Outbound Investment

GLOBAL M&A Statistical Update – XBMA Annual Review for 2018

Executive Summary/Highlights: Global M&A volume in 2018 reached US$4.0 trillion, a level achieved only once before in the last decade (2015). 2018 was a notably strong year for cross-border M&A, despite escalating trade tensions and anti-globalist rhetoric. US$1.6 trillion (39%) of deals in 2018 were cross-border transactions, approximating recent highs in terms of both dollar … Continued

Editors’ Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for Third Quarter 2018

Executive Summary/Highlights: Global M&A in 2018 is at record levels, and at the current pace could approach 2007’s all-time high of almost US$5 trillion. Cross-border dealmaking has surged, with the volume of cross-border M&A over the first three quarters of 2018 already far surpassing that of all of 2017. Likewise, the market for mega-deals remains … Continued

Editors’ Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the XBMA Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for Second Quarter 2018

Executive Summary/Highlights: The global M&A environment continued to show historic strength in 2018, as global deal volume reached nearly US$1.3 trillion for the second quarter and US$2.5 trillion for the first half of the year. Global M&A activity has enjoyed a steady climb over the last several quarters and has increased sharply since Q3 2017, … Continued

Editors’ Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the XBMA Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.

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CHINESE UPDATE – NDRC New Regulation Simplifies its Approval/Filing Procedures over Outbound Investment Projects

Highlights NDRC launches new regulations, which indicates further relaxation measures on PRC outbound investment. The controversial “road-pass” requirement has been removed. The NDRC approval and filing requirement has been changed from a condition for effectiveness of the acquisition contract to a condition for closing. Main Article On December 26, 2017, the National Development and Reform … Continued

Editors’ Note: Contributed by Adam Li, a partner at JunHe and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable. Mr. Li is a leading expert in international mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and international financial transactions involving Chinese companies. This article was authored by Mr. Yi Wang, and Ms. Fang He, both partners at JunHe. Fang is also a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Mr. Wang has broad experience in capital markets and private equity, and Ms. He is specialized in cross-border M&A, private equity, trust and assets management.

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U.S. / U.K. UPDATE: Corporate Governance — the New Paradigm

Main Article: This week witnessed two very significant developments in the new paradigm for corporate governance, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K. Both will have cross-border impact. Both have the purpose of promoting investment to achieve sustainable long-term investment and growth. In the U.K., government proposals for corporate governance reform center on … Continued

Editor’s Note: This article was authored by Martin Lipton and Sabastian V. Niles of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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CHINESE UPDATE — SASAC to Strengthen Supervision on Outbound Investment of Central Enterprises

Highlights: SASAC issued new regulations recently, under which SASAC has adopted the concept of Negative List, and further strengthened its supervision of outbound investment by central enterprises. Main Article The State-owned Asset Supervision & Administration Commission of the State Council (“SASAC”) published the Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Outbound Investment of Central Enterprises … Continued

Editors’ Note: Contributed by Mr. Adam Li, a partner at JunHe, and member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable. Mr. Li is a leading expert in international mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and international financial transactions involving Chinese companies.  Authored by Ms. Fang He, a partner at JunHe and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.  Ms. He has broad experience in M&A, outbound investment, foreign direct investment, and private equity.  Ms. Qingxin Yang, an associate at JunHe, helped preparing the article.

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Promoting Long-Term Value Creation – The Launch of the Investor Stewardship Group (ISG) and ISG’s Framework for U.S. Stewardship and Governance

Executive Summary/Highlights: A long-running, two-year effort by the senior corporate governance heads of major U.S. investors to develop the first stewardship code for the U.S. market culminated today in the launch of the Investor Stewardship Group (ISG) and ISG’s associated Framework for U.S. Stewardship and Governance. Investor co-founders and signatories include U.S. Asset Managers (BlackRock; … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain, Sabastian V. Niles and Sara J. Lewis of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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CHINESE UPDATE – Limitations on Overseas Direct Investment, A First Step of Temporary Capital Controls?

Main Article: During this sensitive time when capital control measures are about to come out, through an interview of officials of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”), the Xinhua News Agency on December 8 revealed the details and direction of policy on the recent tightening of overseas direct investment (“ODI“).  The effects on ODI … Continued

Editors’ Note: Contributed by Adam Li, a partner at JunHe, and member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable. Mr. Li is a leading expert in international mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and international financial transactions involving Chinese companies. This article was authored by Natasha Xie, a partner based in JunHe’s Shanghai offices who specializes in foreign direct investment, M&A, banking and finance.

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The Dutch Corporate Governance Code and The New Paradigm

Executive Summary/Highlights: The new Dutch Corporate Governance Code, issued December 8, 2016, provides an interesting analog to The New Paradigm, A Roadmap for an Implicit Corporate Governance Partnership Between Corporations and Investors to Achieve Sustainable Long-Term Investment and Growth, issued September 2, 2016, by the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. The new … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by Martin Lipton, Steven A. Rosenblum, Karessa L. Cain, Sabastian V. Niles and Sara J. Lewis of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

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CHINESE UPDATE – Outbound Investment — Managing risks and exiting with grace

Executive Summary/Highlights: China’s outward foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased substantially over the past decade.  At US$111.5 billion in total in 2015, outbound FDI exceeded inbound FDI for the second year running.  Aided by the creation of new / simplified regulatory channels, China’s outbound FDI is expected to grow more than 10% per year for … Continued

Editors’ Note: Susan Ning, a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable, contributed this paper.  Ms. Ning heads King & Wood Commercial and Regulatory Group and is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the field, with many years of experience working with MOFCOM to secure merger clearance.  This article was authored by King & Wood Mallesons partner Neil Carabine, of the firm’s Hong Kong office.

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