About the Committee
Corporate law is central to every modern economy, whether developed or developing.
Internationalisation and globalisation of economic activity make corporate law and mergers and acquisitions issues central to the practice of business law.
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee aspires to be the leading global forum for the education, exchange of know-how and networking of corporate, corporate compliance, private equity and M&A practitioners around the world.
The Committee pursue our goals through three main initiatives:
- The organisation of regular (annual or bi-annual) M&A specialist conferences around the globe.
- The online publication of country-by-country legal guides on important corporate and M&A related topics.
- The offering of a comprehensive programme of interactive panels and events during the IBA Annual Conference, with educational sessions aimed at more junior fellow attorneys, highly sophisticated panels for the more seasoned professional and a committee dinner that regularly draws over 200 M&A practitioners from around the world.
The Committee presents sessions at IBA Annual Conferences on methods of delivering legal education, including skills training and electronic presentation. It also presents programming on other issues of great importance to law schools, such as accreditation, job placement of graduates and the role of law schools in continuing the professional development of their graduates. In addition, the committee organises law book donations to law faculties in developing countries and contributes to the IBA developing bar conferences when appropriate. The committee publishes a newsletter annually.
Podcast: Brazilian private equity
How is private equity navigating the current market, with its high inflation and interest rates and with risk aversion being a dominant force in so many markets around the globe? To find out and to assess the situation in Brazil in particular, Camila Goldberg, Secretary of the IBA Corporate Membership Subcommittee, interviewed Rodrigo Boscolo, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at GP Investments, an alternative investment firm established in 1993.
Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences
Negotiating the governance rules that are applicable post-closing in a corporate finance transaction is crucial – whether the transaction is a round of funding, an leveraged buyout operation or even an acquisition. This article assesses the process of doing so in France.
Released on Nov 29, 2023
The in-house perspective – session report from the IBA 20th Annual International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference (2023)
This session at the IBA 20th Annual International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference focused on artificial intelligence (AI). The panel discussed three sub-topics in particular: adop-tion of AI by businesses and the role of general counsel in this respect; intellectual property (IP) issues/strategies related to AI; and the adoption of AI by legal departments.
Released on Sep 17, 2023
This session included a look at the key factors leading to the current downturn in M&A, namely availability of financing (which is at its most expensive since the global financial crisis); valuations (equity valuations reasonable on a current basis, but there is a gap in buyer/seller expectations); and boardroom/CEO confidence (decision-makers need confidence in their ability to predict the future – this is very hard now as there no consensus, and this stifles M&A activity).
Released on Aug 06, 2023
Technology transactions and technology itself have been a huge factor in global M&A, and corporate law and governance, over the last few years. During this panel discussion, speakers broadly discussed technology M&A, including: the latest deals, complications and lessons learned; the impact of macro trends on tech M&A; and the impact of technology in M&A, including cybersecurity, privacy, and foreign investment reviews of technology transactions.
Released on Aug 06, 2023
Subcommittees and other groups
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.
- Corporate and M&A Law Committee Advisory Board
- Corporate Governance and Activism Subcommittee
The Corporate Governance Subcommittee of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee is responsible for reviewing corporate governance issues and trends and encourages and promotes knowledge-sharing among its members, through publications and participation in conferences.
- Corporate Membership Subcommittee
The Current Legal Developments Subcommittee (CLD) of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee provides updates and analysis on legal developments to practitioners and other parties interested in international corporate and M&A law. The focus is on current trends and anticipated changes in the law affecting corporate and M&A practice.
- Private Equity Subcommittee
The Private Equity Subcommittee (PE) of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee provides updates and analysis on legal developments to practitioners and other parties interested in international private equity law.
Projects and reports
Foreign direct investment guide 2022
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee has produced a new guide covering the highly relevant topic of foreign investment control across 29 countries. This guide is intended to offer practitioners easy access to the relevant applicable rules, answering, in a consistent fashion across jurisdictions, the most frequently raised questions in relation to foreign direct investment (FDI) rules relevant to M&A transactions. To further facilitate research work, each national report includes an alphabetical index of the key relevant topics. The guide is up-to-date as of mid-2022.
Minority shareholder rights guide 2022
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee has prepared a minority shareholder rights guide with chapters for over 20 countries around the world. This guide is intended as a high-level, practical guide for practitioners who are looking for an introduction to the laws of each relevant jurisdiction relating to the rights of, and protections for, minority shareholders. The guides include a summary of those rights and the percentage threshold at which the various protections become available. The guide has been updated for 2022.
Corporate and M&A Law/Corporate Counsel Forum: Directors’ Duties Checklist
The Directors' Duties Checklist is a joint project of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee and the Corporate Counsel Forum.
The checklist provides a practical perspective on the duties of directors imposed by jurisdictions around the world and includes an overview of the applicable statutory and regulatory regime in each jurisdiction.
IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee Legal Due Diligence Guidelines
The IBA Corporate & M&A Law Committee, with contributions from a significant number of IBA Committees across various areas of practice, has published a set of guidelines for conducting legal due diligence investigations in the context of M&A transactions.
The objective of these guidelines is to provide useful information on topics that are relevant in M&A legal due diligence, as well as practical guidance for conducting well-organised due diligence processes. In this regard, these Guidelines are intended to serve as an overview and baseline to legal practitioners around the world, promoting a broader comprehension of what would be expected by clients and, therefore, helping to improve the quality of due diligence investigations.
Financial assistance guides 2022
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee has updated its financial assistance guide with chapters for more than 35 countries around the world. This guide is intended as a high-level, practical guide for practitioners who are looking for an introduction to the laws of each relevant jurisdiction relating to financial assistance when purchasing shares.
Negotiated M&A guides 2022
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee has updated its negotiated M&A guide with chapters from more than 40 countries. The negotiated M&A guides deal with negotiated acquisitions of private companies and are aimed at providing a general overview of acquisition structure options and the essential provisions contained in a standard acquisition agreement in each jurisdiction. The material is intended as a high-level, practical guide for practitioners and others who are looking for an introduction to the laws of each relevant jurisdiction relating to negotiated acquisitions.