On March 13, New York M&A partner Brandon Van Dyke joined a panel discussion titled “It’s a Hostile World: Takeover Defense and Hostile Deals" at PLI's “Doing Deals 2013: The Art of M&A Transactional Practice,” held in New York and webcast live. Topics included strategies for bidder approaches and target responses; directors’ duties in maintaining takeover defenses; effective charter and bylaw provisions; new strategies in poison pills; and a case study on responding to a hostile bid.