Deals analysis

  • Australia tightens review of agriculture FDI

    23 February 2015

    New rules that expand the Foreign Investment Review Board's approval of investments in agriculture follow growing concern that the sector needs more protection

News analysis

  • 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

  • Africa can’t shake FDI risk perceptions

    02 March 2015

    Political instability is slowing investment into Africa’s most promising markets and bilateral investment treaties do little to ease concerns, according to the general counsel of a global conglomerate

  • Barclays unlocks deal success

    24 February 2015

    The bank’s EMEA head of M&A, Matthew Ponsonby discusses the dealmaking environment for 2015

  • US M&A: bigger and better

    24 February 2015

    Sagent Advisors’ head of M&A discusses the key trends in the US market, and what to expect for the rest of 2015

  • UK takeover changes to boost transfer schemes

    23 February 2015

    The UK government’s plans to prohibit the use of cancellation schemes on takeovers is expected to lead to an increase in transfer schemes in the country

  • Telcos’ pitch to Europe’s antitrust authorities

    11 February 2015

    Executives at some of world’s biggest telcos have offered a glimpse of how they plan to obtain merger approval in the highly regulated European sector

  • China FDI consultation signals structural shift

    27 January 2015

    Lawyers agree that Mofcom's recent consultation introduces game-changing reforms that will facilitate foreign investment

  • What will drive M&A in 2015

    27 January 2015

    Commodity price pressure, divestments in the financial services sector and upcoming UK elections will drive dealmaking this year

  • Americas awards 2015: shortlist revealed

    20 January 2015

    The deal and team nominees for this year's ceremony have been announced

  • Canadian reforms to make poison pills redundant

    21 December 2014

    The latest version of a proposal to change the country's shareholder rights regime could render poison pills irrelevant

  • In-house: how to gain CMA merger approval

    10 December 2014

    Companies seeking merger approval from the new UK Competition and Markets Authority must prepare for a time-consuming process, with early involvement from competition counsel


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