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Find out more about takeover bids and the legislation used to regulate and supervise takeovers. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to guidance, regulations and recent developments.

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A practitioner's guide to the City Code on takeovers and mergers
Annual publication providing practical commentary and guidance on the work of the City of London's takeover watchdog.


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Due diligence: an M&A value creation approach

A guide to mergers and acquisitions with an emphasis on the due diligence process.

Mergers and acquisitions basics: the key steps of acquisitions, divestitures, and investments

The goal of this book is to provide the reader with a primer and overview of the key steps and features of most deals.

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Online articles

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How fee details can make or break a takeover

If an acquiring advisory firm doesn't adequately consider the nuts and bolts of a seller's fee structure and billing processes, headaches are guaranteed. The article discusses the importance of identifying the fee structure and billing processes of registered investment advisors (RIAs) firm prior to its acquisition and takeover. It explains the legal consequences of fee schedules under due diligence, billing processes, and fee adjustments. It notes the expertise and talent of advisors to retain clients.

Striking a fair balance in UK Takeover Law: Market Interests, Power of Regulation, and Enforcement

In this article, the author identifies the main characteristics of the UK takeover regulatory regime, which is unique compared to other models in advanced capital markets - the principal values of the Takeover Code, the functional constitution of the Takeover Panel, the expertise-based approach to enforcement, and the minimal intervention of the judiciary help strike a fair balance among various market interests.

European hunters take aim at US targets

The article focuses on the move of a number of European companies to acquire companies in the U.S., including the takeover of Silego Technology by Dialog Semiconductor of Great Britain for 306 million U.S. dollars

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Useful links

City Code on Takeovers and Mergers
Full text of the most recent version of the Code available to download in PDF format.

Takeover Panel
Regulatory body which administers the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. The site provides the full Code, related documents, disclosure forms, the disclosure table and practice statements.

EC Directive on Takeover Bids (2004/25/EC)
The EU directive, implemented in May 2004, aims to provide a common framework for takeover regulation.


A guide to takeovers in the United Kingdom
A sixty page guide from law firm Slaughter & May which covers takeovers of UK incorporated and listed companies subject to The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Updated in January 2018.

Guide to public takeovers in Europe
This guide provides a general overview of the law and regulations applicable to public takeover offers. Published jointly between the law firms De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Netherlands), Slaughter and May (UK), Bredin Prat (France), BonelliErede (Italy), Hengeler Mueller (Germany) and Uría Menéndez (UK). Updated in June 2016.

Change to companies subject to the UK Takeover Code
A briefing from international law firm Clifford Chance on changes that take effect from 30 September 2013, altering the residency test and drawing additional companies into the scope of the code. Published in May 2013.

Strategic acquisitions
Business guide from Atom Content Marketing.

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