Divestment appetite more than doubles in 2016 with companies funding growth through strategic sales

Divestments are top of mind in corporates’ capital agenda strategy this year as companies seek to extract maximum value from strategic sales, according to EY’s 2016 Global Corporate Divestment Study, Learning from private equity: experts at extracting hidden value, an annual survey of corporate and private equity executives out earlier this year. Reflecting the increasing … More Divestment appetite more than doubles in 2016 with companies funding growth through strategic sales

When is privacy not something to keep quiet about? New EU privacy rules are on the way

Technology advancements have fundamentally altered how organizations collect, use and manage data. In light of this, in 2012 the European Commission embarked on a process to both update, simplify and bolster privacy regulations, and allow EU residents to resume control over their personal data. The culmination of these efforts is the General Data Protection Regulation … More When is privacy not something to keep quiet about? New EU privacy rules are on the way

Internet of Things: the possibilities and legal risk in media & entertainment

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the connection of devices — any devices — to the Internet using embedded, software and sensors to communicate, collect and exchange data with one another. With IoT, the world is wide open, offering a virtually endless array of opportunities and connections at home, at work or at play. However, … More Internet of Things: the possibilities and legal risk in media & entertainment

Delayed but not derailed: global IPO market looks ahead to 2017

Amid ongoing economic and political uncertainty, the global IPO market will continue to be a stop-start affair in 2016. However, greater clarity regarding the economic and political landscape will emerge by the end of the year, allowing companies to reinvigorate their IPO strategies, while the recent growth in the availability of private capital will continue … More Delayed but not derailed: global IPO market looks ahead to 2017

Legal disruption in a blockchain-enabled world

While the internet is a world-changing medium for information exchange, blockchain is the first native digital medium for peer-to-peer value exchange. EY’s analysis of blockchain suggests it may have the most impactful potential of the entire portfolio of disruptive technologies that are now emerging. But it also has the most obstacles to success, ranging from … More Legal disruption in a blockchain-enabled world

EY Corporate and Commercial Global Update – Spring 2016 edition out now

The Spring 2016 edition of our global Corporate and Commercial Law update is available now. In this issue, we cover legal developments across 29 jurisdictions, including updates from China on the abolishment of restrictive rules on registered capital; consumer rights changes in the UK; and the law relating to the mis-selling of financial products in … More EY Corporate and Commercial Global Update – Spring 2016 edition out now

OHADA’s new Uniform Act: deadline for harmonizing corporate articles of association approaching

            The deadline of 5 May 2016, set by the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa’s (OHADA’s) new Uniform Act (“the Act”) on the law of companies and groups of economic interest for harmonizing corporate articles of association with the provisions of the Act is approaching. For … More OHADA’s new Uniform Act: deadline for harmonizing corporate articles of association approaching

LAW ALERT: New transparency legislation in Switzerland will reinforce efforts to prevent money laundering

On 1 July 2015, new company law provisions took effect in Switzerland, designed to ensure greater transparency by legal entities, their shareholders and beneficial owners. The regulations apply to private joint-stock companies, limited liability companies and cooperatives, but – in accordance with the Federal Act on Intermediated Securities – it is not applicable to shares … More LAW ALERT: New transparency legislation in Switzerland will reinforce efforts to prevent money laundering