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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

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Drive for connectivity fuels manufacturing and industrials M&A

by White & Case LLP on

Convergence between sectors generates deals, while dealmakers adopt a wait-and-see approach in response to Trump's policies - The US manufacturing sector saw US$8 billion spent across 76 deals in H1, representing a 21.2...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Overview: Consumer consolidation drives top end deals

by White & Case LLP on

Following a host of mega-deals, and with the US$13.5 billion megadeal between technology giant Amazon and high-end grocery chain Whole Foods recently grabbing headlines, the consumer sector delivered its highest half-year...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Retail firms embrace digitalization

by White & Case LLP on

Competition from online retailers pushes traditional firms to acquire disruptive market entrants. The consumer sector was the winner in terms of deal value in H1 2017, with the retail sub-sector providing a constant flow...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Cross-sector deals drive technology M&A

by White & Case LLP on

The first half of 2017 brought 441 deals worth US$41.3 billion targeting US technology firms. Compared with H1 2016 activity, value in tech-sector M&A is down 40.2 percent from US$69.1 billion, and volume is down from 463....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee meets today, and despite relatively robust economic numbers of late, the lack of oped-for inflation (among other things) is likely to keep the Fed from moving on interest rates again at this...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is officially taking on his biggest target yet—consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble. The announcement begins the public stage of a fight we’ve been waiting for since Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Tesla’s rise to the top of the US car heap in terms of market value raised a lot of eyebrows a few months ago. GM bumped it back down yesterday, but its three months as #1 marked what felt like a serious shift in the auto...more

Corporate Venture Capital 2017 - Structures, Challenges, Success Factors

In a time of ever-shorter innovation cycles and the increased digitalization of many value-added chains, established businesses need to constantly evolve and reinvent themselves – even going so far as to rethink their core...more

Corporate Venture Capital 2017 - Strukturen, Herausforderungen, Erfolgsfaktoren

In a time of ever-shorter innovation cycles and the increased digitalization of many value-added chains, established businesses need to constantly evolve and reinvent themselves – even going so far as to rethink their core...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Call it the Loeb effect: just days after Third Point announced its sizeable stake in Nestle, the company is preparing to spend billions on stock buybacks in an effort to create value for shareholders, hinting that it would...more

Mind the gap – New Size-of-Transaction Test in German merger control

by Hogan Lovells on

New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 1) - On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC)...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Because we haven’t spilled enough ink on GE this week, Dealbook’s Common Sense column asks if GE’s decline (at least from a stock performance perspective) wasn’t so much Jeff Immelt’s doing as it was Jack Welch’s....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

We analyzed the terms of 191 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2017 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture valuations showed small...more

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

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

The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine in the Wake of DeCoster

Executive Summary: The most important Park doctrine case in over forty years may be heading to the Supreme Court – but not if the federal government has its way. The Responsible Corporate Officer doctrine (“RCO doctrine”),...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mega luxury brand news yesterday, as LVMH announced a series of moves that, combined with $13.1 billion, helped it take over the 70-year-old French fashion house Christian Dior....more

"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

"Delaware Law Amendments Would Facilitate Blockchain Maintenance of Corporate Records, Among Other Changes"

On March 27, 2017, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) approved proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that had been proposed by the DSBA Corporation Law...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Klaus Kleinfeld is out as CEO of Alcoa-subsidiary Arconic. Kleinfeld’s two-year tenure was marked by problems, and Kleinfeld did himself no favor with an un-Board-authorized letter that he sent to activist-investor Elliott...more

SRS vs. Gilead Sciences: Delaware Chancery Court finding that "indication" means "disease" allows Gilead not to make $50M...

by King & Spalding on

In Shareholder Representative Services (SRS) vs. Gilead Sciences et al., an opinion issued on March 15, 2017, the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware found that the term “indication” means “disease” for purposes of a $50M...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One might think that Tesla shareholders would be thrilled with yesterday’s news that Elon’s car-making arm has surpassed even GM in market value. True, perhaps, but only to a point. Turns out that Tesla’s recent surge has...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Wells Fargo’s board not only issued a massive report on its fake account scandal yesterday. It also announced that the bank would claw back an additional $75 million from former CEO John Stumpf and former head of community...more

M&A Activity in the Connect Vehicles Sector: More Antitrust Filings on the Horizon?

by Hogan Lovells on

M&A activity in the connected vehicles sector might need to be notified to antitrust authorities, even when the target has limited revenues, as shown by the recent Intel/Mobileye deal. Connected vehicles (or, taking it...more

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