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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

Key Texas M&A Issues (Presentation)

by Jackson Walker on

Agenda - Letters of Intent - Best Efforts - Indemnification - Sandbagging - Non-Reliance - Fiduciary Duties - Letters of Intent: • Buyer may seek letter of intent that is generally not binding on either party...more

Changes to Australia's Media Ownership Regime Pave Way for Mergers and Acquisitions

by Jones Day on

The Australian government has secured the long-awaited support it needed from independent Senate cross-benchers to make sweeping changes to Australia's media ownership laws. ...more

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

Alert: Legislature Enacts Changes to Business Corporations Law

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Just before the end of its Spring 2017 term, the Connecticut General Assembly passed HB7311. After the Governor signed HB7311, it became Public Act 17-108 (“P.A. 17-108” or the “Act”). Among other things, P.A. 17-108 enacted...more

Effect of the New Revenue Recognition Standard on M&A

FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP (Accounting Standards Update 2014-09; Topic 606) will be applicable to...more

President Trump Blocks Acquisition of US Chipmaker by Chinese- Backed Private Equity Fund Amid CFIUS Concerns

by King & Spalding on

Order sends strong signal that Washington will continue to oppose deals with Chinese acquirers involving technologies with potential military applications. On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So much for the quiet off-ramping for SoFi’s Mike Cagney. The fintech company’s board announced on Friday that Cagney is out immediately as CEO, not at the end of the year as Cagney had announced earlier in the week....more

European Commission proposes common approach to foreign direct investment screening

by Allen & Overy LLP on

European Commission (EC) President Juncker has outlined legislative measures on the screening by EU Member States of foreign takeovers and investments. The new screening system aims to improve cooperation and coordination...more

Delaware Law Updates – Anti-Reliance Provision In Merger Agreement Justifies Non-Payment Of Working Capital Deficiency

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Sparton Corp. v. O’Neil, et al., C.A. No. 12403-VCR (Del. Ch. Aug. 9, 2017) – In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed a situation in which a purchaser of a company discovered that the actual amount of...more

New Merger Thresholds for Italian Transactions

by Jones Day on

The Background: On August 2, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Law on Market and Competition, which provided a new set of pre-merger filing thresholds. After publication of the law in the Official Gazette on August...more

China Imposes Further Guidelines on Chinese Outbound Investments

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In response to the rapid decline in China’s foreign exchange reserves in 2016, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”), along with the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”)...more

Forging ahead with “entire fairness,” or playing it safer (procedurally speaking)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Controlling stockholder buyouts of Delaware corporations are generally scrutinized under the lens of “entire fairness” to determine whether the transaction was the product of fair dealing and fair price. Notably, however,...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

PMI – An Insider’s Guide – Part 3: What to do When You’re Asked to Assist in a Potential Acquisition – Post-Integration Run Phase...

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

It’s been months since your company was all over the news with a splashy acquisition and the fanfare has died down a bit. There are rumors, quietly at first, but then persistently louder, that things aren’t going so well...more

Blog: Non-Competes for California Employees in M&A Deals: Don’t Fudge It

by Cooley LLP on

Post-employment non-compete covenants are generally invalid in California, with certain limited but important exceptions like when a business or associated goodwill is sold and the buyer – as part of the deal – wants to...more

Washington State AG Alleges Price Fixing and Sues to Break Up Rapidly Expanding Health System

by Mintz Levin on

After five years of growth through a series of acquisitions, the Washington State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit to thwart and unwind the most recent expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System (“CHI Franciscan”)...more

EU Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Foreign Investments in Strategic Sectors

by Dechert LLP on

In his State of the European Union speech on September 13, 2017, the President of the European Commission (the “EC”), Jean-Claude Juncker, announced a proposed regulation which would create a new framework for closer...more

Africa Focus: Private equity in Africa - Emerging trends

by White & Case LLP on

Private equity in Africa has come a long way since the early 1990s, which saw development financial institutions (DFIs) investing in government-initiated development projects across the continent. During that period, such...more

PMI – An Insider’s Guide – Part 2: What to do When You’re Asked to Assist in a Potential Acquisition – Between Signed and Closed...

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Your day starts with headlines screaming across the Internet – your company has acquired a particular entity (“Target”). The office is buzzing with the news and potential impacts – what does this mean for my role now and in...more

Can legal costs constitute financial assistance?

by Hogan Lovells on

It is not uncommon for a target company to bear the legal costs incurred by its shareholders in respect of a sale of its shares. On face value, this practice appears benign. However, an analysis reveals that this may fall...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

PMI – An Insider’s Guide: What to do When You’re Asked to Assist with a Potential Acquisition – Due Diligence Phase

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Internet is jammed with articles reporting that most merger and acquisition activity fails, and yet each year companies large and small continue to engage in the practice with the hopes that bringing onboard this...more

A road map to Life Sciences M&A in Germany

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S.-based life sciences companies considering transactions in Europe may easily become over-whelmed with the complexity of Europe’s various jurisdictions....more

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