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Thursday 2 February (0845 - 0900)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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Thursday 2 February (0900 - 0945)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

Thursday 2 February (0945 - 1100)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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This session will give an overview over the latest trends and developments in private M&A deals in Europe. In particular, the panel will discuss the following: • Brexit Artificial intelligence in M&A deals • Data protection issues in M&A • Deal term

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Thursday 2 February (1130 - 1230)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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In a cash deal, the roles of the parties are distinct, but in a share for share deal it is not so clear who is the seller and who is the buyer. Also, a company that pays for an acquisition with its own stock shares both the risks and the value of the transaction with the shareholders of the company it acquires. This raises a number of issues, in particular also the question of reciprocal representations and warranties and the appropriate remedies in case of a breach. The panel will identify these issues and discuss approaches on how to handle them.

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Thursday 2 February (1400 - 1500)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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Regulatory pressure, low interest rates and increasing costs are currently making it hard for most banks to increase revenues and profits. As a result, there is significant ongoing consolidation in the industry and market analysts expect more in the future. The panel will analyse and discuss the particular challenges posed by acquisitions in the highly regulated banking sector. This ranges from the swan song on the banking secret over the particularities of purchase price definition to the dance with the regulator(s).

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Thursday 2 February (1530 - 1630)

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Thursday 2 February (1630 - 1730)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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When we are negotiating an issue, are we sure that we are talking about the same thing? Is assuming that a certain concept means the same on another continent, or just in another jurisdiction, a sensible approach in the context of cross-border transactions? The panel will identify a number of legal concepts that regularly play a role in M&A deals and discuss their content from a US, UK and continental European point of view.

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Thursday 2 February (1730 - 1900)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

Thursday 2 February (1930 - 2300)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

Friday 3 February (0900 - 1000)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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Disclosures usually exclude or limit a seller’s liability for breach of representations and warranties. Whereas in the US, only specific disclosures are standard, in Europe disclosure of the whole data room becomes increasingly common. There are several disclosure regimes available and used today in European M&A. The panel will introduce the audience to those regimes and discuss their advantages and disadvantages for a buyer and/or a seller.

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Friday 3 February (1030 - 1130)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum

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All over Europe, competition authorities receive stronger powers of investigation and take a more proactive and much tougher approach to enforcing competition law. The panel will assess those trends and give an overview of competition law aspects that any M&A lawyer needs to know.

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Friday 3 February (1130 - 1230)

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It is only a few words in the remedy provision of an acquisition agreement. Sometimes it is neither debated nor amended from the first draft to signing. And sometimes parties spend whole negotiation sessions on the subject. How important are those buzz words? What do they mean in various jurisdictions? And what are viable compromises? The panel will discuss those questions and, hopefully, give some answers.

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