Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Venoco, Inc. (“Venoco” or the “Company”) (NYSE: VQ) for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with their conduct related to the proposed sale of the Company to its chief executive officer, Timothy Marquez, who already holds 50.3 percent of the Company’s stock, in an all-cash deal valued at about $770.2 million. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, Venoco stockholders will receive $12.50 in cash per each share of Venoco they own, while, according to Yahoo! Finance, at least one financial analyst has set a price target of $22 for Venoco. Furthermore, as recently as February, 2011, Venoco stock was trading as high as $22.46.
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Whether Venoco’s Board of Directors is acting in accordance with their fiduciary duties to Venoco’s stockholders to conduct an adequate and fair sales process to sell the Company, whether Venoco’s Board of Directors is adequately negotiating a price increase for the proposed transaction, whether the proposed transaction undervalues Venoco’s shares and by how much this transaction undervalues the Company to the detriment of Venoco’s shareholders - are the key focus of this investigation.
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