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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

Do Private Company M&A Intermediaries Need to Register with the SEC as Broker-Dealers?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since 2014, many private company mergers and acquisitions intermediaries have chosen not to register as broker-dealers. That’s because a 2014 SEC no-action letter took the position that intermediaries that limited their...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Where's the beef? – 5 minutes for the highlights of German Competition Act reform

by Hogan Lovells on

The 9th reform of the German Competition Act is due to take effect on 9 June 2017. It primarily transposes the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. On top, it brings a number of other amendments. Here is a summary of...more

Rumored Merger of OFCCP into EEOC Bolstered by Proposed Budget

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a move that could affect all employers, and significantly change the handling of discrimination charges and federal contractors’ affirmative action requirements, the Trump administration’s draft budget proposes a merger...more

Business Tax Reform – the Current State of Play

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform of large tax cuts for businesses. With President Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and Senate, does it mean businesses...more

“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In the first article in a...more

Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A group of current and former Citizen Bank branch employees from five states has admitted to fabricating information about the results of the Bank’s much-touted “Citizens Checkup” program (in which real customers are invited...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Foreign Investment Under the Trump Administration

CFIUS has the power to unwind your M&A deal. That power will likely expand. That is the headline. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews acquisitions by foreign parties of “critical...more

2017 Antitrust Outlook – A Year of Uncertainty

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We expect that this year’s antitrust outlook will continue to carry a degree of uncertainty, whether in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere. Our next two posts will cover some of the causes of present...more

"Regional Focus: Asia"

A number of economic and political factors, both domestic and international, influenced M&A and capital markets activity worldwide in 2016. Skadden attorneys Christopher W. Betts, Will H. Cai, Z. Julie Gao, Bradley A. Klein,...more

"CFIUS and Foreign Investment Reviews in 2017 and Beyond"

President Donald Trump has made foreign trade and foreign competition main areas of focus early in his presidency. The new administration’s appointments reinforce expectations of a multipronged approach to foreign investment...more

"Regional Focus: Europe"

Skadden attorneys James A. McDonald, Elizabeth Robertson and Robert W. Stirling in London; Pascal Bine and Olivier Diaz in Paris; and Matthias Horbach and Stephan Hutter in Frankfurt provide insights on the developments...more

"Antitrust Enforcement in the Trump Administration"

Republican administrations historically have taken a less interventionist approach to antitrust enforcement than their Democratic counterparts, but many of President Donald Trump’s policy positions have not tracked...more

European leveraged debt - 2016 in review: Refinancing rules debt as issuers look to take advantage of circumstances

by White & Case LLP on

HEADLINES: ? Issuance improves in Europe after Q1 slump ? US issuance also sees post-Brexit bounce, but still down year-on-year ? Refinancing rules debt as issuers look to take advantage of circumstances ? Slow...more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

by White & Case LLP on

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

CFIUS and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the themes of the Trump campaign was the need for enhanced national security. Although the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is not mentioned in Mr. Trump’s 100-day plan, it is highly likely...more

Assessing the Trump Administration’s Approach to Antitrust and Unfair Competition

by Perkins Coie on

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the helm of the executive branch of the federal government, many are asking how he will approach antitrust regulation. Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are more...more

Following CFIUS Recommendation, President Obama Blocks Chinese Acquisition of US-German Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer

by Dechert LLP on

President Obama issued an executive order on December 2, 2016 blocking the sale of the U.S. business of Aixtron SE (“Aixtron”), a German semiconductor manufacturer, to a German subsidiary of a Chinese fund, Fujian Grand Chip...more

Aerospace and Defense Series: Trump Administration—Potential for Increased Antitrust Leniency for Vertical Transactions in the...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President-elect Donald Trump has called for a dramatic increase in defense spending including purchases of new ships and warplanes as well as the addition of tens of thousands of new troops. This increase in spending...more

Reducing M&A risks related to national security reviews

by White & Case LLP on

As national security reviews grow in impact, investors need to be mindful of potential adverse consequences resulting from such reviews International M&A deal advisors are acutely aware of the growing impact of national...more

A New Administration: A New FCPA Enforcement Regime?

by Michael Volkov on

Now that the dust has settled on this turbulent campaign season, everyone is in the prediction game, especially when it comes to FCPA enforcement. It is easy to make predictions of significant change. It is easy to take...more

Yet Another Congressional Proposed Corporate Reform: Proxy Advisory Firms in the Crosshairs

Over the past six months, U.S. legislators have engaged in an unusual burst of energy to introduce three separate bills regulating various areas affecting U.S. public company corporate governance...more

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