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Bo Pilgrim and Cultures in Foreign Lands (like Texas)

by Thomas Fox on

There are many reasons the great state of Texas is just that – great. One Texas truism (Texas translation – true or not) is that everything is bigger in Texas. I was reminded of a certain truism in the area of business ethics...more

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Financial institutions M&A: Consumer credit

by White & Case LLP on

Consumer credit markets differ substantially across Europe. This section focuses on the UK given significant levels of M&A driven by regulatory change and the resulting investor behaviour....more

Financial institutions M&A: Insurance

by White & Case LLP on

Current market: - Upward - Favourable environment for insurance M&A including ongoing consolidation in the life insurance sector...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Financial institutions M&A: State-aided banks

by White & Case LLP on

Current market - Upward, significant - Increasing pressure from the ECB and local regulators— alongside challenges faced by government stability funds—is continuing to drive M&A ...more

Financial institutions M&A: Sector trends - Opportunities for M&A transactions in the European financial services sector - June...

by White & Case LLP on

Inorganic growth strategies are key to remaining competitive and winning market share in the European financial services sector. Almost a decade after the financial crisis, most European financial institutions are still...more

Tokyo Global Transactions Newsletter - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

M&A - the Auction Process - Advantages and Disadvantages and the Key Steps - Introduction - Mergers and acquisitions represent a key growth strategy for many corporations. The M&A landscape is becoming increasingly...more

North Sea decommissioning: Primed for a boom? The complexities and challenges associated with decommissioning offshore oil and...

by White & Case LLP on

Historically, the attitude towards decommissioning disused offshore oil and gas platforms—'abandonment' as it was previously known—has been largely negative, with companies viewing mature installations as a burden rather than...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A banner round of stress-testing for the US’s biggest banks (all passed for the first time in the test’s 7-year history) is seen as paving the way for banks to pay out their largest dividends in nearly a decade....more

Deal Pulse: M&A Forecast, Latin America 1H17

by K&L Gates LLP on

After a tense presidential campaign in the US, Latin American observers have shaken off the post election jitters as they get on with business, while remaining tuned in to the season’s latest reality shows with concerned...more

Foreign Investment Reporting to the United States: Out-Bound Investment from the United States (Part 6)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), conducts seven (7) mandatory surveys to collect information on direct investment. These seven surveys consist of an initial survey for any new direct...more

Anti-Corruption Diligence in the M&A Context

A successful merger or acquisition requires careful consideration of many components and diligence in a number of specialties. Corruption issues, generally, and the global reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened a formal investigation into a global pharmaceutical company for possible abuse of dominant position. The alleged conduct of the company,...more

The Power of Globalization Will Continue to Propel M&A Growth - Pulse | Issue 3 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Nearly a year has passed since the British voted to leave the EU. That big surprise was rapidly followed by another one - the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. These elections showed us that many...more

Regulation Round Up - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2 May - The FCA published its Policy Statement on the FCA's disclosure rules following application of PRIIPs Regulation (PS17/6). The Policy Statement sets out how the FCA's disclosure requirements will change to reflect...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

Pulse - Issue 3 June 2017: The Power of Globalization Will Continue to Propel M&A Growth

by Hogan Lovells on

Nearly a year has passed since the British voted to leave the EU. That big surprise was rapidly followed by another one - the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. These elections showed us that...more

Global Merger Control Update - May 2017

by Jones Day on

This is the quarterly Jones Day Global Merger Control Update, which will discuss recent developments in existing regimes and the emergence of new merger control regimes worldwide. In recent years, there has been a surge...more

Facebook Fined for WhatsApp Data Linking Fallout

by Alston & Bird on

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for misrepresentations made in its application for competition clearance of the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp. In its...more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...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

Facebook Is Fined US$122 Million by European Commission for Misleading Information in WhatsApp Merger Review

by Reed Smith on

Facebook is faced with a fine of EUR110 million (US$122 million) for providing misrepresentative or incorrect information to the European Commission when it filed the acquisition of WhatsApp for merger approval in...more

AI and Compliance Going Forward: Welcome to ComTech

by Thomas Fox on

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

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

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