Thursday, August 09, 2007

More on MAC Clauses

I've posted before about MACs (material adverse change clauses; also called MAE - material adverse effect - clauses), particularly around the use of a MAC by Johnson & Johnson in trying to negotiate a lower price for Guidant. As we saw there, exercising a MAC is not only the M&A equivalent of nuclear war, it also can lead to unforeseen effects like an ultimately HIGHER price for the target company.

For those interested in learning more about the arcana behind the legal dimensions of MACs and why they are so hard to exercise, the M&A Law Prof Blog has an excellent post on that very subject.

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