Webcast: M&A Hot Topics 2022

January 27, 2022

With the backdrop of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and high M&A volume, 2021 presented new issues for dealmakers. Hear from seasoned practitioners on how deals are getting done and the issues being confronted. This discussion covers various M&A-related topics, including the following:

• Key deal issues to navigate in light of increased antitrust regulatory scrutiny;
• Limitations on liability for fraud;
• Clauses to include in deal documents to avoid pitfalls; and
• Current state of play for SPAC transactions, and forecasts for the future.

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Quinton C. Farrar is a corporate partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Farrar advises public and privately held companies, including private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, investors, financial advisors, boards of directors and individuals in connection with a wide variety of complex corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, joint ventures and minority investments and divestitures.  He also has substantial experience advising clients on corporate governance issues as well as in advising issuers and underwriters in connection with public and private issuances of debt and equity securities.

Abtin Jalali is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Groups. Mr. Jalali has extensive experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of their businesses, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, growth equity investments, minority investments and general corporate matters. Mr. Jalali’s representative private equity clients include Serent Capital, True Wind Capital, TPG Capital, FTV Capital, Gryphon Investors and Tower Arch Capital.

Robert B. Little is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office. He is a Global Co-Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. Mr. Little has consistently been named among the nation’s top M&A lawyers every year since 2013 by Chambers USA. Admired by clients as “very efficient, always knowledgeable in the subjects with immediate recommendations for action” and “an excellent corporate attorney well suited for negotiating tough deals” (Chambers, 2021), his practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures, investments in public and private entities, and commercial transactions. Mr. Little has represented clients in a variety of industries, including energy, retail, technology, infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing, and financial services.

Kristen P. Poole is a corporate partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Ms. Poole represents both public and private companies, as well as financial sponsors, in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments, restructurings and other complex corporate transactions.  She also advises clients with respect to general corporate governance matters and shareholder activism matters.


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