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Senate Democrats Push for Tougher Merger Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 14, 2017, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced new legislation to curtail market concentration and enhance antitrust scrutiny of mergers and acquisitions. As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary...more

New Merger Thresholds for Italian Transactions

by Jones Day on

The Background: On August 2, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Law on Market and Competition, which provided a new set of pre-merger filing thresholds. After publication of the law in the Official Gazette on August...more

Competition News

by Dentons on

A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

Washington State AG Alleges Price Fixing and Sues to Break Up Rapidly Expanding Health System

by Mintz Levin on

After five years of growth through a series of acquisitions, the Washington State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit to thwart and unwind the most recent expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System (“CHI Franciscan”)...more

EU Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Foreign Investments in Strategic Sectors

by Dechert LLP on

In his State of the European Union speech on September 13, 2017, the President of the European Commission (the “EC”), Jean-Claude Juncker, announced a proposed regulation which would create a new framework for closer...more

European M&A Market Insights, Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries - Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its...more

THE LATEST: European Court of Justice Clarifies Application of European Union Merger Control Rules to Joint Ventures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 7 September 2017, the European Court of Justice issued a decision (Decision) on the interpretation of the European Union Merger Regulation (EUMR). The Decision clarifies the conditions under which the EUMR applies to the...more

"Better Deal" Legislative Proposal Would Overhaul U.S. Antitrust Merger Review

by Jones Day on

A number of Democrats in Congress have proposed to revamp U.S. antitrust law with a "Better Deal" economic plan. The proposed legislation takes aim at large corporations and includes measures that are at odds with decades of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The 2d Circuit has upheld by a 2-1 margin the insider-trading conviction of former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. Martoma’s counsel had challenged the propriety of the jury instructions in light of the...more

Significant Changes in German Competition Law

by Bryan Cave on

On June 9, 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of the Competition (GWB) came into effect. The most significant changes affect the liability for cartel fines, the application of merger control and the...more

Report of the JFTC/CPRC Study Group on Data and Competition Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") and the Competition Policy Research Center ("CPRC"), jointly published their "Report of Study Group on Data and Competition Policy" ("Report"). The Study Group kicked...more

Avoiding the “Gun Jumping” Trap in Mergers and Acquisitions

by Polsinelli on

From the moment a merger agreement is signed, the parties are often eager to begin the process of integrating and consolidating their operations. But doing too much coordination before closing could constitute “gun...more

UK to Study Brexit’s Impact on Competition Law

On 23 July 2017, the UK House of Lords’ EU Internal Market Sub-Committee launched an inquiry into the future of the enforcement of the UK’s competition rules once the UK leaves the European Union. Interested parties are...more

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

by Jones Day on

On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Amendments to the Foreign Investments Law: a means to tighten control?

by White & Case LLP on

On 18 July 2017, the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 165-FZ, which contains a package of amendments to Federal Law No. 160-FZ dated 9 July 1999 "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" (the "Foreign...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

Gun-jumping and incomplete notifications: the European Commission pursues several more infringements of EU merger control rules

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission announced that it sent statement of objections to Merck KGaA, Sigma-Aldrich, General Electric and Canon for alleged breaches of EU merger control rules on 6 July. Merck, Sigma Aldrich and GE have been...more

ACCC and CrownBet Roll the Dice - Apply for Judicial Review of Tabcorp/Tatts Merger Authorisation

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Brief: On 10 July 2017, the ACCC applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal)'s determination to grant authorisation to Tabcorp Holdings Limited's proposed...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

by Jones Day on

A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

“No Shop” Clause Radioactive for Merger’s “Failing Firm” Defense

by Mintz Levin on

Last week a Delaware federal district court unsealed its earlier opinion blocking the merger of two radioactive waste disposal companies. The court rejected the parties’ failing firm defense, citing the merger agreement’s “no...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

DAMITT Q2 2017 Update: Fewer Significant US Antitrust Merger Investigations but They Still Took Longer to Conclude

by Dechert LLP on

Fast Facts - The number of significant merger investigations was down slightly to 12 in 1H 2017 compared to 14 in 1H 2016, and 31 on a Rolling Twelve Months (RTM) basis compared to 36 during the prior period....more

What applies as of when? – When will the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB) apply?

by Hogan Lovells on

So it has begun. However, when will the new provisions of the 9th amendment of the GWB actually apply? Aside from a number of exceptions, the 9th amendment will come into force on the day following its promulgation. But, a...more

German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) Publishes Merger Remedies Guidance

by Jones Day on

The German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt or "FCO") has published guidance on the requirements placed on remedies in merger control and their implementation. Remedies are an important instrument in merger control...more

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