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Takeovers and countering short-termism in target boardrooms
Company Lawyer, Vol.34 No.2&3. 2013
Two-part article that sets out the background of the takeover process and outlines the problems of excessive short-termism by target boards. It argues that judicial discretion in the scheme of arrangement could be a partial solution to enforcement issues.
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Due diligence: an M&A value creation approach
The book offers practical guidance on the mergers and acquisitions process, covering strategic planning, candidate pursuit, target evaluation, contract negotiation, through post-acquisition integration. It contains chapters on growth strategy, preparing for due diligence, conducting the due diligence review, and risk management.
Mergers and acquisitions: a practical guide for private companies
Provides a detailed explanation of the options available to private companies interested in mergers and acquisitions. Contains sections on M&A as a business strategy, private equity and venture capital, the mechanics of the M&A process, shareholders and boards of directors, and a step-by-step guide to going through a merger or acquisition.
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How fee details can make or break a takeover
If an acquiring advisory firm doesn't adequately consider the nuts and bolts of a seller's fee structure and billing processes, headaches are guaranteed. The article discusses the importance of identifying the fee structure and billing processes of registered investment advisors (RIAs) firm prior to its acquisition and takeover. It explains the legal consequences of fee schedules under due diligence, billing processes, and fee adjustments. It notes the expertise and talent of advisors to retain clients.
Striking a fair balance in UK Takeover Law: Market Interests, Power of Regulation, and Enforcement
In this article, the author identifies the main characteristics of the UK takeover regulatory regime, which is unique compared to other models in advanced capital markets - the principal values of the Takeover Code, the functional constitution of the Takeover Panel, the expertise-based approach to enforcement, and the minimal intervention of the judiciary help strike a fair balance among various market interests.
Knowing when to hold, and when to fold
The article discusses the risk which prevails when it comes to making business decisions and mentions how it is challenging to buy and sell businesses which involves lot of money and risk
City Code on Takeovers and Mergers
Full text of the most recent version of the Code available to download in PDF format.
Regulatory body which administers the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. The site provides the full Code, related documents, disclosure forms, the disclosure table and practice statements.
EC Directive on Takeover Bids (2004/25/EC)
The EU directive, implemented in May 2004, aims to provide a common framework for takeover regulation.
A guide to takeovers in the United Kingdom
A sixty page guide from law firm Slaughter & May which covers takeovers of UK incorporated and listed companies subject to The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Updated in January 2018.
Guide to public takeovers in Europe
This guide provides a general overview of the law and regulations applicable to public takeover offers. Published jointly between the law firms De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Netherlands), Slaughter and May (UK), Bredin Prat (France), BonelliErede (Italy), Hengeler Mueller (Germany) and Uría Menéndez (UK). Updated in June 2016.
Change to companies subject to the UK Takeover Code
A briefing from international law firm Clifford Chance on changes that take effect from 30 September 2013, altering the residency test and drawing additional companies into the scope of the code. Published in May 2013.
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