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National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — European Union

European investment screening "light" — first steps towards European investment controls - Due to the significant increase of foreign direct investment into European technology assets over the past 18 months, particularly...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Germany (Updated)

Stricter regime for reviews of inbound transactions applied by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Following a surge in political initiatives for stronger investment control at the German and European...more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

State aid: The European Commission approves support measures for renewable energy in France

On 17 August 2015, the French Parliament enacted the "Law on energy transition and on green growth" in order to bring the French renewable energy support model in line with the Commission's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for...more

The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — France

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries. The Bureau Multicom 2, which is located within the Ministry...more

Global merger control: Charting a route to port

As investors scour the world for growth, regulators are placing cross-border deals under ever greater scrutiny, and a new regulatory world order is emerging. Understanding it is essential. Merger control: Getting your...more

National security clampdown on foreign deals

Countries around the world have been increasingly focusing on national security reviews of foreign direct investments into their markets. The three countries where national security reviews can potentially have a...more

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

The new group actions law in France – A cause for concern for companies?

The French law on consumer rights, also referred to as the “Hamon law” (“loi Hamon”), was enacted on 17 March 2014. The introduction of group actions is one of the main innovations of this law. Companies must now...more

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