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First quarter business mergers lowest since 2003

Louisiana residents may be interested to learn that the rate of business mergers and acquisitions to this point in year is the slowest it's been since 2003, according to a recent report from Thompson Reuters. Business law analysts still maintain that they believe this year's total merger rate will surpass last year's, but it appears that overall concern about the well-being of the US economy coupled with the ongoing economic crisis that is affecting Europe may be affecting the level of merger and acquisition activity.

Tips on surviving a merger or acquisition

Louisiana residents have likely noticed the recent uptick in business mergers in virtually every type of business including banks, law firms, doctors' offices, airlines, construction companies and retail shops. Practically every other day a merger such as the recent one involving American Airlines and US Airways makes the headlines in the business law section of the newspaper.

Acquisition of The Shaw Group Inc. is complete

Mergers and acquisitions of corporations can have far reaching effects on the lives of many individuals. In fact, mergers and acquisitions are one of the most powerful and influential aspects of business law in the state of Louisiana. Recently The Shaw Group Inc., a large and vital engineering company in the state of Louisiana, was acquired by CB&I, a company with over 23,000 employees all around the world.

2012 marked by innovative hospital mergers and acquisitions

As Baton Rouge readers may know, the emerging trends in health care reform have marked a departure from the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model and begun to place an increasingly greater emphasis on reimbursing health care providers based upon quality and continuity of care. That shifting environment has presented new and interesting challenges for business law professionals as non-profit and for-profit hospitals alike explore non-traditional ownership models.

Louisiana pension funds succeed in merger lawsuit

Two Louisiana employee pension funds appear to have gotten their way in a shareholder derivative lawsuit related to the proposed sale of Medicaid insurer Amerigroup Corporation to managed care giant Wellpoint. Goldman Sachs negotiated the terms of the sale. The City of Monroe Employees Retirement System and the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees Retirement System commenced the business law action to challenge a perceived conflict of interest in the investment firm's advice to the board of the Medicaid insurer.

Merger proposal triggers third Baton Rouge lawsuit

A recently filed investor lawsuit marks the third case filed this month in the Baton Rouge state court since last month's announcement of the proposed sale of Shaw Group, Inc. to Dutch oil and gas firm CB&I. In the latest round of business litigation, KBC Asset Management accuses Shaw's board of directors of breaching its fiduciary duty by accepting a merger deal that significantly undervalues the company and serves the best interests of the company's founder rather than the interests of shareholders.

Post-merger CEO firing triggers shareholder lawsuit

Louisianans with shareholder concerns will be interested in a recently filed shareholder lawsuit affecting the nation's largest utilities provider. The lawsuit comes close on the heels of a $17.8 billion merger between utilities giant Duke Energy and Progress Energy, a former Fortune 500 company. Progress CEO William D. Johnson became the CEO of the combined energy companies, but only for a few minutes, as newly formed board of directors voted to replace him with Duke Chairman James E. Rogers.

Bailout bank merger sparks shareholder lawsuit

Our readers in Baton Rouge may have entertained a variety of opinions about the 2008 merger between Bank of America and the struggling Merrill Lynch investment firm. The allegations set forth in a recently filed lawsuit make clear the opinions of shareholders. In what may represent a landmark case in business law, the shareholder complaint accuses the bank of concealing knowledge of projected losses and detrimental merger effects at the time that shareholders were asked to vote on approval of the acquisition.

Survey of CEOs finds Louisiana most improved state for business

Some promising news for Louisiana's economy broke this week, as a poll conducted by Chief Executive magazine shows that Louisiana is the 13th best state for business. Last year, Louisiana ranked 27th in the same poll, making our state's leap in the rankings the highest in the nation. The survey was conducted nationwide and polled CEOs on topics including living environment, tax structure, regulatory environment and workforce quality.

Housing companies merge, Louisiana among target areas

Two large housing companies, Bailey Properties LLC and Summit Housing Partners LLC, are merging with the hopes of creating more residential communities in several southern areas, including Baton Rouge. Once the merger is complete, the company will be formally known as BSR Trust LLC.

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