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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

"Volatility Continues in US and European High-Yield Markets"

The continuation of a strong M&A market in both the U.S. and Europe, energy companies returning to the U.S. market and quantitative easing in Europe resulted in a strong first half of 2015 for U.S. and European high-yield...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – United Kingdom

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, the United Kingdom is now ranked fifth out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Poland

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Poland is now ranked 33rd out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes (i.e., its...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Italy

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Italy is now ranked 23rd out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes (i.e., its...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Sweden

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Sweden is now ranked 19th out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes, (i.e., its...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Turkey

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Turkey is now ranked 53rd out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes (i.e., its...more

M&A Attractiveness Index, EMEA – Spain

According to the M&A Attractiveness Index, developed by the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, Spain is now ranked 16th out of a total of 147 countries in terms of its attractiveness for M&A purposes (i.e., its...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

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

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

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

Lessons to keep in mind for your next complex global deal

Antitrust assessment by regulators around the world is becoming increasingly more complex and less predictable. And with global M&A activity approaching boom levels, companies need to plan carefully when preparing for their...more

The globe-trotter's guide to merger control: How to avoid falling into traps

Having a sound knowledge of the intricacies of merger control regimes and thresholds is essential when guiding a complex crossborder M&A deal over regulatory hurdles to successful completion. With global cross-border M&A...more

Gun-jumping triggers trouble

In merger control, gun-jumping refers to two distinct types of prohibited practices: failure to notify authorities of a transaction triggering merger thresholds, and implementing a notified transaction before receiving merger...more

Never say never

When circumstances change, regulators can reverse previous decisions on merger rulings, encouraging companies to reconsider transactions that they initially believed were too challenging to pursue. Many potential mergers...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

European merger control: Well-oiled machine or spluttering engine?

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager was in a celebratory mood when she addressed an audience in Brussels in March 2015 as the EU merger control body celebrated its 25th anniversary: "There is reason to celebrate because the...more

Key EU Employment Decision Impacting On Aviation And Wider Transport Sector

Within the EU and wider EEA significant employment legislation often derives from EU directives which individual member states are then required to implement into their national law. Of particular significance is the Acquired...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2015

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

More fines to come in Germany? Service provider engagements are under increased scrutiny.

Following a significant fine against the parties to an asset acquisition for illegally transferring customer information, the Bavarian Data Protection Supervisory Authority (Bavarian DPA) announced on August, 20, 2015 that it...more

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