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Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Urges Amending CFIUS Reviews

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, May 18, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin waded further publicly into efforts on Capitol Hill to amend the authorizing statute underlying the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), a U.S....more

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

Chinese Outbound M&A: 4 Key Questions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Overseas direct investment by Chinese companies increased significantly in 2016 to US$212 billion, a 143% increase from 2015. While outbound M&A interest remains strong in China, recent measures taken by the Chinese...more

Public Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada 2nd Edition - May 2017

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canadian public merger and acquisition transactions in 2016 (in-bound and out-bound) comprised over C$400 billion in value with at least one-third of the transactions in Canada being fueled by foreign buyers. The second...more

M&A Deal Terms in 2017: What Can Deal Teams Expect?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in June 2016, coupled with the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016, gave dealmakers plenty of pause for thought last year – but ultimately did little to...more

European M+A News, Spring 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Germany's New Merger Control Regime - New Filing Requirements to Come - ..Introduction of an Upgraded Transaction Value Test ..New Local Nexus Test Requires Further Advance Analysis Germany is about to enact a revised...more

The liberalization of Canadian foreign investment review continues

by Dentons on

The Investment Canada Act (ICA) threshold for review of direct acquisitions of Canadian businesses by World Trade Organization (WTO) investors (or from WTO investors) has increased from CA$600 million to CA$800 million in...more

Executive Order Seeks to Bolster ‘Buy American’ Enforcement

by Morgan Lewis on

US President Donald Trump’s executive order aims to increase the use of US goods and materials in federal acquisitions. On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire...more

Buy and Build Strategy Increases Antitrust Risk for Private Equity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Private equity firms have sought a greater number of buy and build opportunities in recent years, amid high valuations and competition for primary deals. In our view such deals carry higher antitrust risks and warrant careful...more

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the past couple of years, the European Commission has decided to review and evaluate the functioning of different aspects of the EU merger control regime regulated by EU Regulation No. 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – March 2017

by King & Spalding on

US Department of Justice Issues New Corporate Compliance Guidelines - Criteria for the Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs - Introduction - Recently, and without the fanfare that often...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Bridging the Consideration Gap

by Dechert LLP on

As recently as March 15, 2017 (Financial Times), KPMG explained that total market capacity for M&A will increase by 17% in 2017 as companies continue to pay down debt and bolster cash reserves. As a result, sell-side...more

Investment Canada: National security risks in foreign acquisitions - All in the eye of the beholder?

by Dentons on

National security risks arising from foreign investments into Canada might, to the untutored eye, seem to be matters that are objectively assessed and not subject to widely divergent interpretation. For example, if a foreign...more

Ninth Amendment to German Act Against Restraints of Competition to Take Effect Soon

by Morgan Lewis on

Key changes triggered by the amendment relate to a company’s liability for cartel infringements, the introduction of a transaction value test into merger control, private enforcement through the implementation of the EU...more

Global IPO Guide - 2017 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

WorldWide Widgets, a non-US e-commerce company, is considering going public. In addition to offering its locally listed stock to investors outside the United States, WWW would like to sell to investors inside the United...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

Significant Competition Law Changes In Germany

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen). The amendment is expected to come into force in Q2/2017...more

The Impact of US Export Controls on the Sale of a Manufacturing Business

by Miller Canfield on

An owner of a US business that manufactures export-controlled items (“Export Business”) nears retirement. The owner decides to sell the Export Business. In a win for the owner, the sale of the Export Business interests both...more

Rolls-Royce Proposed Acquisition of Spanish Rival Industria de Turbo Propulsores. The European Commission Invites Interested Third...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 4 March 2017, the European Commission (Commission) published a notice concerning the notification of the proposed acquisition of the Spanish aircraft company Industria de Turbo Propulsores SA (Spain, ITP), by Rolls-Royce...more

The flood of inbound M&A and outlook for 2017

by Dentons on

Despite its political turbulence, 2016 was a blockbuster year for inbound mergers and acquisitions in the US. According to Bloomberg, US inbound M&A hit an all-time peak of $586.7 billion, a 35.15 percent hike from 2015. In...more

Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

by Jones Day on

On February 8, 2017, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") Fraud Section published a blueprint for assessing corporate compliance efforts, titled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" ("Guidance"). It...more

DOJ Issues New Corporate Compliance Guidelines; Document Outlines Criteria for the Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate...

by King & Spalding on

Recently, and without the fanfare that often accompanies new policy guidance regarding corporate fraud, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice posted a document on its website entitled “Evaluation of Corporate...more

Key Takeaways: Prospects for US Business Tax Reform — What You Need to Know

On February 16, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Prospects for U.S. Business Tax Reform: What You Need to Know.” The Skadden panelists were M&A partner Stephen Arcano; global tax co-head Eric Sensenbrenner; and tax...more

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