DUTCH UPDATE: Crystal Ball Gazing 2020

Crystal Ball Gazing 2020 2020 introduces a new decade, one which already promises to be an exciting one for the legal sector and society in general.  In this special newsletter, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek gazes into the crystal ball and highlights some of the more important trends and developments which could very well affect or … Continued

This newsletter was co-authored by Marnix Leijten (Managing Partner), Anja Mutsaers (Partner) and Dorothee van Vredenburch (Executive Partner) at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.


ESG UPDATE – Accelerating ESG Disclosure—WEF Task Force Releases Preliminary Framework Centered on Mainstream Reporting Aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerating ESG Disclosure— WEF Task Force Releases Preliminary Framework Centered on Mainstream Reporting Aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals Reflecting the growing push among investors, asset managers, companies and other stakeholders for a standardized ESG disclosure framework, a task force sponsored by the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has released … Continued

This article was co-authored by David M. Silk, Sabastian V. Niles and Carmen X.W. Lu of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.



Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A volume approached US$3.9 trillion in 2019, the third highest annual total in the last decade, despite increasing global economic and political headwinds. Strong economic growth, low interest rates, record amounts of private equity dry powder and the availability of corporate cash fueled global M&A in 2019. The boom was strongest in … Continued

Editors' Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the XBMA Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.


DUTCH UPDATE: Dutch Supreme Court Orders Government to Achieve 25% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On December 20, 2019 the highest court of the Netherlands upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that insufficient action to address climate change posed a “risk of irreversible changes to the worldwide ecosystems and liveability of our planet” and a “serious risk that the current generation of citizens will be confronted with loss … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by Leo Groothuis and Freerk Vermeulen, partners at NautaDutilh.


In Memory of William T. Allen

XBMA mourns the passing of our founding director, colleague and friend William T. Allen.  Bill was integral to the creation of XBMA.  His vision and interest in fostering dialogue among principals, advisors and scholars in corporate law, M&A and investments, his leadership at NYU, and his deep personal and professional relationships with both the Guanghua … Continued

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