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EU: Merger case cleared following offer of FRAND technology license

On 20 April 2016, the European Commission (Commission) cleared, under its merger control rules, the acquisition of Equens and PaySquare by Worldline subject to, amongst others, a commitment to license technology to any...more

Getting the Deal Done - China, Semiconductors, and CFIUS

Investing in U.S. semiconductor sector companies has become an increasingly challenging task for Chinese investors as the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States—better known as CFIUS—has increased...more

HSR Suit Between DOJ and ValueAct Offers Potential to Clarify "Investment-Only" Exemption

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had filed a civil antitrust complaint against investment fund ValueAct Capital, alleging that ValueAct improperly relied upon the "investment-only"...more

DOJ Sues to Block Halliburton's Purchase of Competitor Baker Hughes

Nearly a year and a half after the deal was announced, on April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenged Halliburton's proposed $35 billion acquisition of rival oilfield services provider Baker Hughes. The DOJ...more

LSU Hospital Operator May Proceed with Antitrust Suit Against Competing Health System

The antitrust suit against Willis Knighton Medical Center will continue following the denial of its motion to dismiss. BRFHH Shreveport v. Willis Knighton Med. Ctr., case number 5:15-cv-02057 (W.D. La. Mar. 31, 2016). The...more

Narrow Reading Of HSR Investment-Only Exemption Continues

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against activist investor ValueAct Capital. The DOJ asserts that ValueAct improperly relied on the “investment only” exemption to the...more

Activism (Re)Defined: DOJ Files Complaint Against ValueAct for Alleged HSR Act Violation

In filing a complaint and seeking $19 million of damages against ValueAct for failing to file a premerger notification and observe the statutory waiting period pursuant to the HSR Act in connection with its 2014 purchase of...more

House Passes GOP-Backed SMARTER ACT Aiming to Harmonize Merger Review Process for FTC and DOJ

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act by a vote of 235-171, despite strenuous objections from the Federal Trade Commission...more

The HSR Act and You: Failing to Report Executives' Stock Purchases and Option Exercises is No Joke

THE RULE TO REMEMBER… Whenever an individual exercises stock options, receives restricted stock awards, or even makes an open market purchase, there may be an attendant requirement to file an individual Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Three Things to Watch after One Week of the Staples-Office Depot Merger Trial

On Monday, Staples and the Federal Trade Commission began presenting arguments in the D.C. District Court on whether the FTC should be entitled to a preliminary injunction to halt a potential merger between Staples and Office...more

Italy May Review its Merger Filing Threshold

Consistent with its annual review of the merger filing thresholds, in March this year the Italian Competition Authority (the “AGCM”) updated the turnover thresholds above which transactions must be notified to the AGCM prior...more

Individual Accountability and the SEC [Video]

From the 2016 PLUS D&O Symposium session “The DOJ, SEC and the New Era of Individual Accountability,” Helen Cantwell (Debevoise & Plimpton) and Stephanie Avakian, Esq. (U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission) discuss...more

DAMITT – How Long Does it Take to Conduct U.S. Antitrust Merger Investigations? (Update)

Dechert’s Antitrust Merger Investigation Timing Tracker (DAMITT) is at it again compiling data from 2015. Fast Facts - - Merger investigations in 2015 took an average of 9.6 months to conduct (more than 1/3...more

Ofgem’s certification review of the Blue Transmission Companies

On 4 February 2016 Ofgem published a decision reviewing the certification status of the Blue Transmission Companies (“BTCs”). The review follows two other previous Ofgem decisions. The reasoning of Ofgem and the EU Commission...more

Myanmar Competition Act: Ready Or Not - Here It Comes

It’s just a little over a year until the Myanmar Competition Act comes into force in February 2017. The Act fleshes out the main anti-trust principles, but is arguably muddled in framing their exact scope and the relevant...more

FTC Announces Revised HSR Pre-Merger Notification and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced revised monetary thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds to Increase Effective February 25, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced revised thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”), that will go into effect on February 25, 2016. The revised...more

Federal Trade Commission revises Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the new, revised jurisdictional thresholds for reporting transactions pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR...more

New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced For 2016

On February 5, 2016, the Competition Bureau announced the 2016 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $87 million; the 2015 threshold was $86 million. Acquisitions...more

Antitrust: FTC Announces Annual Update of Thresholds for Premerger Notification Filings and Interlocking Directorates for 2016...

The Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) has revised the monetary thresholds applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act). The HSR Act requires companies proposing a merger or...more

Premerger Notification Thresholds Increased

Effective February 25, 2016, the jurisdictional thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”), will increase. Pursuant to statutory amendments made in 2000, the thresholds are...more

The EU Court of Justice Brings to an End Odile Jacob’s Fight Against Lagardère’s Purchase of Vivendi Universal Publishing

By its judgment of 28 January 2016 (C-514/14 P, Editions Odile Jacob SAS v Commission), the European Court of Justice (Court) upheld the General Court of the European Union’s (GCEU) ruling with respect to each of the grounds...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2016

On January 26, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size for Reportable Transactions Increases to $78.2 Million

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,...more

M&A Team News - January 2016

Here is a look back at the top M&A developments that affected deal-making last year and a look forward to our expectations for 2016....more

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