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Up to the challenge: Investing in banks

Despite bleak growth prospects for banks after the global financial crisis, financial sponsors have embraced the opportunities the restructuring of the banking sector has provided, and have proven themselves adept at managing...more

Outlook: What does the future hold?

Historically, financial sponsors approached financial services investments with caution. Since the financial crisis, however, things have changed, creating valuable opportunities for financial sponsors to invest in a sector...more

Don't believe the hype

Fiduciary assets may not be the most obviously attractive business units within financial services, but steady profits and the opportunity for consolidation are enough to keep financial sponsors interested. Some of the...more

A new alternative

Traditionally, private equity investors kept their distance from the financial services sector due in part to its complexity, high capital requirements and a heavily regulated environment. The banking collapse in 2008,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 214-Felipe Sousa [Video]

In this episode I visit with Brazilian journalist Felipe Sousa on his observations about the current state of anti-corruption compliance in Brazil and the ongoing Petrobras scandal....more

Financial institutions M&A: How financial sponsors are changing the landscape in Europe - Is current interest in financial...

Financial sponsor activity in European financial services M&A has never been stronger. According to Mergermaket, during the first ten months of 2015, private equity buyouts accounted for 20 percent of all European M&A...more

A pan-European opportunity

Many commentators consider that the growing trend of financial sponsor investment in financial services is limited to a handful of countries in Europe. Deal data, however, show that investors with an appetite for banks and...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.24.15

The Pfizer/Allergan deal continues to dominate the financial world, with Pfizer’s CEO defending the merger and Washington searching for ways to reform the corporate tax code and prevent future tax-motivated corporate...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.23.15

Clocking in at an as-promised $150 billion, the Pfizer/Allergan merger is a done deal, marking one of the biggest ever takeovers in the health care industry. As mentioned here last week, the deal finalization comes on the...more

Global merger control: Charting a route to port

As investors scour the world for growth, regulators are placing cross-border deals under ever greater scrutiny, and a new regulatory world order is emerging. Understanding it is essential. Merger control: Getting your...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 213-Carlos Ayres on the Brazilian Clean Companies Act [Video]

In this episode I visit with Trench, Rossi partner Carlos Ayres. We discuss the recent guidance released on the Brazilian Clean Companies Act and the current state of anti-corruption compliance in Brazil. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 212-Stephen Martin on DOJ Compliance Counsel Metrics [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Baker and McKenzie partner Stephen Martin on the recently released metrics which the new DOJ Compliance Counsel will use to evaluate corporate compliance programs under and its implications for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 211-Matthew Stephenson, founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Matthew Stephenson, Harvard Law Professor and founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog. He talks about why he founded the site, what he hopes to accomplish, some of the topics which have...more

National security clampdown on foreign deals

Countries around the world have been increasingly focusing on national security reviews of foreign direct investments into their markets. The three countries where national security reviews can potentially have a...more

Private equity firms: In the line of antitrust fire?

There was a time when private equity firms may have seen themselves as arms-length financial investors but regulators are increasingly holding them responsible for the behaviour of their portfolio companies. A new type...more

Life lines: Life sciences M&A and the rise of personalised medicine

The second report in our Deal Dimensions series, written in collaboration with Mergermarket and launched today, reveals that 94 per cent of life sciences companies are planning an acquisition in the next year, with more than...more

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

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Kenyan law is generally silent on employee rights/employer obligations in the event of a transfer of businesses. It seems therefore that the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 209-Latin America Focus [Video]

In this episode I review recent events from Brazil around Petrobras and the Brazilian Clean Companies Act and from Venezuela I take a look at corruption issues around PdVSA. ...more

Defined benefits - A new conversation for financial sponsors and pension trustees on M&A processes.

For potential investors, pension plans, safeguarded by seemingly more powerful trustees, can be one of the most significant elements of a deal. There is a perception among potential investors that trustees attempt to hinder...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 208-Compliance at the Tipping Point [Video]

I discuss the four data points which have led me to conclude that the compliance function has reached a Tipping Point, in terms of its importance to the C-Suite....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 207-Mara Senn on Negotiating a FCPA Settlement [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. In this episode I visit with FCPA practitioner Mara Senn on negotiating a FCPA settlement and what goes into the terms and conditions of settlement documents such as DPAs and...more

ESMA updates EMIR implementation Q&A

ESMA has updated its Q&A on the implementation of European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The update gives guidance on a procedure for counterparties and...more

"MOFCOM Cracking Down on Failures to Notify Qualifying Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures"

China’s Anti-Monopoly Law requires businesses to notify transactions to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for merger control review, so long as the parties meet certain revenue thresholds and the transaction involves a change...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 205, Jonathan Armstrong on the Schrems Decision [Video]

In this episode I visit with Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery's in the UK. We visit on the Schrems decision by the European Court of Justice and its impact on compliance programs around hotline reporting and internal...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2015 Edition: Evaluating Cybersecurity Risks and Preparedness in Target Companies

Before committing resources to a potential investment, private equity firms should aggressively evaluate a target company’s cyber risks and cyber preparedness. Some target companies are naturally more exposed to cyber risk...more

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