After a period of slowdown due to increased interest rates and macroeconomic uncertainty, the second half of 2024 is poised for a strong resurgence in M&A activities. Staying up to date on the latest market trends and legal developments is critical. Corporates must adjust to market challenges by redefining their business models, driving innovation and synergies through acquisitions and optimizing their resources through carve-out and divestments. Financial sponsors are under increasing pressure to streamline their portfolios through buy-and-build strategies and to create returns for their investors through exit sales and secondary transactions.

However, transactions are becoming increasingly difficult from a regulatory perspective. Heightened scrutiny of the regulators in the areas of antitrust, foreign direct investment (FDI) and, most recently in the European Union, foreign subsidies (FSR) creates new hurdles for transactions which are challenging to overcome.

In this article, our Baker McKenzie lawyers share guidance on these anticipated regulatory challenges, their impact on M&A transactions and provide direction for transaction parties on how to navigate such challenges successfully, including:

  • A comprehensive and well-thought out regulatory roadmap
  • Regulatory analysis and preparation
  • Preparing well in advance for any expected reviews (FSR or FIR)
  • Smart transaction planning and implementation

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