Economic Crime Act 2022 – commencement of further provisions relating to the new register of overseas entities owning UK property

Regulations have been made commencing the remaining provisions of the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (ECA) relating to the new register of overseas entities owning UK property. The new register of overseas entities owning UK property, introduced by the ECA and operated by Companies House, came into effect on 1 August 2022. The ECA requires overseas entities that … Read more

Australian Public M&A Report 2022

This edition examines record breaking $123 billion worth of transactions involving Australian targets listed on the ASX that were conducted by way of takeover bid or scheme of arrangement in the 2022 financial year. Read more

Tax in M&A in the UK and Europe – our updated guide

We have published the 2022 edition of the ‘Tax in M&A in the UK and Europe’ guide produced by Herbert Smith Freehills and other contributors (see the Contributors list for full details). The guide can be accessed here. The Tax in M&A guide accompanies the 2021 edition of our ‘Regulation of Public M&A in the … Read more

New Panel Bulletin on possible offer announcements

The Takeover Panel has published a new Panel Bulletin 5 on possible offer announcements. Panel Bulletins contain guidance to remind people how specific provisions of the Takeover Code operate but do not entail any changes to the interpretation or application of the Code. In the Bulletin the Panel reminds financial advisers in particular that: Immediate announcement – Once … Read more

New and updated guidance on National Security and Investment Act 2021

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published new Market Guidance Notes on the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (NSI Act). It has also updated its guidance on the 17 sectors where acquisitions must be notified under the NSI Act, and published new guidance on the application of the NSI Act to new build downstream gas and … Read more