The Wolf in Cashmere: LVMH's Bid to Acquire Tiffany
In November 2019, the iconic U.S. jeweler Tiffany agreed to be acquired by the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. The $16.6 billion transaction was scheduled to close in mid-2020. However, in 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the luxury goods sector. In September 2020 LVMH announced that it was backing out of the deal. Tiffany filed suit against LVMH. LVMH countersued, arguing that the pandemic triggered a material adverse effect (MAE) clause included in the merger agreement.