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Basic HSR Threshold to Increase to $80.8 Million

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised thresholds for merger notifications under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. Once effective, the lowest size-of-transaction filing threshold (also known as the $50 million...more

FTC Announces 2017 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under the HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar jurisdictional thresholds in Section 7A of the Clayton Act and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR...more

Higher Filing Thresholds for HSR Act Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates Announced

1. Higher Thresholds For HSR Filings - On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, higher thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The...more

Antitrust Enforcers At It Again: More HSR Actions Against Individuals Announced

In a trend that is sure to continue no matter the policy leanings of the incoming Trump administration, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it has obtained nearly $1 million in civil penalties for two...more

Annual HSR Merger Notification Threshold Adjustments Announced

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act). These thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

HSR Act Violations Continue Trend of Heightened Enforcement, Increased Fines in 2016

The past year was a challenging one for investors purchasing voting securities in public corporations with respect to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act....more

Change in Shareholder Approval Requirements for Certain TSX-V-Listed Issuers Undertaking a Change of Business or Reverse Takeover

On December 15, 2016, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) published amended Policy 5.2 – Changes of Business and Reverse Takeovers of the TSX Venture Exchange Corporate Finance Manual (Policy 5.2). The amendments to Policy 5.2...more

Recent major amendments to the antimonopoly legislation

On 1 January 2017, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Competition and State Support to Housing Development” (the Law) came into effect. The...more

China’s MOFCOM Announces First-Ever Gun-Jumping Penalty in a Transaction Not Involving a Chinese Company

MOFCOM continues efforts to increase enforcement of its merger notification requirements, despite very limited penalty options. On January 4, 2016, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced that it had fined...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016

Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Director liability for competition law breaches - the CMA's first UK director disqualification

Financial penalties being imposed on companies for breaches of competition law are well known, particularly because of the very significant amounts involved. However, fines are only one aspect. In the UK, along with lots of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #3

Editor's Note - A Possible Blueprint for Financial Regulatory Reform in the Trump Administration. During his campaign, President-elect Trump consistently emphasized that financial regulatory reform is a critical...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #2

Editor's Note - FinTech at the Forefront. FinTech remains at the forefront of Washington’s discussions about how best to regulate financial products and services. As discussed in more detail below, the SEC announced the...more

Further Guidance on the HSR Act Investment-Only Exemption for Seemingly “Passive” Investors Engaging with Management

Investors considering engaging with management should take note of a recent informal interpretation received from the FTC’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) advising that certain seemingly “passive” behavior is...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016

Editor's Note Voting Matters. Next week, we head to the polls to elect a new president of the United States and other government representatives. Voting is important because it allows registered citizens to cast their...more

Defending parallel proceedings: key considerations and best practices

Parallel proceedings refer to two or more concurrent investigations or litigations arising out of a common set of facts. These proceedings can involve any combination of criminal, civil, or administrative authorities, as well...more

China Simplifies Its Legal Administration of Foreign Direct Investments

In order to implement the State Counsel’s decision issued on September 3, 2016 (State Counsel’s Decision), which simplifies the original substantive review and approval process (Approval System) to a new simple filing system...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

FTC Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee About Data Security Approach

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the three active commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding the...more

Antitrust Updates for Private Equity Firms

In an era of robust merger enforcement by the U.S. antitrust agencies, opportunities abound for private equity firms to acquire divested businesses for value. These acquisitions of divested businesses are increasingly subject...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

Minority shareholdings: New competition law issues?

New competition law issues with respect to minority shareholdings? A topic that recently became prominent in the competition law community and beyond is whether so-called “common ownership” may have a negative effect on...more

HSR 2015 Annual Report: Filings Up, Second Requests Down and ESO/RSU Implications

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015, published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

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