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Significant Changes to PRC Foreign Investment Laws

On September 3, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) adopted the Decision of the Standing Committee of the NPC on Revising Four Laws, Including the Law of the People’s Republic of China on...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

The globe-trotter's guide to merger control: How to avoid falling into traps

Having a sound knowledge of the intricacies of merger control regimes and thresholds is essential when guiding a complex crossborder M&A deal over regulatory hurdles to successful completion. With global cross-border M&A...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

Remedies in multijurisdictional merger control: Curse or cure?

The rising number of enforcers imposing remedies in international merger control increases the level of uncertainty around whether and in what form a complex deal can be navigated through competition authorities....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

China’s New Proposed Foreign Investment Law — What to Expect

On January 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) released a draft PRC Foreign Investment Law (the “FIL”) for public comment. Once adopted, the FIL would abolish the Law on Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures...more

PRC Foreign Investment Draft Law: What You Should Know

On January 19, 2015, China’s foreign investment regulatory authority Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released a draft of new Foreign Investment Law (“Draft Law”) (See blog article Comparison Chart re JV Law and Foreign...more

What is Simplified under Anti-Monopoly Filing Procedures for Simple M&A Cases?

The Ministry of Commerce in China (“MOFCOM”) has promulgated a series of implementation regulations as an effort to improve the enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”), among which two regulations specifically relate to...more

"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

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

MOFCOM Strengthens Merger Control Law Enforcement

On March 20, 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a press release announcing that, as of May 1, 2014, MOFCOM will make public on its website all decisions resulting in a finding...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...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

MOFCOM Opens Public Consultation on Detailed Merger Remedies Proposals

I. Introduction - Since the inception of China’s Anti-monopoly Law in 2008, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”), the government authority responsible for merger review, has taken an active role in analyzing and...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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