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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

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

Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update: One Year into the Trump Administration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

At the one year anniversary of the Trump administration, antitrust merger enforcement remains similar to the Obama administration, but it is still early to judge given the delays in antitrust appointments and given the DOJ’s...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2018)

by White & Case LLP on

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds....more

Strategic Imperatives, Market Confidence Drive US M&A

2017 was another active year for mergers and acquisitions, both in the United States and globally, though the overall dollar volume of deals continued to lag behind 2015’s record levels. Global M&A activity was relatively...more

Novel Theories Emerge in Merger Enforcement

Antitrust merger enforcement historically has focused on horizontal mergers — consolidation of two firms that compete directly in the same space. This is especially true in the U.S., where antitrust authorities have...more

Impact of Government Shutdown on US Antitrust Merger Enforcement

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On January 19, 2018, the federal government failed to enact appropriations to fund federal operations, resulting in a government shutdown. Both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued...more

Caveat Emptor: Are Lengthier EC Merger Reviews the New Norm?

As merger reviews become more thorough and document-intensive, companies planning to engage in global M&A deals in 2018 should factor potentially lengthier merger reviews by the European Commission (EC) into their deal...more

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

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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

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

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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

Foreign Investment Control Heats Up: A Global Survey of Existing Regimes and Potential Significant Changes on the Horizon

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Mergers and acquisitions by multinational companies require attention to foreign investment controls around the world, and such controls vary widely. For example, requirements for determining whether such controls apply, the...more

Africa Legal News - December 2017

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The Treachery of Images - Most people are familiar with the famous painting by René Magritte called "The Treachery of Images" (1928). The picture shows a pipe and below it the caption "This is not a pipe." In Africa,...more

Amendments to Australian Antitrust Regime Take Effect

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The Situation: Australia has adopted a package of changes to its antitrust laws that are designed to give more power to its antitrust enforcement agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and to increase...more

Jones Day Global Merger Control Update

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This is the latest Jones Day Global Merger Control Update, which discusses recent developments in current merger regimes, as well as the emergence of new merger control regimes worldwide. Over the past few years, merger...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

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Japan

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Past deals have almost all been approved, but 2017 amendments to FEFTA widened the scope of review and strengthened enforcement mechanisms - Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), the Ministry of...more

Antitrust Alert - Le contrôle des concentrations en Europe - Ce qui change en 2017

Les règles de l’Union Européenne en matière de contrôle des concentrations coexistent avec les régimes nationaux du droit des concentrations dans la plupart des 28 Etats membres. La notification et l’approbation d’une ou...more

Antitrust Alert - Merger control in Europe - What changes in 2017

The European Union (“EU") merger control regime coexists with national merger control regimes in almost all of the 28 EU Member States. Depending on the parties’ turnover and market shares, the filing and clearance of...more

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

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Australia requires a wide variety of investments by foreign businesses to be reviewed and approved before completion - The decision to approve or deny a foreign investment application is ultimately made by the Treasurer...more

The Foreign Investment Regulation Review Edition 5 – EU Overview

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THE EU PLANS TO START REVIEWING FOREIGN INVESTMENTS: A MODEST AMBITION? The past months have witnessed intense discussions at European and national level on the need to review foreign investment flows in sensitive sectors....more

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