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China Reforms Its Registration System for Foreign Investment

On October 8, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued the Provisional Measures for Filing Administration of Establishment and Changes of Foreign-Invested Enterprises (“FIEs”) (“Filing Administration Measures”). The Filing...more

China's Commitment to Open Up Its Private Securities Investment Fund Management Industry to Foreign-Owned Entities: Opportunity...

On 30 June 2016, the Asset Management Association of China ("AMAC"), a self-regulatory organization supervised by the China Securities Regulatory Commission ("CSRC"), promulgated the "Q&A regarding the Registration and Filing...more

China Eases Key Corporate Filing Requirements under the Foreign Investment Law by Replacing the “Approval Filing” System with the...

On October 1, 2016, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the NPC on Revising Four Laws, Including the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises (the “Decision”) came into effect. The...more

International Comity is Alive and Well: Second Circuit Defers to China’s Interpretation of Its Own Laws in Vacating...

Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed that U.S. courts should, and indeed must, defer to a foreign government’s interpretation of its own laws. That should hardly be a controversial proposition, but up until now, lower...more

WSGR Persuades Second Circuit to Overturn $150 Million Judgment Against Chinese Vitamin C Manufacturers

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in a closely watched dispute over the question of whether foreign companies may be held liable under U.S. antitrust law for price...more

A Major Change to the Foreign Investment Regime in China

The current Chinese foreign investment laws were enacted decades ago. Under these laws the approval process is typically time-consuming and burdensome for a foreign investor. In an attempt to streamline the regulatory...more

China’s Ongoing Foreign Direct Investment Law Reform: A Major Move to Simplify Market Entry Matters

China’s foreign investment regulatory landscape is undergoing another wave of major revamping since China amended its Company Law and the implementation guidelines regarding the registered capital of foreign-invested...more

China Amends Its Foreign-Investment Laws, Officially Reforming Its More Than Three-Decade-Old Foreign-Investment Approval Regime

On September 3, 2016, the Twelfth National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed amendments to the current four main foreign-investment laws in China: Law of the People's Republic of China on Chinese-Foreign Equity...more

China Adopts New Regulatory Regime for Foreign Invested Enterprises

Action Item: China reforms its regulatory regime for managing FIEs by replacing existing MOFCOM approval requirements with a filing procedure nationwide. Beginning October 1, 2016, the incorporation of or a major change to an...more

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law Still under Review, but “Negative List” System Comes into Effect Nationwide October 1

A February 2015 Morrison & Foerster client alert reported on the issuance of a new draft Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) that, if promulgated, would institute far-reaching changes to the Chinese government’s oversight of...more

Reforming China’s Legal Administration of Foreign Direct Investments: A Shift from the Substantial Review and Approval System to...

As of October 1, 2016, the current substantial examination and approval process required by the approval authorities (Approval Authorities, i.e., the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) or its local counterparts) for the...more

China Plans to Further Open Domestic Private Securities Investment Fund Management Business to Foreign-Owned Manager

On June 30, 2016, the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”) released the Q&A Regarding Registration and Filing of Private Funds (No. 10) (“Q&A No. 10”), which confirmed that both wholly foreign-owned and...more

"Recent Developments in the Use of Variable Interest Entities"

The variable interest entity (VIE) structure has been around since the listing of on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2000. It enables companies to exercise control over operating entities and derive economic benefits from...more

China’s NDRC Tables Further Streamlined Outbound Investment Rules

Overseas investment from China has experienced rapid growth each year in the last several years, with the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) reporting USD735.1 billion in new investment having been deployed overseas by Chinese...more

China Merger Control: MOFCOM Mounting Pressure On Failure To Notify Reportable Transactions

China’s MOFCOM continues to actively pursue companies failing to notify deals. Three new fine decisions published on 3 May 2016 illustrate a trend toward enhanced scrutiny and greater severity. Companies are targeted...more

US China Trade War – Dueling US China Antidumping Cases, China’s NME Status, TPP, Aluminum and Congress Failure to let TAAF Fix...

I have been in China for two weeks working on the Solar Cells and Steel Sinks cases. This is an abbreviated February newsletter, which will cover trade and trade policy, including the new trade cases filed in the United...more

Competition/antitrust law

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...more

Legal Trends: China

Buyers listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges will become more active in the international M&A marketplace in 2016, creating new avenues for liquidity for Canadian investors and new challenges for Canadian...more

Gun-jumping triggers trouble

In merger control, gun-jumping refers to two distinct types of prohibited practices: failure to notify authorities of a transaction triggering merger thresholds, and implementing a notified transaction before receiving merger...more

Below-threshold transactions: Enforcement and exposure

Whether a jurisdiction will investigate a consummated deal that did not require pre-close notification varies widely by country. The US and China provide examples to highlight the range of approaches to merger control where...more

"MOFCOM Lifts Hold-Separate Remedies for the First Time"

In late 2011 and early 2012, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a new and unique merger control remedy with far-reaching implications. In two separate decisions involving nearly simultaneous global acquisitions...more

"MOFCOM Cracking Down on Failures to Notify Qualifying Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures"

China’s Anti-Monopoly Law requires businesses to notify transactions to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for merger control review, so long as the parties meet certain revenue thresholds and the transaction involves a change...more

Circular 122 – China Starts to Unwind Limits on Foreign Investment in Real Estate in Response to Slowing Economy

Nine years ago, in July 2006, six different Chinese government agencies issued Opinion 171, the first of a number of circulars imposing limits on foreign investment in the property market in response to concerns about a...more


Since the last blog post focused on trade policy and trade and customs issues, with extensive coverage of the Trade Promotion Authority fight in the US Congress, after addressing the trade area briefly, this blog post plays...more

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