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California Senate Bill 977 – California Legislature Considers Major Expansion of State Approval Requirements Targeting Private Equity and Hedge Fund Acquisitions of Health Care Delivery Assets

California Senate Bill 977 (“S.B. 977”) aims to increase oversight of consolidation and anticompetitive behavior in California’s health care market and would impose new requirements on private investors as well as health care systems seeking to acquire health care facilities or providers. S.B. 977 would also confer broad discretion on the California Attorney General in approving reported transactions based on impacts on access and affordability of health care services. Behind the bill are concerns about acquisition activity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and about consequences of pre-pandemic market concentration of hospital systems and private investment in physician services and in financially distressed health systems.

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In Focus: 2019 and The Year Ahead

Practices: Private Equity, European Private Equity, Finance

As we start the new decade and celebrate the 10th anniversary of our London office, we take a look back at some our private equity, finance and real estate work highlights from 2019, as well as offer our view for 2020 and the next decade ahead. 

In 2019, the European Private Capital industry showed remarkable resilience, despite the strong macroeconomic and geo-political headwinds. We expect the breadth of the private capital industry will continue to grow in 2020. 

For our clients, whilst it is true to highlight an increased focus on more Euro-centric deals, in sectors such as tech, life science and healthcare in particular, the diversity of targets unsurprisingly suggests an industry meeting the challenges of our changing times.

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