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Alert: M&A Lessons Learned from the Blocked Chinese Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice), a US computer chip manufacturer, by a Chinese investor. The president's order blocking the...more

Updated: President Trump Turns to the U.S. Trade Representative for China IP Investigation

From the earliest days of his campaign, President Trump has spoken out on alleged intellectual property misconduct by China. He is now turning to the U.S. Trade Representative for a formal investigation of China in this...more

CFIUS: President Trump Blocks Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor by Canyon Bridge

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump blocked the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a US chipmaker, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a US-headquartered private equity firm reportedly funded by the Chinese...more

European Commission’s 6 Proposals for Post-Brexit Intellectual Property Rights

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission (EC) has released a position paper on its objectives for the Article 50 Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The EC has effectively set out six key principles...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

USTR Initiates 2017 Annual Review Of Generalized System Of Preferences Product And Country Practices – On August 11, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice (the Notice)...more

Germany Publishes English Version of its National GDPR Implementation Act

by Hogan Lovells on

The German Ministry of Interior affairs has published an English translation of the new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed the BDSG in order to make use...more

Russia Passes Measures to Restrict the Use of VPNs and Similar Technology

by Dechert LLP on

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently signed into law certain amendments to Federal Law No.149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (the “IT Law”). The measures introduced by Law...more

US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

by White & Case LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing...more

Four New Risks Under China’s New Cybersecurity Law for Companies With Cross-Border IT Networks

by Kobre & Kim on

Companies operating in China that keep data offshore face great uncertainty under China’s new cybersecurity law, which came into effect June 1. The law imposes cybersecurity and data privacy requirements on two...more

UK Government Releases Statement of Intent on Proposed Data Protection Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

On 7 August 2017, the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published its Statement of Intent on a proposed Data Protection Bill, which will replace the current UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)....more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Tech, Trump and tackling the unknown: Key trends for the months ahead

by White & Case LLP on

Dealmakers' ability to adapt to market changes and tackle external challenges will prove crucial in getting deals done. The first six months of 2017 have proven extremely solid, with a string of consumer megadeals and tech...more

With a New FBI Chief, Compliance Cops Remain on the Beat

by NAVEX Global on

Leaders of organizations across the country might be tempted to view the appointment of Christopher Wray, confirmed as the new head of the FBI on Tuesday, as a sign the new administration plans to ease up on regulating...more

Intellectual Property Legislation Update: The Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This past June, a group of U.S. Senators introduced the first patent-focused piece of legislation of the 115th Congress: the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which proposes a myriad of changes to the United States patent system....more

House Passes Bill Authorizing Additional Sanctions Against Russia, North Korea and Iran

by Dechert LLP on

After weeks of discussion and procedural uncertainty, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation by a vote of 419–3 that, if enacted into law, will strengthen existing sanctions against Russia and also impose...more

President Trump Changes Course On Joint “Cyber Security Unit” With Russia

by King & Spalding on

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, coming out of the G20 Summit during which President Trump had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for over two hours, Trump tweeted that he and Putin “discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber...more

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. ...more

Opportunity Foreclosed: The International Entrepreneur Parole Rule May Die Before it Gets Out of the Gate

The U.S. and worldwide entrepreneur community had been looking forward to July 17th with great anticipation. This was supposed to be the effective date of the new International Entrepreneur Parole immigration regulation....more

Senate Passes Russia and Iran Sanctions Legislation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating sanctions against Russia and Iran and a 30-day congressional review period should the president attempt to reduce those sanctions....more

New UK Brexit Health Alliance Formed

by Hogan Lovells on

A “Brexit Health Alliance” (BHA) has been formed to bring together a diverse range of UK stakeholders in the healthcare industry and provide a single voice for the sector on Brexit-related issues. Members of the BHA include...more

Senators Urge the Administration to Certify Imports of Prescription Drugs from Canada, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update,...

by Jones Day on

On May 15, 2017, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") Director Mick Mulvaney prompting him to work with the Department of...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway - On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

President Trump Issues Two Additional Trade-Related Executive Orders - On April 29, 2017, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders (EOs) on issues related to international trade: (1) a Presidential Executive...more

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay...more

Iran and Russia Sanctions Pass US Senate

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Senate acted to pass both new Iran and Russia sanctions by large bipartisan margins. The House of Representatives has not yet acted on either piece of legislation. We anticipate that Congress will...more

Trump Administration Highlights Limitations of CFIUS Process

In separate public statements last week, two Trump administration cabinet secretaries expressed concerns with the national security review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). They also...more

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