World in transition: Four themes

We focus on four themes of change and how they are affecting companies and markets around the world.
In this way, we hope to contribute to a greater understanding of where the world is headed at a time of historic transitions.

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Reality check: US M&A H1 2022

US deal activity saw an annual decrease in H1 of this year, but remains buoyant compared to pre-pandemic standards

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US SPACs Data Hub

Welcome to the White & Case US SPACs Data Hub, which provides a quarterly review and analysis of key drivers and trends behind US De-SPAC M&A activity and SPAC IPO activity.

China's pivotal role in supporting post-COVID growth in Africa
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China's pivotal role in supporting post-COVID growth in Africa

China's relationship with Africa is well established, deep and thriving on many fronts

Africa Focus: Summer 2022
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Africa Focus: Summer 2022

Sustainably powering Africa’s development

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Policy shifts may signal a new chapter in the story of globalization
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Four major changes to corporate transparency in 2022
Facing headwinds
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Facing headwinds

The aviation sector has endured a difficult two years amid border closures and lockdowns. In spite of persistent volatility and uncertainty, our survey finds that senior executives are cautiously optimistic about the state of global aviation financing in 2022

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FDI on the radar screen

Governments around the world are tightening their scrutiny of foreign direct investments  

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Two-Pillar Solution to Address the Tax Challenges Arising from the Digitalisation of the Economy: 15% Minimum Tax for Multinationals
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ATAD III: Is the tide turning on shell companies?
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COVID-19 – Guidance for International Employers
Record breaker: US M&A 2021
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Record breaker: US M&A 2021

US M&A had an extraordinary year in 2021, with total deal value reaching US$2.6 trillion—surpassing US$2 trillion for the first time

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Global private equity delivers groundbreaking 2021

Annual deal value more than doubled 2020’s total to reach all-time high  

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Global M&A hits new milestone in 2021

Deal value exceeded US$1 trillion in every quarter for the first time in history, in just one example of the record-shattering 2021.  

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Shining a light on the massive global surge in merger control filings

The data White & Case gathered from 58 of the most active merger control jurisdictions globally reveals trends and insights that can't be gleaned from data on single jurisdictions considered in isolation.

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Logistics deals deliver for investors as supply chains struggle

Logistics, packaging and shipments companies are using M&A to expand their service coverage and future proof.

Foreign direct investment reviews 2021: A global perspective
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Foreign direct investment reviews 2021: A global perspective

A guide to navigating the rules for investing in countries that require foreign direct investment approval

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Global content battle pushes media dealmaking to record highs

Intense competition to deliver on-demand content accelerates dealmaking in the sector

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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.

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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M&A transaction terms: Comparing Africa to Europe

Significant differences exist between terms that typically apply in M&A transactions in Africa and Europe

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No-poach agreements on the European Commission dawn raid radar
In the Media
A Tsunami of Deals is Expected to Continue
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Latin American arbitration in transition

A disruptive era portends a new wave of disputes using well-established frameworks for commercial and investment arbitration

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Latin America Focus: Fall 2021

Opportunities and challenges in post-COVID-19 Latin America

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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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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  

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Domestic banking champions across Europe merge, blinking into the sunlight

Financial institutions M&A sector trends: banks — H1 2021 and outlook for H2 2021

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US trade: The rise of benefit corporations and stakeholder - capitalism businesses

Companies focused on broader public benefits and ESG principles face unique issues in international trade disputes.

New heights: US M&A H1 2021
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New heights: US M&A H1 2021

US M&A set a new record for value in H1 2021—and nearly surpassed the full-year figure for 2020

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Surging M&A megadeals top records in Q2

Low interest rates and high levels of liquidity are fueling transformational M&A deals  

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How changing attitudes toward data sharing could accelerate smart city adoption

The pandemic seems to have prompted people to rethink their attitudes toward sharing personal data, particularly when it is used to manage public health and provide essential services. Can this shift serve as a catalyst for smart city adoption?

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Transformation in the construction industry: Keeping pace with change

Three pillars are at the heart of global efforts to boost sustainability and make our built environment cleaner, greener and more socially responsible: construction, energy and technology.

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Pandemic fuels real estate and hospitality turnaround M&A activity

The number of distressed and liquidation-related M&A deals, especially in the US and UK, has increased year on year as businesses struggle to adapt to their post-pandemic reality.

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Global merger control: Navigating stormy seas

There have been a number of developments in merger control in 2020 and Q1 2021. Some are related to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are borne out of the ambitions and changes sought by individual competition authorities or unexpected jurisprudence

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2021 International Arbitration Survey: Adapting arbitration to a changing world
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International Trade as the New Front Against Transnational Crime
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Making the trading system work for Africa

The African Continental Free Trade Area could trigger a new era in intra-African trade

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European multilateral development banks in sub-Saharan Africa

Supporting post-COVID recovery and growth in key sectors