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Delaware Supreme Court Reproves Chancery’s Use of Unaffected Market Price in Aruba

Delaware Supreme Court overturns Court of Chancery’s fair value determination based on unaffected market price and awards petitioners deal price minus synergies as determined by company; trial court’s analysis rested on “inapt” agency-costs theory and raised due process and fairness concerns.

Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. v. Aruba Networks, Inc. (Aruba III)

Delaware Supreme Court overturns Court of Chancery’s fair value determination based on unaffected market price and awards petitioners deal price minus synergies as determined by company; trial court’s analysis rested on “inapt” agency-costs theory and raised due process and fairness concerns.

Chancery Defends Use of Market Price Citing Recent High Court Rulings

Court of Chancery denies petitioners’ motion for reargument, finding that, in light of high court’s Dell and DFC decisions, the decision to use the unaffected market price as the fair value indicator was not so “ridiculous” or “absurd” as to indicate the Court of Chancery misapprehended the law.

Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. v. Aruba Networks, Inc.

Court of Chancery denies petitioners’ motion for reargument, finding that, in light of high court’s Dell and DFC decisions, the decision to use the unaffected market price as the fair value indicator was not so “ridiculous” or “absurd” as to indicate the Court of Chancery misapprehended the law.

Affirmation of DLOM Rulings Augurs End to Shareholder Fight

In dissenting shareholder suit, appeals court upholds trial court’s finding that prevailing DCF analysis did not account for illiquidity by way of a separate marketability discount, as well as court’s finding that appropriate DLOM rate was 25%.

Wisniewski v. Walsh (Wisniewski II)

In dissenting shareholder suit, appeals court upholds trial court’s finding that prevailing DCF analysis did not account for illiquidity by way of a separate marketability discount, as well as court’s finding that appropriate DLOM rate was 25%.

DCF Model Proves Unreliable Tool for Ascertaining Cost Basis

Court finds numerous problematic assumptions make plaintiff expert’s DCF model unreliable indicator of FMV of thrift’s branching right; without this value, plaintiff is unable to establish the right’s cost basis and support its tax refund claim.

Washington Mutual, Inc. v. United States

Court finds numerous problematic assumptions make plaintiff expert’s DCF model unreliable indicator of FMV of thrift’s branching right; without this value, plaintiff is unable to establish the right’s cost basis and support its tax refund claim.

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