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"Big Data Enters the Agenda of EU Antitrust Authorities"

On May 10, 2016, the French Competition Authority and German Federal Cartel Office published “Competition Law and Data,” a joint report on big data and its implications for competition law. The paper identifies issues that...more

Outlook for Nordic PE: An insider perspective on 2016: Despite rising valuations, PE professionals are optimistic about the year...

In 2016, private equity (PE) in the Nordic region is likely to meet or exceed 2015 performance, according to investment professionals we interviewed early this year. But insiders also say that firms are adjusting their...more

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital...more

German banking market – on the move

The German banking market is on the move. This presents opportunities for foreign investors who would like to enter the German financial market. However, in order to acquire an interest in a German financial institution, i.e....more

European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2016

Welcome to DLA Piper’s European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2016. This report, now in its seventh year, presents detailed results of our survey of 300 participants active in the European acquisition finance debt market....more

Global Trends In Merger Control Enforcement: February 2016

We have collected and analysed data on merger control activity for 2015 from 16 jurisdictions, focussing on the U.S., EU and China, pulling out key trends aswell as practical differences. The results are insightful and, in...more

Energy & commodities: portfolio acquisitions

There have been a number of trading portfolios acquired and disposed of in the commodities trading sector in the last 18 to 24 months (commodities acquisition(s)). This activity has been due to a number of factors, such as...more

Leveraged debt: The year in review

If 2014 got pulses racing in the high yield debt and leveraged loan markets, 2015 came as something of a reality check. In the first nine months of 2014, combined issuance in these two debt instruments had already surpassed...more

Ofgem’s certification review of the Blue Transmission Companies

On 4 February 2016 Ofgem published a decision reviewing the certification status of the Blue Transmission Companies (“BTCs”). The review follows two other previous Ofgem decisions. The reasoning of Ofgem and the EU Commission...more

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

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