In the banking world, a status quo agreement between a lender and a borrower terminates the contractual repayment plan of a borrower in difficulty and forces the borrower to take certain steps that the borrower must take. A status quo agreement may also exist between a lender and a borrower if the lender stops requiring a planned payment of interest or principal for a loan, in order to give the borrower time to restructure their debts. A standstill agreement can practically be an agreement between the parties, in which both parties decide to suspend a particular subject for a certain period of time. This may be an agreement to defer planned payments in order to help a customer overcome strict market conditions. They can also be agreements to interrupt the production of a product. This article (i) describes and analyses current case law on standstill agreements, (ii) provides an overview of the legal considerations and obligations that the board of directors of the target company faces in the context of a standstill agreement, (iii) provides an example of a broad and objective-oriented standstill agreement, and (iv) provides practical guidance on some of the key concepts of a standstill agreement, generally reservations of Verha The members of the Union and the reflections of the parties. In 2019, video game distributor GameStop signed a standstill agreement with a group of investors who wanted changes in the company`s governance, believing the company had an intrinsic value greater than what the share price reflected. A status quo agreement is often used as a form of defense during a hostile takeover. In the case of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the agreement involves collecting a promise from the unsolicited bidder (often an activist investor) to limit the amount of shares the bidder can buy, sell or vote in the target company. This gives the target company more time to implement additional defensive measures (e.g.
B a toxic pill or poisoning) and will give the target company greater control over the deal process if it opts for the potential buyer. A status quo agreement is a form of anti-opacity measure. In other industries, a standstill agreement can be virtually any agreement between the parties, in which both parties agree to discontinue the case for a specified period of time. It can be an agreement to defer planned payments in order to help a company overcome difficult market conditions, agreements, stop production of a product, agreements between governments or many other types of agreements. At the international level, it may be an agreement between countries to maintain current facts, in which a liability owed to each other is suspended for a specified period. Standstill agreements are also used to suspend the usual limitation period for appealing to the courts.  The agreement is particularly relevant as the bidder would have access to the subject entity`s confidential financial information. Upon receipt of the potential acquirer`s commitment, the target company will have more time to put in place other defenses during the acquisition. In certain situations, the target company undertakes to buy back shares of the target company in return for a mark-up for the potential acquirer. A status quo agreement is an agreement that preserves the status quo. It is an agreement between the objective and the bidder that prevents the bidder from making an offer to purchase the targeted company without first obtaining the bidder`s consent. It can be included in the confidentiality agreement as a provision and is executed before receipt of the due diligence material.
A standstill agreement aims to prevent hostile bids and can remedy this if the bidder uses confidential information to make a hostile bid if the parties fail to reach a mutual agreement on the terms of sale. An example of a standstill agreement signed by Autobytel, CCM Master Qualified Fund, Coghill Capital Management and Clint Coghill and submitted to the SEC contains the following provisions A standstill agreement provides a target company with different levels of protection and stability in the event of a hostile acquisition and promotes an orderly sale process. . . .