Market Intelligence

Respected opinion, expert judgement

 

Lexology GTDT: Market Intelligence provides a unique perspective on evolving legal and regulatory landscapes in major jurisdictions around the world. Through engaging, easily comparable interviews, the series provides the legal profession's thought leaders with a platform for sharing their views on current market conditions and developments in the law.

Market Intelligence offers readers a highly accessible take on the crucial issues of the day and an opportunity to discover more about the people behind the most interesting cases and deals.

Cartels

Cartel enforcement remains a top priority for competition authorities around the world. While the covid-19 pandemic led the relevant enforcement authorities to recognise the extreme difficulties faced by companies as a result (with the European Commission even going so far as to formally relax certain antitrust provisions regarding competitor cooperation), they nevertheless maintained a strict approach to cartel enforcement.

Project Finance

Project finance in 2020 did not go according to plan in most of the world. Covid-19 saw to that. But, despite the pandemic's extensive and frightening impact worldwide, and the resulting slowdown in deal flow, it was encouraging to see how many project finance participants were generally able to recover from the initial shock and adapt their working habits to ensure that many significant project finance deals across a range of sectors were nevertheless closed in 2020.

R&I

The global impact of the covid-19 pandemic cannot be overstated. The pandemic, together with the measures that governments took to combat it (social distancing and otherwise), had a dramatic effect on large swathes of the global economy. Some of these consequences were felt immediately, while others may linger for years to come. But 2020 will also be remembered as a tale of two years. 

Labour & Employment

Global interview panel led by DLA Piper

Unquestionably, a significant challenge facing most employers globally over the past year has been the coronavirus pandemic. This has predominated over everything else, as employers have attempted to survive economic challenges to their business due to covid-19, while also maintaining a safe and productive work environment.

M&A

Global interview panel led by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

The first half of 2020, characterised by the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, evoked activity levels reminiscent of 2008 and 2009, with deal volumes falling 32 per cent from 10,155 deals in the first half of 2019 to 6,938 transactions in 2020.

Merger Control

Global interview panel led by White & Case LLP

Merger control has seen a number of developments in 2020, some related to the repercussions of the covid-19 pandemic, others born out of the ambitions and changes sought by individual competition authorities or unexpected jurisprudence.

Digital Transformation

Global interview panel led by Kemp IT Law

Nebulous and potentially boundaryless, digital transformation can be challenging to articulate clearly.

Private Equity

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett leads the global interview panel

During the first half of 2020, global M&A deal volume and value measured in dollars experienced a significant reduction from 2019 levels, with less cross-border M&A activity in large part due to the direct and indirect business impacts of, and market uncertainty stemming from, the covid-19 pandemic.

Artificial Intelligence

Global interview panel led by Lee Tiedrich of Covington & Burling 

Artificial intelligence research and adoption continues to expand across many geographical regions and industries, including healthcare, financial services, mobility, energy, transportation and logistics.

Anti-Corruption

Miller & Chevalier Chartered lead the global interview panel

International anti-corruption efforts continue to attract attention from companies, investors and governments of both exporting and host countries, and, in many places, populations in general.

Shipping

Global interview panel led by Kevin Cooper of MFB Solicitors

Although, at the time of writing, it is only a few months since covid-19 caught global attention, the impact on the shipping and insurance industries has already been significant.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

Global panel led by Jason Chipman and Benjamin Powell of WilmerHale

Cybersecurity continues to represent a growing risk for companies around the world, with cyberthreats posed by nation states, commercial competitors, company insiders, transnational organised crime and ‘hacktivists’ continuing to grow on a global basis. 

Dispute Resolution

Global interview panel led by Simon Bushell of Seladore Legal

For us, in the UK at least (and I suspect in many parts of the EU), Brexit has been a major talking point for over four years.