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Ronan O'Sullivan

March 06, 2017

By Paul Hastings Professional

It is unlikely that there will be much change in the governance and regulation of cross-border deals over the next 18-24 months.

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Considerable opportunities nonetheless arise for the astute buyer. Europe has continued to develop its wide range of sophisticated industries but the spread of attractive targets reaches up and down the production chain for interested buyers and investors. The UK has invested heavily in fintech and now holds a leading position in the field, along with payments technology and the integrated use of Bitcoin. The major challenge is how Europe’s regulatory structure will be shaped following the departure of the UK, and whether we are likely to see a more liberal M&A regime emerging for transactions originating out of the UK in response.