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Private Equity Market Study, Seventh Edition

By David J. Walker, Tom D. Evans, and Catherine Campbell Current Trends The M&A market is constantly evolving — from the predominantly seller’s market of H2 2019, to the tumultuous times of H1 2020, dynamics are shifting. Deal terms vary by transaction size, industry sector, and jurisdiction. Having a thorough knowledge of market trends is … Continue Reading

Private M&A Market Study, Seventh Edition

By Robbie McLaren and Catherine Campbell Current Trends The M&A market is constantly evolving — from the predominantly seller’s market of H2 2019, to the tumultuous times of H1 2020, dynamics are shifting. Deal terms vary by transaction size, industry sector, and jurisdiction. Having a thorough knowledge of market trends is critical to negotiating and … Continue Reading

Earnouts Are Rising Across Europe, But Can They Unlock COVID-19 Valuation Gaps?

Despite practical challenges, earnouts are a tool that PE buyers should increasingly consider to reconcile differences and get deals done. By Alexander Benedetti, Giancarlo D’Ambrosio, Sebastian Pauls, Laura Kichenside, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker The use of earnouts, though historically disliked by PE buyers, is increasing across Europe. Earnouts can provide a way … Continue Reading

Healthcare AI Deals a Tonic for Private Equity Investors

Healthcare artificial intelligence is a promising sector for PE investors that requires careful navigation, particularly given divergent regulatory approaches. By Jon Fox, Frances Stocks Allen, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker PE funds invested more than US$14 billion in healthcare (including pharma) in 2019, up from US$3.5 billion in 2013, and interest is likely … Continue Reading

Transacting With Troubled Companies – 3 Tips for PE Deal Teams Navigating Stressed, Distressed, and Insolvent Acquisitions

Successfully executing an acquisition from stress, distress, or insolvency requires a creative approach to reconcile competing interests. By Simon Baskerville, Jack Isaacs, Hyo Joo Kim, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a heightened risk of financial difficulty and insolvency for companies. Whilst there have been relatively few formal insolvencies … Continue Reading

PE Can Pursue PIPE Dreams

European PIPEs — which have experienced an uptick due to COVID-19-related market volatility — present unique structural, informational, and governance considerations for private equity investors. By Richard Butterwick, Chris Horton, Tobias Larisch, Harald Selzner, Anna Ngo, Hector Sants, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker European private investments in public equity (PIPEs) have historically been … Continue Reading

Focus on Culture and Conduct Brings New Considerations for Corporates and Investors

Companies and investors must consider the impact that poor corporate culture may have on their potential to achieve an exit, in particular an IPO. By David Berman, Richard Butterwick, Chris Horton, Robbie McLaren, Anna Ngo, Nell Perks, Catherine Campbell, and Charlotte Collins It is now apparent that no institution or business unit, whatever its geography, … Continue Reading

Foreign Investment Controls — Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?

Amid FDI screening regime expansion, deal teams have opportunities to capitalise on newly available exemptions, but must beware novel complexities. By Jonathan Parker, Rachel K. Alpert, Stephanie Adams, Gillian Bourke, Zachary N. Eddington, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker US intervention in the proposed acquisition of hotel-software company StayNTouch by a Chinese investor and … Continue Reading

Culture and Conduct Ahead of Exit — Key Points for Private Equity

Buyout firms planning an acquisition or preparing a portfolio company for exit must consider the impact of poor corporate culture, particularly on a potential IPO. By David Berman, Chris Horton, Robbie McLaren, Anna Ngo, Nell Perks, Charlotte Collins, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker No institution, whatever its geography, industry, sector, or size, is … Continue Reading

Scoring on Sports Deals

Buyout firms must beware the unique legal, regulatory, and commercial issues that can complicate sports transactions and impact returns. By Patrick Mitchell, Alex McCarney, Stewart Robinson, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker Private equity interest in sports assets has grown over the last few years, with investments in teams, leagues, and other members of … Continue Reading

The Lipstick Effect — Are Kylie Jenner and New Technologies Making Beauty Deals Increasingly Attractive for Private Equity?

Digital due diligence becomes increasingly important when buying digitally native beauty brands. By Deborah J. Kirk, Linzi Thomas, Camilla J. Dutton, Laura Kichenside, Catherine Campbell, Tom Evans, and David Walker Recent high-profile beauty M&A deals, coupled with current economic uncertainty, have brought renewed interest in the “lipstick effect”. Much cited in the aftermath of the … Continue Reading

Minimising and Mitigating Risk in M&A — Trusted Tools and New Solutions

By Richard Butterwick, Nick Cline, Robbie McLaren, Terry Charalambous, and Catherine Campbell In a complex and competitive market, minimising and mitigating risk in M&A is a key concern for deal teams. High demand for assets saw strong deal volumes and values in 2019, following a standout year in 2018. The search for opportunity has brought large corporates … Continue Reading

No-Poach Prosecutions: A Growing Problem for M&A Deal Teams?

