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The Mergers & Acquisitions Review brings together the expertise of local counsel in 58 of the most significant international jurisdictions to analyse this year’s most interesting deals and cases and the commercial implications of legal and market developments around the world.
After a prolonged period of uncertainty and decreased M&A activity, deal-making is undergoing something of a resurgence. Over the course of recent years, corporations across the world have been carefully navigating the economic downturn and attempting to consolidate their positions. Recently, the market has proved more conducive to M&A and, at least in the first half year, confidence seems to be returning.
It would be premature, however, to suggest that M&A has completed a Lazarus-like revival. The recovery of deal-making is in its infancy and it is still highly susceptible to external forces. A number of major political and economic factors may impede sustained M&A activity, and could even force it to retreat. In short, economists remain uncertain about the health of M&A, and have not ruled out short-term stagnation in deal value and volume, as a precursor to the dawning of an M&A renaissance further down the line.
Includes specialist chapters on: ‘EU Competition’, ‘European Private Equity’, ‘US Antitrust’, ‘US Private Equity’, ‘US Energy Transactions’ and ‘Shareholders and Boards of Directors in US M&A’.