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2018 Antitrust Outlook – Another Year Of Uncertainty

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The antitrust outlook in the United States in 2018 continues to present uncertainty. Below, we look to identify some sources of that uncertainty and offer some predictions for industries, including the auto industry, for the...more

Senior EU Court Adviser Provides Welcome Guidance on Gun-Jumping

by WilmerHale on

EU and US laws prohibit merging companies from implementing reportable transactions until their deal is cleared or the statutory waiting period has expired. Violations of this principle are colloquially known as “gun-jumping”...more

Higher Filing Thresholds for HSR Act Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates Announced

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, higher thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The filing thresholds are revised annually, based on...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016: Increases in Filings and Second Requests, Impact on Executive Stock...

by Perkins Coie on

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2016 , published last year by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Revised HSR Thresholds Announced

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

DAMITT 2017 Year in Review – Number of Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Declines in the US and Europe But...

by Dechert LLP on

Fast Facts - The length of significant U.S. merger investigations climbed to an average of 10.8 months in 2017, a new DAMITT record, despite the number of investigations dropping by more than 20%. There are signs of a...more

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

Update: Creation of the National Economic Crime Centre

by WilmerHale on

On 11 December 2017 the Government announced the creation of the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC). The NECC will be based within the National Crime Agency (NCA) and will act as a multi-agency organisation, tasked with...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

Relationship between data protection and competition laws - German Federal Cartel Office objects to Facebook’s collection of user...

by Dentons on

Data-related businesses occupy an increasingly important role in the modern economy. During the past decade, companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Google/Alphabet have sprung up and become veritable giants by...more

Investing Intelligently in an E-Commerce Company: Challenges & Potential Innovations

by Dentons on

By 2027, Singapore’s e-commerce market is predicted to grow five-fold – to at least US $5.4 billion (S$7.5 billion), according to a study by Google and Temasek Holdings. E-commerce markets in other parts of Asia are also...more

Australian Competition & Consumer Law Update - November 2017

by Jones Day on

The Australian competition law environment has undergone some important changes of late. In this Update, we discuss the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ("ACCC") increasing focus on the unfair contracts...more

An EC Communication on SEPs – Not More Not Less

A summary of the European Commission’s Policy Document on standard essential patents (SEPs). After considerable preparations and consultation the European Commission has on 29 November 2017 issued a Communication “setting...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

Antitrust Alert: ACCC Steps Up Enforcement for Excessive Payment Surcharges

by Jones Day on

New Australia rules banning businesses from charging excessive payments on credit, debit, and other payments have become law, as discussed in our August 2016 Alert. Initially the ban applied only to large businesses....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

EU & Competition Law Update – November 2017

by Bryan Cave on

EU opens investigation into UK tax scheme for multinationals - The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal...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

EU Retail News - October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

One of the biggest threats to a retailer's reputation is an allegation of involvement in slavery, human trafficking, or child labour. Retailers are now expected to be more transparent than ever, with the Modern Slavery Act...more

Japan: De-Regulation, The Japan Fair Trade Commission and Take or Pay Disputes

by King & Spalding on

1. INTRODUCTION - Historically, the Japanese gas and electricity markets could best be described as a collection of regional monopolies, each with its own energy champion (the “Japanese Incumbents”). In more recent...more

Pharma Distributors Trade Association Sued for Conspiracy to Exclude Competition for its Track and Trace Software

On October 23, 2017, a company that developed software to track and trace pharmaceuticals filed a complaint against a pharmaceutical distributors trade association that currently dominates the market for such software,...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

Developments in Antitrust Capacitor Investigation: Eighth Capacitor Manufacturer Charged

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

On October 18, 2017, a federal grand jury sitting in San Francisco indicted capacitor manufacturer Nippon Chemi-Con for participating in a multi-decade conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors. Nippon Chemi-Con is...more

Competition News - October 2017

by Dentons on

Prohibiting an authorized distributor from selling on a market place is not necessarily a hardcore restriction of competition - By a decree dated September 13, 2017, the French Supreme Court gave its support to brands...more

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