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CFIUS Annual Report Shows Increase in Notified Transactions in 2011

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the unclassified version of its annual report to Congress for transactions notified to CFIUS during the calendar year 2011. Most notably, the...more

Canadian Government Approves CNOOC’s Acquisition of Nexen

Monumental US$15.1 billion acquisition results in the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company to date. On December 7, the Canadian government approved the acquisition of Calgary, Alberta–based petroleum company...more

Development and Opportunities in the Turkish Market - December 2012

The Turkish government’s agenda for development is one of the most ambitious in the world. Combined with investor friendly changes in the market, including a new investment incentive regime and new regulation enhancing...more

Focus on Foreign Investment: Canada Gives Green Light to CNOOC and Petronas Deals, But Red Light to Future SOE Takeovers in Oil...

On Friday, December 7th, the Canadian Government approved two controversial takeovers of Canadian companies under the Investment Canada Act, Canada’s foreign investment review legislation: the acquisition of oil and gas...more

Canadian Government Adjusts Rules for Foreign Investment

On December 7, 2012, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced decisions under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to allow acquisitions by two foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs): of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore...more

DOJ and SEC Release Long-Awaited FCPA Guidance

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly released A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “Guide”). The Guide is intended to...more

Good News, Bad News and Missed Opportunities on “Successor Liability”

The FCPA Guidance contains good news and bad news. When I ask one of my kids which they want to hear first … they inevitably choose bad news first. With that in mind, the FCPA Guidance includes relatively bad news on...more

DOJ and SEC Release Much-Anticipated Guidance on FCPA

In recent years, corporations in the United States and around the world have seen record levels of enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), resulting in billions of dollars of civil judgments and numerous...more

China: Branching Out - November 2012

China is experiencing an upsurge in outbound investment activity as growing domestic needs coincide with weakened and more accommodating M&A markets in Europe and the US. Changing government policy is enabling domestic...more

Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission Issue Highly Anticipated Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Guidance

On November 14th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly published “A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” (the “Guide”), their long-awaited and...more

2012 FCPA Guidance: Key Points and Analysis

On November 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission released their long-awaited Foreign Corrupt Practices Act guidance in the form of a 120-page document entitled “A Resource Guide...more

DOJ and the SEC to U.S. Businesses: We Expect Action on Effective Compliance Programs

Based on my experience as a U.S. Attorney, I see the new joint Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) as a game changer that...more

"SEC and DOJ Release Highly Anticipated FCPA Resource Guide"

On November 14, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly released the long-anticipated Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Resource Guide tracks...more

DOJ and SEC Release Long-Awaited FCPA Resource Guide

On November 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their long-anticipated guidance on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), entitled A Resource Guide to...more

Anti-Corruption Law: Implications of the U.S. FCPA Resource Guide for Canadian Business

On November 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their long-awaited Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The 120-page Guide...more

DoJ and SEC Issue Long-Awaited FCPA Guidance

At last! We now have official guidance in one place from the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). A lengthy memorandum was...more

U.S. Department of Justice and SEC Release Long-Awaited Guidance on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their long-awaited guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). A Resource Guide to the US Foreign...more

Key Considerations for Inbound Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in China

Since China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2002, China has seen a rapid increase in the volume of inbound M&A consummated by foreign investors. What follows is a high-level overview of the primary issues...more

FCPA Compliance: A Seat at Every Merger & Acquisition Table

FCPA compliance has become the lifeblood of business. Whether a company is seeking to acquire another company, or a company needs a loan from a bank, FCPA compliance is required. Companies understand this fact and have...more

PETRONAS Decision Signals Feds' Caution on SOE Investment Reviews

On October 19, 2012, minutes prior to the expiry of the review period mandated by the Investment Canada Act (ICA), the Minister of Industry, Christian Paradis, announced that he was rejecting the proposed acquisition of...more

Government Rejects Petronas-Progress Transaction: Is Rejection the New Reality for Foreign Investors?

At three minutes to midnight on Friday, October 19, 2012, Industry Minister Christian Paradis advised Malaysian state-owned PETRONAS that it had not demonstrated that its proposed acquisition of Calgary-based Progress Energy...more

How to Keep Your United States Subsidiary Out of Legal Trouble

Stephen I. Siller from LeClariryan is our guest contributor today. Stephen is a member of the corporate services and international transaction practices. For international companies seeking to tap into the American...more

"Obama Administration Blocks Chinese Purchase of Wind Farms on National Security Grounds"

Citing “credible evidence” that led him to believe that the Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation or its subsidiaries or affiliates “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” President...more

CFIUS Sued by Chinese Investors

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has been sued. CFIUS is the U.S. government inter-agency committee that reviews foreign investment in the United States. ...more

Anti-Competitive Conduct in China: A Dialogue with NDRC and SAIC Officials on Enforcement under China's Anti-Monopoly Law

On August 27, 2012 the American Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, hosted a luncheon meeting where Ms. Li Qing, Deputy Director, National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly Bureau, and...more

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