Americas: US regulators, take note

Author: | Published: 24 Jan 2014

The number of Asian takeovers of large North American targets throughout 2013 tested the commercial and regulatory boundaries of inbound M&A. It also set some precedents for how authorities will react in these scenarios. This should allow new purchasers – worldwide, but especially from the east – to prepare for regulatory concerns.

The likes of Softbank's acquisition of Sprint, Shuanghui's purchase of Smithfield, and the takeover of Canadian gas and oil company Nexen by Chinese state owned enterprise (SOE) CNOOC all offer insight into what national regulators are looking for when they assess these deals.

The results accomplished in these large and well-publicised deals should also help...