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  • Why UK activism is here to stay

    18 August 2014

    Activism and engagement have long outlived the shareholder spring of 2012. Skadden's Scott Hopkins and Lorenzo Corte explain why UK boards must prepare to become more responsive

  • Blurring EU merger control's bright lines

    15 August 2014

    The European Commission wants powers to intervene in minority acquisitions. Linklaters' Jonas Koponen and Isabel Rooms analyse the proposals

  • Should shareholders have a voice?

    15 August 2014

    In this installment of Corporate Governance Quarterly, K&L Gates' David Bernstein explains why most stockholders of public companies are temporary investors, not owners

  • Inversion bills spark new closing conditions

    12 August 2014

    M&A parties are using new conditions precedent to protect against the effects of anti-inversion laws proposed in the US earlier this year

  • New voting rights in Nigerian M&A

    07 August 2014

    Proposed changes that empower minority shareholders could have unintended side effects. Ogonna Chinedu-Eze, Ozofu Ogiemudia and Folake Elias-Adebowale of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie explain why

  • France builds protectionist barriers

    01 August 2014

    Décret Alstom reinforces France’s control over inbound foreign investment. Despite its dubious motivations, the European Commission has approved the reform

  • Cfius subject to new due process requirements

    29 July 2014

    George Wang of Haynes and Boone explains how a recent US ruling could improve foreign companies’ procedural rights in having deals approved by the opaque regulator

  • Russia/Yukos ruling shows BITs have teeth

    29 July 2014

    Monday’s $50 billion ruling against Russia for expropriating the assets of former oil company Yukos is the largest arbitral award in history

  • Slim sell-offs sidestep Mexico telecom reforms

    29 July 2014

    Mexico’s new telecommunications law is intended to curb the influence of the sector’s major players. But its future could still be dictated by how Carlos Slim chooses to downsize his holdings

  • Indian FDI in the balance

    15 July 2014

    The Reserve Bank of India’s relaxation of rules for foreign investment further signals the central bank’s desire to increase outbound investment. But the country still faces challenges in its bid to channel inbound investment

  • Questions under Myanmar’s competition bill

    15 July 2014

    Myanmar’s recently released competition bill broadly follows global standards, but counsel are awaiting implementing regulations to assess the country’s merger review regime

  • Why UK Takeover Code changes won't work

    15 July 2014

    UK business secretary Vince Cable’s plans to strengthen Britain’s Takeover Code have been described by London partners as ‘posturing’, with any tangible change in approach deemed unlikely

  • Canadian hostile defence options grow

    17 June 2014

    Proposals under review by the Canadian Securities Administrators could expand boards’ tactics when facing hostile takeover bids. Directors’ growing willingness to engage with activists is already helping head off some possible fights

  • IFC to revamp African corporate governance

    03 June 2014

    Roman Zyla, head of the IFC's new African Corporate Governance Programme, reveals an ambitious agenda to improve practices across the continent

  • Inversion fear threatens M&A renaissance

    07 May 2014

    As inversion transactions look set to be major trend, regulatory fears are once again ramping up. But concerns may not always be justified

  • FCA expected to curb delisting

    30 April 2014

    The UK Financial Conduct Authority’s expected May 1 approval of listing rule changes will curb the power of majority shareholders and further protect minorities

  • Europe boards counter rising shareholder activism

    09 April 2014

    As shareholder activism continues to grow in Europe, companies are taking a more proactive approach to engagement to ward off corporate raiders

  • Shareholder ID plan riddled with flaws

    08 April 2014

    The European Commission’s latest plans to give companies new rights to identify shareholders are riddled with difficulties, according to key industry participants

  • What Indonesia BIT termination means for investors

    27 March 2014

    Foreign investors will lose an important protection mechanism if the country terminates all of its bilateral investment treaties

  • Why Macs don’t matter in Asian M&A

    03 March 2014

    Material adverse change clauses are becoming more common in Asian M&A. But as long as enforceability remains a question, it’s unclear whether the deal protection will take off in the region

  • IFLR Asia M&A Forum: Day 2 highlights

    26 February 2014

    The key takeaways from the final day of IFLR's Asia M&A Forum in Hong Kong

  • New Argentinian law further restricts FDI

    26 February 2014

    The Supreme Court of Argentina's decision to uphold the 2009 Broadcast Media Law will force the country’s largest media companies to restructure their businesses

  • IFLR Asia M&A Forum: Day 1 highlights

    25 February 2014

    The key takeways from the first day of IFLR's Asia M&A Forum in Hong Kong

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