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FRENCH UPDATE – Shareholder Activism and Governance in France: Proposed Reforms

The Finance Commission of the French National Assembly has announced a report that will recommend reforms to French securities market regulations to address shareholder activism and market transparency.  The report’s recommendations focus on responding to the excesses of activists in the French market with enhanced disclosure, reduced asymmetry of regulation between activist investors and French public … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Theodore N. Mirvis, Adam O. Emmerich, Sabastian V. Niles and John L. Robinson of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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EUROPEAN UPDATE – Guide to Public Takeovers in Europe 2016-2017

Executive Summary: The guide has been updated to reflect legal and regulatory changes made to the national takeover regimes since it was last published in April 2013. The Takeover Directive has been implemented in all of the countries which are covered. Its aim is to provide equivalent protection throughout the EU for minority shareholders of companies listed on an … Continued

Editors' Note: This guide summarises the main characteristics of the French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and UK laws and regulations applying to public takeover offers as they stood at June 2016.

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FRENCH UPDATE – Cross-Border Mergers Into and Out of France

Executive Summary/Highlights This memorandum describes the procedure and effects of a cross-border merger pursuant to Directive 2005/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies (the “Cross-Border Merger Directive”), as transposed into French law.  We focus on the French corporate law aspects of such … Continued

Editors' Note: Bertrand Cardi, a partner at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable, contributed this article. Bertrand Cardi, Ben Burman, Forrest G. Alogna, partners, and Laurent Gautier and Damien Catoir, of counsel, of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, authored the following article. Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is the leading firm in France in the practice of M&A and Takeovers.

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FRENCH UPDATE – M&A: Key Takeaways for Dealmakers on the Modernization of French Contract Law

Executive Summary/Highlights: October 1 saw the coming into effect of the most significant reform of French contract law since the Napoleonic code was first promulgated in 1804.  We survey below some of the key takeaways for dealmakers. The reform was notably motivated by a desire to maintain the attractiveness of French law. One of the … Continued

Editors’ Note: Bertrand Cardi, a partner at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable, contributed this article. Laurent Aynès, Emmanuel Brochier, Bertrand Cardi and Forrest G. Alogna, partners of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, authored the following article. Laurent Aynès is a preeminent contracts law scholar and one of the most highly-regarded civil law lawyers in Europe. Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is the leading firm in France in the practice of M&A and Takeovers.

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FRENCH UPDATE – Activist Strategies and Defenses in France

Executive Summary: Sitting in France, reports of the decline of activism in Europe appear somewhat exaggerated, just as the predictions of a few years ago of an impending wave of U.S.-style activist activity in Europe were equally overstated. In contrast to the rapid rise of activism in the United States, the level of activism in France … Continued

Editors’ Note: Alain Maillot and Bertrand Cardi are partners of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and members of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Bertrand Cardi, Benjamin Burman and Forrest Alogna, partners of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, authored the following article with the assistance of associate Damien Catoir.

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French Update – Recent Legal Developments Affecting French Tender Offers

Executive Summary: 2014 witnessed significant changes to the laws and regulations governing public tender offers in France.  Among the more notable changes were: “passivity rule”: the reversal of France’s 2006 opt-in to the Takeover Directive’s version of the English “passivity rule”; double voting rights: the default rule for listed companies now provides double voting rights for all … Continued

Editors’ Note:  Bertrand Cardi is a partner of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Mr. Cardi, Benjamin Burman and Forrest Alogna, partners of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, authored the following article along with their associate Nicolas Mennesson.  Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is the leading firm in France in the practice of M&A and Takeovers.

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FRENCH UPDATE – Activist Strategies and Defenses in France

French Update – Activist Strategies and Defenses in France Executive Summary:  Many of the fundamentals driving increased shareholder activism in the United States and elsewhere are also relevant in France.  The disclosure regime under French securities law should permit companies to identify activist investors, their concert parties and their economic exposure, however, French law and … Continued

Editors’ Note: Alain Maillot and Bertrand Cardi are partners of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and members of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Bertrand Cardi, Benjamin Burman and Forrest Alogna, partners of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, authored the following article.  Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is the leading firm in France in the practice of M&A and Takeovers.

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UK UPDATE – Understanding and Dealing with Hedge Funds and Shareholder Activism Across Europe: The Impact of the Financial Crisis

Executive summary: The attached guide takes a pan-European look at trends and developments through the 2008 financial crisis and in the period since, focusing on: the position of hedge funds: their behaviour, performance and strategies in that period, as well as the changed regulatory landscape they now face, and activist behaviour by both hedge funds … Continued

Editors’ Note:  Contributed by Nigel Boardman, a partner at Slaughter and May and a founding director of XBMA.  Mr. Boardman is one of the leading M&A lawyers in the UK with broad experience in a wide range of cross-border transactions.

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XBMA – Quarterly Review for Q1 2011

The attached slides summarize trends in cross-border M&A and strategic investment activity throughout the first quarter of 2011.   Highlights: Global M&A volume for Q1 2011 was US$671.8 billion, up 29.5% as compared to Q1 2010. Cross-border transactions have rebounded substantially from 2009: 38% of Q1 2011 global M&A was cross-border — up slightly from … Continued

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