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30 minutes of audio
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to summarise for listeners some of the key issues currently facing the mergers and acquisitions market. Looking at both the public and private markets, it will address the factors leading to an upturn in activity in recent months, the availability of financing and the shape of deals including innovative risk hedging solutions. The podcast also aims to surmise the changing shape of regulation in the M&A sector, including the UK Stewardship Code and consultation on reforms to the UK’s takeover rules which are likely to impact on the market.

After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of the current health of the public and private M&A market;
  • Be aware of the changing financial climate, how that has impacted upon M&A and what solutions are being found to re-awaken the markets;
  • Understand how the recent financial crisis has affected the terms on which deals are conducted;
  • Be aware of the proposed regulatory changes to public M&A;
  • Understand what role institutional investors and other shareholder groups are having on M&A transactions and whether that will change in the future;
  • Be aware of the proposals for modifying the UK’s corporate takeover rules to guard against short-termism.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Market Update / Hot Topic
Sources and References:
  • Financial Reporting Council's UK Stewardship Code;
  • Takeover Panel's Consultation Paper "Review of Certain Aspects of the Regulation of Takeover Bids".

In this corporate podcast with M&A specialist and partner from Slaughters Richard Smith addresses some of the recent developements in the public and private M&A markets. Addressing finance issues, the shape of deals and the scope of the changing regulatory framework for the sector.

Podcast added: 04/10/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-10-31

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