Corporate weekly highlights—2 February 2017

Corporate weekly highlights—2 February 2017

Welcome to the weekly highlights from the Lexis®PSL Corporate team for the week ending 2 February 2017, which provide news updates and a comprehensive list of dates for your diary. This week’s edition features: the newly published Market Tracker Trend Report—Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2016; European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) updated Q&A document on the Market Abuse Regulation; the government’s decision not to opt-in to the Justice and Home Affairs provision in the Prospectus Regulation; Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) and the Government Equalities Office’s draft guidance on compliance with the new gender pay gap regulations; the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) guidance on late payment reporting regulations; case analysis of a High Court decision considering the circumstances in which a parent company be responsible for acts of its subsidiary; case analysis of a Chancery Division decision not to grant judgment in default for late service of the defence; and two Brexit related analysis pieces on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill and ending the jurisdiction of the EU courts in the UK post-Brexit.

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Market Tracker Trend Report—Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2016

This week we published the latest Market Tracker Trend Report, Trends in UK public M&A deals in 2016. The report looks at trends in UK public M&A deals in 2016, provides in-depth analysis of the 94 firm and possible offer announcements and includes insight into what we might expect to see in 2017. Topics covered include transaction structure, deal value and volume, public-to-private transactions, forms of consideration, foreign bidder activity, formal sale processes, offer-related arrangements and the impact of the Brexit vote. The report also notes: the increase in actual competing and potential competing bids and hostile bids compared with 2015; the notable increase in public-to-private transactions and deals involving foreign bidders following the Brexit vote, with private equity firms and foreign bidders taking advantage of the

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