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  • Appraisal litigation raises merger costs

    02 September 2015

    A growing number of sophisticated investors are bringing cases against M&A targets to increase their payout. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's David Berger explains what's behind the trend

  • IFLR Middle East awards 2015: shortlist announced

    25 August 2015

    The nominees for this year's Middle East awards have been announced. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on October 28 at the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

  • India backtracks on consolidated investment caps

    29 July 2015

    Streamlining separate caps for foreign institutional investors and foreign direct investors will boost the country's financial markets infrastructure. But the rumoured exclusion of the banking sector would negate much the reform's impact

  • AOL/Verizon appraisal litigation assessed

    28 July 2015

    The deal closed in just 42 days. It followed 12 months of speculation that the AOL was a prime takeover target, yet the merger has still raised valuation concerns

  • Singapore codifies F&N takeover precedent

    14 July 2015

    Amendments to the Takeover Code follow recent UK and Hong Kong changes. They also clarify processes established during the contested takeover of Fraser and Neave

  • UAE companies reform fails to deliver

    14 July 2015

    The new legislation lacks clarity and doesn’t address the Gulf state’s hottest corporate topic: foreign direct ownership

  • US M&A is back

    14 July 2015

    The first half of 2015 has seen activity reach highs not seen since 2007. The catalyst is a combination of unique post-crisis trends.

  • Vietnam builds hopes on FDI reforms

    14 July 2015

    A flurry of changes to the foreign investment regime is hoped to ease the path for potential market entrants

  • M&A needs more human rights diligence

    01 July 2015

    Both strategic and financial investors must carry out human rights due diligence to mitigate litigation and reputational risk

  • US rule of law blocks trump China

    01 July 2015

    A global survey has revealed that foreign investors are more likely to encounter rule of law issues in the US than China

  • ISDS and TTIP: why all the fuss?

    17 June 2015

    Last week’s delay of the European Parliament’s vote on the US-EU trade pact has created new impetus to debunk myths surrounding its most contentious provision – investor-state dispute settlement

  • GTECH-IGT tests EU Merger Directive

    03 June 2015

    The deal that created one of the world’s biggest gaming groups is the first to use the EU Cross-Border Merger Directive, and has drawn the US into Europe’s loyalty-based shares debate.

  • EC tougher than Mofcom on merger clearance

    02 June 2015

    A recent report by Linklaters reveals that merger control enforcement rates are higher in the EU than the US and China

  • Russia civil code changes diluted by court discretion

    02 June 2015

    Amendments took effect this week, introducing reps and warranties, indemnities and options into M&A practice. But meaningful change will have to wait until courts rule on the discretionary features of the changes

  • Korea proposes lifting FDI caps

    27 May 2015

    The government is trying to attract more foreign investors by streamlining filing procedures and liberalising restricted sectors

  • India’s insider trading rules send mixed M&A messages

    20 May 2015

    The country's new regulations came into force on May 15. Their stricter approach will boost market integrity, but may have an adverse effect on deal-making

  • Farc negotiations key to Colombian FDI

    19 May 2015

    For the business community, much hinges on the peace talks between the government and guerrilla organisation Farc. Some compare the strategy to that used in M&A negotiations

  • Liability risks jeopardise Petrobras asset sale

    05 May 2015

    Buyers interested in business lines and assets being sold by Brazil’s state-run oil company need to beware the corruption liability they may assume

  • How to contract with Indonesian counterparties

    30 April 2015

    Foreign investors face difficulties enforcing contractual obligations in Indonesia. But it’s possible to anticipate many issues at the drafting stage

  • Pro-seller M&A structures on the rise

    01 April 2015

    Sellers in European M&A deals took on less risk in 2014 as the region saw a major uplift in M&A deal value, according to a study by CMS Cameron McKenna

  • Singapore's CCS blocks merger for first time

    31 March 2015

    On March 16 the Competition Commission of Singapore provisionally blocked a merger for the first time. Lawyers expect the regulator to become more active in this space

  • HK Competition Commission announces launch dates

    27 March 2015

    The Hong Kong Competition Commission will be ready to start operating this year, according to its chairperson Anna Wu

  • A discusssion with EC's Esteva Mosso

    24 March 2015

    The acting deputy director-general for mergers at the EC’s Directorate-General for Competition discusses key cases and its priorities for 2015

  • Beware successor liabilities in LatAm

    24 March 2015

    Local regulators’ and courts’ approach to successor liabilities means distressed M&A opportunities may not be a sweet as they first appear

  • Comesa Competition Commission's rapid evolution

    24 March 2015

    The regulator's head of M&A, Willard Mwemba, discusses how the body’s merger review process has evolved since its launch in January 2013

  • Onwards and upwards for Indonesian antitrust

    24 March 2015

    Nawir Messi, chairman of Indonesia’s Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition, spoke with IFLR about its growing role

  • Chinese buyers focus on JV enforceability

    12 March 2015

    Lawyers at IFLR’s M&A Forum this week explained how joint venture partners in common law jurisdictions can protect themselves

  • Asia M&A needs PR strategy

    11 March 2015

    In Europe and the US, public relations agencies are often an integral part of the M&A process – on both the buyside and sellside. Dealmakers in Asia should look to follow suit

  • How to draft disputes clauses in Asian SPAs

    11 March 2015

    To maximise the enforceability of dispute clauses, special consideration is needed for deals involving Asia’s cross-border businesses, which span national judicial systems at different stages of development and different legal frameworks

  • The evolution of Asia deal protections

    11 March 2015

    Panellists at IFLR’s Asia M&A Forum agreed that Macs are rarely triggered, despite their popularity, and that protections involving payment are a better option

  • Asia M&A forum day one: key takeaways

    10 March 2015

    In case you missed the first day of IFLR’s Asia M&A forum, being held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong, here are the key takeaways from today’s panels

  • Draft law benefits Myanmar FDI

    10 March 2015

    Lawyers agree that the second draft of Myanmar’s investment law includes positive developments that will encourage foreign investors to move into the frontier. It is an improvement over the previous regulations

  • Buyer power drives Aussie M&A deal protections

    09 March 2015

    A King & Wood Mallesons survey has revealed that Australia’s private M&A terms remain buyer-friendly despite an increasingly competitive environment



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