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UK national security and infrastructure – tougher merger control ahead?

by Dentons on

On 17 October, the UK Government published a Green Paper reviewing national security implications of foreign ownership or control, as indicated in this year's Queen's Speech....more

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures- Tying It All Together for Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

As I conclude this section on joint ventures, I want to emphasize again the risk they pose under the FCPA. Mike Volkov has stated, “A joint venture requires the integration of disparate company cultures. It can be successful,...more

Day 14 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Auditing Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

Joint ventures provide many FCPA risks that other types of business relationships do not bring. For instance, the joint venture may interact with foreign government officials or employees of a state-owned enterprise; then...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Compliance Terms and Conditions in Joint Venture Agreements

by Thomas Fox on

Numerous US companies have come to FCPA grief for their overseas joint ventures and the continue to be a bane for many companies under the Act. There are some basic compliance terms and conditions which should be considered...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Joint Venture Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

When you bring two entities together to operate jointly, there are several difficult issues to analyze. For the US company operating under the FCPA, there must be an adequate business justification for a joint venture with a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

Foreign investment review in Canada: “Net benefit” review threshold raised, update on national security reviews

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Foreign buyers of Canadian businesses are less likely to require approval from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development under the “net benefit to Canada” test as a result of increases in the review...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Dis-Linking any Illegal Conduct Going Forward

by Thomas Fox on

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. It a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of business and...more

Foreign Investment in China: An Introduction

China presents some of the world’s most exciting opportunities, and a unique set of cultural, legal and political challenges. It has a distinct legal regime that in many respects cannot be understood by direct reference to...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures - Post-Acquisition Integration Plan

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Your company has just made its largest acquisition ever and your Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says that he wants you to have a compliance post-acquisition integration plan on his desk in one week. Where do you begin? Of...more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Post-Acquisition Integration Dates

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Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in the M&A context on DOJ Opinion Release 08-02 (08-02), which related to Halliburton’s proposed acquisition of the UK entity, Expro. In 2011, the Johnson & Johnson...more

Economic Nationalism Set to Impact M&A Transaction Approvals Across Europe

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Growing economic nationalism is threatening to impact M&A across Europe, as governments and regulators take an increasing interest in “foreign” acquisitions of nationally important companies in the name of national security....more

Day 7 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Evaluating Pre-Acquisition Risk Factors

by Thomas Fox on

Today I want to look at what you should do with the information that you obtain in your pre-acquisition compliance due diligence. Jay Martin, Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at BakerHughes, a GE company. suggests an approach...more

Day 6 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

The compliance component of your mergers and acquisition regime should begin with a preliminary pre-acquisition assessment of risk. Such an early assessment will inform the transaction research and evaluation phases. This...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 71, the Three Dingers Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this week's episode, we discuss: 1. Roy Shell considers whether compliance officers should be liked or respected. 2. What is the intersection of sports, corruption and compliance? 3. The Alere FCPA enforcement...more

Day 5 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Pre-Acquisition Risk Assessment

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One of the clearest themes from the 2012 FCPA Guidance was around the importance of your pre-acquisition work in any merger or acquisition on a target company. In the section on Declinations, the 2012 FCPA Guidance provided...more

Steering the course – navigating bribery and corruption risk in private equity investments: Part 1

by Hogan Lovells on

Identifying Bribery and Corruption risk in the context of private equity investments (and M&A more generally) is key to ensuring the value of an acquisition. Companies will busy themselves with due diligence on tax,...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 19

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 19, the Ubiquity Edition The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wealth of new topics. 1. Matt Kelly opens with a discussion of the Equifax data breach and its...more

Day 4 of One Month to More Effective Business Ventures-Safe Harbor for Successor Liability

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As a general legal matter, when a company acquires another company, the successor company cannot be liable for the acquired company’s activities prior to acquisition. In FCPA jurisprudence, there is no case law precedent...more

Review of foreign investments in the European Union on grounds of security and public order: a fair balance between market...

by Dentons on

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) are investments by private individuals, commercial entities or governments, aimed at acquiring and/or controlling a business or property outside of their home jurisdiction on a lasting and...more

10 Takeaways From the CFIUS Annual Report to Congress

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Calendar Year 2015 CFIUS Report reflects review of transactions for national security risks is generally taking longer, with Chinese investors leading all others. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

Day 3 of One Month to More Effective Compliance in Business Ventures-Why Engage in Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence?

by Thomas Fox on

Why should a company engage in pre-acquisition due diligence in the mergers and acquisition context? Certainly compliance with anti-corruption laws such as the FCPA or UK Bribery Act is a good starting point. However there...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Food and consumer products conglomerate Unilever’s making a big play for the Asian market with its $2.7 billion deal to buy Carver Korea, a South Korean-based skin care specialist....more

Chinese Buyers Act Quickly – Parallel UK & EU Foreign Takeover Control Systems Proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

CFIUS Continues to Present an Obstacle to Chinese Acquisitions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On September 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order blocking investment firm, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. (“Canyon”), from acquiring Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (“Lattice”). President Trump’s...more

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