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A practical tool covering key aspects of the legal and regulatory M&A framework in nearly 40 countries

Conducting cross-border M&A transactions in the current climate is more challenging than ever – in addition to an economic slowdown and geopolitical concerns, businesses continue to face a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain legal and regulatory landscape. So, staying up to date on the latest market trends and legal developments is critical.

Our Global Private M&A Guide provides quick, easy and customized access to the key legal and regulatory considerations affecting private M&A work across the world.

This guide examines the impact of new and existing laws on deal structuring and private M&A generally in nearly 40 countries. It provides a holistic overview of the key legal and regulatory M&A framework through all stages of the transaction process, including structuring the deal, getting to signing, integration and understanding the broader legal landscape – foreign investment restrictions, antitrust issues, tax considerations, employment law obligations and anti-bribery concerns.

The online interactive version of the guide allows you to filter data by jurisdiction or topic, compare data across jurisdictions and topics or examine one particular jurisdiction in depth. The guide content is also available in PDF.

Global Private M&A Guide

We hope you find this guide useful in your M&A journey!

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Michael F. DeFranco currently serves as Chair of the Firm's Global M&A Practice Group. He advises clients on transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance issues and disclosure concerns. His extensive experience includes representing multinational companies in both public and private acquisitions and divestitures.


Karen joined Baker McKenzie's Kuala Lumpur office in 1998 and has been a partner in the Firm's London office since 2007. She is the global chair of Private Equity, having previously served as EMEA chair of Private Equity. She is also a member of the London Management Committee.


Helen Bradley is a partner in the Firm’s Public Company team in London and heads the Corporate Finance group. She was seconded to The Panel on Takeovers & Mergers in May and is listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100.


Matthew Dening is the Chair of the Firm's Global Derivatives Practice and a member of the Firm’s Structured Capital Markets Group in the London office. He focuses his practice primarily on cross-border structured finance transactions involving derivatives, repos and securities lending, as well as the regulation of financial products under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), MiFID II and the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR). Matthew has received acknowledgement from numerous legal industry guides. He has been ranked as a leading expert by Chambers & Partners since 2005, and is currently ranked Band 1 in Structured Finance & Derivatives in the most recent Global edition. They highlight that he "understands complex problems very well, and is able to think about business issues in conjunction with legal requirements," as well as being "incredibly responsive and client-friendly." He regularly acts for buy-side derivatives firms. The UK Legal 500 note him as "a true expert in this area of law, a pleasant person who can explain very difficult matters clearly." Matthew is a member of the Editorial Board of Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Finance Law. He is a frequent speaker and guest panellist at conferences in both the derivative and structured product area, as well as law firm management. He was recently a guest panellist at Thomson Reuters Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law in 2019.


James P. O’ Brien chairs the Firm’s Global Projects Practice Group. He serves as counsel in major project and infrastructure transactions such as power generation and waste recycling facilities. Both on behalf of project sponsors and lenders, Mr. O’Brien has led moving complex projects through development, project financing and operation. He has also been lead counsel on limited recourse project financings, using traditional bank debt, leveraged leases and Rule 144A capital markets issues. And during project development, he has successfully managed complex siting, permitting and transaction issues.