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DUTCH UPDATE: National security screening for investments – new Dutch regime up and running

National security screening for investments – new Dutch regime up and running Various geopolitical drivers have contributed to the proliferation of investment screening regimes that are based on national security concerns. Existing screening regimes have been expanded to include additional target activities. The EU has also been nudging member states to establish similar investment screening … Continued

This newsletter was co-authored by Stephanie The (Partner), Arne Grimme (Partner) Arjan Kleinhout (Partner) and Bart de Rijke (Partner) at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for First Quarter 2023

Executive Summary/Highlights On the heels of a slow-down in the second half of 2022, global dealmaking levels decreased in Q1 2023 compared to both Q4 2022 and Q1 2022 and ended with the lowest quarterly volume in recent memory. Yet, there are signs that the first quarter may represent an inflection point, as the first … 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.

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GLOBAL UPDATE – Cross-Border M&A Guide

Cross-Border M&A Guide Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz recently published the 2023 edition of their Cross-Border M&A Guide, which is available here. This Cross-Border M&A Guide covers the key U.S. legal considerations not only for acquisitions of U.S. companies by non-U.S. companies (or “inbound” M&A transactions), but also for acquisitions of non-U.S. companies, including under … Continued

This submission was contributed by Victor Goldfeld, John L. Robinson, Hannah Clark and Charles C. See at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Annual Review for 2022

Following record-breaking M&A activity in 2021, M&A volume over the 12 months ending December 31, 2022 reverted toward the mean, with a significant slowdown in the second half of the year. Global M&A volume in 2022 was US$3.6 trillion, down from US$6.2 trillion in 2021 and closer to the annual average of US$4.3 trillion over the prior 10-year period.

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.

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Nature as an Asset: The Coming Wave of “Natural Capital” and Biodiversity Shareholder Activism and Stewardship Pressure on Boards of Directors

*Originally distributed on December 16, 2022. As anticipated in our February 2021 memo, the terms “natural capital,” “biodiversity,” “nature loss,” “ecosystem restoration” and the like have increasingly entered the investor and corporate lexicon.  This has accelerated since the publication of The Economics of Biodiversity:  The Dasgupta Review, the groundbreaking independent study commissioned by the U.K. … Continued

Editors’ Note: This memo was authored by Sabastian V. Niles, Carmen X. W. Lu and Allison Rabkin Golden at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for Third Quarter 2022

Executive Summary/Highlights Global dealmaking slowed significantly in Q3 2022, reflecting current macro-economic and geopolitical uncertainties and challenges. Nevertheless, many deals got done and many of the traditional drivers of M&A point to meaningful deal flow in Q4 and beyond. Global M&A volume was US$692 billion in Q3 2022, a 37% decrease from Q2 2022 and … 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.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for Second Quarter 2022

Executive Summary/Highlights Global dealmaking was up in Q2 2022 as compared to Q1 2022, and year-to-date is on pace with pre-pandemic deal volume (although below last year’s record-breaking levels). Global M&A volume was US$1.14 trillion in Q2 2022, an 11% increase from Q1 2022, but a 26% decrease from Q2 2021. Several mega deals were … 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.

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Recent Developments Highlight Fundamental Legal Considerations for DAOs

We recently wrote about the emergence of a new breed of business organizations — decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) — to contend that the governance design for these blockchain-based organizations should heed some of the hard-fought lessons that have helped to form the pillars of modern corporate governance.  It is also important to confront certain features … Continued

This article was co-authored by Kevin S. Schwartz (Partner), David M. Adlerstein (Counsel), David E. Kirk (Associate) and Sabina M. Beleuz Neagu (Summer Associate) at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (New York).

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for First Quarter 2022

Executive Summary/Highlights After a record-breaking 2021 in which global M&A volume surged to a new peak, global dealmaking slowed in the first quarter of 2022. Global M&A volume was approximately US$1.0 trillion in Q1 2022, less than any of the prior six quarters. Despite a decline in M&A activity relative to the record-breaking volumes of … 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.

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CANADIAN UPDATE – Foreign Investment Review in Canada: Top Trends and Developments for 2022

The past year generated substantial interest in the operation of the Investment Canada Act (ICA), especially the national security review process, against the backdrop of changes in government policy that purport to articulate a more expansive view of Canada’s national security interests. We expect foreign investment review to remain an issue of public and political concern in … Continued

This article was authored by Davies partners John Bodrug, Anita Banicevic, Mark Katz and Charles Tingley of the Davies Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group.

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