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The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Spain

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Germany

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – England and Wales

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

Chinese Acquisitions in the EU: The Climate Is Getting Rougher

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In response to a significant increase in acquisitions of companies in the EU by Chinese buyers in recent years, the foreign (i.e., non-EU) investment review legal framework in the EU is currently undergoing a change towards...more

New Transaction Value-Based Merger Reporting Threshold in Germany: Much Ado About Little?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Germany this summer introduced a new transaction value-based set of reporting thresholds. Austria introduced a similar provision which will enter into force on November 1. On the European level, the Commission is...more

Economic Nationalism Set to Impact M&A Transaction Approvals Across Europe

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Growing economic nationalism is threatening to impact M&A across Europe, as governments and regulators take an increasing interest in “foreign” acquisitions of nationally important companies in the name of national security....more

How private equity is powering financial services M&A

by White & Case LLP on

After stepping into the space vacated by traditional banks and strategic investors following the financial crisis, private equity has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in financial services dealmaking. In...more

EU State Aid Enforcement: What Multinationals Need to Know

In recent years, the European Commission (EC) has been actively enforcing European Union state aid violations, an area of law that is unique to Europe but has wide-ranging implications for multinationals with investments in...more

European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

by White & Case LLP on

Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: American Deal Terms

by DLA Piper on

With regulatory constraints currently making it challenging to get capital out of China, the Pound Sterling continuing to suffer Brexit-related weakness and the NZ$ having softened against the Greenback, we expect North...more

European M&A Market Insights, Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries - Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its...more

International News: Focus on Health Care - Fall 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Nationalism and Cross-Border M&A: Navigating Populist Politics in Deal Making - More than half of the G20 countries voted-in campaigns that focused on harming foreign, outside interests as a means to strengthen domestic...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: August

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 July 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened three investigations against companies which have allegedly breached the European Union (“EU”) merger procedural rules. Two of the cases...more

Changing values of IP and data in deals

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ed Black, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s IP transactions and technology, media & telecommunications practice groups, discusses changing values of IP and data in M&A transactions. ______________________________________ One of...more

Amendment of German Foreign Trade Law – Stricter Regulations for Non-EU Investors?

by Goodwin on

On 12 July 2017, an amendment to the German Foreign Trade Ordinance was resolved, and is expected to come into effect shortly. It is currently being debated in the German and international press whether this can be seen as a...more

Germany tightens restrictions on foreign investment from outside the EU

by Dentons on

On July 18, 2017, Germany passed an amendment to its foreign investment regime that will make acquisitions of German companies by foreign acquirers considerably more time consuming and potentially more complex. Chinese...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Integration of Short-Term Rentals Continues [METASEARCH / SHORT-TERM RENTALS] - ("Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool," Skift Travel News, July 20, 2017) - In what was an...more

Financial institutions M&A: Market infrastructure

by White & Case LLP on

Payment systems / e-money providers - Current market: - Upward - Regulatory change continues to be a key driver of M&A activity - We are seeing: - Strategic M&A deals and financial sponsor interest...more

Financial institutions M&A: Fintech

by White & Case LLP on

Current market - Upward, significant - Regulator and financial sponsor support is at an unprecedented high. Fintech is now regarded as an enabler rather than a disruptor...more

Financial institutions M&A: State-aided banks

by White & Case LLP on

Current market - Upward, significant - Increasing pressure from the ECB and local regulators— alongside challenges faced by government stability funds—is continuing to drive M&A ...more

Financial institutions M&A: Sector trends - Opportunities for M&A transactions in the European financial services sector - June...

by White & Case LLP on

Inorganic growth strategies are key to remaining competitive and winning market share in the European financial services sector. Almost a decade after the financial crisis, most European financial institutions are still...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 16th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 16, 2017 is below. Several interesting stories this week... Price-Fixing Technology the Subject of EU Regulators [PARITY] - ("Enforcers Must...more

European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2017

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to DLA Piper’s European Acquisition Finance Debt report 2017. This report, now in its eighth year, presents detailed results of our survey of 300 participants active in the European acquisition finance debt...more

Regulation Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2 May - The FCA published its Policy Statement on the FCA's disclosure rules following application of PRIIPs Regulation (PS17/6). The Policy Statement sets out how the FCA's disclosure requirements will change to reflect...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

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