Tag archives: European M&A

Legal update: new European data privacy law comes into force on May 25, 2018

On May 25, 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. The GDPR will create new requirements for Canadian companies that handle the personal information of European individuals. The GDPR also allows for heavy penalties to be imposed on organizations that fail to comply with this new regulatory regime. Based on this, Canadian companies who are involved in M&A transactions should be sure to determine whether the GDPR applies to a target and carefully consider the risks associated with non-compliance.

The GDPR regulates the processing by an individual, a company or an organization … Continue Reading

A global overview of M&A activity

Despite growing concerns over the state of the Chinese economy, global M&A activity has been quietly growing. According to Mergermarket’s September insider, August 2015 was the highest valued August ever with US$297.8bn total deal value. This 12.7% increase came despite 335 fewer deals when compared to August 2014. The top sector was Industrials & Chemicals with 203 deals accounting for US$76.6bn, a remarkable 291% increase over the previous year. Extraordinarily, 2015 has also been the second highest valued 8 months in Mergermarket history with 7,863 deals worth US$2.5tn falling just behind the record year of 2007 when there were … Continue Reading

European M&A still robust after summer of Greek turmoil

In Sunday’s election, Greece re-elected the left-leaning Syriza party headed by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who will renew his coalition with the nationalist Independent Greeks. Tsipras claims to support the agreement struck in late July between Greece and its creditors. Some observers doubt the government’s ability to meet its commitments under a bailout that has been described as “the most intrusive and punishing set of measures” ever imposed on an EU debtor nation. Others are encouraged by the plan’s commitment to combating cheating and attacking entitlements, which in the long run will produce a healthier Greek economy.… Continue Reading