Corporate weekly highlights—1 March 2018

Corporate weekly highlights—1 March 2018

This week’s edition of Corporate highlights includes Market Tracker’s latest trend report ‘Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2017’, proposed guidance from IOSCO to address conflicts of interest in the equity capital raising process and amended rules aimed at making it easier to remove residential addresses from the companies register.

Public company takeovers

Market Tracker trend report—Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2017

Market Tracker’s latest trend report, Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2017, provides in-depth analysis of the 90 firm and possible offer announcements made for companies subject to the Takeover Code in 2017.  It includes insight into public M&A trends and what we might expect to see in 2018 and beyond.

Among other things, the report considers:

  • transaction structure
  • deal value and volume
  • public-to-private transactions
  • forms of consideration
  • bid financing
  • UK and foreign bidder activity
  • possible offers (including formal sale processes)
  • offer-related arrangements and non-director shareholder irrevocable undertakings, and
  • regulatory and political issues (including enforcement action by the Takeover Panel and reforms to takeover rules)

The report contains expert commentary from Selina Sagayam, Head of UK Transactional Practice Development at Gibson Dunn, and Adam Cain, Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons LLP.

To access the report, see Market Tracker trend report—Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2017.

You can also access all our Market Tracker Trends Reports from our Trend Reports subtopic in our Market Tracker topic area (see Trend Reports—overview) and from our blog.

Equity capital markets

IOSCO issues guidance to address conflicts of interest in the equity capital raising process

The board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has proposed guidance to address conflicts of interest and associated misconduct risks that may arise during the equity capital raising process. The deadline for comments on the consultation paper on equity capital finance is 4 April 2018.

IOSCO has issued a consultation

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