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2017 M&A and Governance Practice Area Review: Austria

Clemens Philipp Schindler, Schindler Attorneys

By Clemens Philipp Schindler, Schindler Attorneys

In this article, Clemens Philipp Schindler explores the recent trends in the corporate world in Austria including deal activity, the development of the real estate and construction sectors and both public and private M&A transactions. 

M&A and Governance 2017: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal has brought together Nick Miller at Hunt & Hunt, Roman Shulyar at Phenomena and Sergio Michelsen at Brigard & Urrutia to discuss key issues facing corporate lawyers and their clients today.

India – Galloping Towards an Open FDI Regime

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By Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Cyril Shroff assesses India’s recent reforms to its FDI regime highlighting key legislative developments and what this means for the future of corporate activity within the country. 

M&A and Governance 2016: Roundtable

WWL has brought together Jon Webster of Allens, Katrien Vorlat of Stibbe, Fernando de las Cuevas Castresana of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Javier Canosa of Canosa Abogados to discuss key issues facing corporate lawyers and their clients today.

2016 M&A and Governance Practice Area Review: Austria

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By Clemens Philipp Schindler, Schindler Attorneys

As a recent study in M&A Review (January 2016) reports, Austria saw approximately 330 deals in 2015, an increase of 37 per cent from 2014. This makes 2015 one of the top 10 years since 1988, with the period spanning 2000 to 2007 being the strongest, peaking in 2005 with over 500 deals. For both public M&A as well as private M&A activities an increase can be reported for 2015 and early 2016.

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Analysis: Corporate

M&A and Governance 2017: Analysis

Our largest ever survey of the corporate transactional world has yielded a total of 1,407 lawyers around the world from 459 firms in 85 countries. The practitioners listed are known for their outstanding abilities assisting clients with the very highest-value M&A transactions, including private equity deals and joint ventures. We also highlight those lawyers who excel at advising clients on the day-to-day running of their businesses – experts in shareholder issues, directors’ duties and other aspects of company law. The editorial below highlights the standout attorneys from around the world.

M&A and Governance 2017: Due Diligence Accountants Analysis

For the third year running we are delighted to present our comprehensive analysis of the world’s leading due diligence accountants, highlighting 230 prominent names from 50 firms across 48 jurisdictions.

The Big Four accounting firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, EY and Deloitte – once again dominate the research, comprising almost three-quarters of the total listings between them. Meanwhile we also highlight smaller outfits who are home to some of the foremost names in the field. 

M&A and Governance 2017: Trends and Conclusions

Throughout the world 2016 was a significant year: political upheaval and economic uncertainty were at the forefront of our respondents’ minds during our research, as the US elections and Brexit caused some concerns about deal activity. Although most were positive about the current and future states of the market, some regional and sector-specific concerns were noted. However, overall the legal market remains strong and the concept of a “non-busy M&A lawyer” continues to be somewhat oxymoronic.

M&A and Governance 2016: Analysis

WWL's definitive guide to the corporate legal market features over 1,600 lawyers from more than 450 firms across 89 jurisdictions. In this analysis, we highlight the firms and individuals that stand out for their presence in our global research.

Among the dominant US firms we recognise the transatlantic offerings of Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, Cravath, Cleary Gottlieb, and Paul Weiss, as well as Wachtell's first-class New York practice and Delaware’s Richards Layton & Finger. Meanwhile, Stikeman Elliott and Blakes lead the way among Canada’s national firms.

Freshfields top-ranks in both London and Frankfurt, closely followed by Linklater’s highly rated London and Düsseldorf offices. London-based Slaughter and May, and German outfits Hengeler Mueller, Gleiss Lutz, and Noerr are also widely recognised in these key markets.

The most highly regarded individuals in both our M&A and corporate governance chapters are highlighted, as well as the leading due diligence accountants as recommended by their peers and clients.   

Trends in the Corporate Market 2016

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In 2015, mega deals were back on the table as companies gained in confidence due to the improving economy. In the first half of 2015 alone, 28 deals valued at more than $10 billion took place – together amounting to $678.1 billion, the highest value and deal count for any H1 period on Mergermarket’s record, and a mammoth 87.2 per cent leap in value with 12 more announcements compared to H1 2014. Overall, 2015 saw almost $4.9 trillion worth of deals according to research by McKinsey & Company: a 37 per cent rise in deal value from 2014.

M&A and Governance 2015: Analysis

The newly amalgamated M&A and Governance edition offers one of the most definitive guides to the corporate legal market, featuring over 1,600 leading lawyers from more than 430 law firms across 82 countries.

Legal Marketplace Analysis: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

In this edition, Who's Who Legal features 793 lawyers from 347 firms in 82 countries who are considered leaders in the area of merger and acquisition law. Twelve firms in particular stand out. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer once again leads our research with15 individuals singled out, followed closely behind by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom with 13 inclusions. Both Weil Gotshal & Manges and King & Wood Mallesons field 11 lawyers for this edition and Herbert Smith Freehills, Uría Menéndez, Noerr and Slaughter and May garner 10 listings apiece.

We also single out the 10 most highly regarded M&A lawyers in the world, with David Katz and Martin Lipton of Wachtell Lipton Rose & Katz taking the top two positions.

Research: Trends and Conclusions: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

With the benefit of over 15 years of research and thousands of nominations from clients and private practitioners worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the M&A legal market.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Mergers & Acquisitions 2013

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners that stand out worldwide. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP fields the most lawyers in this edition, with a very impressive 15 individuals recognised for their expertise in the M&A market. Following the merger of King & Wood with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in March 2012, King & Wood Mallesons now boasts an enviable international reach and we have included 13 of its lawyers in this edition. They are closely followed by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP which has 11 practitioners recognised and the newly created Herbert Smith Freehills LLP which sees 10 individuals featured.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Mergers & Acquisitions 2013

With the benefit of over 15 years of research and thousands of nominations from clients and private practitioners worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the M&A legal market.

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AB LexMall & Associates

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

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Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

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