M&A deal teams should take note of heightened scrutiny of HR and employment practices by antitrust enforcers in the US and Europe. By Richard Butterwick, David Little, Elizabeth Prewitt, Sarah Gadd, Joshua Chalkley, Anuj Ghai, Catherine Campbell, and Peter Citron No-poach, non-solicitation, and wage-fixing agreements — arrangements between companies seeking to agree wages, or prevent … Continue Reading

Introducing Latham’s Guide to Acquiring a US Public Company

Considerations for non-US acquirers looking to buy a publicly traded US-based company in a negotiated (i.e., friendly) transaction. By Thomas W. Christopher, Bradley C. Faris, Alexander B. Johnson, Amanda P. Reeves, Les P. Carnegie, Kristin N. Murphy, and Kaitlin Verber In 2019, the public M&A market in the US continued at a strong level. A … Continue Reading

Fund-to-Fund Transfers on the Rise as Deal Flow Slows

Negotiating market price, fund economics, management and other investors, documents, and approvals are key to leveraging fund-to-fund transfers. By Nick Benson, Tom Evans, Huw Thomas, David Walker, Katie Peek, and Catherine Campbell Following significant fundraising activity, sponsors have substantial capital at their disposal. However, in Europe, there were 564 deals worth US$72.8 billion in the first half … Continue Reading

50 Shades of Green Finance: An Untapped Opportunity for Private Equity

Sustainable finance and its surrounding infrastructure offers growing potential for deals and green innovation. By Tom Evans, Paul Davies, David Walker, Ignacio Domínguez, Michael Green, Aaron Franklin, Laura Kichenside, and Catherine Campbell The global sustainable finance market has expanded rapidly in recent years, approaching US$320 billion in new issuances in the first 10 months of 2019. … Continue Reading

W&I Insurance: Exclusions and Solutions for Private Equity

How can deal teams capitalise on the latest trend in the deal insurance market to improve bid success? By Tom Evans, Paul Davies, David Walker, Michael Green, Aoife McCabe, Harry Redford, Catherine Campbell, and Amy Watkins The emergence of contingent risk insurance policies, which address known risks that would otherwise be excluded from coverage under traditional W&I insurance, is … Continue Reading

No-Poach Prosecutions: A Growing Problem for Private Equity?

Buyout firms and portfolio companies beware increased interest in no-poach and wage-fixing agreements from antitrust enforcers in the US and Europe. By Tom Evans, David Little, David Walker, Elizabeth Prewitt, Sarah Gadd, Joshua Chalkley, Anuj Ghai, Catherine Campbell, and Peter Citron Buyout firms and portfolio companies should take note of heightened scrutiny of HR and employment practices by … Continue Reading

Baking the Books — Recent Instances of Fraud Highlight the Need for Vigilance in M&A Deals

Buyers’ best defence against M&A fraud requires rigorous, pre-closing due diligence — when fraud is suspected, deal teams should seek legal advice and proceed with caution. Oliver Browne, Richard Butterwick, Alanna Andrew, Frederick Brodie, Connor Cahalane, and Catherine Campbell Recent high-profile fraud cases gravely illustrate how a failure to detect fraudulent activity can cause lasting damage … Continue Reading

Protect Your Antitrust Privilege — Why M&A Dealmakers Must Take a Strategic Approach to Privilege

Companies must mitigate risks to antitrust privilege posed by cross-border megadeals and increased regulatory demand for documentation. Richard Butterwick, John Colahan, Martin Davies, Jonathan Parker, Oliver Middleton, Gregory Bonné, and Catherine Campbell A strong M&A market has driven a high volume of megadeals across the globe in recent years, with acquirers turning to ambitious transactions. Antitrust issues frequently arise … Continue Reading

Making Your Carve-out a Clean Cut

Buyers and sellers can make the most of divestments through a value-centered approach to planning and post-closing transitional service agreements. By Richard Butterwick, Robbie McLaren, Emily Cridland, and Katie Campbell In the current deal market, corporates are taking an increasingly strategic and value-centred approach to planning carve-outs and divestments in order to maximise value. According … Continue Reading

Navigating M&A in 2019 — How Deal Terms Are Responding to the Current M&A Market

Drawing on Latham’s Sixth Private M&A Market Study, we explore trends and developments in consideration mechanics and deal conditionality. Richard Butterwick, Martin Saywell, Simon J. Tysoe, Catherine Campbell, and Richard George Uncertainty has been a significant market factor in 2019. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union, protectionist responses to China as a global investor, … Continue Reading

New Challenges for Transitional Services Agreements in Financial Services M&A

Subcontractors, security, and audit and termination rights will require special consideration under forthcoming EBA outsourcing guidelines. Richard Butterwick, Deborah J. Kirk, Fiona M. Maclean, Samantha Peacock, Kirsty Watkins, and Catherine Campbell Recent growth in divestiture and carve-out deals in the M&A landscape, including the financial sector, has brought renewed focus to transitional services agreements (TSAs), which … Continue Reading

Will the Increase in Cross-Channel Deals Require an Anglo-French Approach to Management Equity?

As management terms converge, deal teams must still navigate cross-border differences in ratchets, put and call options, and management warranties. By Alexander Benedetti, Tom Evans, David Walker, Neil Campbell, Catherine Campbell, and Eric Loubet French and UK private equity firms are increasingly looking across the Channel for attractive buyout opportunities. Cross-border transactions involving French and UK … Continue Reading
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