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.
Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences
Directive (EU) 2019/2121 of 27 November 2019 (known as the Mobility Directive) was published on 12 December 2019 and came into force on 1 January 2020. One of the main objectives of the changes introduced by the Mobility Directive was to ensure that the rights and interests of all stakeholders concerned in a cross-border merger process – in particular shareholders, creditors and employees – are protected and duly taken into account.
Released on Apr 11, 2022
In addition to making India an investor-friendly destination by adopting ‘ease of doing business’ principles, Indian regulators have taken several strides to encourage ESG and sustainability values in the corporate legal regime. This article discusses the key initiatives undertaken by the Indian regulators to increase the ‘sustainability conscience’ of India Inc.
Released on Apr 07, 2022
Portuguese companies are becoming increasingly more ESG-oriented, and trying to be more sustainable, to increase their value and to attract more investors. Some specific sectors are more evolved in this regard – especially the energy sector. Some key developments are pushing towards this transformation, such as Covid-19 and the Ukraine-Russia war.
Released on Mar 31, 2022
Brazilian M&A and venture capital investments have been boosted by the pandemic and by the regulator’s greater openness to technology and innovation, as this article explores.
Released on Mar 31, 2022
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 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.
- Current Legal Developments 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
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 2017
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.
Float guides 2017
The Corporate and M&A Law Committee and the Securities Law Committee have prepared a guide to floats with chapters from more than 30 countries. The Float Guides describe the process in each jurisdiction for an initial public offering by a company, and explain the steps involved and set out a typical timetable. 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 floats.
Role of Board of Directors Facing Strategic Transactions 2016
This guide by the Corporate Governance Subcommittee of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee outlines on a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction basis the role of the board of directors in strategic transactions. In many cases, there are no legal/mandatory obligations or duties that are borne by board members (exceptions include the US). However, soft law is developing rapidly and more recommendations are being put forward to entice boards to take a more proactive role when facing strategic transactions.