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  • HK competition guidelines need clarity

    22 October 2014

    Hong Kong’s Competition Commission released its long-awaited draft guidelines this month. But more details are needed before they can be implemented

  • Antitrust compliance must be prioritised

    21 October 2014

    Major corporations are regularly failing to do more than pay lip service to their antitrust compliance programmes, according to panellists at an antitrust session during this week’s International Bar Association annual conference in Tokyo

  • Asia’s struggle with CSR

    21 October 2014

    Corporate social responsibility is a relatively new concept for most Asian jurisdictions. And because it tends to be governed by domestic regulations and corporate law, approaches across jurisdictions can differ drastically

  • Do activists raise shareholder value?

    21 October 2014

    There is mounting evidence that shareholder activism is gaining traction across the world. But there is little consensus on whether it is good policy to encourage the behaviour

  • Myanmar: worth the risk

    21 October 2014

    As international investors flock to the newly-opened country, companies must not lose sight of the risks of doing business in the frontier market.

  • FDI transcends Turkey's troubles

    16 October 2014

    Ilker Ayci, president of Turkey's Investment Support and Promotion Agency and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, discusses the reforms that continue to improve the country's FDI opportunities

  • Mexico's reversal of fortune

    09 October 2014

    An ambitious set of reforms could transform Mexico’s investment environment. Former ambassador to the EU and Nafta negotiator Jaime Zabludovsky explains what is needed to capitalise on the changes

  • Carve outs erode Australian Mac protections

    25 September 2014

    The effectiveness of material adverse change clauses are being whittled away in Australian public M&A, a recent report has revealed

  • Limited success for HKEx diversity rules

    24 September 2014

    Diversity requirements introduced by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange one year ago have had little effect, a new study has revealed

  • Canada’s plan to standardise takeover bids

    23 September 2014

    Boards may get more power to thwart takeover bids if a proposal by the country’s securities administrator is adopted next year. Notice of the proposal was released on September 11, with the full version expected in early 2015

  • Asian W&I insurance gathers steam

    27 August 2014

    Despite their popularity in Europe and the US, warranty and indemnity policies have failed to gain traction in Asia – even in riskier emerging jurisdictions

  • South Africa corporate governance slips

    27 August 2014

    Corporate governance practices in South African have worsened over the past 12 months, according to an annual survey released last week

  • What Kinder Morgan really means for MLPs

    27 August 2014

    The Houston-based company's decision to abandon the MLP structure that it pioneered has sparked debate about its future

  • Underweight investors: the worst of both worlds

    26 August 2014

    Investors that own a quantity of stock below its index weight may a pose greater and more immediate threat to companies than growing activism or short sellers, one of the OECD’s independent advisers has warned

  • 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

  • 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

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