Deals analysis

  • Europe’s 4-to-3 merger precedent

    22 October 2014

    The creation of Europe’s second biggest telecommunications company sets a new benchmark for antitrust clearance in the region, and paves the way for more consolidation in this year’s already busy telecom sector

  • Charitable giving shapes Bain/Toms JV structure

    23 September 2014

    Bain Capital’s acquisition of 50% of socially-conscious Toms Shoes demonstrates how charitable giving can be built into a corporate structure

  • David Jones scheme clarifies Aus collateral benefits

    11 August 2014

    Woolworths South Africa’s acquisition of 100% shares in the department store has clarified Australia’s collateral benefits regime under schemes

News analysis

  • 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

  • Global M&A’s biggest threat revealed

    28 November 2014

    European companies competing in the global M&A market believe increasingly tight antitrust regimes are the biggest hurdle facing international dealmakers, according to a new report by Paul Hastings

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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