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Hilton's Hostile Bid for ITT (B)

 John Coates  
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HLS 12-09
11 pages
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November 2, 2011


Supplements the (A) case by continuing the story of the Hilton / ITT takeover fight. ITT’s decision to adopt its restructuring plan, Hilton’s legal challenge to it, the resolution of that challenge in a federal court, and an unexpected development – the emergence of a white knight – all illustrate the complex mix of law, finance, and business strategy at play in a hostile takeover battle. Case (B) ends by presenting the various choices faced by ITT shareholders as they approached a key election of directors at ITT amidst the takeover struggle. 

Learning Objectives

Provides a multilayered narrative of a classic modern hostile takeover battle, illustrating the ways in which takeover defenses – including both “structural” and “transactional” defenses – interact with financial and strategic forces to constrain the choices facing both bidders and targets. The cases show the various ways in which litigation intrudes upon the M&A landscape in such a setting, and can be outcome-determinative in some instances. At the same time, the cases also show the limits of lawyering in the takeover context, with unexpected business developments (some of them strongly affected by interactions with other laws, such as tax law) can disrupt what might appear to be a predictable set-piece battle. Gives students opportunities to consider the effects of corporate and securities law from multiple perspectives, including the target’s legal team, the target’s board, the bidder’s management and litigators, the target’s shareholders, and a neutral court asked to resolve on a rapid basis crucial open legal issues with large consequences for the parties involved.

Subjects Covered

Mergers & Acquisitions, Hostile Takeovers, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate and Securities Law


Geographic: United States

Industry: Gaming, Hotels

Event Year Begin: 1997

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