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

Hong Kong skyline

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” …

Brazil’s ‘Turmoil period’

Practice area spotlight: M&A

South America’s largest country must emerge from its recession years and come up with sound economic policies to once more gain the trust of the international M&A community, writes Thiago Barbosa Sandim of Demarest Avogados

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Brazil and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? I would say the legal market is showing surprising levels of resilience and growth for a country in such a turmoil for such a long per iod. The compound annual growth rate of our …

BVI firms have weathered recent storms to see an increase in tech M&A

Practice area spotlight: M&A

The jurisdiction also remains popular for ICOs of cryptocurrencies and special purpose acquisition vehicles, advise David Clark and Brittany Cummings

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in the BVI and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The BVI suffered severe damage in Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. In the aftermath of the storms, the financial services community formed an alliance and worked together to ensure the safety …

Competition is high in Bulgaria’s accelerating M&A market

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Clients’ expectations are pushing firms to take a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional approach, explain Deloitte Legal’s Reneta Petkova, Kaloyan Yordanov, Nikolay Kolev and Hristo Milushev

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Bulgaria and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The high level of competition in the Bulgarian market, which includes both well-established local players and international law firms, has brought down the price for legal services and underscored the need for effectiveness as …

Making deals in the Caymans

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Cayman Islands aerial view

Appleby’s Jacob MacAdam and Dean Bennett talk legislative reform, M&A restructurings, Brexit and why young lawyers need to trust their judgement

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in the Cayman Islands and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? 2018 has seen the continuation of an unprecedented period of deal making across all sectors. The global conditions that drove M&A activity in 2017 remain at the time of writing – buyers …

Common law alignment

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Cyprus England handshake

Similarities between the Cypriot and English legal systems may lead to an increase in inbound cross-border mergers post-Brexit, predict EY Law Cyprus’ Charalambos G. Prountzos, Iacovos Kouppas and George Hadjikyprianou

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Cyprus and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The main legal framework for M&A transactions (both for private and public companies) in Cyprus is provided by English common law principles and statutory provisions, primarily, the Cyprus Companies Law, Cap 113 as subsequently …

Keeping the pace with modern business in Guernsey

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Aerial shot of cliffside property

Private equity funds and buy-out firms are driving a significant amount of M&A activity, while schemes of arrangement have become a popular means for effecting deals, write Andrew Harding and Jeremy Berchem

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Guernsey and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The local M&A market in Guernsey was relatively active throughout 2017, and this has continued well into 2018. We would characte rise the market as, for the most part, a “seller’s market”, with a …

Austria’s strong and stable market

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Markus Fellner considers the challenge in representing buyers in auction process, an increased use of W&I insurance, and why young lawyers should not focus too closely on the AI debate

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Austria and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? While the number of transactions has remained steady at a high level (approximately 180 transactions in the first half of 2018), the deal volume for the first half of 2018 has reached an all-time …

Bermuda firms watch the digital assets space

Practice area spotlight: M&A

Lawyers must learn to adapt to the differences between jurisdictions and to
work effectively with onshore counsel, suggest Matt Ebbs-Brewer and Gary Harris

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Bermuda and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? Bermuda’s legal market has been subject to a recent spate of growth with new participants entering the market. As attorneys with an existing practice, we have to continue to ensure that our clients receive …