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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Annual Review for 2019

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.

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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.

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DUTCH UPDATE: Legal entities in the Netherlands must register UBO from March 2020

Legal entities in the Netherlands must register UBO from March 2020 The much anticipated UBO register is expected to become operational in March 2020. The UBO register will be kept by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and will be separate from the Dutch Trade Register. All legal entities registered in the Netherlands, including foundations, must … Continued

This article was authored by Birgit Snijder-Kuipers, Senior Associate at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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CHINESE UPDATE – Cross-Border M&A and Protectionism – A Review of Laws and Practice in China

Cross-Border M&A and Protectionism – A Review of Laws and Practice in China Daniel He, JunHe LLP 1. The New PRC Foreign Investment Law On March 15, 2019, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) approved the PRC Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) which will be implemented on January 1, … Continued

This article was authored by Mr. Daniel He, a partner at JunHe.  Mr. He has broad experience advising multinational companies in merger and acquisition projects, joint venture transactions, and strategic investment projects in various industries such as food & nutrition, auto parts, logistics, real property, and retail & distribution. Mr. He also serves as China counsel to a number of leading companies and non-government organizations in their general corporate and regulatory compliance matters throughout China.

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Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020

Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020 By Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain, and Kathleen I. Tatum December 9, 2019 In hindsight, 2019 may come to be viewed as a watershed year in the evolution of corporate governance.  After years of growing alarm about endemic short-termism, the sustainability and competitiveness of … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was co-authored by Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain and Kathleen I. Tatum of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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PERUVIAN UPDATE – New Peruvian Merger Control Legislation

The Peruvian Government has enacted a new mandatory and suspensory clearance regime, which will come into force next year. Previously, Peruvian legislation only imposed mandatory pre-notification and clearance requirements for vertical or horizontal concentrations occurring in the fields of electricity generation, transmission or distribution.[1] Summary Breakdown Scope. The new merger control regime will apply to … Continued

Editors’ Note:  This article was authored by Carlos A. Patrón and David Kuroiwa H. of Payet Rey Cauvi Pérez Abogados, one of Peru’s leading firms with significant experience in foreign investment in Peru. 

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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

GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for Third Quarter 2019

Executive Summary/Highlights: In Q3 2019, global M&A volume was US$784 billion, reaching US$2.8 trillion for the year to date.  Global M&A volume could, based on the current pace, exceed US$3.5 trillion in annual volume in 2019 for the fifth time in the last decade.  But there are signs of a slow-down. U.S. M&A volume, the … 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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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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Directors have a duty to look beyond their shareholders

Below is an op-ed by Martin Lipton and William Savitt that appeared in the Financial Times on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Martin Lipton William Savitt

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Martin Lipton of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and published in the Financial Times on September 17th, 2019. William Savitt also contributed to this article.

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