Unsolicited Takeovers

GERMAN UPDATE – New Disclosure Requirements to Prevent Secret Stake-building in German Listed Companies

Executive Summary: New share- and instrument holding disclosure rules concerning German listed companies go into force on 1 February 2012. The new rules particularly intend to prevent secret stakebuilding in listed companies. The new rules are likely to have a significant impact on public takeovers. The rules may also apply, under particular circumstances, to non-German companies … Continued

Editors’ Note:  Christof Jäckle and Emanuel Strehle are partners at Hengeler Mueller and members of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  As leading German M&A specialists they have broad experience with German public companies in the takeover arena, and the German ownership disclosure requirements that have recently been modified.  This paper follows Olivier Diaz’ recent post on LVMH’s stakebuilding in Hermes and the French regulatory reaction, further marking the trend of modernizing disclosure requirements in many jurisdictions in order to address under-the-radar stakebuilding. We invite papers from other jurisdictions on this topic.

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ITALIAN UPDATE – Formation of New Italian Fund to Protect Italian National Champions, in Reaction to the Takeover of Italy’s Parmalat by France’s Lactalis

Executive summary: The recent acquisition of Parmalat — one of the biggest Italian listed companies — by the French dairy group Lactalis, caused a huge debate in the financial and political communities in Italy. Lactalis’ bid was initially met with stiff Italian resistance, including encouragement of potential local “white knights,” issuance of an emergency decree … Continued

Editors' Note: Alberto Saravalle and Umberto Nicodano are senior partners of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and members of XBMA's Legal Roundtable. As two of Italy’s leading M&A practitioners, they bring an invaluable perspective to Italy's reaction to the Parmalat takeover, which differs markedly from the UK's reaction to the Cadbury takeover discussed in Nigel Boardman’s recent paper. This paper raises interesting questions about the defensive use of Sovereign Wealth Funds, which is sure to be a topic of discourse in the coming years.

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UK UPDATE – Changes Adopted to UK Takeover Regime to Strengthen Position of UK Targets, Prompted by Kraft’s Successful Hostile Takeover of Cadbury

Executive summary: A revised edition of the UK Takeover Code took effect on 19 September 2011. The revisions were prompted by Kraft’s hostile takeover of Cadbury in 2010, which triggered debate about the weak position of UK target companies. The revised Code introduces rules to strengthen the target’s position, namely an enforced “put up or … Continued

Editors’ Note: Nigel Boardman is a partner at Slaughter and May and a founding director of XBMA.  As one of the leading M&A lawyers in the UK, Mr. Boardman’s perspective on the UK’s response to the Cadbury takeover is informed by broad experience in a range of significant solicited and unsolicited cross-border transactions over many years.  Mr. Boardman’s paper is the first in a series of posts that will focus on various jurisdictions’ reactions to foreign takeovers of important domestic companies.

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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

Editor's Note: This is an example of the type of post and content the XBMA Forum seeks to showcase.

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