February 10, 2022 | Editor: Martin Wennerström
FTC seeks to block Lockheed’s purchase of Aerojet
Citing antitrust concerns, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has filed a suit seeking a preliminary injunction to block Lockheed Martin's USD 4.4 billion acquisition of rocket engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings. The regulator argues that the merger would allow Lockheed “to harm rival defense contractors and further consolidate multiple markets critical to national security and defense,” specifically by raising the prices charged to the U.S. government while reducing quality and innovation. The deal was originally announced in December 2020 and had been expected to conclude in H2 2021, but was delayed pending the FTC’s antitrust review. The terms of the deal allow either party to terminate the transaction if it is not closed by March 21, 2022, and Lockheed had suggested that it could exercise this right in case the FTC were to take blocking action. Otherwise, the FTC’s complaint will be heard at an administrative trial scheduled for June 16, 2022.
AT&T spins off WarnerMedia in merger with Discovery
AT&T will spin off its interest in WarnerMedia to AT&T shareholders as part of the USD 43 billion merger of its media business with Discovery, Inc. AT&T shareholders will own 71% of the new Warner Bros Discovery firm, with each shareholder receiving 0.24 WBD shares for each AT&T share owned. Shareholders will also receive a dividend of USD 1.11 per share, down from USD 2.08 per share. The transaction is expected to reduce AT&T's debt load, while expanding its 5G, fibre, and streaming footprints.
Indian regulator mandates split of Chairman and CEO roles
Hitachi appoints new CEO with IT background
Governance in Brief – September 22, 2022
DOJ unveils crimefighting policies for corporate misconduct The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a new “carrots and sticks” approach to fighting corporate crime that encourages companies to report misconduct while making it more difficult for repeat offenders to enter settlements and deferred prosecutions.
Governance in Brief – September 8, 2022
BHP shareholders seek coherent climate policy Shareholder activist group The Australasian Center for Corporate Responsibility (“ACCR”) has, with the support of circa 100 co-sponsors, submitted a set of climate-focused resolutions to BHP Group’s next AGM. The ACCR is urging the miner to "proactively advocate for Australian policy settings that are consistent with the Paris Agreement's objective of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius."