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Three big questions about AI in financial services

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To ride the rising wave of AI, financial services companies will have to navigate evolving standards, regulations and risk dynamics—particularly regarding data rights, algorithmic accountability and cybersecurity....more

Financial institutions M&A: Fintech

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Current market - Upward, significant - Regulator and financial sponsor support is at an unprecedented high. Fintech is now regarded as an enabler rather than a disruptor...more

Innovation drives dealmaking: Outlook for M&A in Israel - Investors continue to flock to Israel, as innovation and technological...

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Dubbed the "startup nation," Israel is an epicenter of innovation. It boasts more venture capital firms and startups on a per capita basis than any other country in the world. In tech terms, it is second only to Silicon...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 12

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Show Notes for Episode 12, the Summer Haze Edition The dog days of summer are on the horizon and the Houston Astros lead the major leagues in winning percentage. Coincidence that the US pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 53, the I left my heart in San Francisco edition

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This week, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We discuss: 1. Brazilian President Temer comes under corruption fire? 2. The turmoil at FIFA continues as FIFA’s...more

European Commission Approves Microsoft Acquisition of LinkedIn Subject to Conditions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 December 2016, the European Commission cleared the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, subject to Microsoft granting LinkedIn’s competitors access to certain LinkedIn tools....more

AI and Compliance Going Forward: Welcome to ComTech

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What will be the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in compliance going forward? In Wednesday’s Compliance into the Weeds podcast, Matt Kelly and I continue our discussion, that we began several years ago, of how technology...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

Boston Scientific Announces Acquisition of Symetis for $435 Million

by Knobbe Martens on

Boston Scientific Corporation recently announced an agreement to purchase Swiss medical device maker Symetis SA for $435 million in up-front cash.  The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

News Round Up - March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Changes Afoot? - President Trump has issued a number of orders that have as their aim reducing regulatory burdens. For example, there is the January 30, 2017 “two for one” order, which contemplates that, for each new rule...more

CFIUS Effectively Blocks German Acquisition of U.S. Technology Company

Cree Inc. (“Cree”), the U.S.-based LED lighting and semiconductor company, announced last month that it is terminating its agreement to sell its Wolfspeed Power & RF division (“Wolfspeed”) to Infineon Technologies AG of...more

Manatt Digital - February 2017

If there is one truism in the world of digital media, it is the simple fact that our technology and consumption habits are evolving in tandem with one another and at an exponential rate. This compounding effect of innovation...more

Building momentum: US M&A in 2016

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After a slow start and several challenges, American M&A thrived as the year closed — 2017 could be explosive for dealmaking. M&A accelerates into 2017 - Despite political uncertainty and subdued activity early in...more

EU Merger Control Procedural & Jurisdictional Aspects: Reply To The European Commission Consultation

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We welcome the opportunity to provide comments to the European Commission in its evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control. A NEW JURISDICTIONAL THRESHOLD - We respond here to section...more

"Big Data an Ongoing Concern for EU Competition Law"

The question of how "big data" should be treated in merger control and antitrust enforcement was a key issue for the European Commission and national regulators in European Union member states in 2016, with competition...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in 2017: Eight Topics to Follow

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Throughout the past several years, data privacy and security practices have evolved into more than just defending against identity theft and protecting sensitive data. In fact, since 2014, to help raise awareness for data...more

EU Legal Developments That May Impact Your Business in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Following CFIUS Recommendation, President Obama Blocks Chinese Acquisition of US-German Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer

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President Obama issued an executive order on December 2, 2016 blocking the sale of the U.S. business of Aixtron SE (“Aixtron”), a German semiconductor manufacturer, to a German subsidiary of a Chinese fund, Fujian Grand Chip...more

Six Crucial Points About the Prohibition on Chinese Investors' Acquisition of U.S. Aixtron Operations

On December 2, President Obama, acting under the Exon-Florio law, blocked the planned acquisition by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP ("Fujian Grand Chip"), a Chinese investment fund, of the U.S. operations of...more

Global trends in fintech dealmaking

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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

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 21-the DOJ and Congressional Legislation in the Trump Era

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into two areas which will impact compliance practitioners going forward. They are the Justice Department under the Trump Administration and the legislative process going...more

President Applies Authority under CFIUS to Prohibit Acquisition of the U.S. Business of A German Technology Company by A...

by Bryan Cave on

As we discussed in a recent alert, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of Aixtron GE, a German-based technology company, by Grand Chip...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 293, Saskia Zandieh on the new French Anti-Corruption law, Sapin II

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Miller & Chevalier Counsel, Saskia Zandieh on the new French anti-corruption law, Sapin II. She discusses how it may improve the nation’s current anti-corruption framework, and reviews the...more

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