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Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

Disclosure At The Mobile Check-Out: The FTC's View On Mobile Shopping Apps

In its August 1st report entitled "What's the Deal — An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," the FTC provides guidance on various disclosures that should be made by mobile apps along with reinforcing a number of prior...more

Social Media Start-Up Capital: Don't Try a Ponzi Scheme

You’ve got the perfect idea for a social media site, but how do you attract a critical mass of members to launch it? Your credit cards are maxed out and your friends and family are tapped too. Can you attract members by...more

Global Briefing: The Intersection of International Investment and Trade

International dispute systems adopted two decades ago have emerged over time as central components of legal, political, and economic development in Latin America. Two distinct systems – international investment and trade –...more

US China Trade–Developments In Trade, IP, Antitrust And Securities

Dear Friends, There have been major developments in the trade, policy, US Exports to China, CFIUS, Chinese Antidumping, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas....more

China’s (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: Widening the Outbound Investment Pipeline

The launch of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) last September attracted a lot of attention both inside and outside of China. Since then, the lack of progress implementing stated goals for the FTZ as a...more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2014

In This Issue: - Latin American Private Equity on the Rise - Tax Considerations When Acquiring Non-U.S. Portfolio Companies—Mitigating Subpart F Inclusions - Private Equity Funds at Higher Risk of...more

State Council Released Opinions on Promoting Fair Competition and Maintaining Regular Order in the Market

The Opinions put forward nine articles of guidelines: general requirements; broadening market access; strengthening market supervision; establishing credit basis for market supervision; improving supervision and enforcement;...more

MOFCOM to Confirm Relaxation of Registered Capital Contribution Requirements for FIEs

On June 17, 2014, the Ministry of Commerce (the “MOFCOM”), the major regulator of foreign investment in China, issued the Notice on Improving Foreign Investment Review Administration (the “MOFCOM Notice”) to make it clear...more

New Italian Competition Authority’s Regulation on Legality Rating Certification

On 4 July 2014, the new regulation on legality rating certification by the Italian Competition Authority entered into force. The legality rating is designed to facilitate companies’ access to credit from banks and public...more

Doing Business in Canada: Foreign Investment & Mergers

INVESTMENT CANADA ACT - Non-Canadians who acquire control of an existing Canadian business or who wish to establish a new unrelated Canadian business are subject to the federal Investment Canada Act (ICA). In either...more

MOFCOM’s Pilot Program for Reviewing and Approving Foreign Investment Projects

The People's Republic of China Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) recently implemented a pilot program to optimize the procedure for reviewing and approving foreign investment projects by central MOFCOM. Effective May 28, 2014,...more

A new test for Mexico’s structural changes: antitrust reform – key points in one chart

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a bill formalizing the implementation of important amendments to the Mexican Constitution that primarily cover telecommunications, media and antitrust....more

Emerging Companies - Germany

"INVEST" - Changes in the Government backed program for venture funding - Last year the German Government introduced a program to support venture seed and pre-seed investments into innovative start-ups from private...more

Anti-trust Liability: Lessons from Goldman Sachs

In April we witnessed The European Commission impose a fine of €37.3 million directly on Goldman Sachs, holding the investor partly responsible for participation by its former portfolio company, Prysmian, in a cartel it ran...more

FTC Announces Consent Order with Subprime Auto Lender for Alleged Violations of FDCPA, FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a consent order with a subprime auto lender for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair...more

Potential Risks of Healthcare Joint Ventures Between Insurance Companies and Hospitals

Healthcare joint ventures are nothing new. Since the mid-2000’s, physician-hospital ventures have been resurgent, notwithstanding the Office of Inspector General’s skepticism regarding the risk of fraud and abuse when...more

China to Relax Governmental Approvals for Outbound Investment

On December 2, 2013, the State Council issued the Circular Concerning Catalogue of Investment Projects Requiring Government Approval (2013 Version)(the “2013 Catalogue”) and introduced new changes[1] to governmental approvals...more

Business News Digest – May 2014

In this issue: - Equal Pay: Revisiting Federal Contractor Compensation Practices and Policies - Legal Considerations for E-Commerce Businesses - FTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing...more

Reform of the Audit Market in the EU – Implications For Borrowers and Loan Documentation

A legislative package for the reform of the audit market in the EU has this month been approved by the EU Parliament and adopted by the Council of the European Union. Listed companies will need to change the firms that audit...more

Section 1 Claims Dismissed in LIBOR, TIBOR Class Action

On March 28, 2014, Judge Daniels of the Southern District of New York dismissed antitrust and unjust enrichment claims against over 20 banks accused of manipulating prices in the Euroyen interbank lending market by submitting...more

Private Equity Investors Are Not Immune to Antitrust Risks in the EU

Earlier this month, the European Commission imposed fines totaling nearly EUR 302 million on producers of underground and high-voltage power cables, based on allegations that the producers had engaged in illicit market...more

CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

Commission Holds Goldman Sachs Liable for Former Portfolio Company’s Antitrust Infringement

In its decision of 2 April 2014 in relation to the underground and submarine high voltage power cables cartel case, the European Commission (Commission) held the parent companies of the producers involved liable, on the basis...more

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