M&A and private equity

Author: | Published: 1 Jul 2007
Do you think some companies have overestimated their pension deficits to ward off private equity?
Do you think there is more protectionism in European M&A than five years ago?

Fifty-nine per cent of European corporate counsel surveyed think there is more protectionism in European M&A than there was five years ago.

In the last year, there has been a flurry of high-profile reports on protectionism. E.On's bid for Spanish energy company Endesa rumbled on for months and was only resolved in the last few weeks. Enel's targeting of French and Belgian utility company Suez was muscled out by a French government-approved merger of Gaz de France and Suez in February 2006....