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Investment Outlook 2017: Deal trends in the GCC

When oil prices dropped two years ago, it took a while for the severity and durability of the new oil-price environment to sink in. The response came in 2016: governments focused on cutting expenditure, sending a cascade of...more

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Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

European Supervisory Authorities Finalize Guidelines for the Prudential Assessment of Acquisitions and Qualifying Holdings

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published a report outlining final joint Guidelines for the prudential assessment of acquisitions and increases of qualifying holdings in the financial sector. The...more

Will Economic Momentum Continue in the Philippines? [Video]

“The Philippines has been one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, largely spurred by targeted government and public-private partnership spending,” said Benjamin Carale, a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office, who...more

The Developing CFIUS Framework and Recent Presidential Order Prohibiting the Aixtron Transaction

Among the various challenges facing stakeholders in cross-border M&A deals is a potential national security review of the transaction by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the possibility of...more

"Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2016"

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Key Challenges for Chinese Investors in Europe and How to Tackle Them

What are some of the key hurdles and obstacles for Chinese investors in Europe? Tips on how to manage them. Chinese outbound foreign direct investment ("ODI") has grown rapidly in Europe. 2016 was no exception, and...more

Global trends in fintech dealmaking

North America dominates the fintech landscape, but competition from Asia and Europe is rising. Silicon Valley and North America have been key to fuelling the growth of fintech since its infancy. In each of the past six...more

The future of fintech M&A: Not just a ripple

Challenges may lie ahead, but nothing can stop the inevitable march of fintech dealmaking. Fintech has already proven its value and will play an undeniably large role in the provision of financial services in the...more

Outlook: Four key trends that will drive future fintech M&A

Fintech has matured. As it has evolved, so has the way in which financial institutions approach it from an M&A perspective. Financial institutions that initially viewed fintech startups as threatening competitors now...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 31, the Government Speaks edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 31, week ending December 2, 2016-the Government Speaks edition 1. Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates remarks at 33rd annual ACI National FCPA Conference; 2. Head of SEC...more

Fintech M&A: From threat to opportunity

Fintech has evolved from being a disruptive threat to a major opportunity for financial institutions. The possibilities for dealmaking and M&A are almost limitless. The financial services industry was never going to be...more

Congress Urged to Block Certain Chinese Investments in the U.S.

On November 16, 2016, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) issued its 2016 Annual Report to Congress, which included 20 recommendations on Congressional action to be used for assessing progress and...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 20-transaction monitoring [Video]

What is risk and how should it be evaluated? What is the data that should be reviewed to determine if an increase in sales is based on unethical or even illegal behavior? Finally, what happens when you migrate company...more

Recent Developments on Review of Foreign Investment into Germany: Is the German Government Tightening the Rules?

A brief orientation on the German foreign investment approval procedure - Highlights - - For the first time ever the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has withdrawn an already granted...more

Asia-Pacific Distressed Debt & Special Situations Market Update

As the world reckons with the results of the US presidential election, and while Brexit negotiations remain hanging in the air, there are speculations of realignments in political and trade relations involving the US and...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — Australia

Australia requires a wide variety of transactions involving foreign businesses to be reviewed and approved before completion. The decision to approve or deny a foreign investment application is ultimately made by the...more

Even Merging Parties Found Largely Overseas May be Subject to the Broad Reach of CFIUS Jurisdiction

According to a press release issued on November 21, 2016, the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of technology company Aixtron GE of Germany...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — France

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries. The Bureau Multicom 2, which is located within the Ministry...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — China

China is attempting to implement a more structured and comprehensive system to keep a closer eye on economic deals that might have security implications - A ministerial review panel established by China's Ministry of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The IRS isn’t waiting around for virtual currency to gain wider acceptance. No, it’s more than happy to go after Bitcoin users who have sought to use the virtual currency as a means of evading taxes....more

National security reviews: A global perspective — United States

Deals are generally approved, but a wide range of mitigation conditions may be imposed that can have a significant impact. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which is led by the US...more

Reducing M&A risks related to national security reviews

As national security reviews grow in impact, investors need to be mindful of potential adverse consequences resulting from such reviews International M&A deal advisors are acutely aware of the growing impact of national...more

Towards a UK Investment Act?

Against the background of UK policy moving towards a more nationally-led trade and investment policy following this summer’s referendum, the new UK government is still in the process of establishing its policies regarding...more

German Government’s Enhanced Scrutiny of Recent Chinese-German M&A Transactions – A Turning Point or Just a Temporary Resentment?

So far this year, Chinese companies have announced a record-breaking US$11 billion of M&A transactions in Germany. However, the decision of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (“FMET”) to have a more...more

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