'Cross borders with confidence' podcast series
Analysing the critical cross-border issues.
In our global, interconnected world, we want to give our clients the confidence to make the right decision at the right time.
To help you prepare for the challenges ahead, our lawyers come together to discuss issues that matter most to global businesses. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
What trends have we seen in the biggest US public M&A deals since 2015? US M&A partners Peter Lyons and Matthew Herman discuss the results of their survey of the merger agreements for the top 40 US domestic and inbound deals by value over the last four years. They explore various aspects of these agreements, including deal leaks, risk allocation, changes in regulation and the effects of CFIUS.
How should US technology companies approach EU regulators? Partners Natasha Good, Eric Mahr, Thomas Janssens and James Aitken, and senior associate Jennifer Mellott, discuss messages delivered by the European Commission's Nick Banasevic during the FT–Freshfields briefing that took place in Silicon Valley on the approach US tech companies should have towards EU regulators.
The Fuji-Xerox deal made headlines for all the wrong reasons. US partners Peter Lyons, Matthew Herman and Linda Martin, along with associate Marissa Yu, take a look at what happened – and what the takeaways are for your next major transaction.
Investment regulation continues to evolve with the US and UK leading the way. How do businesses need to respond? US partner Mary Lehner is joined by UK partner Michele Davis to look at the implications of recent foreign investment review reforms across the US and UK.
Broadcom's blocked bid for Qualcomm broke new ground for foreign investment review on a number of fronts. Freshfields’ co-head of global M&A, Matthew Herman, and US counsel Christine Laciak take a deep dive.
US-style class actions are not the norm in Europe – but that may be changing. Freshfields US litigation partner Linda Martin leads a conversation with three of her colleagues from around the firm – Michael Rohls (Germany), Mark Sansom (UK) and Jeroen van Hezewijk (Netherlands) – about recent developments in their countries, as well as what changes are on the horizon.
The EU general data protection regulation (GDPR) sets a new standard for how companies can deal with individually identifiable information. Adam Siegel, the head of the litigation practice group for Freshfields in the US, interviews two of his European colleagues, Giles Pratt (UK) and Norbert Nolte (Germany), about the ins and outs of GDPR and what the law is likely to mean for US companies.
Historic changes to the US tax code could disrupt global business, creating new risks for some and new opportunities for others. US M&A Partner Peter Lyons interviews tax partners Robert Scarborough and Claude Stansbury about two key takeaways from the reforms: the expected impact on M&A and the new – and significant – incentives for relocating certain business segments to the US.
Whether you’re on the buy or sell side of an M&A auction, acting quickly and confidently is more important than ever. Our co-heads of global M&A, Matthew Herman and Bruce Embley, are joined by partner Arun Balasubramanian to discuss the increasingly fast-paced world of M&A auctions, including an examination of current trends and effective strategies in the US, UK and Asia.
A US business looking to acquire a company in the UK or Germany first needs to understand how different dealmaking can be in those two jurisdictions. US M&A Partner Peter Lyons speaks with leading M&A colleagues – Jennifer Bethlehem and Piers Prichard Jones (UK) and Rick van Aerssen (Germany) – about their markets, diving deep into the regional differences that might influence your company’s decision on how – and where – it expands through outbound M&A.
When scrutinising concentrations, the EU and US antitrust authorities have traditionally worked together closely. But their approaches are beginning to diverge. Freshfields partners Matthew Herman, Paul Yde and Thomas Janssens talk through what this means for big cross-border mergers – and make their predictions for the future.