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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At a crossroads: Europe’s auto sector borrowers face change and the effects of events in Ukraine

Vehicle sales rebounded strongly following lockdowns, but Europe’s automotive companies confront a period of significant change as governments phase out combustion engines, supply chain constraints bite and the impacts of events in Ukraine are felt  

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Biden Administration Increases Domestic Content Requirements under Buy American Act, Enhances Price Preferences for Domestic “Critical” Goods
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Biden Administration Announces New Initiatives to Incentivize Clean Manufacturing
Record breaker: US M&A 2021
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Cross-border deals face increased CFIUS scrutiny

Increased sector scope and concerns around a more aggressive approach to identifying non-notified transactions is leading to rising numbers of filings

Record breaker: US M&A 2021
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Antitrust: Extended timelines and broader scope

The Federal Trade Commission is taking an increasingly stringent approach to antitrust investigations

Record breaker: US M&A 2021
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SEC enforcement ramps up

Dealmakers should be braced for a more aggressive stance under Chair Gary Gensler

Record breaker: US M&A 2021
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Notable decisions from Delaware courts

In the second half of 2021, Delaware courts issued several decisions affecting M&A dealmaking

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Drug Pricing Issues to Watch in 2022
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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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Everybody Needs Prior Approval! – The FTC Revives And Expands an Old Enforcement Tool over a Scathing Dissent
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Deputy Attorney General Announces Reinvigorated Focus on Corporate Crime
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US government agencies focus on Africa

Africa is a priority for several Biden administration agencies working in development finance

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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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The Supreme Court's NCAA Decision and Its Implications for Antitrust Law
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Infrastructure M&A forges ahead, even before government boost

After a pause, investment in infrastructure has ballooned, even before the Biden administration's US$1 trillion-plus plan is passed

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US dealmaking braces for more challenging antitrust environment

After campaigning for the presidency on a platform that included more aggressive antitrust enforcement, Joe Biden has taken early steps to honor those pledges

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CFIUS set to continue careful scrutiny under Biden Administration

President Joe Biden's approach to the national security risks posed by foreign-backed M&A may differ in style from his predecessor, but not in substance

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SEC to take tougher line on enforcement

New Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler has put scrutiny of SPACs and private funds at the top of his agenda

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Technology Industry Should Watch Closely as the Executive Branch and Lawmakers Set Their Sights on Antitrust
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Sweeping US Order on “Promoting Competition”

The new Executive Order includes 72 initiatives instructing more than a dozen federal agencies to consider adopting rules intended to enhance competition. 

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More Aggressive White Collar Enforcement Expected Under the Biden Administration
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What’s next for drug pricing in the US?

New challenges may lie ahead for the pharmaceutical industry

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Clarity Emerges in the Aftermath of the SEC Statement on SPAC Warrant Accounting: A Roadmap for the Changes to Permit Equity Classification
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Federal Lawmakers Turn Their Sights to Drug Pricing, Introducing a Package of Bills Seeking Changes to Antitrust and Patent Law
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Biden Orders Assessment of Climate- Related Financial Risk
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US antitrust policy: Revolution or evolution?

Businesses with high market shares may find themselves under the microscope

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US antitrust spotlight on the technology industry

Is 2021 a year of change?

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US antitrust spotlight on the pharmaceutical industry

Companies seeking mergers can expect scrutiny and litigation

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Merging companies: Consider social factors in US antitrust clearance

The benefits of highlighting ESG, jobs and other positive deal impacts 

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Biden Administration reviews US supply chain risks

A focus on “critical” products and sectors could impact manufacturers, distributors and others

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US FDI reviews return to a process-oriented approach

A renewed focus on methodical analysis means careful preparation can improve deal outcomes

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New Biden Administration priorities for US sanctions 

Now is a good time for lenders, borrowers and other businesses to review compliance policies and procedures

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Biden Administration’s “Buy American” order

Companies may need to alter their sourcing and supply chain practices to meet new US government standards 

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Assessing prospects for change under the Biden administration

Consider three factors: likelihood of legislation; complexity of regulatory action; and timeline for infrastructure development

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President Biden and leveraged finance: Short-term stability, long-term change?

Many leveraged finance dealmakers welcomed the certainty and stability President Biden's election brought to capital markets but attention will now turn to what the new administration means for the markets in the long-term

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The Texas Blackout: A Regulatory Retrospective and Future Outlook
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How Cos. Can Weather Growing DOJ Labor Antitrust Scrutiny
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Climate change disputes: Sustainability demands fuelling legal risk

Businesses must be prepared for legal challenges to their activities and proactively take steps to limit their exposure to climate change-related claims

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Carbon capture and storage: The legal and regulatory context

In addition to regulating how CO2 is stored and transported, governments increasingly provide incentives to accelerate adoption of carbon capture and storage

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US Government Pauses Fossil Fuel Leasing on Federal Land in Focus on Climate Change and Environmental Protection