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Private equity and M&A on the move

The M&A market is on the move. According to Mergermarket, global M&A was valued at US$599.1 billion in Q1 2014, up 33.2 percent from the same period last year. The average deal size over the same period was US$ 374.4 million,...more

Recent EU Decisions Highlight Risks of “Gun Jumping”

The European Commission (“the Commission”) last month levied a fine of EUR 20 million on Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, for acquiring a 48.5% stake in its competitor Morpol ASA (“Morpol”)...more

EU Merger Law May Soon Extend To Minority Acquisitions

Economically, minority shareholdings — ranging from minimal passive investments to strategic control — are a significant phenomenon. Globally, however there is a wide variety of approaches to antitrust regulation of these...more

Technical infringements receive stiff fines from the European Commission

Both the Electrabel case and the Marine Harvest case serve as harsh wake-up calls that companies and their antitrust advisers must adopt a high level of caution when analysing whether a transaction must be notified under the...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2014

China’s MOFCOM Blocks ‘P3 Alliance’ Despite EU, U.S. Non-Opposition - On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s competition regulator, prohibited the proposed “P3 Alliance” that would have combined the...more

The Corporate Inversion: From Obscure Strategy to Hot Trend

Capitalist ideals of “free enterprise” and “competition” make great debate topics, but when compared to the business-friendly tax codes of other nations the United States Tax Code cannot compete. With the highest corporate...more

Acquisitive Reorganization Under Section 367(b)

This outline discusses, in plain English, the regulatory provisions called into play under IRC § 367(b) on acquisitive mergers and other non-divisive corporate reorganizations. A Section 367(b) acquisitive reorganization...more

A Study Analysis and Recommendations on Approaches to First U.S. Acquisitions by Non-U.S. Companies: How Chinese Companies May...

Recently, as the pace of “going global” speeds up, a large amount of Chinese companies have participated in M&A, control investments and substantial minority investments in businesses and properties located outside of China....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 78-2014 FCPA Wrap Up for the first six months [Video]

In this episode, I review six of the most significant developments in the FCPA year to-date....more

Saudi Opens Market to Foreign Financial Institutions

In a long anticipated measure, the Saudi Council of Ministers (which is the highest authority in the Kingdom) issued a resolution on 21 July, 2014 authorizing foreign financial institutions to directly buy and sell stocks...more

Anti-Inversion Legislation May Impact Non-Inverted Private Equity Deals

Corporate inversions have been the target of regulatory or statutory tax proposals for many years. However, the recently attempted combination of Pfizer and AstraZeneca received prompt and more far-reaching attention in the...more

Editorial: Corporate Inversions No Signs Of Slowing Down

In a corporate inversion, a U.S. corporation — typically the parent of an affiliated group — becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign corporation through a merger into the foreign corporation's U.S. subsidiary or...more

The Inversion Craze: Will Today's Routine Tax Planning Be Retroactively Outlawed?

Alongside the more typical summer fare, such as coverage of the best beach reading and the latest action movie blockbuster, this summer the media have been abuzz with seemingly daily reports on the latest so-called...more

Stampeding for the Exits: Pharmaceutical Companies and the Recent Wave of Inversions

Actavis, Pfizer, Medtronic, Abbvie and Salix have all recently announced plans to merge with foreign competitors and reincorporate in the U.K. or Ireland – a strategy commonly known as an “inversion” (Pfizer’s merger plans...more

Ralls v. CFIUS

A U.S. Appellate Court has ruled for the first time that the U.S. government must provide access to at least some of the evidence relied upon by the President and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 76-World Cup Report-Part VI [Video]

In this episode, which is the first of a two part series, Mike Brown and I begin to wrap up some of our thoughts and take-aways from the recent World Cup. We discuss anti-bribery and anti-corruption in the context of the...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Back to the Future? Back to the Past! - Interview: African Merger Control: Interview with the COMESA Competition Commission EUROPE: *EUROPEAN UNION: - Comparing apples and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 75-Roy Snell CEO of SCCE [Video]

In this episode I visit with Roy Snell, CEO of SCCE on the upcoming Nation Conference to be held in Chicago in September. ...more

Time For a New Home?

The high number of companies, mostly U.S., eyeing acquisitions or ventures that will allow them to redomicile their business in the UK and Ireland is a major theme of this report. Mostly, it is about tax. But there is quite a...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part II

Yesterday I began a three part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In Part I, I reviewed what you should accomplish in the pre-acquisition stage. Today I want to look at what you...more

Commission Publishes White Paper on Minority Shareholdings

Under the current Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation), the Commission is only able to review transactions that lead to a change of control. The Commission also has the power to review existing minority...more

Export Controls in UK Offshore Centers

Many private equity and investment funds are organized as limited partnerships or companies of offshore entities. Similarly, companies may structure mergers and acquisitions by utilizing offshore holding entities. The British...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part I

Today, I begin a three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Today I will review the pre-acquisition phase, focusing the information and issues you should review, tomorrow in Part...more

SEC Charges Auditor of PRC Firm With Unprofessional Conduct

The Commission filed another proceeding against an audit firm and its partners arising out of the audit of a PRC issuer. Unlike earlier actions involving audit firms for Chinese issuers, in this case the difficulties did not...more

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