News analysis

  • Germany must use protectionism sparingly

    21 Aug 2008

    Foreign investors should not fear Germany's new legislation to monitor foreign investment, but the federal government has a responsibility to apply its new powers conservatively

  • Schaeffler technique allowed to continue

    21 Aug 2008

    German shareholder groups are in uproar over Schaeffler's use of cash swaps in its offer for Continental. But calls for regulation are falling on deaf ears because effective rules would prove difficult to create

  • US private equity breaks into banks

    15 Aug 2008

    Private equity houses will follow JC Flowers' lead after it found a way to bypass legislation to invest in distressed banks

  • China's competition law is short and vague

    07 Aug 2008

    China's publication of threshold figures for competition clearance is welcome. But most of the draft law's clarity has been left out

  • Chinese turnover thresholds still too low

    07 Aug 2008

    China's higher threshold limits for competition clearance are laudable. But they may still be too low.

  • US banks should change their CFD terms

    07 Aug 2008

    Derivative poison pills may face questions of validity in court, but US banks should change the terms of their CFDs anyway

  • Derivative poison pills could be invalid

    06 Aug 2008

    Despite recent reports, US companies will not be rushing to change their shareholder rights plans in the wake of the CSX case. The poison pills would punish the wrong parties and could be invalid

  • Hong Kong makes listing exception

    05 Aug 2008

    Hong Kong's Securities and Future Commission's has approved State Street Global Advisors' fund to track the price of gold, despite its failure to meet the usual requirements for fund diversification