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The EU Court of Justice Brings to an End Odile Jacob’s Fight Against Lagardère’s Purchase of Vivendi Universal Publishing

By its judgment of 28 January 2016 (C-514/14 P, Editions Odile Jacob SAS v Commission), the European Court of Justice (Court) upheld the General Court of the European Union’s (GCEU) ruling with respect to each of the grounds...more

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper...more

Reminders for Public Companies for the 2016 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

This memorandum summarizes key developments that public companies should consider in drafting their disclosures and reviewing their existing corporate governance policies and procedures in preparation for the 2016 annual...more

"Indian Insurance Sector Welcomes Foreign Investment With Limits on Control"

As part of the Indian government’s plans to encourage foreign investment, in 2015 it increased the foreign ownership cap in the Indian insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent. The increase, however, did not affect the...more

"Acquisitions of Controlling Interests in Hong Kong-Listed Companies Through Primary Issuances"

Acquisitions that result in a change of control of a Hong Kong-listed company — defined as 30 percent or more of the voting power — trigger a mandatory general offer to all shareholders of the company. The Hong Kong...more

"New German Delisting Rules Aim to Protect Investors"

On October 1, 2015, the German Parliament amended the German Stock Exchange Act to provide more protection to investors in delistings, remediating the perceived lack of protection that the German Supreme Court created through...more

"Recent Shareholder Activism in Asia Could Signal Changing Attitudes"

Levels of shareholder activism are reaching record highs in the United States, and such activity has become increasingly prevalent in Europe. But with the exception of Japan, Asia often is seen as a relative backwater in this...more

"European M&A: Multifunctional Stichtings"

The use of “stichtings,” or Dutch foundations, in the M&A context became more widely known outside of Europe in 2015 in connection with Mylan N.V.'s use of a Dutch poison pill defense against Teva's unsolicited offer. The...more

"Insights Conversations: M&A"

Skadden M&A partners Steve Arcano, Tom Kennedy (moderator), Jeremy London, Amr Razzak and Rodd Schreiber discussed their perspectives on M&A activity in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. The conversation covered the current...more

A legal overview of M&A and financing transactions in Nigeria's oil and gas sector

1 Overview of M&A transactions - 1.1 Emergence of local champions - 2015 was a relatively robust year for M&A transactions in Nigeria's oil and gas industry. The majority of the transactions involved divestments...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand (Mandarin version)

This publication has been prepared to provide an overview to foreign investors and business people who have an interest in doing business in Australia and New Zealand. The material in this publication is intended to provide...more

Legal Trends: Mergers & Acquisitions

The value of Canadian deals announced to date in 2015 (all figures as of December 1, 2015) totalled approximately C$374.1-billion (US$293.5-billion), reflecting a 51 per cent increase over 2014 on an annualized basis. Deal...more

Washington State’s Cooperative Law Overhauled Effective January 1, 2016

For the first time in years, Washington’s cooperative statutes have been given a facelift. Effective January 1, 2016 (except certain provisions affecting Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)), Washington state has created a...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – January 2016

On 16 December 2015, the UK Supreme Court handed down a judgment on the definition of a merger for the purposes of UK merger control law. This issue is crucial for determining when the regulator may intervene under UK law and...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2016

A compilation of time-sensitive and trending legal and regulatory issues that general counsels and business leaders should be aware of in 2016. ...more

Examining Growth Strategies for Different Markets [Video]

Pepper partner and managing partner of the firm’s New York office, James D. Rosener, recently spoke on the Corporate Dealmakers panel focusing on “Examining Growth Strategies for Different Markets” for The Deal Economy...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: UAE

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Except in cases where there is a complete transfer of ownership of a company, there is no automatic transfer of employees and their rights when...more

International Tax Advisory: New IRS Notice Continues Attack on Inversions

There is no love lost between the U.S. Treasury and U.S. companies seeking offshore tax homes. Absent congressional action to stem the inversion tide, the Treasury and IRS are left to flex their regulatory and administrative...more

Investing in Morocco

Over recent years, Kingdom of Morocco has created a legal and regulatory framework very attractive for foreign investors. In addition to its political stable environment, a recent series of tax treaties with numerous...more

Corporate Alert: Reverse Takeovers Consultation Paper: ASX Should Not Increase Regulation

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has issued a Consultation Paper on whether reverse scrip takeover bids should require a vote by the bidder's shareholders. The answer is that a vote should only be required if the...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Overview

As part of White & Case's strategic partnership with the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC) at Cass Business School, we have used their M&A Attractiveness Index data for various countries where we have offices...more

IRS and Treasury Issue More Guidance on “Inversion” Transactions

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued additional guidance about so-called “inversion” transactions. Generally, an inversion transaction results where a U.S. corporation (“U.S. Target”) is...more

Supreme Court of Canada to Hear Tax Rectification Case

On November 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Canada (A.G.) v. Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) inc., 2015 QCCA 838, which addresses the question of when rectification will be granted in the tax context....more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Portugal

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Pursuant to the Portuguese Employment Code, there is a transfer of an undertaking when there is a change of ownership of an undertaking or...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Poland

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Upon a transfer of (or part of) an undertaking to another employer, employees are automatically transferred thereto. Consequently, the...more

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