Trends in UK Public M&A 2018

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White & Case contributed expert commentary to the LexisNexis Market Tracker report looking at trends in UK public M&A in 2018. The Market Tracker trend report provides in-depth analysis of the 42 firm and 49 possible offers announcements made for companies subject to the UK Takeover Code in 2018. It includes insight into public M&A trends and what we might expect to see in 2019 and beyond.

The report includes analysis of high profile transactions, including Melrose's 2019 hostile offer for GKN and the competing bids for Sky by Fox and Comcast. The report also considers a number of legal and regulatory developments that took place in 2018, including the Panel's 2019 enforcement of one of its rulings that Mr. David King should make a mandatory offer for Rangers football club, the government consultation to strengthen the UK's 2019 national security merger rules and secondary legislation and Code amendments to address Brexit.

Leading M&A partners Patrick Sarch, Tom Matthews, Allan Taylor, Philip Broke, Guy Potel and Dominic Ross all contributed to the report.



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