(Solution Download) 1 Do you agree with the argument that the courts

1. Do you agree with the argument that the courts should focus on the form or structure of an agreement and not try to interpret the actual intent of the parties to the transaction? Explain your answer.
2. How might allowing the form of a transaction to override the actual spirit or intent of the deal impact the cost of doing business for the parties involved in the drug distribution agreement? Be specific.
3. How did the use of a reverse merger facilitate the transaction?

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, is it really a duck? That is a question Johnson & Johnson might ask about a 2009 transaction involving pharmaceutical companies Merck and Schering-Plough. On August 7, 2009, shareholders of Merck and Company (?Merck?) and Schering-Plough Corp. (Schering-Plough) voted overwhelmingly to approve a $41.1 billon merger of the two firms. With annual revenues of $42.4 billion, the new Merck will be second in size only to global pharmaceutical powerhouse Pfizer Inc.


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