Recent Insights

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Credit ratings rebound

Reopening economies have transformed the credit landscape with ratings upgrades rising sharply through the year, after 2020 recorded the highest number of downgrades in more than two decades.

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Lenders zero in on the fine print as ESG issuance surges

The rise in sustainability-linked debt issuance observed in 2021 has shown little sign of slowing down as borrowers continue to focus on improving ESG performance in response to investor demand.

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DACH dealmaking powers ahead in 2021

Traditionally a powerhouse of European M&A, the DACH region—D for Germany, A for Austria and CH for Switzerland—did not disappoint in the first three quarters of the year.

SPACs on track to drive M&A leveraged loan issuance
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Debt financing gains traction as SPAC space matures

In a rapidly maturing SPAC market, sponsors are more frequently turning to debt financing tools to fund deals

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Recovering prices stabilize oil and gas credits

Recovering oil prices brought much needed stability to the balance sheets of oil and gas borrowers that were on the brink of foreclosure through lockdowns, but the transition away from hydrocarbons poses an ongoing challenge for issuers.

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Cybersecurity: Legal implications and risk management

In an increasingly interconnected world, cyber risk is firmly at the top of the boardroom agenda, and having an effective data breach response programme is no longer optional.

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Power
Liquid debt markets hit the brakes on restructurings
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Active private equity firms buoy buyout issuance

Issuance of leveraged loans and high yield bonds to fund buyouts surged to quarterly highs in 2021 as private equity sponsors raised their investment game

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Latin American Energy
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Canadian outbound dealmaking rebounds

Canadian dealmakers are betting on large overseas purchases as market confidence returns

Managing construction risks in Asia-Pacific
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Managing construction risks in Asia-Pacific

There are many ways to resolve a construction dispute when it arises—but what are the best methods for mitigating risks, avoiding or resolving such disputes for projects based in Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam?

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Private Equity
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UK M&A reaches new highs despite headwinds

Favorable valuations are fueling opportunistic purchases by overseas bidders

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Financing
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Financial Regulatory Observer - Autumn 2021

The Financial Regulatory Observer spotlights selected topics currently driving regulatory and technological changes in the financial industry.

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Unstable: the PWG's Report on Stablecoins
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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Climate Change Litigation
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Energy Transition & Industry Impact – Carbon Trading
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Africa Focus: Autumn 2021

Transitioning to new priorities in a post-pandemic era

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact - ESG
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Canadian issuers take advantage of buoyant US markets

A rebounding domestic economy and abundant liquidity south of the border are encouraging Canadian borrowers to draw on US high yield bond markets in increasing numbers

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Leveraged loan markets keep on rolling

Despite a spike in energy prices and persistent inflation, year-to-date leveraged loan activity showed substantial gains on 2020 levels  

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Automotive M&A is in top gear

Deal activity in the auto industry has never been higher, as manufacturers look to capitalize on the shift towards electric vehicles  

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact - Mining & Metals
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Vietnam M&A heads for another record in 2021

High-growth industries continue to attract investor interest despite COVID disruptions

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European M&A reaches post-crisis high

M&A activity in Western Europe surged in Q3 on the back of strong PE interest and low UK stock prices

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Energy Transition & Industry Impact - Climate Change
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High yield bond markets make steady year-on-year gains

Global high yield markets paused for breath in Q3 2021, but year-to-date issuance remains ahead of 2020 levels in most regions

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Latin America Focus: Fall 2021

Opportunities and challenges in post-COVID-19 Latin America

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US infrastructure 2021 – 22: The path to growth

Our survey shows investment in infrastructure assets looks set to accelerate with an anticipated boost from the US infrastructure bill and a growing focus on sustainability and technology

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In Japan, resistance to hostile takeovers fades

Attitudes are shifting, thanks to changes in corporate governance  

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Supply chain woes refocus investment strategies as M&A and PE soar

Pandemic-derived supply chain issues unlock investment opportunities  

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Software deals push Q3 M&A activity to US$1.4 trillion record

Despite a drop on the previous quarter, Q3 2021 global M&A value represented the strongest Q3 on Mergermarket record. 

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Global PE continues boom, with highest Q3 on record

After four quarters in a row of exceptionally high PE activity, Q3 2021 has continued the trend, recording the highest value and volume of any third quarter on record  

Taiwanese investors and businesses: Forging a path through global transitions
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Taiwanese investors and businesses: Forging a path through global transitions

Key legal developments in 2021 and their implications for Taiwan

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Italian M&A on track to reach post-crisis high

An increase in megadeals reveals growing dealmaker appetite within Italy's M&A market

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Southeast Asia’s tech boom fuels recordbreaking H1

The region's burgeoning digital economy is drawing attention from investors across the globe  

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Financial institutions M&A: Sector trends - September 2021

We highlight the key European M&A trends in the first half of 2021, and provide our insights into the outlook for M&A moving forward.

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SPACs find opportunity in Israel

The SPAC phenomenon has spread to Israel, where regulators have laid the foundation for local SPAC IPOs as well  

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Mining & metals 2021: Forces of transition and influencers of change

The mining & metals industry is critical to the success of the world's transition towards net zero, both in reducing its own carbon footprint and providing the materials that will deliver a cleaner and more sustainable future