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"Navigating Chinese Merger Control: MOFCOM Prohibits P3 Shipping Alliance"

On June 17, 2014, the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued just the second prohibition decision in its enforcement history, striking down the proposed P3 Network shipping alliance that would...more

SEC Charges Five Co-Conspirators in Reverse Merger Scheme

On May 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey against a Toronto-based consultant and four associates for running a scheme to illegally reap millions...more

International Merger Control: A review of major developments in China, Africa and elsewhere in 2013

As in every other recent year, during 2013 competition authorities in numerous jurisdictions continued their innovation, and enforcement of existing and new merger control regimes. As companies engaged in cross-border M&A try...more

Another Small Step Forward: China Further Clarifies its Notification Procedure for Simple M&A Transactions

Earlier this year, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) implemented new regulations under the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”) enabling “simple” M&A and joint venture transactions to be eligible for a potentially shorter and less...more

China Conditionally Approves Thermo Fisher/Life Technologies Merger: MOFCOM Continues to March to Its Own Drumbeat

The January 2014 conditional clearance decision by the Chinese competition authorities regarding the acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (“Thermo Fisher”) of Life Technologies Corporation illustrates some of the key...more

MOFCOM Publishes Criteria For A Simplified Merger Review

On 11 February 2014, China's merger review regulator, Antimonopoly Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM"), published criteria for a simplified merger review, the Interim Rules on Application Criteria of a Simplified...more

"China Introduces Simplified Merger Review Provisions to Improve Process"

Over the past several years, companies engaging in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures have been subject to long and unpredictable competition reviews for transactions notified in China. Although China’s Anti-Monopoly...more

China’s Simplified Merger Review Program May Significantly Reduce Wait Times For Certain Global Transactions

MOFCOM announces simplified merger-review program that could accelerate antitrust clearance from Chinese authorities for many transactions. MOFCOM estimates as many as 60% of notified transactions will qualify and receive...more

Dealmaker’s Dish: Corporate Dealmaker Update

The Federal Reserve’s decision to begin tapering its bond buying program is likely to put a dent in M&A activity in 2014 because it will likely lead to higher interest rates, making deal financing more expensive, according to...more

M&A, joint ventures and hidden landmines: the threatened blowout of the Apollo Tyres/Cooper Tires merger

In an unusual oral bench opinion, supplemented the following day with a Saturday letter to affected counsel, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery court has found that Apollo Tyre Limited, a US$39 billion...more

Foreign Exchange rules further simplified for Foreign Direct Investment in China

On 11 May 2013, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange of the PRC (SAFE) released the Provisions on Foreign Exchange Administration of Inbound Direct Investment by Foreign Investors, which entered into effect on 13 May...more

Proposed Sale Of Smithfield To Chinese Company Has Some Critics Squealing, While Others Say It Will Bring Home The Bacon

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Chinese holding company Shuanghui International Holdings Limited on May 29, 2013. Based in Virginia, Smithfield is the world's...more

China’s Merger Control Rules Changing: MOFCOM Publishes New Draft Regulations on Remedies and Simple Cases

China’s Ministry of Commerce recently issued two new draft regulations. The first provides a wider range of potential remedies to obtain the clearance of a concentration (e.g., a merger, acquisition, joint venture, etc.);...more

China's Ministry of Commerce Announces Investigations into Failures to Notify a Concentration, Introduces New Transparency...

China’s Ministry of Commerce recently announced that it opened four investigations during 2012 into suspected non-compliance with China’s merger control notification procedures. The outcomes of the investigations are still...more

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