Legal Do's and Don'ts Once a Merger is Announced

Washington, DC, April 15, 2007 --( Legal do's and don'ts once a merger is announced, A live interactive audio conference presented by Restructuring Today, May 21, 2007, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET -- So your firm has announced intentions to merge with or acquire another organization. Now what?

Can you just swap price information as if there's no tomorrow even though the merger may be far off in the future and still needs all kinds of OKs at the state and federal levels?

Your management may see a need to exchange employees or to have an officer of one company come in and supervise at the other company. Is that legal?

Employees caught up in the merger may want to "pressure up into the organization" to learn whether or not they'll have a job if the merger goes through. Is that appropriate?

Mark your calendar for May 21 from noon to 1:30 ET when Mary Lou Steptoe of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Mike Griffen with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius will spell out what's OK and what's not once a merger is announced at Restructuring Today's 90-minute live interactive audio conference.


Find out answers to questions like these:

The mere exchange of sensitive commercial information is usually off limits. But when is it OK?

How does doing due diligence fit into the picture?

What about valuation and taking risks?

What about planning for efficient integration?

How do things change when the Hart-Scott-Rodino OK happens?

Can you announce who's going to run which department?

How can merging parties navigate between business decisions and antitrust no-no's?

Plus get your own questions answered during the live Q&A


Meet the speakers:

Michael Griffen is a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius who specializes in energy, electric and infrastructure finance, regulatory compliance, audits and investigations. Griffen represents electric utilities, generating firms, power marketers, investors and developers and specializes in regulatory, commercial and transactions. He's well known at FERC. Griffen has represented electric utilities in merger and restructuring proceedings, complaint proceedings, rate proceedings, rulemakings and a wide variety of other regulatory matters.

Mary Lou Steptoe is a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP who specializes in antitrust and trade regulation matters. Steptoe has represented clients in connection with federal and state investigations of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. She advises on product distribution, marketing and association standard-setting in industries involving telecommunications, electronics, utilities, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, health care and defense. While serving as acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition, Steptoe worked closely with the Department of Justice and other federal and state agencies to help shape many of the antitrust policies and initiatives currently in place including the FTC and DOJ Joint Guidelines on Horizontal Mergers, Health Care Policy, International Antitrust and Intellectual Property.


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