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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

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

Looking Forward by Looking Back: China’s Franchise Regulations After Eight Years

On July 1 and 2, we, representing the International Franchise Association, met with China’s franchise regulators in Beijing and Shanghai. The conversation would be familiar to anyone who has been closely following the...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: Where’s the Exit? New Opportunities in China for Private Equity Firms

It has long been a well established exit route in developed markets for a private equity firm to sell its interest in a portfolio company to a listed company in exchange for shares in that listed company. Until recently, this...more


Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law Could Be a Game Changer?

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has issued a draft Foreign Investment Law for public comment. The draft law (the Draft) will almost certainly not become law until 2018 at the earliest and changes are likely before...more

Tax Newsletter - January/February 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

In This Issue: To People’s Republic of China: -Draft Foreign Investment Law -New Developments On Indirect Transfers Of Properties By Foreign Investors -Exposure Draft Of Revised Tax Collection And...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

A Case Study: How the Record Breaking Antitrust Penalty Against Qualcomm Transforms the Landscape of SEPs Licensing in China

The PRC National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) finally concluded its antitrust investigations against Qualcomm and issued an administrative sanction on February 10, 2015, putting an end to the 16-month...more

China’s New Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue

On March 10, 2015 the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) jointly released a new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue, which will come...more

China’s New Foreign Investment Law: Implications for Restricted Industry Investments in China

On January 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce (the “MOFCOM”) of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) released a draft of a newly proposed Foreign Investment Law for public comment (the “New Law”)....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

China to Overhaul its Foreign Investment Regulatory Regime

On January 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of China released for public comments a draft version of a new law governing foreign investments into China. If passed, this new law will supersede the current structure...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade, Trade Politics, Patents/IP, Antitrust and Securites

On January 11thth, I put up my last post stating that because of its length, I have broken up the post into two parts. This February post includes a Trade, Customs and IP update with longer sections on Antitrust and...more

What to expect from China's new investment laws

On 19 January 2015 MOFCOM issued a draft of the PRC Foreign Investment Law for public comment (FIL). Below we highlight key features of the new foreign investment regime. While the road to the actual passage of the FIL will...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

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law: A Paradigm Shift in Regulation of Foreign Investment

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released for public comment a draft Foreign Investment Law; “FIL”) along with an accompanying explanatory note (“Note”). The deadline for comments is February 17,...more

"China's MOFCOM Aims to Fundamentally Change the Legal Landscape on Foreign Investments"

In January 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released a discussion draft of the proposed Foreign Investment Law (Discussion Draft), soliciting comments from the public. The Discussion Draft is aimed to, upon its...more

Corporate Alert: Proposed Foreign Investment Law Would Bring Profound Changes to Foreign Investment Regime in China

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released a draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Foreign Investment Law”) for public comments, together with MOFCOM’s explanatory notes (the “Explanatory...more

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