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Recent Amendments to the Foreign Investment Regulations in China

China has been quite successful in encouraging foreign investments since the Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Venture Enterprise Law was promulgated in the beginning of the country’s economic reform in 1979. With the passage of...more

China Simplifies Its Legal Administration of Foreign Direct Investments

In order to implement the State Counsel’s decision issued on September 3, 2016 (State Counsel’s Decision), which simplifies the original substantive review and approval process (Approval System) to a new simple filing system...more

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

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently imposed a record fine of EUR 2.93 billion on some of the largest truck producers for their involvement in a cartel lasting 14 years and covering the entire European Economic...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

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

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

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

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