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The compliance challenges of cross-border deals

Joe Mont | June 13, 2018

The business world continues to be a multinational place, with marketplaces and supply chains that cut across national borders. Global expansion efforts have also spawned a growing desire for cross-border deal making.

These mergers and acquisitions, however, are easily complicated by language and cultural differences, in addition to local politics and regulatory regimes.

Despite geopolitical risks aplenty (including ever-shifting sanctions regimes, the United States’ shift towards nativism, and the fractured state of the European Union post-Brexit) there remains plenty of interest, globally, for cross-border deals.

Smartphone users in the U.S., for example, may not realize that the proposed $26.5 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is really the marriage of corporate parents on Japan and Germany. In retail, Walmart may have stores around the world, but it also has plans afoot to buy a controlling stake in an Indian e-commerce company, Flipkart Online Services...

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