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In the wake of continuing economic uncertainty, opportunities for acquisitions remain limited to companies and institutions on a stable financial footing. The sovereign debt crisis and the ongoing uncertainty over the fate of the eurozone are further contributing to the lack of confidence in the markets.
All is not doom and gloom, however, and whereas the global picture remains difficult, there are signs of hope. Emerging markets show a persistent growth in outbound investment, spurred on by a desire to build a more prominent global presence and for the purpose of accessing new markets. European targets remain of interest to both US and Middle and Far-Eastern buyers. Inbound investment from the emerging markets into both Africa and Australia is on the rise, and this has strengthened activity in the energy, mining and utilities sector. There is hope that, as political and economic factors stabilise, M&A activity will once more gather pace and momentum, and enter a new era of resurgence. We shall see.
Including an overview of the process as well as an indication of recent decisions, strategic considerations and likely upcoming developments in 62 jurisdictions as well as specialist chapters on topics such as Shareholders and Boards of Directors in US Mergers and Acquisitions and European Private Equity, The Mergers & Acquisitions Review provides insights valuable to both in-house and outside counsel involved in the review of cross-border transactions.