The addition of electrophilic reagents to the carbon–carbon double bond is one of the most fundamental reactions in organic chemistry. Halogen electrophiles constitute probably the most important class of electrophiles and have been widely used to induce electrophilic addition reactions to alkenes like halolactonizations or dihalogenations. Despite their long history and high importance, catalytic, asymmetric variants of these reactions have been underdeveloped until very recently. During the last two years this has changed and many novel approaches have been reported. This review aims to cover these new developments through discussing the common themes as well as the suggested mechanistic scenarios.
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