US takeovers of British tech companies rise by 50% in 2021

Government can intervene in foreign takeovers of UK high-tech companies with turnover below £70m as concern grows over overseas investors snapping up significant start-ups

Exit Strategies

Half of VCs will slash investment if Government clamps down on takeovers

Nearly a quarter of VCs say they would stop investing in British tech start-ups completely if competition watchdog restricts start-up acquisitions

Legislation and Regulation

Government to put brakes on foreign takeovers of UK technology

National Security Investment Bill will make it harder for overseas buyers to acquire sensitive UK technology firms

Mergers & Acquisitions

Takeover panel consultation on post offer undertakings

Simon Staples, partner at law firm Ashfords, examines how new rules could be put in place making it easier to hold bidders to account for the promises made during the heat of a merger battle.

Mergers & Acquisitions

New Takeover Code sees bid periods halved

A year on from the implementation of a new Takeover Code in the UK, new findings show that 57 bidders have been subjected to a 'put up or shut up' deadline.

Mergers & Acquisitions

New Takeover Code divides opinion

Reforms to the Takeover Code appear to have split the views of M&A advisers, with 59 per cent believing that target companies should not be forced into revealing who potential bidders are, new research shows.


Hostile takeovers returning

Hostile acquisitions of public companies reached a three-year high in the third quarter of 2010.


Half of UK takeovers from abroad

Foreign bidders launched 53 per cent of takeovers of UK listed companies in the first quarter of 2010.


Cyprotex eyes takeovers

Transformed drug discovery screening specialist Cyprotex is looking at one acquisition in the USA and one in Britain.