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EU Merger Control 2017: Competition in Innovation; EC Prohibiting Deals; Fines for Procedural Infringements; and EU Courts...

by WilmerHale on

2017 saw some highly significant investigations and court judgments in European Union merger control. Notably: ..After detailed investigations and subject to extensive divestments, the European Commission (“EC”) cleared...more

Client Alert: AT & T - Time Warner Merger Challenge Might Signal Policy Change on Vertical Mergers

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently sued to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner, stating that such a merger would harm consumers by weakening competition. The lawsuit signals a policy change that “vertical...more

CFIUS's Failure to Approve Chinese Investment in Money Transfer Services Company Indicates Higher Hurdles for Chinese Investment...

by Bryan Cave on

On January 2, 2018, MoneyGram International Inc. and Ant Financial Services Group announced that they had terminated their Amended Merger Agreement after they were unable to obtain approval of the transaction from the...more

2017 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) is pleased to present its 2017 Antitrust Year in Review.In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at...more

CFIUS in 2017: A Momentous Year

It has been at least a decade since the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was the subject of as much focus, change, and consequence as it was in 2017. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

“Gun-jumping” – antitrust pre-closing risks and how to avoid them

by Dentons on

Competition authorities around the world – and in particular in Europe – have re-focused their attention on pre-closing behavior and transaction structures. These may conflict with antitrust rules in two ways: First,...more

THE LATEST: Antitrust Remains in Political Crosshairs for 2018 Midterm Elections

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave a speech at the Open Markets Institute on December 6 entitled “Three Ways to Remake the American Economy for All”, in which she repeatedly positioned antitrust policy...more

The Latest: FTC Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Retail Fuel Station Transaction— Requires Three Localized Divestitures in Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) is a Canadian corporation and is engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States. Circle K Stores, Inc. (Circle K) is a wholly owned...more

Competition News November 2017

by Dentons on

On October 18, 2017, the French Competition Authority penalized the three main producers of PVC and linoleum floor covering and their professional trade union (SFEC) with up to €302 million for the organization of a cartel...more

The Hidden Risks of MOFCOM’s Simplified Procedure

Three years ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a simplified merger review procedure to reduce the review time for transactions that do not pose significant competitive or industrial policy concerns in...more

THE LATEST: DOJ Antitrust Chief Casts Doubt on Using “Behavioral Remedies” to Fix Problematic “Vertical” Mergers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..On Thursday, November 16, 2017, newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, speaking at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Fall Forum, explained where...more

Lessons for Private Equity Shareholders and Merging Parties from the FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures/Bankrate

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission recently challenged Red Ventures’ proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Bankrate, alleging it would lessen competition in the market for third-party paid referral services for senior living...more

Episode 10 -- How to Conduct a Risk and Compliance Program Assessment

by Michael Volkov on

An effective ethics and compliance program requires a careful assessment of risks and existing controls. In order to design and implement an effective program, a chief compliance officer has to identify and prioritize...more

The FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures–Bankrate: Antitrust Risks in Deals Backed by Private Equity Minority Shareholders

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for...more

Beware of “Gun Jumping”: EU Court Upholds EUR 20 Million Fine Imposed On Norwegian Seafood Company

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Between 2012 and 2013, Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, acquired Morpol ASA (“Morpol”), a Norwegian producer and processor of salmon. Marine Harvest notified the transaction to the European...more

Health Update - October 2017

A New Look at Digital Health Business Models - Editor’s Note: The Commonwealth Fund is developing an innovative digital health advisor (DHA)—an integrated suite of digital services that would provide consumers with health...more

UK national security and infrastructure – tougher merger control ahead?

by Dentons on

On 17 October, the UK Government published a Green Paper reviewing national security implications of foreign ownership or control, as indicated in this year's Queen's Speech....more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

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Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require HSR Filings For Executives Of REITs Or Other Companies

by Goodwin on

Common equity-based compensation-related transactions, such as restricted stock grants, settlement of restricted stock units (RSUs), exchange of operating partnership units (OP units) and option exercises, may trigger filing...more

DOJ Reminds Companies That Expiration of HSR Waiting Period Is Not Always the Antitrust Agencies' Final Say

On September 26, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware challenging Parker-Hannifin Corporation's (Parker's) consummated acquisition of CLARCOR, Inc....more

DOJ Files Unusual Suit to Unwind a Consummated Merger: 3 Lessons

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The suit of a merger that had already cleared HSR review serves as a reminder that parties should not assume clearance confers immunity from scrutiny. Update: On September 26, 2017, the US Department of Justice’s...more

Wait, I Thought We Were Done? DOJ Challenges $4B Merger Months After HSR Filing and Expiration of the HSR Waiting Period

by WilmerHale on

Earlier this week, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit seeking to unwind Parker-Hannifin's $4.3 billion consummated acquisition of Clarcor. This is a notable challenge for two reasons. ...more

DOJ’s Challenge of Parker-Clarcor: HSR Clearance Does Not Equal Safe From DOJ Challenge

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 26, the DOJ challenged Parker-Hannifin’s $4.3-billion consummated acquisition of Clarcor, serving as a reminder that receiving HSR clearance does not immunize transactions from being challenged, even after...more

Antitrust Bills Seek to Thwart Mega Mergers and Expand Antitrust Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Democrats have proposed legislation that would make it easier for antitrust agencies to challenge mergers. - The Background: This announcement followed a proposal made in August, known as the "Better...more

Five Things To Know About German Merger Control

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As reported previously, German competition law was recently amended. The amendments included with the introduction of a “size of transaction”-threshold a notable change with respect to German merger control. The following is...more

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