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Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

Facebook Is Fined US$122 Million by European Commission for Misleading Information in WhatsApp Merger Review

by Reed Smith on

Facebook is faced with a fine of EUR110 million (US$122 million) for providing misrepresentative or incorrect information to the European Commission when it filed the acquisition of WhatsApp for merger approval in...more

AI and Compliance Going Forward: Welcome to ComTech

by Thomas Fox on

What will be the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in compliance going forward? In Wednesday’s Compliance into the Weeds podcast, Matt Kelly and I continue our discussion, that we began several years ago, of how technology...more

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

Capital controls and private equity in China – Uncertainty, adaptation and optimism

by Hogan Lovells on

The numbers - Outbound M&A transactions collapse - In the wake of record levels of outbound direct investment ("ODI"), a currency under downward pressure and diminishing foreign exchange reserves, the Chinese government...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Coach is looking to appeal to a younger generation (hint, big sales running nearly all the time would help), and it’s decided that buying is the way to go, announcing yesterday that it’s snapping up Kate Spade for $2.4...more

The opportunity and promise of decommissioning

by White & Case LLP on

The UK's oil and gas decommissioning regime has long been seen to be in the front-line of petroleum developments and operations around the world, and much has been said about the resulting decommissioning liabilities and...more

Nuovi adempimenti derivanti dal recepimento della IV Direttiva Antiriciclaggio

Lo schema di decreto legislativo approvato dal Governo lo scorso 23 febbraio 2017, ed ora sottoposto all'esame del Parlamento (di seguito "Schema di Decreto"), recante attuazione della Direttiva (UE) 2015/849 del Parlamento...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Illegal Distribution Activities in the Spotlight Across the EU - Online and offline distribution issues remain a key focus of competition law regulators in the EU. This has been demonstrated yet again in recent weeks,...more

"E-Commerce in India on the Rise"

Despite the headwinds facing Indian e-commerce start-ups, some of which had irrational cost structures and business models based solely on discounts, the overall success and potential of this sector, as well as its...more

The 2017 Automotive Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we stand here in early 2017, we are further away from the all-time high in valuations and deal activity that we witnessed in 2015; but despite signs that the extended expansion cycle for the industry may be plateauing,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times gives us an intriguing long read on Uber’s Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO whose vision has helped propel the ride-hailing company even as his no-limits approach has led the company into months of crisis....more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – March 2017

by King & Spalding on

US Department of Justice Issues New Corporate Compliance Guidelines - Criteria for the Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs - Introduction - Recently, and without the fanfare that often...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Bridging the Consideration Gap

by Dechert LLP on

As recently as March 15, 2017 (Financial Times), KPMG explained that total market capacity for M&A will increase by 17% in 2017 as companies continue to pay down debt and bolster cash reserves. As a result, sell-side...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

China’s rise in global M&A: Here to stay

by White & Case LLP on

- China has become a key player in global cross-border M&A. Following almost a decade of consistent double-digit growth, in 2016 China became the second-largest global investor behind the United States with US$140 billion in...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: The maturing nature of the non-core infrastructure space has now opened the door for...

by White & Case LLP on

Over the past seven years, institutional investors and funds have been battling each other for the most prized infrastructure assets. This competition has led to a steep increase in both European infrastructure M&A and a...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

White Collar Watch dates itself considerably with its Perry Mason allusion, but its bigger point is an interesting one–good luck finding a true “gotcha” moment when dealing with what are “quintessentially offenses of the...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part V – Level III Due Diligence as a Board Tool

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I conclude my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how a this should be considered as a best practices tool by a Board of Directors in a broader sense. I am joined in this exploration by...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

Great Expectations - DOJ holds anti-corruption compliance programs to a high standard in evaluating their credibility

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a list of important topics and sample questions that the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section has frequently found relevant in evaluating the adequacy of a...more

Compliance and Private Equity: An Oxymoron?

by Michael Volkov on

We all enjoy an oxymoron, e.g., army intelligence, compassionate conservative. Some words go together and some do not. When it comes to compliance and private equity companies, you can predict with usual success that private...more

CFIUS Effectively Blocks German Acquisition of U.S. Technology Company

Cree Inc. (“Cree”), the U.S.-based LED lighting and semiconductor company, announced last month that it is terminating its agreement to sell its Wolfspeed Power & RF division (“Wolfspeed”) to Infineon Technologies AG of...more

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