Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A volume in 2023 declined relative to 2022 and 2021, when it set a record. M&A activity in the second half of 2023, however, exceeded that of the second half of 2022. Global M&A volume in 2023 was US$2.9 trillion, down from US$3.6 trillion in 2022 and below the annual average of … Continued

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.


ITALIAN UPDATE: The Italian M&A Boom – Where Did We Go Right?

Executive Summary Italy is experiencing an M&A boom that is bringing volumes closer to those of the golden years (2005, 2006 and 2007). The acquisitions wave includes deals from both strategic investors and private equity. Infrastructural funds are now investing in Italy, where they find opportunities at prices more attractive than in Northern Europe, in … Continued

Editors’ Note:  Alberto Saravalle is senior partner of the Executive Committee of BonelliErede and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Professor Saravalle is one of Italy’s leading practitioners in corporate law, capital markets, and M&A.


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.


ITALIAN UPDATE – Italian Stock Exchange Commission Enforces Tender Offer Rules

Highlights For the first time, the Italian Stock Exchange Commission applied a law of 2007 that enables it to order the launch of a tender offer, or impose a fine, for breach or circumvention of the mandatory tender offer rules. Previously the sanctions, which proved ineffective, consisted of a fine, the freezing of voting rights, … Continued

Editors’ Note:  Alberto Saravalle is Managing Partner of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Professor Saravalle is one of Italy’s leading practitioners in corporate law, capital markets, and M&A.


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.


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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