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Venture Capital Coast-to-Coast – January 2015

Concern over higher valuations? Apparently not, as $59 billion invested in 2014 breaks the post-crisis record. LPs also set a post-crisis record with $32 billion in commitments to U.S.-based VC funds. PitchBook Data, Inc.,...more

European M+A News, Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Transactions Involving Digital Media in Europe: Know the Source - New Framework on Market Abuse in the European Union - Current Developments ..“Made in Germany” Attracts Foreign...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 124, The Oscars and Compliance, Part I with Jay Rosen [Video]

In this episode I begin a five-part series on the Oscars and Compliance with recovering Hollywood screenwriter Jay Rosen. In this Part I, we review the process by which films are nominated for the Oscars and the campaigns...more

Manatt Digital Media - January 2015

Welcome to MDM Newsletter #5—and to an entirely new year of Digital Media machinations. What better way to start the year than first recapping the last one—then predicting major themes for 2015—and then ending things up with...more

Competition – Regulators Up The Ante

As new business models emerge in key markets, antitrust enforcement and regulation across the world are becoming not only more challenging, but also a great deal more complex....more

Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions

As we previously reported, a company’s social media pages and profiles, and the associated followers, friends and other connections, may constitute valuable business assets. In our experience, however, social media assets...more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Releases Draft Competition Ordinance Guidelines

On October 9, 2014, the Hong Kong Competition Commission and Communications Authority published draft guidelines under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance. The guidelines will not be the law; instead, they represent the...more

Top 5 gaming predictions for 2015!

End of .COM, innovation, M&A consolidation, CTDs and casino games in my personal predictions for the gaming sector in 2015. Here are my personal list of gaming predictions for 2015!...more

On the Second Day of Privacy, Plaintiffs’ Counsel Gave to Me . . .

. . . still more privacy litigation. In 2015, we are likely to see further development of the law in data breach class actions, continuing growth in statutory privacy claims, and increased risk of privacy-related claims...more

fcpa Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 106-interview with Gini Deitrich [Video]

In this episode I visit with Gini Deitrich, well-known communications and PR expert and author of the recent book Spin Sucks. Gini discusses some of her lessons from this book for the compliance practitioner. ...more

Private Equity Websites and General Solicitations: A Case of Overzealous Hypersensitivity?

It’s a well-settled law of physics: for every action, there’s a reaction. In some cases, there’s overreaction – generally best avoided, but a phenomenon to which many private equity funds may have fallen victim. Here, we...more

Draft Hong Kong Competition Guidelines Released for Public Comment

Industry has an opportunity to comment on the Competition Commission’s proposed Guidelines on how it intends to interpret and enforce the conduct rules in Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance. Introduction - Hong...more

The Truth About Mobile Intellectual Property Protection: Debunking Common Misconceptions

Mobile is the platform of the smart future. - As mobile device and network capabilities expand and reach broader audiences, ubiquitous network connectivity and depth of mobile data penetration will solidify the...more

Groundbreaking Hong Kong Competition Ordinance Will Take Effect Next Year

Historically, Hong Kong has lacked a legal framework for regulating mergers or otherwise deterring conduct that is harmful to competition. The country’s traditional laissez-faire landscape was substantially altered in June...more

Legal Innovations In Submarine Cable Projects

Recent years have seen a renewed levels of investment into the submarine cable sector, especially in emerging markets such as Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Some of these have brought with them some interesting legal and...more

Rupert Murdoch’s Bid for Time Warner Shows ‘Content is King’

Many media industry insiders predict Rupert Murdoch’s pursuit of Time Warner Inc. isn’t over, despite his recent announcement that 21st Century Fox pulled its $80 billion merger offer. Others believe that if Murdoch doesn’t...more

Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Swaps/Sales Spark Thousands of Filings at the FCC; Responses Due Sept. 23

The proposed merger of the two largest cable operators in the country, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and the related system swaps and sales involving Charter Communications, have generated an enormous amount of press...more

New Opportunities for California Arise from Mega Cable Merger

In an earlier post, we talked about the FCC’s review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger heating up with more than 65,000 comments filed this week. Folks in California may be interested to know that the California Public...more

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state:...more

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

If you haven’t been closely monitoring developments in the FCC’s review of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter merger and spin-off transactions, then you may have missed some critical announcements. ...more

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

FCC Sets Up Teams to Review Transactions - Last week the FCC made two important announcements concerning its review of the applications filed for approval of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter cable merger and...more

Social Media and Digital Assets in M&A Transactions

Wait! Don’t skip these articles thinking that social media doesn’t affect you. Social media has invaded our lives, with only a Rip Van Winkle being immune (maybe). Some may scoff and others may cringe. The well initiated may...more

Ringing Regulatory Rumors: Deutsche Telekom Purportedly Agrees to Sell T-Mobile US

Reports circulated out of Japan and Germany late last week indicating Deutsche Telekom AG, owner of T-Mobile US Inc., reached a tentative agreement to sell T-Mobile to Softbank, owner of Sprint Corp. The potential merger of...more

Intent to Lose? Be Wary of Pitfalls Involving Intent-to-Use Trademark Applications.

Merger and Acquisitions often involve the acquisition and/or assignment of trademarks. Companies acquiring trademarks must beware of potential problems lurking with intent-to-use (ITU) trademark applications (or applications...more

Acquisitions Don't Nullify Prior Privacy Promises--FTC's Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp Gives Caution to All to Honor Privacy...

Social networking site Facebook announced in February its plans to acquire WhatsApp—a “rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company”—for the princely sum of $19 billion. While Facebook and WhatsApp are looking...more

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