After flirting with an all-time volume record over the first half of 2018, the M&A market weathered some headwinds before closing the year on a strong clip. Numerous legal developments played heavily in the market’s ebbs and flows, including tax reform, legislation expanding review of certain cross-border deals by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Brexit and more. The deal market was even impacted by social and political trends, with, for instance, the #MeToo movement reflected in the emergence of the “Weinstein Clause” for purposes of protecting buyers from historical misconduct by a target’s directors and officers.
As the market changes, so too changes the nature of terms negotiated by companies engaged in corporate transactions. To survive in the ultra-competitive market for M&A services, attorneys need access to high-quality tools to help them keep up to speed on not only the big-picture economic and legal issues that impact deal-making, but also current standards in drafting and negotiating the fine print.
Staying Current on Developments in M&A
The Lexis Advance® service offers a unique aggregation of mergers and acquisitions–related current awareness content from must-read resources like Law360® Mergers & Acquisitions; New York Law Journal® and Delaware Business Court Insider from ALM; The Wall Street Journal®; and deal trackers like The Deal Pipeline, Mergerstat M&A Database and FactSet Flashwire.
For instance, to review the latest “Legal News” articles concerning developments in M&A law and the firms that service this industry:
To find the latest Client Alert Roundups, look in the Key Developments pod and choose Trends & Insights, or go to the task menu, expand Trends & Insights and choose Client Alert Digests.
Expert M&A Forms & Practical Guidance
Lexis Practice Advisor offers a premium collection of model M&A form documents reflecting the latest market standards, as well as narrative guidance documents to provide background and how-to instructions, from a stable of 900+ attorneys currently in practice at top firms and companies.
Access to Market Precedent
The powerful analytics and filtering technology of Intelligize® delivers an ease of access to filed M&A agreements that can help attorneys efficiently locate prior work product and evaluate market standards on deal language. Using the Agreements & Other Exhibits application in Intelligize, or the Transactions Search Powered by Intelligize integration points within the Lexis Practice Advisor Corporate and M&A Practice Area page, users can retrieve market precedent for close to 30 different types of M&A agreements.
For more information and research assistance, please contact your LexisNexis® representative.
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