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Antitrust Clearance: Keeping Your Deal On Track

In our latest video series, out antitrust lawyers discuss key merger control issues that dealmakers should consider to ensure a smooth antitrust review of strategic transactions. Click on the video playlist below or visit our video gallery page to hear their views on key topics impacting global transactions; gain practical tips on how to minimize … Continue Reading

Private Equity Set to Get Active With Activists

Companies previously considered immune from activist campaigns have come under pressure, driving new public and private deal opportunities for private equity. By Richard Butterwick, Christopher Drewry, Tom Evans, Harald Selzner, David Walker, Ben Coleman, and Catherine Campbell US shareholder activists are an established presence in Europe. In 2018, activist campaigns targeted 160 European companies, according to Activist Insight. In … Continue Reading

Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex

Eine vollständige Neufassung Von Sebastian Goslar Am 9. Mai 2019 hat die Regierungskommission Deutsche Corporate Governance eine vollständige Neufassung des Deutsche Corporate Governance Kodex (DCGK) beschlossen. Diese wurde am 22. Mai 2019 der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht. Vorangegangen war ein ungewöhnlich langes Konsultationsverfahren, das mit der Veröffentlichung einer Entwurfsfassung des DCGK am 6. November 2018 und … Continue Reading

Gesellschafterbeschluss bei ber Veräusserung einer Immobilie als einzigem Vermögensgegenstand

Von Christian Thiele und Otto von Gruben Bei der Veräußerung des gesamten Gesellschaftsvermögens einer GmbH, z.B. einer Immobilie, bleibt ein Gesellschafterbeschluss nach einer neuen BGH-Entscheidung erforderlich; der BGH lässt allerdings offen, ob dieser notariell zu beurkunden ist. Der BGH hat in einem Urteil vom 08.01.2019 (II ZR 364/18) entschieden, dass § 179a Abs. 1 AktG … Continue Reading

Litigation Funding: Private Equity Investment Opportunity and Portfolio Risk Management Tool

As litigation funders find new disputes markets, PE firms should consider litigation funding as a growth sector — and as a valuable tool for de-risking portfolio company claims. By Stuart Alford, Dan Smith, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell Litigation funding, the third-party financing of legal costs in disputes, is increasingly common in the … Continue Reading

Are Private Equity Bank Buyouts Set to Soar?

European regulators’ openness to PE investors is presenting attractive banking sector opportunities, but such opportunities require careful regulatory planning and local issue navigation. By Carl Fernandes, Hans-Jürgen Luett, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell Ten years ago, a PE investment in a European bank would have been a rare occurrence. However, more recently, PE … Continue Reading

5 Antitrust Trends for Private Equity to Watch

We examine: increasing focus on non-controlling stakes, burdensome document production requests, heightened enforcement of gun jumping rules, examination of vertical deal overlaps, and ongoing political developments. By John Colahan, Peter Citron, Calum Warren, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell In a continually evolving antitrust landscape, we consider five key trends that PE deal teams … Continue Reading

Will Regulatory Reform Make Cryptoassets the Next Buyout Boom for Private Equity?

Regulatory guidance on cryptoassets and digital currency companies may lead to a legitimisation of crypto-businesses as an investable asset class. By Stuart Davis, Sam Maxson, David Walker, Tom Evans, and Catherine Campbell Recent and upcoming regulatory guidance on cryptoassets and the regulation of companies engaged in digital currency, such as issuers, crypto-exchanges, crypto-custodians, crypto-brokers, and … Continue Reading

Corporate Buyers Poised to Reap W&I Insurance Benefits

By Drew Levin. Maarten Overmars, Richard Butterwick, Terry Charalambous, and Catherine Campbell Warranty and indemnity insurance (W&I) has become a common feature of European transactions in recent years, amid a strong sellers’ market that has enabled vendors to offload risk to buyers. According to the most recent edition of the Latham & Watkins Private M&A … Continue Reading