Webcast: M&A Insights – Cross-Border Transactions, Attorney-Client Privilege and Covenants Not to Compete

March 8, 2023

Join us for a 30-minute briefing covering several M&A practice topics. The program is the second in a series of quarterly webcasts designed to provide quick insights into emerging issues and practical advice on how to manage common M&A problems. Robert Little, co-chair of the firm’s Global M&A Practice Group, acts as moderator:

Topics discussed:

  • Joe Orien discusses how to prepare for and manage cross-border M&A transactions
  • Kristen Poole and Marshall King discuss the attorney-client privilege issues that arise in M&A transactions
  • Krista Hanvey and Jamie France discuss the state of the art in M&A-related covenants not to compete, as well as the implications of the FTC’s proposed rule governing restrictive covenants

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Krista P. Hanvey is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office. She is a Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group and Co-Partner-In-Charge in the firm’s Dallas office. She counsels clients of all sizes across all industries, both public and private, using a multi-disciplinary approach to compensation and benefits matters that crosses tax, securities, labor, accounting and traditional employee benefits legal requirements. Ms. Hanvey has significant experience with all aspects of executive compensation, health and welfare benefit plan compliance, and retirement plan compliance, planning, and transactional support. She also routinely advises clients with respect to general corporate and non-profit governance matters.

Marshall R. King is a partner in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office and is a member of the firm’s Class Actions and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. He has extensive experience in commercial and business litigation matters, with particular focus on securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and disputes arising out of acquisitions. He often represents buyers or sellers in disputes arising out of acquisitions and has advised companies in disputes concerning their rights under bond indentures.

Robert B. Little is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office, and 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. 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.

Joe Orien is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office. His practice focuses on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, growth and venture investments, minority investments, leveraged acquisitions, exits, complex strategic and commercial agreements, operating agreements and equity incentive structures, and advising on general corporate matters. He has represented a variety of public and private companies, investment funds and high-net-worth individuals and family offices in various industries, including financial services, marketing, infrastructure, retail and consumer products, energy, entertainment and technology, in transactions ranging in size from several millions to billions of dollars.

Kristen P. Poole is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office, 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.

Jamie E. France is of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Ms. France represents clients in merger and non-merger investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice as well as in complex private and government antitrust litigation. She also counsels clients on antitrust merger and conduct matters and has been involved in representing targets of antitrust-related grand jury investigations by the DOJ. Ms. France’s experience encompasses a broad range of industries, including healthcare, consumer goods, retail, gaming, pharmaceuticals, wood products, and chemicals.


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