The topic for this year's Mid-Year Regional Conference to be held at our offices in Brussels on Monday 10 October 2016 is to present “Government’s role and regulatory tools in cross-border transactions between Asia Pacific and Europe”.
Please note that a registration fee will be required to participate.
For more information, please contact Sofie Van Yperzeele. If you wish to receive the invitation, please register here.
In the first quarter of 2016, major cross-border transactions have continued to make the headlines. As part thereof, China has claimed its largest quarterly share of global mergers and acquisitions on record, with mainland companies’ takeovers of foreign targets accounting for almost one-sixth of global deal activity. Recipient jurisdictions often view cross-border investments as a mixed blessing – balancing strengthened economic relations against concerns about the loss of decision-making centres as well as against policy considerations such as security, (lack of) reciprocity and fears of erosion of environmental and social responsibility standards. At the same time, developed world companies that have invested in or are investing in lower-cost jurisdictions are faced with headwinds such as limited market access, perceived selective enforcement of such jurisdictions' domestic laws, and generally more assertive supervision of their activities by government.
Against this background, the Regional Conference will review and discuss the various tools and regulations that governments over the world are increasingly using to monitor cross-border deal activity.
Topics that will be discussed include:
Market restrictions in emerging economies
“Going out” – domestic encouragement of outbound transactions
Granting of market status economy to China
Security considerations in assessing and authorising foreign investment: is yoghurt a vital national asset? The reach and influence of CFIUS and other similar regimes.
Antitrust review as a policy instrument? The Hutchison O2 case. Are SOEs amalgated to their shareholder-state?
Bidding wars : a panel discussion around some recent cases (Starwood, Club Med, Kuka, Toshiba and others).
Sponsors of this conference:
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association ("IPBA") is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or otherwise have a strong interest in, the Asia-Pacific Region. It was established in April 1991 at an organizing conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from countries within the Asia-Pacific Region. Since then, it has grown to become the preeminent legal association in this Region, with membership drawn from throughout the world, and currently has over 1500 members from over 65 jurisdictions worldwide. The IPBA's principal activities include its Annual General Meeting and Conference, which provides a unique opportunity for lawyers interested in the Asia-Pacific Region to discuss legal, business and policy issues affecting this Region in a manner that fosters collegiality and the development of close personal and professional relationships that enhance legal practice opportunities through professional networking. The IPBA also holds a mid-year meeting of the council devoted to its business affairs, after which a conference on current substantive legal issues is held.