This week’s New York Business Divorce previews and links to the latest podcast episode of the Business Divorce Roundtable featuring an interview with business appraiser Greg Barber following publication of his intriguing article in the NY State Bar Association Journal on the hot topic of marketability discounts in statutory fair-value proceedings.
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The double whammy of a marital divorce of spouses who also co-own a closely held business — or are deemed to co-own the business in community property states — can be avoided throtugh creative and careful business and legal planning, says Dallas attorney Ladd Hirsch in an engaging interview for the Business Divorce Roundtable podcast, highlighted in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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Minority oppression in the LLC is drawing greater attention in the legal community as the proportion of business associations formed as LLCs continues to outstrip close corporations and partnerships. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights and links to a Business Divorce Roundtable podcast interview with Professor Douglas Moll, one of the country’s leading authorities on minority oppression in the closely held business entities.
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Ben Means

Business divorce on steroids. That’s how I describe the tenor of litigation that can erupt when members of a family-owned business have a falling out.

No one has devoted more scholarship to the challenging intersection of law and conflict in the family-owned business than Benjamin Means, Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Longtime readers of this blog may recall a two-part online interview of Ben that I posted a few years ago (read here and here), in which he answered a series of questions about his groundbreaking law review article entitled Non-Market Values in the Family Business. The article uses social science and expansive notions of contractual relations in advocating for courts to give greater weight to what he calls “family values” in adjudicating corporate dissolution and other disputes among shareholder-members of the same family.
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The Delaware Court of Chancery plays an outsized role not only in the public company arena, but also in the field of business divorce and other disputes among co-owners of closely held corporations, partnerships, and LLCs. This week’s New York Business Divorce sets the stage and invites you to listen to a podcast interview of Delaware lawyers Kurt Heyman and Pete Ladig discussing litigation of business divorce cases in the Delaware Chancery Court.
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Is the contractual freedom associated with LLC statutory default rules being used to promote efficiencies or opportunistically by LLC controllers at the expense of vulnerable LLC members? That’s the subject of a study and article by Professor Peter Molk highlighted in this week’s New York Business Divorce and accompanying interview of Professor Molk on the Business Divorce Roundtable podcast.
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This week’s New York Business Divorce features Part One of a two-part online interview of Claudia Landeo, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Alberta, and Kathryn Spier, Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, on their collaborative article forthcoming in the Yale Journal on Regulation entitled “Shotguns and Deadlocks.” The interview explores the article’s thesis, supported by economic theory and data from laboratory experiments, that courts should make greater use of the shotgun buy-out mechanism to resolve deadlock dissolution cases, and should assign the role of offeror to the better-informed owner.
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