Foreign investment review: shifting sands

September 17, 2018

Investment regulation continues to evolve with the US and UK leading the way.

How do businesses need to respond? US partner Mary Lehner is joined by UK partner Michele Davis and US Counsel Shawn Cooley to look at the implications of recent foreign investment review reforms across the US and UK.


The trouble with platforms

July 25, 2018

Digital platforms have revolutionised the way we shop, the way we communicate and the way we book our holidays. But are they really as beneficial for consumers as they seem? Antitrust authorities – particularly in Europe – fear they may not be, and are starting to pay much closer attention to the way they work. Our experts take a look at this emerging battleground and discuss what the crackdown means for the platforms themselves – and the companies that sell through them. 


How to build a digital business

June 26, 2018

Every company wants to become more ‘digital’. But what does that really mean? How do businesses do it? And what does the process involve from a legal perspective?

Matthias KochTheresa EhlenRichard Bird and Caroline Stroud share what they’ve learnt on the front line of digital transformation projects – from how to handle liability risk to the importance of collaboration and the best ways to drive cultural change.


Fuji-Xerox: don’t copy this

June 15, 2018

The recent Fuji-Xerox deal made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

US partners Peter LyonsMatthew Herman and Linda Martin, along with associate Marissa Yu, take a look at what happened – and what the takeaways are for your next major transaction.


The rise of people analytics

May 24, 2018

From sentiment analysis on emails to optimising the recruitment process, people analytics are an emerging tool in human resources. But should employers use them to make decisions about their workers?

Partners Caroline Stroud and Boris Dzida discuss the legal – and ethical – issues people analytics raise.


Class actions go global

May 18, 2018

US-style class actions are not the norm in Europe – but that may be changing.

Freshfields US litigation partner Linda Martin leads a conversation with three of her colleagues from around the firm – Michael Rohls (Germany), Mark Sansom (UK) and Jeroen van Hezewijk (Netherlands) – about recent developments in their countries, as well as what changes are on the horizon.


Definitely maybe. Investigating M&A deal certainty

April 30, 2018

Deals are becoming more complex, more international and subject to increasing regulatory intervention.

Freshfields’ co-heads of global M&A, Matthew Herman and Bruce Embley, discuss how these factors and other macro events are affecting the likelihood of deal success.


Data and merger control

April 27, 2018

Antitrust regulators exist to preserve competitive markets. But in a world where digital businesses can become very powerful very quickly, they are struggling to keep pace.

Partners Rafique BachourBruce McCulloch and Kaori Yamada look at how authorities around the world are adapting their tools for the 21st century – and what this means for M&A.


Foreign investment review: Broadcom–Qualcomm

April 5, 2018

Broadcom's blocked bid for Qualcomm broke new ground for foreign investment review on a number of fronts.

Freshfields’ co-head of global M&A, Matthew Herman, and US counsel Christine Laciak and Shawn Cooley take a deep dive.


Foreign investment review: the state of play

April 5, 2018

Regulators are taking longer to look at international deals involving critical infrastructure and technology.

Matthew Herman, Freshfields’ co-head of global M&A, is joined by Germany partner Frank Roehling and US counsel Christine Laciak and Shawn Cooley to explore the current state of play for foreign investment into the US, the EU and Germany, and what the future holds.