Clifford Chance is pleased to announce the release of a September Global M&A Trends update containing our latest insights on the themes we are tracking in 2017: China on the rise, Invisible stakeholders and Chasing innovation.
The report looks in detail at:
China outbound deals paused – As we predicted at the start of the year, the uncertainty around China's restrictions on capital outflows has led to a sharp decline in Chinese outbound activity. We are now seeing the pipeline strengthening, as clarity emerges over regulatory attitude, and we expect more China outbound activity in the final months of the year.
Increased Antitrust deal scrutiny - Acquisitions of data-rich companies now raise full-blown competition issues, which makes multi-jurisdictional transactions far more likely to be scrutinised or challenged when there is a significant data element.
Non-controlling stakes to secure strategic opportunities - Businesses are focusing on strategic opportunities, particularly around digital/innovation, through minority investments in innovative businesses. These strategic stakes are key to secure access to new technologies without over-burdening the balance sheet or creating a cluster risk.
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