Insurance and drinks cans aren’t usually the most scintillating of topics. But they’ve certainly had tongues wagging among public M&A lawyers over the past couple of weeks.
There’s no denying it has been a sluggish few years for the public M&A market. Not only has the total volume of deals plummeted, but their value has also slipped on a downward trajectory. Unsurprisingly, the amount of fees shelled out to the legal advisers with a foothold in the market has also dropped.
It has been four years since the Arab Spring shook up the political and economic map of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
When BT opted to announce a £12.5bn industry-shaking marriage with EE, it looked as if its other budding suitor O2 was going to be left by the wayside.
Bitcoin is still somewhat of a mystery to many. But one firm has helped the electronic currency to become a little more transparent.
Offshore Case Digest: issue 8 download subscription
A high-level summary of the major commercial cases decided in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.
Cyber security update: SEC and FINRA publications, data breach at Anthem, LinkedIn settlement and more download subscription
HFN highlights several recent developments and trends in the cyber-security sphere which are expected to remain in regulatory focus during the course of the year.
US and UK share purchases – what’s the difference? download subscription
Ah, the UK and the US: two countries separated by a common language. And that’s definitely the case with share purchases where there are some subtle – and some fundamental – differences in the way the two jurisdictions approach the acquisition of a company.
M&A activity offshore rose to record levels in 2014, with aggregate deal value up 63 per cent compared to 2013 and deal volume at the third-highest in the last decade.
There were an eclectic bunch of hot topics on the agenda on the closing day of the Global Law Summit, ranging from human rights to bribery and shareholder activism.
Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms to win a spot advising on the initial public offering of challenger bank Aldermore.
Technology M&A is leading the way in Israel as foreign companies clamour to invest, but will a regulator’s U-turn put the brakes on growth?
While deal numbers were up last year, their value rocketed – and this time it’s not the US firms taking the lion’s share.
Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.