Deals analysis

  • Closer China-Taiwan ties don't extend to M&A regulations

    26 February 2011

    Closer China-Taiwan ties suggest tighter collaboration between similar industries and operating groups, but not necessarily more feasible regulations and procedures in cross-border M&A

  • How PepsiCo took on Russia

    26 February 2011

    PepsiCo’s latest acquisition streamlined US and Russian securities laws and negotiating deal protections with little precedent

  • Federal Reserve’s struggle with transformational mergers

    25 February 2011

    Northeast Bancorp’s merger is a warning of the lengths now needed to obtain Federal Reserve Board (FRB) approval for transformational bank mergers.

  • Taiwan sale suffers from heavy conditions

    21 February 2011

    Carlyle’s sale of a majority interest in Kbro featured a number of onerous buyer conditions – an ominous sign for future private equity deals in the country

  • Debt financing first for India inbound M&A

    20 February 2011

    India’s biggest technology M&A deal to date has been backed by a rare debt-based financing structure.

  • OMV: how Turkish M&A is changing

    18 February 2011

    Lawyers on OMV's acquisition of a controlling interest in Turkey’s dominant petrol distributor encountered changes to foreign investment, listing and petroleum regulations

  • Deal trends: China M&A

    17 February 2011

    The country has introduced its formal national security regime. But practitioners remain cautious as to the clarity and scope of the rules outlined by PRC authorities

  • First bankruptcy sale of US bank

    11 February 2011

    The sale of AmWest used a novel sale structure that avoids the target being placed into receivership. The deal could have set the groundwork for bigger bank sales

  • Aker/Jacobs reveals M&A shifts

    09 February 2011

    Jacobs Engineering’s acquisition of Aker Solutions’ core process and construction businesses for $675 million signals adjustments in European and US transactions

  • Bridge loan saves China-Brazil deal

    09 February 2011

    Lawyers have closed State Grid Corporation of China’s landmark Brazilian acquisition using price and debt mechanisms to overcome a last minute hurdle

  • Domestic SME, private equity drive Russian M&A

    08 February 2011

    Post-crisis Russian M&A has been driven by domestic small to mid-cap deals, and private equity picking up through minority investments

  • Polish takeover tests branch-to-bank law

    03 February 2011

    Raiffeisen’s takeover of EFG's Polish branch requires the target to convert to a licensed bank – a process to be enabled by a bill still in external consultation

News analysis

  • It’s not broken: why fix it?

    22 February 2011

    It’s hard to see what real advantages a mandatory notification system could bring

  • When just listening is a problem

    22 February 2011

    The EC’s horizontal agreement guidelines could catch parties which receive strategic information – even if they didn’t seek it or reciprocate