Suspicion of a large acquisition of insider favoritism

Endeavor, the parent company of high-profile companies such as talent agency WME and iGaming giant OpenBet, faces allegations of unfairly favoring insiders over public investors in the acquisition process. Handelsbanken Ponder claims the deal violates Endeavor’s own corporate charter, particularly its equal treatment provisions, by privileging certain shareholders, including Silver Lake, the Complete Music update reported.

Insiders like Silver Lake are benefiting from the preferential treatment to hand over their shares to newly privatised companies along with Endeavour’s chief executives, but public A-list shareholders are being offered a low price of $27.50 per share.

The stark contrast between these treatments has prompted protests and legal action, with Handelsbanken Ponder claiming to be an act that defies the fundamental rights of public investors, as set out in the Endeavour Charter.

The Swedish investor presents a compelling case against the proposed deal, citing analyst ratings that Peg Endeavor’s true price is much higher at $30-33 per share. The lack of a vote or abandonment on allowing such disparate treatment by amending the Endeavor Charter further complicates the legal issue.

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In response to these allegations, lawyers representing Handelsbanken Fonder are raising the issue with Delaware’s Chancery Court, seeking both declarative relief and compensatory damages. They ask the court not only to recognize the lawsuit as a class action with Handelsbanken as its principal plaintiff, but also to block the transaction from proceeding on the grounds of a charter violation.

Silver Lake, in early April, agreed with Endeavor’s management and anchor investors to buy Endeavor Group Holdings for $13 billion, valuing the company at a significant premium. Silver Lake aims to leverage its strategic partnership and vision for continued growth through the acquisition to solidify Endeavor’s position as a global leader in sports and entertainment.

However, Endeavor, whose shares are currently trading at $26.36, faces increasing pressure as the legal battle unfolds. Originally scheduled to close by the first quarter of 2025, the non-public deal remains in place pending a court decision.

Silver Lake Capital, which has a 68% overwhelming stake in Endeavor since its initial public offering in April 2021, remains a key role in this unfolding drama. Endeavor has yet to issue an official statement with Silver Lake regarding the legal challenge.

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