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Report of the JFTC/CPRC Study Group on Data and Competition Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") and the Competition Policy Research Center ("CPRC"), jointly published their "Report of Study Group on Data and Competition Policy" ("Report"). The Study Group kicked...more

Update: Italian Parliament approves the new National Merger Filing Thresholds

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 2 August 2017, the Italian Parliament has adopted the Italian Competition Law, following a complex and long legislative procedure. As already reported, an intense debate surrounded the discussion and the approval of the...more

UK to Study Brexit’s Impact on Competition Law

On 23 July 2017, the UK House of Lords’ EU Internal Market Sub-Committee launched an inquiry into the future of the enforcement of the UK’s competition rules once the UK leaves the European Union. Interested parties are...more

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

by Jones Day on

On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Amendments to the Foreign Investments Law: a means to tighten control?

by White & Case LLP on

On 18 July 2017, the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 165-FZ, which contains a package of amendments to Federal Law No. 160-FZ dated 9 July 1999 "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" (the "Foreign...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

Gun-jumping and incomplete notifications: the European Commission pursues several more infringements of EU merger control rules

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission announced that it sent statement of objections to Merck KGaA, Sigma-Aldrich, General Electric and Canon for alleged breaches of EU merger control rules on 6 July. Merck, Sigma Aldrich and GE have been...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

Possible Wider UK Powers to Block Foreign Acquisitions

by Bryan Cave on

Recent developments show the UK Government’s desire to expand their powers to block foreign takeovers. We explore the nature and scope of the proposed legislation and assess its likely consequences....more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Future antitrust merger enforcement in the United States

by White & Case LLP on

The new US administration's antitrust enforcement priorities remain unclear, but signs of a less interventionist approach are beginning to emerge. What does the 2016 US presidential election mean for antitrust policy in...more

Reform of German Competition Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A number of amendments to the German competition law (Amendment) entered into force on 9 June 2017. The key changes are: ..Merger control: Introduction of a new “size of transaction”-threshold...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

€110 million fine for Facebook by the European Commission for providing misleading information during WhatsApp merger review

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) announced on May 18, 2017, that it was fining Facebook €110 million for providing misleading or incorrect information during the review of the social network’s acquisition of WhatsApp in...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

European Commission Approves Microsoft Acquisition of LinkedIn Subject to Conditions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 6 December 2016, the European Commission cleared the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, subject to Microsoft granting LinkedIn’s competitors access to certain LinkedIn tools....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

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Illegal Distribution Activities in the Spotlight Across the EU - Online and offline distribution issues remain a key focus of competition law regulators in the EU. This has been demonstrated yet again in recent weeks,...more

Buy and Build Strategy Increases Antitrust Risk for Private Equity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Private equity firms have sought a greater number of buy and build opportunities in recent years, amid high valuations and competition for primary deals. In our view such deals carry higher antitrust risks and warrant careful...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the past couple of years, the European Commission has decided to review and evaluate the functioning of different aspects of the EU merger control regime regulated by EU Regulation No. 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the...more

Ninth Amendment to German Act Against Restraints of Competition to Take Effect Soon

by Morgan Lewis on

Key changes triggered by the amendment relate to a company’s liability for cartel infringements, the introduction of a transaction value test into merger control, private enforcement through the implementation of the EU...more

Fifth Annual Report Reviews Global Antitrust Developments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s 2017 Antitrust Annual Report reflects our lawyers’ experience and insights on key antitrust risks affecting our clients’ businesses. Please see full Report below for more information....more

THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

Significant Competition Law Changes In Germany

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 9, 2017 the German Federal Parliament passed the ninth amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen). The amendment is expected to come into force in Q2/2017...more

Economists Must Respect Due Process Too! EU General Court annuls Commission decision blocking UPS/TNT merger

by White & Case LLP on

The judgment reinforces due process and transparency in EU merger control proceedings. The Court made clear that due process standards will be strictly enforced in merger cases, despite the relatively tight deadlines. The...more

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