Topic: Appraisal Rights

Understanding Delaware Appraisal Risk Today

Exposure to claims for appraisal can be a significant risk in merger and acquisition transactions in ‎which dissenter’s appraisal rights are available. This risk has increased in recent years as ‎aggressive investors realized the opportunities presented by appraisal arbitrage, including the high ‎rate of interest payable on appraisal awards, even for shares purchased after announcement of the ‎transaction.‎

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Delaware Supreme Court Reemphasizes Importance of Deal Price in Reversing Aruba ‎Appraisal Decision

On April 16, 2019, the Delaware Supreme Court, in a per curiam decision in Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. v. Aruba Networks, Inc.,[1] reversed the Court of Chancery’s determination that the fair value of Aruba’s stock for appraisal purposes was its unaffected average share price ($17.13 per share) during the 30 days of trading before announcement of its acquisition by Hewlett Packard (H-P).

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