market

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    Carl Marcellino at Ropes & Gray discusses the factors bolstering appetite for growth equity fundraising in a depressed M&A market, and walks through the deal terms and other ingredients that set growth equity transactions apart from bread-and-butter venture capital investing.

  • PE-Healthcare Mergers Should Prepare For Challenges

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    State and federal regulators are increasingly imposing new requirements on healthcare transactions involving private equity partners, with mergers that would have drawn little scrutiny a few years ago now requiring a multijurisdictional risk analysis during the deal formation process, say attorneys at Stinson.

  • Behind Indiana's Broad New Healthcare Transactions Law

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    The high materiality threshold in Indiana's recently passed healthcare transaction law, coupled with the inclusion of private equity in its definition of healthcare entities, makes it one of the broadest state review regulations to date, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Highlights From The 2024 ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting

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    U.S. merger enforcement and cartels figured heavily in this year's American Bar Association spring antitrust meeting, where one key takeaway included news that the Federal Trade Commission's anticipated changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino form may be less dramatic than many originally feared, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • The Merger Cases That Will Matter At ABA Antitrust Meeting

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    While the American Bar Association's Antitrust Spring Meeting this week will cover all types of competition law issues in the U.S. and abroad, expect the federal agencies' recent track record in merger enforcement to be a key area of focus on the official panels and in cocktail party chatter, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Planning For Healthcare-Private Equity Antitrust Enforcement

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    U.S. antitrust agency developments could mean potential enforcement actions on healthcare-related acquisitions by private equity funds are on the way, and entities operating in this space should follow a series of practice tips, including early assessment of antitrust risks on both the state and federal level, say Ryan Quillian and John Kendrick at Covington.

  • Why Oncology Deal Making Continues To Fuel Biotech M&A

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    The biotech sector's potential for advancements in cancer care continues to attract deal-maker interest, and the keys to successful mergers and acquisitions include the ability to integrate innovative therapies, leverage technological advancements and respond to the dynamic needs of patients, say Bryan Luchs and Mike Weir at White & Case.

  • Tips For Healthcare M&A Amid Heightened Antitrust Scrutiny

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    As the Biden administration maintains its aggressive approach to antitrust merger enforcement, prudent healthcare M&A counsel will consider practical advice when contemplating their next transaction, including carefully selecting a merger partner and preparing for a potentially long waiting period prior to closing, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • 5 Trends To Watch As Value-Based Healthcare Gains Steam

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    Value-based care has grown and evolved as healthcare providers, payors and policymakers seek to improve patient results while containing costs, and this shift in the industry is expected to accelerate in the near future, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • What's At Play In Rising Lanham Act Cases At The ITC

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    Amid an uptick in Lanham Act claims involving false advertising related to medical devices at the U.S. International Trade Commission, Brian Busey and Maryrose McLaughlin at MoFo discuss recent ITC complaints from Eli Lilly and R.J. Reynolds, Lanham Act claim limits under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and the issues practitioners face in this realm.