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European M+A News, Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Transactions Involving Digital Media in Europe: Know the Source - New Framework on Market Abuse in the European Union - Current Developments ..“Made in Germany” Attracts Foreign...more

Competition – Regulators Up The Ante

As new business models emerge in key markets, antitrust enforcement and regulation across the world are becoming not only more challenging, but also a great deal more complex....more

China Commits to Modify Enforcement of Anti-Monopoly Law

On December 19, trade officials from the United States and China wrapped up a three-day trade conference in Chicago. As attendee and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stated, the 25th annual Joint Commission on...more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Releases Draft Competition Ordinance Guidelines

On October 9, 2014, the Hong Kong Competition Commission and Communications Authority published draft guidelines under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance. The guidelines will not be the law; instead, they represent the...more

US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic & Covidien Merger US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic &...

Med Device Online reports that Medtronic has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU’s European Commission to merge with Covidien. Also according to Med Device Online, the companies had to agree that...more

Antitrust Matters - November 2014 (Global)

EDITORIAL - Sitting at my desk in Washington, DC, I imagine myself being a business executive in Europe or Asia, trying to make sense of news reports that I regularly hear about United States courts and enforcement...more

COMESA Merger Assessment Guidelines Clarify Jurisdictional Test and Notification Requirements

The long-awaited Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Merger Assessment Guidelines (the Merger Guidelines) were finally adopted in August 2014 and released on 31 October 2014....more

Merger Control: Overview and updates in Thailand

Over 100 jurisdictions have adopted merger control rules around the world which apply generally to mergers, joint ventures, takeovers and acquisitions. Each country has its own set of jurisdictional thresholds to determine...more

International Transactions May Escape German Merger Control Even if Statutory Control Thresholds Are Exceeded - New FCO German...

In many countries turnover tests triggering merger control can be overly far-reaching and cover transactions that are “entirely foreign” and do not have any appreciable effect in the country concerned. Newly issued German...more

Increasing Dry Powder and Decreasing Deal Volumes: Seller Friendly Deal Terms Are Set To Continue

During the past three years there has been a steadily increasing amount of money chasing a decreasing number of deals, as the graph below highlights. This, combined with readily available debt finance (despite the current...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - October 2014 (Global)

Recent U.S. Criticism of China’s Enforcement of Its Antitrust Laws Against Foreign Companies - For some time, many in the antitrust community have expressed concerns about how China is enforcing its antitrust laws...more

Draft Hong Kong Competition Guidelines Released for Public Comment

Industry has an opportunity to comment on the Competition Commission’s proposed Guidelines on how it intends to interpret and enforce the conduct rules in Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance. Introduction - Hong...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review - Chapter 2: EU Competition

While the European Commission’s highly visible antitrust and cartel investigations arguably dominated the headlines during the past 12 months, the EU’s merger control regime, even without a single prohibition decision, still...more

"Georgetown and Fordham Global Antitrust Law Symposia Focus on Trends in Cartel Enforcement, Merger Control, IP and Financial...

Last week, Georgetown University Law Center hosted its Eighth Annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, and Fordham University School of Law hosted its 41st Annual International Antitrust Law and Policy Conference. These...more

The European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements

The ruling caps fines on companies with historic cartel exposure that are acquired by large companies and increases predictability of future antitrust exposure stemming from pre-acquisition conduct. On 4 September...more

Guide to Doing Business in Australia: Regulation of Foreign Investment

REGULATION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT - One of the first matters a foreign investor must consider when planning to invest in Australia is the impact of Australia’s foreign investment policy. REGULATION...more

Resurgence of Protectionism – Can European Member States Really Do Whatever They Want to Foreign Takeovers?

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia recently cited the French initiatives to block the GE-Alstom deal as an example of “worrying signals of protectionist threats” in Europe. France is not, however, to be singled out....more

Recent EU Decisions Highlight Risks of “Gun Jumping”

The European Commission (“the Commission”) last month levied a fine of EUR 20 million on Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, for acquiring a 48.5% stake in its competitor Morpol ASA (“Morpol”)...more

Technical infringements receive stiff fines from the European Commission

Both the Electrabel case and the Marine Harvest case serve as harsh wake-up calls that companies and their antitrust advisers must adopt a high level of caution when analysing whether a transaction must be notified under the...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2014

China’s MOFCOM Blocks ‘P3 Alliance’ Despite EU, U.S. Non-Opposition - On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s competition regulator, prohibited the proposed “P3 Alliance” that would have combined the...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Back to the Future? Back to the Past! - Interview: African Merger Control: Interview with the COMESA Competition Commission EUROPE: *EUROPEAN UNION: - Comparing apples and...more

Commission Publishes White Paper on Minority Shareholdings

Under the current Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation), the Commission is only able to review transactions that lead to a change of control. The Commission also has the power to review existing minority...more

"European Commission Issues Merger Reform White Paper Regarding Minority Shareholdings and Member State Referrals"

On July 9, 2014, the European Commission published its proposal (White Paper) outlining the approach it intends to adopt with respect to the application of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) to the acquisition of minority...more

Doing Business in Canada: Foreign Investment & Mergers

INVESTMENT CANADA ACT - Non-Canadians who acquire control of an existing Canadian business or who wish to establish a new unrelated Canadian business are subject to the federal Investment Canada Act (ICA). In either...more

China’s MOFCOM Blocks P3 Alliance

On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued a decision blocking the formation of a strategic alliance between three of the world’s largest ocean container shipping companies, A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S, MSC...more

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