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EU State Aid Enforcement: What Multinationals Need to Know

In recent years, the European Commission (EC) has been actively enforcing European Union state aid violations, an area of law that is unique to Europe but has wide-ranging implications for multinationals with investments in...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

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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

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

President Trump Blocks Acquisition of US Chipmaker by Chinese- Backed Private Equity Fund Amid CFIUS Concerns

by King & Spalding on

Order sends strong signal that Washington will continue to oppose deals with Chinese acquirers involving technologies with potential military applications. On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order...more

European Commission proposes common approach to foreign direct investment screening

by Allen & Overy LLP on

European Commission (EC) President Juncker has outlined legislative measures on the screening by EU Member States of foreign takeovers and investments. The new screening system aims to improve cooperation and coordination...more

European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

by White & Case LLP on

Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

New Merger Thresholds for Italian Transactions

by Jones Day on

The Background: On August 2, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Law on Market and Competition, which provided a new set of pre-merger filing thresholds. After publication of the law in the Official Gazette on August...more

China Imposes Further Guidelines on Chinese Outbound Investments

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In response to the rapid decline in China’s foreign exchange reserves in 2016, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”), along with the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”)...more

European Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update

by Morgan Lewis on

A primer on avoiding procedural breaches in EU Merger Control. The European Commission (Commission) is cracking down on parties that break procedural rules in transactions subject to European Union (EU) merger control. A...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Decommissioning Risks in Asian M&A Transactions - By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900...more

President Trump Blocks His First CFIUS Transaction

September 13, 2017 On September 13, 2017, the White House announced On September 13, 2017, the White House announced that President Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Lattice Semiconductor Corp.'s proposed...more

European merger rules do not apply to non full-function joint ventures, ECJ clarifies

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 7 September, the Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of the concept of concentration set out in Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings...more

CFIUS: President Trump Blocks Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor by Canyon Bridge

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump blocked the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a US chipmaker, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a US-headquartered private equity firm reportedly funded by the Chinese...more

President Prohibits Chinese Investment in U.S. Semiconductor Company Following Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order citing unresolved national security concerns in prohibiting the $1.3 billion acquisition of a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer by a group of investors...more

Competition News

by Dentons on

A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order Blocking Proposed Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the proposed acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor (Lattice) by a Chinese consortium known as Canyon Bridge. Lattice is a semiconductor company primarily manufacturing...more

EU Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Foreign Investments in Strategic Sectors

by Dechert LLP on

In his State of the European Union speech on September 13, 2017, the President of the European Commission (the “EC”), Jean-Claude Juncker, announced a proposed regulation which would create a new framework for closer...more

Africa Focus: Private equity in Africa - Emerging trends

by White & Case LLP on

Private equity in Africa has come a long way since the early 1990s, which saw development financial institutions (DFIs) investing in government-initiated development projects across the continent. During that period, such...more

Principle of economic succession in private enforcement to come under Supreme Court´s scrutiny

by DLA Piper on

In October 2016, the Appeal Court of Helsinki, altering the judgement of Helsinki District Court, held that certain companies, which had acquired the business or equity of asphalt cartel companies after the infringement had...more

ECJ judgment in Austria Asphalt smooths over a crack in EU merger control

by Dentons on

The creation of a joint venture from a company which was previously solely controlled by one parent is only subject to EU merger control where it is a "full function" joint venture. So ruled the European Court of Justice...more

European M&A Market Insights, Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries - Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its...more

THE LATEST: European Court of Justice Clarifies Application of European Union Merger Control Rules to Joint Ventures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 7 September 2017, the European Court of Justice issued a decision (Decision) on the interpretation of the European Union Merger Regulation (EUMR). The Decision clarifies the conditions under which the EUMR applies to the...more

Update on Chinese Outbound Investment Policies

by Jones Day on

China's State Council recently issued a new notice ("New ODI Guidelines") as a follow-up to the overseas investment control policy that it announced in December 2016. The New ODI Guidelines provide further guidance regarding...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Tax Court Declines to Follow Rev. Rul. 91-32

In a recent decision, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court declined to follow Revenue Ruling 91-32, and held that gain on the sale of an interest in an operating...more

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