Mergers and acquisitions
We advise corporates and investors on the competition, regulatory, policy and political aspects of transactions, including:
- competition clearance
- national security and other public interest reviews
- political risk management
- design of remedies to facilitate clearance
- regulatory and policy due diligence pre-execution
We have been present on the other side of the table at the most senior levels and know how and by whom decisions are made. Our team combines experts in competition policy and economics, in national security and public interest interventions and in politics and policy. This mix gives us profound insight into the key elements of a successful M&A strategy.
There is an increased willingness from governments to intervene in M&A using both formal and soft power. Compared with a few years ago, competition authorities are far more cautious about approving transactions, especially at Phase 1. M&A processes are correspondingly slower and more risky.
This environment is challenging but navigable with the right strategy. We work alongside banks, law firms and media advisers on transactions to ensure our clients fully appreciate and get ahead of the relevant policy, political, national security and regulatory considerations. In recent years Flint has been instrumental in accelerating and driving successful outcomes in numerous high-profile transactions.