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Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as FTC Commissioner, Congress Holds Hearings and FTC/DOJ Policy...

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as FTC Commissioner. Commissioner McSweeny will join Commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill as the third Democratic member of the five-member Federal...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

European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Welcome to DLA Piper’s European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2014. This report, now in its fifth year, presents detailed results of our survey of over 250 debt providers, advisors, sponsors and...more

In The Wake Of Phoebe Putney, New York Passes Law Giving Antitrust Immunity To State Health Care System

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 1003 (2013), which held that the state action antitrust immunity doctrine applies only when the state legislature...more

New York State Adopts First Post-Phoebe Putney Law Extending State Antitrust Immunity to a Public Hospital — How It Came About and...

On October 24, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed what we believe is the first post-Phoebe Putney statute (see FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health Sys., Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1003 (2013)), extending the State’s antitrust immunity to...more

Amendments to the North Carolina Business Corporation Act | What You Need to Know

The North Carolina General Assembly recently approved a number of significant changes to the North Carolina Business Corporation Act (“NCBCA”) which the governor signed into law on June 19, 2013....more

American Suspicions Could Deter Chinese Investment

Chinese officials have long complained about American national security reviews, insisting they are an obstacle to Chinese investment in the United States....more

Connecticut's Governor Vetoes Restrictive Non-Compete Bill Due to Lack of Clarity

On Friday, July 12, 2013, Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill that would have restricted the use of non-compete agreements in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The proposed bill, "An Act Concerning...more

Bill Voiding Noncompete Agreements in Event of Merger Vetoed By Governor

Last month, the General Assembly passed a bill in the closing hours of the legislative session that would have voided certain non-compete agreements in the event that a business was merged or acquired. It was a watered-down...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Why is Kodak's Stock Soaring? [Video]

March 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- Although Eastman Kodak Co. stock shot up like a rocket in a week's time, investors might not have the same profitable outcome like owners of American Airlines shares, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia...more

Next Step in Airline M&A: Cross-Border Deals  [Video]

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- In light of the tentative deal for American Airlines and US Airways to merge, Frank Aquila, a mergers-and-acquisitions partner at New York's Sullivan & Cromwell, says US airline mergers have reached...more

Weekly Brief: M&A Heats Up; Intrade Shuts Down; BigLaw Bonuses [Video]

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg Law) -- The search for life in the M&A universe has yielded some encouraging signs. Deals are back, Dechert M&A partner Bill Lawlor tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia in the Weekly Brief - especially as...more

Lawyer: M&A Practice Is Booming & Likely to Continue [Video]

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bill Lawlor, an M&A partner at Dechert LLP, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that the years-long drought in mergers and acquisitions activity may finally be drawing to a close. His office is seeing...more

The FCPA Guidance: Bob Dylan, Change and Political Reality

The FCPA Guidance is here and I will write a few postings on the subject. Initially, it is important to look at the political landscape. President Obama’s re-election communicated an important message to lawmakers and...more

Weekly Brief: Google Antitrust Suit?; Legal Weed; Law Firm Mega-Merger Mania [Video]

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Big changes may be in store for Google. The tech giant was given an ultimatum by FTC Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz to...more

SB 804 Requires California Local Health Care Districts To Obtain Fair Market Value Appraisals In Certain Asset Transfers

New amendments to California’s local health care district law require districts to obtain a fair market value appraisal if the district transfers fifty percent or more of its assets (in sum or by increment) to one or more...more

Business News Digest - September 2012

In this issue: - What to Expect When You're Selling Your Company – Indemnification - Consummated Mergers: It Ain’t Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings - FCC Orders TV Stations to Post Their Political Files...more

California Bill Threatens Market Exception For Dissenters’ Rights

The California legislature is taking its summer recess and will reconvene on August 6. Joint Rule 51(b)(2). It will then sit until August 31 which is the last day for either the Senate or the Assembly to pass bills. Cal....more

Federal Criminal Lawyer Douglas McNabb of McNabb Associates - News On Current Federal Criminal Cases

July 11, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney. Topics Include: Federal...more

Six Lessons Learned from the CP Rail Proxy Battle

In late September 2011, funds controlled by Pershing Square Capital Management, Inc. (Pershing Capital) began acquiring common shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP Rail) at prices approximating the 2-year low in CP...more

Governor Brown Submits Agency M&A Proposal

Article V, Section 6 of the California Constitution provides that the legislature may provide by statute for the Governor to “assign and reorganize functions among executive officers and agencies and their employees, other...more

Ways & Means Committee Holds Hearing on Hospital Consolidation and Physician Integration

One of the primary objectives of the recently enacted health reform legislation was to promote hospital and physician alignment, coordination and integration. Unsurprisingly, hospitals and physicians have responded to these...more

Merger Enforcement Two Years Later

Two years into the Obama Administration, we have enough of a record on merger enforcement to pause and consider whether anything much has changed, and what this record has to say about the likely course of enforcement in the...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2011

In This Issue 01 WTO Appellate Body Report On U.S. Antidumping And Countervailing Duties Against China Upholds Many Of The Panel’s Legal Findings But Reverses On Two Key Issues 02 President Obama Visits Brazil,...more

What’s Driving the US Antitrust Agencies?

As antitrust veterans know, no matter how much a new administration may want to change how antitrust is enforced, the bulk of the agencies’ enforcement agenda remains relatively constant from one administration to the next....more

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