Life sciences and tech lead the way in UK M&A

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Simon Briggs, Jonathan Angell, Sean Geraghty and Andrew Harrow expect a post-Brexit dip in M&A activity, only for the market to rise again once the landscape is less uncertain

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in the UK and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? Our London M&A practice is a combination of UK and cross-border transactions, so our deal flow remains robust both in the corporate and private equity sectors. Brexit has had some impact on transaction …

Sweden’s M&A boom

Practice area spotlight: M&A

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Erik Fahlgren, Carl-Johan Pousette and Marcus Tipner predict further growth in a country that is already experiencing an increase in work, both domestically and internationally

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Sweden and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The Swedish M&A market (both private and public) is booming and we have noticed a dramatic increase in our M&A practice. The use of M&A/W&I insurance continue to increase in the Swedish market, which …

The US drive to consolidation

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Cravath’s Richard Hall highlights the US market’s pursuit of size as a strategic imperative, and the challenge posed by rising nationalism and protectionism

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in the United States and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The M&A legal market in the United States remains generally quite strong. Although transaction volumes are down slightly from a peak in 2015, the level of activity is still quite robust. Overall …

A maturing Myanmar

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Takeshi Mukawa, Kana Manabe and Win Naing consider how recent legislative changes will make Myanmar a more attractive M&A market

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Myanmar and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The legal market has been developing rapidly since Myanmar opened to foreign investment in 2011. A number of international firms headquartered in both common and civil law jurisdictions, such as Japan, England and Singapore, …

Russia’s tale of cautious optimism

Practice area spotlight: M&A

King & Spalding’s Sergey Komolov, managing partner, and Ilya Zotkin, of counsel, discuss the latest challenges facing M&A lawyers, including client expectations and the redistribution of market share

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Russia and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The legal market in Russia and, more specifically, the M&A practice area generally follow and are influenced by the relevant economic and political drivers. Political turmoil (including continued and worsening budgetary problems), geopolitical tensions, …

Seeing value in Vietnam

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Vietnam’s M&A market is on an upward trajectory. Frasers Law Company’s
Justin Gisz, Pham Thanh Mai and Nguyen Thi Minh Ha explain why

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Vietnam and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The legal market in Vietnam is stronger and more vibrant than ever before and is growing rapidly. The growth of the legal market is a corollary of the rapid development and expansion of Vietnam’s …

Listing rules boost to Hong Kong M&A

Practice area spotlight: M&A

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Deals involving Chinese buyers are also likely to increase as a result of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, say Nicholas Davies, Vincent Chan and Alison Thomson

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Hong Kong and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The recent changes to the Hong Kong Listing Rules allow biotech issuers who do not meet the financial eligibility tests to be listed, and permit the listing of companies with “weighted voting right” …

Why India’s ‘fly-in, fly-out’ judgment leaves much to be desired

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Samridh Bhardwaj, managing associate in Remfry & Sagar’s corporate team, breaks down the Supreme Court of India’s latest much-talked-about decision

Why is this latest Supreme Court ruling so important for the legal market? Globalisation has necessitated cross-border transactions with diverse commercial objectives. Multinational commerce requires private parties to deliberate on cross-jurisdictional legal issues which in turn require reliance on legal service providers from across the world. As a result, many foreign as well as Indian …

Taking advantage of uncertain times

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Ireland’s M&A market has remained buoyant, despite Brexit and international politics stateside, explains Arthur Cox’s Geoff Moore, Christopher McLaughlin and Brian Doherty

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Ireland and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? M&A activity in Ireland has been strong and both domestic and international buyers have been active with a number of inbound and outbound strategic acquisitions being made, including by Allergan, CRH, Eir, and Mallinckrodt. …

What does the future hold for Japan’s M&A market?

Practice area spotlight: M&A

As its domestic market shrinks, the recent EU-Japanese Economic Partnership Agreement set a positive signal for Japan’s cross-border M&A market, write Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Kei Asatsuma, Shuichi Nishimura and Kuhlmann Axel

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Japan and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The Japanese legal market remains very business and investment friendly. One of the most significant changes in the past was the introduction of 2015’s Corporate Governance Code, with the goal of promoting sustainable corporate …