Mergers & acquisitions


Financier Worldwide Magazine

June 2014 Issue

June 2014 Issue

Global M&A volume dropped slightly in 2013, with a number of factors including shareholder activism, economic uncertainty and regulatory intervention taking their toll. Deal volume fell 2 percent year on year, dropping to its lowest level since 2009. However, 2014 already looks to be far more encouraging.  The first quarter alone saw a number of high value deals announced, with more in the pipeline. Indeed, a set of conditions appear to be emerging which will undoubtedly prove favourable for increased M&A activity throughout the year. Significant levels of cash on corporate balance sheets, increased confidence in the wider global economy, and persistently low interest rates should all contribute to a improved atmosphere for M&A activity.

FORUM: Valuations and fairness opinions in M&A

FW moderates a discussion on valuations and fairness opinions in M&A between Nancy Czaplinski at American Appraisal, James Dimech-DeBono at Grant Thornton UK LLP, Jennifer Muller at Houlihan Lokey, and Andreas Mackenstedt at PwC.

A favourable market for sellers

Ropes & Gray Increased deal activity has been spurred by a surplus of private equity and strategic capital poised for investment, generally supportive debt markets, buoyant public equity markets and a focus on roll-up and consolidation strategies…

Getting closure: deal certainty in an uncertain market

Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP Closing the deal requires a combination of skills: legal, commercial, organisational, relationship-building; plus the sheer, bloody-minded, ability to push a transaction across the line. Equally important for buyers and sellers, the global financial crisis has…

Managing M&A transaction risk

K&L Gates Melbourne The key role of lawyers in any M&A transaction is the management of transaction risk. A lawyer’s role is to identify risk, inform and advise their client of that risk and then, through a variety of means, allocate that risk...

Due diligence in M&A

Proven Legal Technologies When companies enter into mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures or any sort of corporate deal, it is often assumed that this process is a win-win situation for all parties. However, this is not always the case…

Increasingly complex M&A in the technology sector puts the spotlight on effective due diligence to drive success

FTI Consulting It is evident from the most casual glance at the news headlines that the European technology sector is experiencing a surge in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity levels in both the volume and value of deals…

Antitrust compliance in the United States

Hogan Lovells US LLP Section 7 of the Clayton Act prohibits transactions whose effect “may be substantially to lessen competition, or to tend to create a monopoly”. Section 7A of the Clayton Act provides a particularly useful tool to the…

Asset deals: issues in connection with the Swiss Merger Act

Prager Dreifuss Ltd The Swiss Merger Act entered into force on 1 July 2004. One of its goals was to facilitate the transfer of assets and liabilities. However, nearly 10 years after the coming into force of the MA several aspects of the law remain controversial…

Who are my Australian associates?

Clayton Utz Overseas investors into Australia often have difficulty coming to grips with our ‘association’ rules. Broadly speaking, these rules effectively aggregate the shareholdings of separate shareholders who fall within the Corporations Act’s definition of ‘associates’…

Q&A: Financing options in M&A

FW moderates a discussion on financing options in M&A between Andrew Cheng at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Chuck Yamarone at Houlihan Lokey, Andreas Moll at Prager Dreifuss Ltd, and Sabrina Rusnak-Carlson at Proskauer Rose LLP.


American Appraisal

FTI Consulting

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Houlihan Lokey

Prager Dreifuss Ltd.


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