Nationalism in M&A Markets

Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS) presents the CLARS Seminar Series with:

Professor Robert Thompson, Georgetown Law

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time:  4.45pm Registration. Seminar 5.00pm - 6.15pm
Venue: Auditorium, Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
RSVP: Register here

A rise in nationalism can be seen across multiple aspects of international economic law.

Since 2016 major political events such as Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump have affected trade, monetary and financial regulation.

The area of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is feeling the effects of nationalism. For example, in recent years countries have stepped up efforts to block mergers based on national security grounds.

With little in the way of an international framework to combat emerging conflicts, Professor Robert B. Thompson explores what the future may hold for M&A markets in such volatile times.


Robert B. Thompson is the Peter P. Weidenbruch Jr. Professor of Business Law at Georgetown University Law Center Washington DC, USA, where he teaches courses in corporations, securities, mergers, and international economic law. He joined the Georgetown faculty in 2010 after visiting in 2009-10. Previous positions include service as the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University and the George Alexander Madill Professor of Law at Washington University. He has visited at New York University and Northwestern University and has taught and lectured in Australia on multiple visits.

He has authored or co-authored casebooks on corporations and on mergers, treatises on Close Corporations and Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members, and more than 50 articles.

Professor Thompson has testified before committees of Congress, a state legislature, and the New York Stock Exchange. He has served since 1991 as editor of the Corporate Practice Commentator, served as an adviser for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Agency and chaired two sections of the Association of American Law Schools.


Diana Nicholson is a senior partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice in the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons. Her practice primarily involves securities industry law, fundraising, acquisitions and takeovers, as well as the more general aspects of commercial law.

In recent years Diana has acted on a range of fundraising matters, including hybrid issues, placements and employee executive share and option plans.

She has also acted on various business and company acquisitions and divestments, as well as on a range of corporate governance and general issues, such as the establishment of joint ventures and corporate reconstructions.