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"Cross borders with confidence" podcast series

Analyzing the critical cross-border issues.

In our global, interconnected world, we want to give our clients the confidence to make the right decision at the right time.

To help you prepare for the challenges ahead, our US lawyers come together with their colleagues from around the world to discuss issues that matter most to global businesses. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

View from the Valley #2: diversity, IPOs and director compensation

In the second of a series of regular updates from our team in northern California, Boris FeldmanSarah SolumMaj VaseghiJohn Fisher and Doru Gavril take a look at three of the hottest issues in tech and life sciences – diversity, exit options and board pay.

View from the Valley #1: the impact of COVID-19

In the first of a series of dispatches from our team in northern California, Boris FeldmanSarah SolumMaj VaseghiJohn Fisher and Doru Gavril explore the impact of the COVID crisis on everything from shareholder activism to securities litigation.

Top 40 US public M&A deals survey

What trends have we seen in the biggest US public M&A deals since 2015?

US M&A partners Peter Lyons and Matthew Herman discuss the results of their survey of the merger agreements for the top 40 US domestic and inbound deals by value over the last four years. They explore various aspects of these agreements, including deal leaks, risk allocation, changes in regulation and the effects of CFIUS.

The impact of EU regulation on US tech

How should US technology companies approach EU regulators?

Partners Natasha Good, Eric Mahr, Thomas Janssens and James Aitken, and Senior Associate Jennifer Mellott, discuss messages delivered by Nick Banasevic, European Commission, during the FT – Freshfields briefing that took place in Silicon Valley on the approach US tech companies should have towards EU regulators.

Foreign investment review: shifting sands

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.

Fuji-Xerox: Don’t Copy This

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

US partners Peter Lyons, Matthew 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.

Foreign investment review: the state of play

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.

Foreign investment review: Broadcom–Qualcomm 

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.

Class actions go global

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.

GDPR for US companies

The EU general data protection regulation (GDPR) sets a new standard for how companies can deal with individually identifiable information.

Adam Siegel, the head of the litigation practice group for Freshfields in the US, interviews two of his European colleagues, Giles Pratt (UK) and Norbert Nolte (Germany), about the ins and outs of GDPR and what the law is likely to mean for US companies.

US tax reform

Historic changes to the US tax code could disrupt global business, creating new risks for some and new opportunities for others. 

Freshfields Regional Managing Partner Peter Lyons interviews tax partners Robert Scarborough and Claude Stansbury about two key takeaways from the reforms: the expected impact on M&A and the new – and significant – incentives for relocating certain business segments to the US.

Auction strategies

Whether you’re on the buy or sell side of an M&A auction, acting quickly and confidently is more important than ever.  

Our co-heads of global M&A, Matthew Herman and Bruce Embley, are joined by partner Arun Balasubramanian to discuss the increasingly fast-paced world of M&A auctions, including an examination of current trends and effective strategies in the US, UK and Asia.

'Wait, what?' moments in cross-border M&A

A US business looking to acquire a company in the UK or Germany first needs to understand how different dealmaking can be in those two jurisdictions.

Freshfields US Regional Managing Partner Peter Lyons speaks with leading M&A colleagues – Jennifer Bethlehem and Piers Prichard Jones (UK) and Rick van Aerssen (Germany) – about their markets, diving deep into the regional differences that might influence your company’s decision on how – and where – it expands through outbound M&A.

New regimes, new rules?

When scrutinising concentrations, the EU and US antitrust authorities have traditionally worked together closely. But their approaches are beginning to diverge.

Freshfields partners Matthew Herman, Paul Yde and Thomas Janssens talk through what this means for big cross-border mergers – and make their predictions for the future.

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