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EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

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

CJEU clarifies the treatment of non-full-function joint ventures under EU merger control law (Austria Asphalt)

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") delivered its judgment following the Austrian Supreme Court's (Oberster Gerichtshof) request for a preliminary ruling, seeking clarification...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....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

German Government Expresses Reservations About Alleged Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership

by Dentons on

In July 2017, the German Government released a statement on common ownership. The statement responds to a report by the German Monopolies Commission (an independent advisory body composed of experts which publishes regular...more

Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

by DLA Piper on

On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

Joint FTC / DOJ Guidance: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Businesses and individuals in Texas, Florida, the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are preparing for a massive recovery and reconstruction effort in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Antitrust Division...more

The Emperor Has No [Compliance Program]

by Michael Volkov on

At the outset, I have to apologize for the title but during my morning bike ride I usually come up with blog posting titles. But moving past the trite title, I have a point to make....more

EU Court Decides EU Merger Control Can Only Catch Joint Control Transactions If the Resulting Entity Is ‘Full-Function’

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that, where joint control is acquired over a new or existing undertaking (or parts of an undertaking), that transaction can only fall within the scope of the...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

Passwords Remain Important for Data Security, FTC Reminds Businesses

For the most recent installment in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Stick with Security” series, the agency’s blog post focused on passwords....more

ACCC v Medibank decision provides some comfort for health funds

by DLA Piper on

On 30 August 2017, the Federal Court delivered its decision in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC's) case against Medibank Private Limited (Medibank), dismissing each of the ACCC's allegations against...more

New rules on merger control in Italy

by DLA Piper on

The annual competition act for 2017 (Law n. 124 of 4 August 2017, published in the Official Journal on 14 August 2017; hereinafter “2017 Competition Act”) has amended – with effect from 29 August 2017 – the requirements that...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: August

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 July 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened three investigations against companies which have allegedly breached the European Union (“EU”) merger procedural rules. Two of the cases...more

Set Sensible Limits on Data Access, FTC Explains

In its third post in the “Stick with Security” series, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggested that access to sensitive data should be sensibly limited....more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers (Italian)

by Dentons on

A partire dal 29 agosto 2017, si applicheranno nuove soglie di fatturato per la notifica preventiva delle operazioni di concentrazione all’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”). Le nuove soglie sono...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers in Italy

by Dentons on

As of August 29, 2017, new turnover thresholds will apply for the prior notification of mergers to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The new thresholds have been set by Law n. 124/2017 of August 4, 2017 (Annual...more

THE LATEST: Another E-Commerce Retailer Pleads Guilty in DOJ Investigation of Online Promotional Products Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 14, 2017, we reported on an online retailer’s guilty plea for conspiring to fix the prices of “customized promotional products” such as silicone wristbands and lanyards, and the ongoing US Department of Justice...more

By Antitrust Standards, When Is a Firm Really Failing?

The “failing firm” defense as a justification for permitting a merger that may otherwise lessen competition gets considerable play in healthcare transactions. Perilous hospital economics—often brought on by low Medicare and...more

DOJ's FCPA Pilot Program is Alive and Well: Two Superior Results in Declinations for Linde Gas and CDM Smith

by Thomas Fox on

Companies have a clear road map to resolve substantive FCPA violations with no criminal penalty. ...more

Federal Trade Commission Presses Forward with Data Security Enforcement in Settlement with Uber

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 15, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle allegations that the company deceived consumers by misrepresenting its security and employee access...more

New Guidelines on Small Market Mergers sees CMA Set to Clear Larger Number of Transactions

by Bryan Cave on

The CMA published on 16th June its final version of its Merger De Minimis Guidelines following earlier consultation with stakeholders. The Guidelines set out the criteria which the CMA will have regard to when exercising its...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 16, review of the book The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, the Everything Compliance trio of Matt Kelly, Jay Rosen and Tom Fox unpack our first book review. We consider the recently released The Chickenshit Club by Jesse Eisinger and it may mean for the compliance...more

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