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MOFCOM Strengthens Merger Control Law Enforcement

On March 20, 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a press release announcing that, as of May 1, 2014, MOFCOM will make public on its website all decisions resulting in a finding...more

Antitrust Matters - April 2014 (Global)

Welcome to the second issue of our global competition and antitrust law newsletter Antitrust Matters. The importance and shifting nature of antitrust problems facing companies and individuals is by its nature, a work in...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2014

Shanghai High People’s Court Rules That Resale Price Maintenance Agreement Constitutes Monopolistic Agreement - The Shanghai High People’s Court recently made available its Aug. 1, 2013 final judgment overruling the...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...more

Significant Changes to UK Competition Regime Now Effective

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 took effect on 1 April 2014. Increased efficiencies and deterrence are the main drivers of this reform. As of 1 April 2014, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013...more

German Court Rejects National Competition Authority Liability for Damages After Unlawful Prohibition of a Merger

The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf yesterday dismissed an action for damages of €1.1 billion brought by GN Store Nord against the German Federal Cartel Office. The judgment sheds some light on the possibility for...more

Ukrainian Merger Control Update: Will the Recent Upheaval Cause Problems for Global Deals?

Parties required to file premerger notification in Ukraine should coordinate closely with authorities and plan additional time for the review process in light of recent political events. I anticipate that recent political...more

Ownership Of Competitive Franchise Systems: Risks And Rewards

Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets. As a result of this, the demand for ownership of franchise systems often exceeds supply. In fact, there has been almost a...more

Amicus Decries “Tortification” Of Contract Law

In For Executives, This May Have Been The Most Frightening Holding Of 2013, I wrote about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., 222 Cal. App. 4th 945 (2013). Readers may recall that...more

New Federal Antitrust Law Bill

On February 19, 2014, the Federal Executive Branch of Mexico submitted to the House of Representatives a bill to issue a new Federal Antitrust Law (Ley Federal de Competencia Económica) (the “Bill”) which, if approved, will...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - March 2014 • Volume 3, Number 2

In This Issue: - FTC COMMISSIONER CRITICIZES PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PERMIT HEALTH PROVIDERS TO NEGOTIATE JOINTLY WITH HEALTH INSURERS: In a February 26 speech before the Connecticut Bar Association,...more

China Conditionally Approves Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies Merger: MOFCOM Continues to March to Its Own Drumbeat

The January 2014 conditional clearance decision by the Chinese competition authorities regarding the acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (“Thermo Fisher”) of Life Technologies Corporation illustrates some of the key...more

Antitrust Matters - February 2014

Dearest Reader, Welcome to the first issue of our global competition law newsletter, “Antitrust Matters”. It covers antitrust developments from around the world! Antitrust matters indeed. Legally, financially,...more

Better vs. Cheaper? – Court Says Cost Trumps Quality in Health Care – Orders Undoing of Physician Group Tie-up

The health care industry is in the midst of a revolution caused by demographic changes, advancements in medical understanding and, of course, Obamacare. As health care providers scramble to adjust to this brave new world, the...more

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

DOJ Successfully Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Bazaarvoice Merger

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that Bazaarvoice, Inc.’s $168 million acquisition of PowerReviews violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act. Section 7 prohibits mergers...more

Bazaarvoice Shows Courts’ and Agencies’ Orthodox Approach to Mergers in High-Tech Markets

The District Court’s decision finding the Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews acquisition unlawful demonstrates that agencies and courts will continue to apply traditional methods of merger analysis based on market definition and market...more

"DOJ Prevails in Challenge to Bazaarvoice Acquisition of PowerReviews"

On January 8, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) prevailed in its challenge to Bazaarvoice’s consummated $168 million acquisition of PowerReviews. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California...more

Judge Rules in Favor of DOJ Finding Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews Merger Anticompetitive

On January 8, 2014, Judge Orrick of the Northern District of California ruled that Bazaarvoice’s acquisition of competitor PowerReviews violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The ruling was in favor of the U.S. Department of...more

"The Year in Review – Antitrust and Competition Enforcement in China in 2013"

Over the last two years, China has emerged as one of the most significant jurisdictions worldwide for antitrust and competition matters. Now more than ever, firms doing business in China or participating in major transactions...more

Is There a Maverick in the House? The FTC’s Resolution of the Fidelity National Financial – Lender Processing Services Deal ...

Under the antitrust merger guidelines, a maverick is a firm “that plays a disruptive role in the market to the benefit of customers.” In Washington political circles, a maverick often refers to a politician that does not hew...more

Simplifying EU merger control procedures for simple cases

Highlights: - Higher market share thresholds are expected to increase the number of cases benefiting from the simplified procedure by approximately 10%. - Joint ventures with no activities in the EEA qualify for...more

European Commission reduces notification burden for more mergers

SUMMARY - The European Commission ("Commission") has announced its plans to both reshape the simplified merger notification process within the framework of the EUMR1 in order to extend the option of simplified...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2013

Japan’s METI Submits Amicus Brief in the TFT-LCD Litigation Seeking to Limit the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws - On Oct. 31, 2013, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry submitted a brief in...more

India’s Competition Act takes shape with enforcement actions and appeals: key cases, key points for international companies

Competition law in India has begun to take shape as major enforcement actions involving a host of industries have worked their way from initial complaint to a finding of an infringement and appeal to the Supreme Court of...more

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