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The Art of Acquisition, Second Edition
'European Takeovers' provides a complete guide to the European Takeover Directive, national M&A regulation and the interaction between domestic and pan-European regulation. It contains a detailed discussion of the fundamental principles of national and European law, its application and the various practical issues that companies and their advisers face as they plan, defend and execute takeovers.
This second edition further explores the area following the partial harmonisation of takeover regulation within the European Union since the introduction of the European Takeover Directive and is an exhaustive reference source for anyone preparing, participating in and responding to takeover activity in the EU. In addition, US takeover law is examined in depth to provide a comparative perspective.
This new edition will also prove to be an invaluable guide for students and academics studying this area of law. Written by leading legal and banking professionals, and academics from across Europe, 'European Takeovers' will help you navigate national takeover legislation and its implementation, and discusses recent ground-breaking and controversial takeovers from across the Continent.
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HIGH POWERED EXPERTISE ON TAKEOVERS
IN THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT -- ALL IN ONE VOLUME
An appreciation by Elizabeth Robson Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers and Phillip Taylor, Head of Chambers and reviews editor of ‘The Barrister’.
Lawyers dealing with corporate clients based in, or trading into Europe and facing the prospect of a takeover, hostile or otherwise, will gratefully welcome this new second edition of ‘European Takeovers: The Art of Acquisition.’ Equally, advisers to those big corporates with their beady eyes already on acquisition will find the advice and insights contained in this book invaluable.
Published by Globe Law and Business, this new edition contains between two covers a veritable wealth of potentially wealth-generating information on takeovers, whether as an adviser, you are involved in planning them, defending them or carrying them out.
With its illuminating discussions of mergers and acquisitions, supported by reference to specific cases, the book has been intended at the outset to function as -- in the words of the publishers -- ‘a complete guide to the European Takeover Directive, national M&A regulation and the interaction between domestic and pan-European regulation.’
While the focus is on Europe, there is also an examination, by way of comparison, on takeover law in the United States of America. Interestingly, one of the appendices on hostile takeovers in the USA reveals, as you might expect, some colourful historical anecdotes, notably about corporate raiders.
One Michael Milken from the firm of Drexel, Burnham who in the 1980s set up an M&A business within the firm’s junk bond division, apparently organised an annual conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel which was dubbed the “Predators’ Ball.” Reportedly, there’s a book of the same name by author Connie Bruck. It is startling to read further, that the Williams Act, regarded as the primary legislation regulating the takeover process in the US, was passed by Congress in 1968.
Edited by Jeremy Grant from the London School of Economics, the book is actually a compilation of high powered consultancy from at least thirty experts from across Europe. Many hail from the LSE; others from banking -- and still others from top European universities and top law firms, from Linklaters to Allen and Overy. Just one example is Luca Enriques, Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Oxford.
This latest edition, as Jeremy Hunt explains, appears in the wake of the ‘epoch-defining events of the great financial crisis (presumably 2008) and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom’, adding that ‘while the former had a significant impact on European financial regulation, it appears too early to elaborate on the impact of the latter.’ You have been warned.
With today’s political and financial uncertainties in mind, companies and their legal advisers would be well advised to have ‘European Takeovers’ to hand as a ready reference as well as a source -- in the copious footnoting, certainly -- of references for further information and research.
With its penetrating analysis and detailed examination of an admittedly complex area of law, this new edition of ‘European Takeovers’ should prove indispensable for any lawyer involved in corporate law and corporate restructurings, particularly in the European context.
The date of publication is cited as at 1st June 2018.