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European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

by White & Case LLP on

Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

China Imposes Further Guidelines on Chinese Outbound Investments

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In response to the rapid decline in China’s foreign exchange reserves in 2016, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”), along with the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”)...more

EU Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Foreign Investments in Strategic Sectors

by Dechert LLP on

In his State of the European Union speech on September 13, 2017, the President of the European Commission (the “EC”), Jean-Claude Juncker, announced a proposed regulation which would create a new framework for closer...more

Africa Focus: Private equity in Africa - Emerging trends

by White & Case LLP on

Private equity in Africa has come a long way since the early 1990s, which saw development financial institutions (DFIs) investing in government-initiated development projects across the continent. During that period, such...more

Update on Chinese Outbound Investment Policies

by Jones Day on

China's State Council recently issued a new notice ("New ODI Guidelines") as a follow-up to the overseas investment control policy that it announced in December 2016. The New ODI Guidelines provide further guidance regarding...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Tax Court Declines to Follow Rev. Rul. 91-32

In a recent decision, Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court declined to follow Revenue Ruling 91-32, and held that gain on the sale of an interest in an operating...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mylan will pay $465 million to federal authorities to resolve claims that it overcharged the Medicaid program by millions for its EpiPen products. Though large, the figure represents about a third of the estimated...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

May, June and July Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...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

Russia Tightens Control Over Transactions Involving Foreign Investors

Amendments in July 2017 to Russian foreign investment laws have resulted in a significant tightening of control over transactions involving (including investments in) Russian companies by foreign investors...more

Ten things to consider when you do a leveraged finance deal in Belgium

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European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 7 - With the leveraged finance market staying hot, an increasing number of international sponsors are making acquisitions in Belgium, and upcoming changes in the law will make...more

German Government Tightens Rules for German Investment Control Covering M&A Transactions by Foreign Acquirers

by White & Case LLP on

On July 18, 2017, the Ninth Regulation Amending the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (Neunte Verordnung zur Änderung der Außenwirtschaftsverordnung ("AWV")) entered into force. The federal government is thus responding...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A government audit report out yesterday accuses the US Dep’t of Housing and Urban Development of selling more than 100k distressed mortgages over a 7 year period to PE firms and hedge funds without following the proper rules...more

Germany: Recent Amendments on Review of Foreign Investments - Steps to Take When Making an Investment in Germany

by Dechert LLP on

The German government agreed last week to amend the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV) to address potential concerns raised by foreign investments in certain sectors of the German economy. The amended AWV...more

Three big questions about AI in financial services

by White & Case LLP on

To ride the rising wave of AI, financial services companies will have to navigate evolving standards, regulations and risk dynamics—particularly regarding data rights, algorithmic accountability and cybersecurity....more

Selling to China: Four Key Questions All Private Equity Deal Teams Should Ask on an Exit

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Chinese acquirers are playing an increasingly important role as buyers of private equity sponsored companies — nearly 200 portfolio companies were sold to Chinese entities in 2016. However, in our view, measures taken by the...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

Financial institutions M&A: Asset management

by White & Case LLP on

Current market: - Upward, significant - Increasing competition, pressure on costs and changes in investor behaviour have already led to some consolidation in the industry. Much more is on the horizon...more

Financial institutions M&A: Banks

by White & Case LLP on

Current market: - Upward - Systemically important banks are streamlining within geographic borders, continuing to generate deals through non-core disposals and strategic acquisitions...more

Financial institutions M&A: Market infrastructure

by White & Case LLP on

Payment systems / e-money providers - Current market: - Upward - Regulatory change continues to be a key driver of M&A activity - We are seeing: - Strategic M&A deals and financial sponsor interest...more

Financial institutions M&A: Fintech

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Current market - Upward, significant - Regulator and financial sponsor support is at an unprecedented high. Fintech is now regarded as an enabler rather than a disruptor...more

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