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May Antitrust Bulletin

FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...more

Antitrust & Your Deal: Pre-Closing Conduct Matters

There are three U.S. antitrust laws that regulate the diligence process, transition planning, and overall conduct between parties during deal negotiations and due diligence prior to closing: Section 7A of the Clayton Act...more

Tobacco Cases Expose Tension Between Antitrust and Public Health

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) regarding the sale of tobacco products highlights a long-standing tension between two sets of laws: antitrust/competition laws, which seek to keep products affordable...more

Abbott to Acquire St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

A burst of potential acquisitions and consolidations occurred on April 28th in the medical device world, the largest being Abbott Laboratories‘ deal to acquire St. Jude Medical Inc. The deal is for $25 billion dollars and...more

Court of Appeal Sustains CPUC's Discretion to Fill Gaps in Statutory Scheme for Intervenor Compensation but Requires CPUC to Limit...

The California Court of Appeal (1st Dist., Div. 4) issued an important decision on April 19, 2016, in New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission, addressing a determination by the California Public...more

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy...more

Tax Review - April 2016

We are proud to present the next edition of our Tax Review which contains a selection of rulings and interpretations that were issued or published in March 2016. We hope that you will find in it information that may prove...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.27.16

Alibaba’s online payment affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, announced late yesterday that it’s raised more than $4.5 billion from investors—boosting it to a valuation of roughly $60 billion. Beyond online payments, Ant...more

Premerger Notification Arrives in the Philippines

The Philippine Competition Commission has implemented compulsory merger control, while other Philippine antitrust provisions await full application. The world’s 12th most populous nation joins the global antitrust...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.26.16

In major media news yesterday, Gannett has bypassed Tribune Publishing’s leadership and gone directly to its shareholders with a $815 million takeover offer. If accepted, the move would add the LA Times and Chicago Tribune to...more

"Insights Conversations: Debunking CFIUS Myths"

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a critical component of cross-border deals involving U.S. targets. The head of Skadden's CFIUS practice, Ivan Schlager, and Palo Alto corporate partner Ken...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers

Volume 4 – Key Issues in Government Contracts Due Diligence - This posting is the fourth in our ten-part series on unique issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors and...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Antitrust Lessons from Oil Giants’ Proposed Merger

In perhaps an unsurprising move, last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes, the first and third largest oilfield services companies in the...more

April Antitrust Bulletin

FTC Files No-AG Suit Against Pharmaceutical Companies - On March 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaintin the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against several drug...more

Activist Funds Should Heed the Latest Enforcement of the HSR Act

The limits on an investor’s ability to acquire stock under the “investment-only” exemption to the HSR Act’s reporting requirements take center stage as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”)...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...more

Unusual Antitrust Agencies’ Guidance on Defense Mergers

The Department of Justice (Justice) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today issued an unusual joint statement that highlighted their continued commitment to preserve defense industry competition by closely reviewing...more

How California Made Mergers Potentially More Difficult

The last two sentences of Section 1101 of the Corporations Code can be an unwonted surprise to some practitioners. They are intended to ensure fair treatment of shareholders in a merger by imposing two requirements...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to Merger of MLPs - Reaffirms Ability of Limited Partnerships to Modify Fiduciary...

In an opinion issued on March 29, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a challenge to the 2015 acquisition of Regency Energy Partners LP (“Regency”) by Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (“ETP”), holding that Regency’s...more

DAMITT: Is the Use of Upfront Buyers Causing Longer Merger Investigations? Q1 2016 Update Confirms 2015 Trends

The Trend of Longer Investigations Continues - Significant merger investigations lasted 9.5 months on average over the 12 months ending Q1 2016, about 20% longer than the 8.0 month average over the prior 12 months. The...more

Staples Closes Defense, Calls No Witnesses in Merger Trial Brought by FTC

Yesterday, Staples closed its defense in the case brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the Staples-Office Depot merger—without calling any witnesses. (We covered the first week of the trial here.) Judge...more

Important Developments in Canadian Merger Control and IP Matters

KEY TAKEAWAYS - The Competition Bureau (Bureau) has obtained a significant remedy in a merger between non-Canadian companies that was not notifiable in Canada. Parties to non-Canadian transactions must keep in mind that...more

Contract Assignment in M&A Transactions

Given the pace of M&A transactions and the abundance of issues to be negotiated, there is a danger that transferability of third-party contracts (i.e., the need for consent and obtaining the same) can be lost in the shuffle....more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2016 Edition: Russian Competition Law Update: Impact on M&A and Joint Ventures in Russia

A new version of the Russian Competition Law amended by the so-called ‘fourth antimonopoly package’ (the “275 Law”) came into effect on January 5, 2016 (except for certain minor provisions with an earlier effective date). The...more

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