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A Two-Sided Coin: Regulation and Merger Control in the EU Telecommunications Sector

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Dutch competition authority's approval of KPN's acquisition of fiber operator Reggefiber was upheld by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in February 2018. In assessing the merger's competitive...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Early attention to the antitrust considerations of a given transaction can go a long way towards promoting the chances of timely or even early clearance of a transaction. As an initial matter, parties should focus their...more

DOJ Announces Roundtable Series on Competition and Deregulation

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division recently announced plans to hold a series of public roundtable discussions to analyze the relationship between competition and regulation, and its implications for...more

Natural Gas Importer Sues U.S. Customs for Rejecting NAFTA Claims

by Perkins Coie on

An importer of natural gas from Canada filed suit on February 23, 2018, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unlawfully denied preferential treatment for its imports under the North American Free Trade...more

Sharing Competitively Sensitive Information Can Pose Antitrust Risks

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The sharing of confidential and proprietary information among competitors and potential competitors (even during due diligence) can raise serious antitrust concerns. In particular, parties must avoid exchanging information...more

Australian and New Zealand Competition and Consumer Law Update

by Jones Day on

Message from the Editors - The holiday and new year period was not a quiet one in Australian competition law. Many of the recommendations from an extensive assessment of the Australian competition law were implemented. In...more

German Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Unfair Trading Practices

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Market-dominant and powerful companies in Germany are subject to a number of rules that are significantly broader and stricter than the European Union's, Article 102 AEUV, which prohibits the abuse of a...more

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

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

Senior EU Court Adviser Provides Welcome Guidance on Gun-Jumping

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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

FTC testimony underscores agency's views on certificate-of-need laws and competition in health care markets

by Dentons on

Staff from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeared before the Alaska Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce on February 6, 2018, to present the FTC’s views on certificate-of-need (CON) laws and to support the repeal of...more

FTC Announces Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2018

by Jackson Walker on

On January 29, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) published in the Federal Register adjusted jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the...more

DOJ Toughens Antitrust Consent Decree Enforcement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ") has adopted new terms in recent consent decrees that enhance DOJ's ability to enforce its settlements, most importantly by lowering the evidentiary...more

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given that it is the last...more

Blog: The Cooley Outlook for 2018 M&A

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What’s on tap for 2018 M&A? A recap of 2017 trends and the Cooley outlook on this year’s dealmaking: - Buying Innovation: Retention and Non-Competes. For both old-line companies and tech giants, innovation is the name of...more

FTC Announces 2018 Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Adjustments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the monetary thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under Section 7A of...more

FTC: New HSR Thresholds for 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act will take effect at the beginning of March. All transactions closing on or after the effective...more

All Merger Side Letters Must Be Included in HSR Filings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Previously, neither the Federal Trade Commission nor the Department of Justice has provided clear guidance on whether side letters must be submitted with filings associated with the Hart–Scott–Rodino Antitrust...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds Rise for 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 29, 2018, the FTC published the latest annual adjustments to the statutory thresholds under both the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15...more

FTC Announces 2018 Thresholds for Merger Control Filings Under HSR Act and Interlocking Directorates Under the Clayton Act

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar-jurisdictional thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR Act”); the revised thresholds will...more

HSR Notification Thresholds Increase for 2018

by Bracewell LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (“HSR Act”) thresholds, which will become effective on February 28, 2018. The revised thresholds will...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces 2018 Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Thresholds

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Friday, January 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised “size of transaction” thresholds for 2018 for reporting proposed mergers and acquisitions under Section 7A of the Clayton Act, as added by...more

FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Effective Feb. 28, 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this year's revisions to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will be applicable to transactions closing on or after Feb....more

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