Recent Insights

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Transatlantic M&A poised for a resurgence
M&A Explorer | After a year-long pause, US buyers are showing renewed interest in European assets, and analysts predict an M&A shopping spree in Europe over the second half of 2023 and beyond
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Global IPO markets pause to take a breath
Inflation concerns, rising interest rates and the specter of war cast a more sober tone over equity markets in 2022 and through Q1 2023, throttling appetite for IPOs in most regions—but not all
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Tech continues to dominate
Last year was a volatile 12 months for the tech sector, with a steep sell-off in growth stocks and a drop in IPOs—but, although the sector was down, it was by no means out
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Asia-Pacific's IPO market outshines
No region demonstrated more resilience than APAC in 2022, with the largest deal globally, the greatest total IPO value and volume, and the smallest year-on-year declines
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IPO hopefuls digest forthcoming regulatory changes
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has plans to regulate SPACs more closely and mandate ESG reporting—sponsors and companies should pay close attention
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Braving unsettled waters
Recent months have been exceptionally quiet, especially for the North American and EMEA IPO markets, as the bears have taken the upper hand—and investors and issuers are now hoping for a more active second half in 2023
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Global IPOs: Seeking signs of stabilization
Global IPO markets faced unexpected headwinds in 2022, prompting some to postpone their deals until the dust settles, but the market remains resilient
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Five things to consider when exiting a European joint venture
A range of contractual, legal and external factors come into play when it’s time to end one of these arrangements
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Private equity sponsors intensify focus on flexibility in portfolio company loan documents
Debt Explorer | As leveraged loan markets have been impacted by a challenging macroeconomic environment, private equity sponsors are sharpening their focus on flexibility in their portfolio companies’ loan documents.
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European leveraged finance battens down the hatches
Debt Explorer | The macroeconomic headwinds that buffeted European debt markets in 2022—from rising interest rates to volatile geopolitics and a tightening of financial markets—continue to weigh on activity in 2023
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Nine developments and trends shaping US shareholder activism in 2023
Following a busy 2022, a range of factors will likely influence activist campaigns during 2023 
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Foreign direct investment reviews 2023: A global perspective
A guide to navigating the rules for investing in countries that require foreign direct investment approval.
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US sustainable bond market well positioned despite general slowdown in bond financings
Although the issuances of sustainability-linked bonds declined by more than a third in 2022, government focus on delivering net-zero carbon emissions and companies and investors prioritizing ESG bode well for long-term SLBs prospects
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Private debt players open for business, but only on the right terms
Debt Explorer | Private debt managers seized the opportunity to win market share in 2022 as leveraged loan and high yield bond activity slowed—moving into 2023, private debt players remain open for business, but mainly on their terms
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Asian ESG debt markets take a breath after record run
Debt Explorer | Although ESG and green debt activity in Asia may have slowed somewhat in 2022, it is now an established feature of the market
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SMRs: The answer to the world’s energy trilemma?
Small modular reactors can play an integral part in the energy transition and offer a solution without many of the drawbacks of its larger predecessors. Yet, there are challenges to overcome.
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Digital infrastructure deals in Asia Pacific set a new record
M&A Explorer | The ongoing and rapid digitalization of economic and social activity in the region make data centers and fiber networks some of the most highly sought-after assets
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Mining M&A just saw its strongest run in a decade
M&A Explorer | The industry’s deal rally in Q4 2022 sets the stage for a strong year ahead
Paris
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France’s M&A activity remains steadfast
M&A Explorer | French deal volume in 2022 remained at historic levels, even while deal values dipped in the final quarter of the year
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Global merger control trends 2022/2023
White & Case Antitrust/Competition Differentiator known for predicting legal trends before they enter the mainstream, while also analyzing whether or not that trend is relevant to your business.
Shanghai
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APAC debt markets hang tough
Debt Explorer | Economic headwinds proved challenging for leveraged finance markets in Asia-Pacific in 2022, but rising issuance beyond the core Chinese market cushioned the impact of global macro dislocation. 
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US leveraged finance slows in turbulent market
Debt Explorer | The US leveraged finance market ended 2022 in the red, as inflation and rising interest rates put the brakes on issuance  
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Private equity could win big as it preps European logistics exit
M&A Explorer | The need for timely and sustainable delivery is buoying demand for everything from logistics outsourcing to drone drop-off services
Stockholm
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M&A holds the line in the Nordics with robust performance
M&A Explorer | Corporate deals in the region proved to be more resilient than private equity (PE) as financing costs rose, with exits showing weakness
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European leveraged finance: Choosing the right path
European leveraged finance markets paused for breath in 2022, due to rising interest rates, volatile geopolitics and a tightening of financial markets across the board—but what can we expect in 2023?
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Vietnamese M&A proves resilient amid global economic adversity
M&A Explorer | One of Southeast Asia's most promising economies is becoming an increasingly compelling destination for deals
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Global M&A slumps amid macro-economic tumult
M&A Explorer | M&A deal value falls by more than a third as dealmakers around the world hit the brakes in a volatile year
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Mixed Signals: US M&A FY 2022
Despite a strong start to the year, deal activity in the US faced new challenges in 2022 as headwinds gathered.
Madrid
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Embracing change: Spain reforms restructuring regime
Lenders, borrowers and advisers are hopeful that Spain’s 2022 overhaul of its restructuring and insolvency regime will improve the country’s restructuring landscape
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Brazilian M&A powers ahead in 2022
Activity within Brazil’s energy sector—particularly renewables—along with international interest in telco and software have been key deal drivers
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White & Case Global Antitrust Merger StatPak
White & Case's Global Antitrust Merger StatPak (WAMS) is a resource providing information on merger control filing activity by competition authorities around the world. The WAMS survey currently includes filing data from 87 of the most active merger control jurisdictions in the world.
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Private equity hits the brakes in choppy global market
M&A Explorer | Private equity (PE) deal activity shrinks as buyer and vendor pricing expectations widen and rising interest rates drive significant tightening in acquisition finance markets
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Global healthcare M&A delivers strong performance
M&A Explorer | Dealmaking in the pharma, medical and biotech (PMB) subsectors was driven by both old and new market trends in 2022
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Mining & Metals 2023: Lifting the fog of uncertainty
Geopolitical risks and inflationary pressures may have overtaken ESG as the top concerns for the mining & metals sector, but there is little expectation that ESG factors will diminish for investors and firms in 2023.
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2022 Year in Review: White & Case Global Antitrust Merger StatPak (WAMS)
Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey See Significant Surge in Merger Filing Activity; US and EU Merger Filing Activity is Down Compared to 2021's Record Levels, But Still Above Historical Levels
Africa
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Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: Opportunities for Africa
The possibility of climate markets has finally materialized into the draft stage at COP27, but many crucial decisions that would allow for carbon trading to begin in earnest were deferred to COP28.
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Investment treaty protection: How to safeguard foreign investments in Africa
Prudent African investors—and investors within Africa—can ensure that their foreign investments are protected from wrongful conduct that the state and its organs can inflict.
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Middle East and Africa corridor: The perfect partnership for funding Africa's growth
For African economies living on the edge, can the Middle East provide the much-needed boost to the under-serviced Muslim population in Africa?
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Credit where credit's due: Who's benefiting from the voluntary carbon market?
Projects that protect and restore the environment improve carbon storage and strengthen the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, says Dan Collison, Chief Executive of Farm Africa.
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Africa Focus: Winter 2022
Embarking on a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity