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Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA

I want to consider the impending opening of Cuba to US business, what you can do now and what you must wait for until the embargo is lifted; all from the perspective of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

No hiding a cartel under a joint venture marketing company

We are used to companies being fined for cartels acting undercover to agree on prices or other market parameters. What about companies openly agreeing together through a joint venture company?...more

THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

THE LATEST: Losing Bidder for Pharmaceutical Triggers FTC Investigation, Fix, and $100 Million Fine in Non-HSR-Reportable...

A private lawsuit filed by Retrophin Inc. (Retrophin), under then-CEO Martin Shkreli, likely triggered an investigation by the FTC into a consummated transaction. Both the private lawsuit and the FTC complaint resulted in...more

Significant Competition Law Changes In Germany

On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen). The amendment is expected to come into force in Q2/2017...more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Confirms the Commission’s Approach to Hybrid Settlements

The case follows on from the Commission’s Animal Feed Phosphates cartel decision pursuant to which fines totalling €176 million were imposed on a number of producers of animal feed for price fixing and market sharing...more

Use of Social Media In a Best Practices Compliance Program

Why should you integrate social media into your compliance program? In a compliance program, a large portion of your consumers/customers are your employees. Social media presents some excellent mechanisms to communicate the...more

Rolls-Royce Proposed Acquisition of Spanish Rival Industria de Turbo Propulsores. The European Commission Invites Interested Third...

On 4 March 2017, the European Commission (Commission) published a notice concerning the notification of the proposed acquisition of the Spanish aircraft company Industria de Turbo Propulsores SA (Spain, ITP), by Rolls-Royce...more

Analysis: Cyber-Monitoring: The Next Frontier

Cybersecurity is “hot” and will stay “hot” for corporations, executives, regulators, law enforcement and legislators. Rarely is there a corporate compliance discussion in 2017 where cyber isn’t “the” topic or a material part...more

First case on Market Manipulation decided in New Zealand

The High Court (Court) decision in Financial Markets Authority v Warminger is being read with interest by capital market participants as the first case on market manipulation decided in New Zealand. The Court found that...more

Competition News March 2017

The French Supreme Court confirms the French Competition Authority’s approach on the squeeze-out strategies shared between a supplier and its distributor - In this case, Reckitt Benckiser (Reckitt), holder of rights on...more

March Antitrust Bulletin

FTC, DOJ Seek Comment on Proposed Changes to International Antitrust Guidelines - On Nov. 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release announcing that the FTC and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s)...more

Antitrust in China: 2016 highlights and an outlook on 2017

The three Chinese antitrust authorities – Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) – overall remained very active in...more

The General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions right up to the end of the year with the announcement...more

The Government Seeks to Intervene in its Third Generic Drug Price-fixing Lawsuit

Since we last reported on the state and federal government’s generic drug pricing investigations and litigations (click here to read more), the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has obtained its first guilty pleas. On...more

DOJ Challenges Illegal Antitrust “Gun Jumping” In Energy Transaction

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division recently brought a civil antitrust lawsuit against Duke Energy Corporation, alleging that the electric power generator engaged in illegal “gun jumping” by obtaining beneficial...more

ACCC continuing to target private health insurance in 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has singled out consumer issues in private health insurance as a priority area for 2017. Released on 24 February, the 2017 ACCC Compliance and Enforcement Policy...more

Higher Penalties, Construction, Health and Energy: the ACCC Sets its Enforcement Priorities for 2017

In brief: - On 24 February, the ACCC unveiled its Enforcement and Compliance priorities for 2017. - The ACCC's enforcement activities in 2017 will continue to target larger companies causing harm to consumers and...more

New Higher Thresholds Under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976

Certain threshold limits under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act) will be increased. The changes will become effective on February 27, 2017. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is...more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the...more

The Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning 2016 run of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) decisions with the announcement of the resolution of the Embraer SA...more

ACCC Investigations: Be prepared in 2017

The start of a new calendar year marks a good opportunity for businesses to review their competition and consumer law compliance programs and identify key risk areas for the year ahead. The most recent annual report of the...more

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