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Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to 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

Managing Decommissioning Risks In Asian M&A Transactions

by King & Spalding on

By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900 fields will cease production (with 45% of such fields being...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

Amendment of German Foreign Trade Law – Stricter Regulations for Non-EU Investors?

by Goodwin on

On 12 July 2017, an amendment to the German Foreign Trade Ordinance was resolved, and is expected to come into effect shortly. It is currently being debated in the German and international press whether this can be seen as a...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

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: H1 in review

by White & Case LLP on

Expectations of another bumper year for US M&A failed to materialize in the first half of 2017, as total deal volume fell below 2016 levels. In the first six months of 2017, there were 2,413 deals, an 8 percent drop from...more

International Arbitration Considerations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Over the past decade, the growing number of mergers and acquisitions of engineering and construction (E&C) firms has consolidated the construction industry, creating an increasingly global market with more multinational...more

Ten things to consider when you do a leveraged finance deal in Belgium

by White & Case LLP on

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 7 - With the leveraged finance market staying hot, an increasing number of international sponsors are making acquisitions in Belgium, and upcoming changes in the law will make...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

FCPA Risks and Acquisition Integration Challenges

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have devoted significant efforts to conducting pre-acquisition due diligence of a proposed target companies. I do not intend to diminish the importance of pre-acquisition due diligence, but I have...more

Bo Pilgrim and Cultures in Foreign Lands (like Texas)

by Thomas Fox on

There are many reasons the great state of Texas is just that – great. One Texas truism (Texas translation – true or not) is that everything is bigger in Texas. I was reminded of a certain truism in the area of business ethics...more

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Financial institutions M&A: Consumer credit

by White & Case LLP on

Consumer credit markets differ substantially across Europe. This section focuses on the UK given significant levels of M&A driven by regulatory change and the resulting investor behaviour....more

Financial institutions M&A: Insurance

by White & Case LLP on

Current market: - Upward - Favourable environment for insurance M&A including ongoing consolidation in the life insurance sector...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

Financial institutions M&A: State-aided banks

by White & Case LLP on

Current market - Upward, significant - Increasing pressure from the ECB and local regulators— alongside challenges faced by government stability funds—is continuing to drive M&A ...more

Financial institutions M&A: Sector trends - Opportunities for M&A transactions in the European financial services sector - June...

by White & Case LLP on

Inorganic growth strategies are key to remaining competitive and winning market share in the European financial services sector. Almost a decade after the financial crisis, most European financial institutions are still...more

Tokyo Global Transactions Newsletter - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

M&A - the Auction Process - Advantages and Disadvantages and the Key Steps - Introduction - Mergers and acquisitions represent a key growth strategy for many corporations. The M&A landscape is becoming increasingly...more

North Sea decommissioning: Primed for a boom? The complexities and challenges associated with decommissioning offshore oil and...

by White & Case LLP on

Historically, the attitude towards decommissioning disused offshore oil and gas platforms—'abandonment' as it was previously known—has been largely negative, with companies viewing mature installations as a burden rather than...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A banner round of stress-testing for the US’s biggest banks (all passed for the first time in the test’s 7-year history) is seen as paving the way for banks to pay out their largest dividends in nearly a decade....more

Deal Pulse: M&A Forecast, Latin America 1H17

by K&L Gates LLP on

After a tense presidential campaign in the US, Latin American observers have shaken off the post election jitters as they get on with business, while remaining tuned in to the season’s latest reality shows with concerned...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: Out-Bound Investment from the United States (Part 6)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new direct...more

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