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  • Cnooc, Petronas legacy for SOEs in Canada

    19 December 2012

    The Canadian government approved controlling acquisitions of strategically important oil sands by foreign SOEs on December 7. But its revised guidelines under the Investment Canada Act suggests greater scrutiny of SOE investments

  • China's anti-monopoly regime dissected

    30 November 2012

    The passage of China's anti-monopoly law in 2007 was tipped to be a game-changer. But as McDermott Will & Emery's Frank Schoneveld explains, it has received mixed reviews during its settling in period

  • LatAm SMEs to rival MNC’s project dominance

    20 November 2012

    Small and mid-sized companies in Latin America will drive the region’s growth in years to come, according to report issued on Friday by the OECD and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Why SOE’s shouldn’t be shunned - opinion

    20 November 2012

    Overseas’ investment initiatives by SOEs – especially those based in China – are coming under critical scrutiny by host governments in North America and Europe. Here's why it's unwarranted

  • Cnooc, Petronas’s lessons for SOE investment in Canada

    15 November 2012

    Since Canada’s government blocked the takeover of Progress Energy Resources by Malaysian state oil company Petronas last month, there have been concerns it would do the same for Cnooc bid for Nexen

  • Myanmar’s long-awaited foreign investment law analysed

    09 November 2012

    Investors have been pleasantly surprised by Myanmar’s new foreign investment law, signed on November 2. IFLR has obtained an unofficial translation of the statute

  • Australia FDI regime must change for Asia success

    01 November 2012

    The 'Australia in the Asian Century' white paper (White Paper) released October 28 signals the country’s intention to develop deeper relationships with Asia. But it must first clarify its foreign investment policies

  • Why Indonesian coal is best avoided

    22 October 2012

    Panelists at IFLR's Indonesia forum on why foreign investors should buy into Indonesia's coal market with caution

  • BRIC regulators defend their competition regimes

    18 October 2012

    Deals in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) have faced greater scrutiny in recent years, as merger review standards around the world have become more harmonised

  • Shanghai’s MNC policy reveals RMB convertibility plans

    18 October 2012

    Multinationals have further incentive to move their regional headquarters to Shanghai under new rules released by the city’s Ministry of Commerce. The rules also signal new measures for RMB convertibility

  • The best contractual mechanisms for European M&A today

    17 October 2012

    Social turmoil and regulatory forces have slowed growth in European M&A. In this environment, corporate lawyers recommend two contractual mechanisms to remove uncertainty in M&A transactions

  • Cfius review needs greater transparency - opinion

    11 October 2012

    Cfius review is a more frequent hurdle to foreign investment. Here, US counsel explain how the Agency could reduce uncertainty around its decisions

  • How market rumours shape global M&A

    01 October 2012

    With public M&A bidding rules varying from country to country, there is an uneven playing field developing for shareholders and boards from around the world

  • How to obtain ChinaCo/US merger approval

    20 September 2012

    Chinese companies have proposed several high-profile acquisitions of US companies this year. But the US foreign investment and antitrust regimes are challenging for those unfamiliar with US law

  • India retail liberalisation: market reaction

    20 September 2012

    In a raft of foreign direct investment reforms released last Friday, India’s Cabinet announced it would permit multi-brand retail on a state-by-state basis

  • Mofcom’s VIE mention overhyped

    06 September 2012

    Mofcom's mention of the variable interest equity structure in its recent Wal-Mart review is important. But its implications have been exaggerated

  • US conditions peak for tax-free M&A

    06 September 2012

    The US M&A market is primed for use of a bespoke, tax-free sales structure known as a reverse morris trust

  • Asia M&A trends analysed

    23 August 2012

    As Dutch bank ABN AMRO opened its escrow and settlement services in Hong Kong this month, Asia lawyers outline why the escrow business is growing in Asia

  • Canadian boards want proxy recommendation rebuttals

    23 August 2012

    Canadian directors will have the chance to respond to negative vote recommendations by proxy advisory firms if the Canadian Securities Administrators defer to their requests

  • What to watch under India’s new companies law

    09 August 2012

    Indian lawyers eagerly await the passage of India’s Companies Bill 2011 to replace the outdated Companies Act 1956. But they are concerned by the new law’s corporate-social responsibility (CSR) requirement and layering restrictions

  • Foreign companies now more exposed to US antitrust law

    26 July 2012

    Foreign companies are more exposed to US antitrust law following a recent appellate court decision that overturned precedent. More extraterritorial class action civil suits and higher fines are expected

  • India natural resources M&A: what lawyers want to see

    17 July 2012

    Indian market players urged an increase in Indian private sector undertakings’ natural resources M&A activity at IFLR’s India Outbound Investment Forum. Here’s why

  • India outbound M&A financing: why corporates should look beyond LBOs

    17 July 2012

    Participants in IFLR’s India Outbound Investment Forum said that they are looking towards new methods of financing.

  • Takeover Code extension: tips for bidders

    17 July 2012

    The UK Takeover Panel's consultation on new proposals to extend the Takeover Code's jurisdiction is set to have a wide impact. Here's what companies need to know

  • Canada TMX sale wins competition bureau approval

    12 July 2012

    The Canadian Competition Bureau has approved Maple Group’s bid for TMX without conditions, despite earlier concerns over potential favoritism

  • Why Chilean mergers risk higher fines

    12 July 2012

    The National Economic Prosecutor's unprecedented request for a fine in a Chilean merger has raised concerns of higher costs and longer closing periods

  • How Indian corporates can benefit from the euro crisis

    09 July 2012

    Indian corporates have historically looked towards Europe for acquisitions. Practitioners at IFLR’s India Outbound Investment Forum explained how they can exploit the euro crisis

  • India M&A: how to handle the aftermath of an outbound acquisition

    09 July 2012

    How to handle the post-closing period of an Indian outbound acquisition