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DealBook’s Common Sense column takes a look at the AT&T/Time Warner deal and the “battle lines” forming for an “epic” antitrust battle, in spite of the vertical nature of the merger (the companies don’t compete in any...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

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AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....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

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

by Goodwin on

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

Corruption Crime and Compliance Podcast Episode 2 -- Ethics and Profits

by Michael Volkov on

With the increased focus on corporate culture, chief compliance officers have to educate the board and senior management on the inextricable link between an ethical culture and financial profitability. In this episode of...more

Corruption Crime & Compliance Episode 1 -- The Trump Administration and Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

I am pleased to announce the new Corruption, Crime & Compliance Podcast. Episode 1 is, A Review of Trump Administration Enforcement Priorities. When the Trump Administration came into power, many commentators predicated...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’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

Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

by DLA Piper on

On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

EU Court Decides EU Merger Control Can Only Catch Joint Control Transactions If the Resulting Entity Is ‘Full-Function’

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that, where joint control is acquired over a new or existing undertaking (or parts of an undertaking), that transaction can only fall within the scope of the...more

New rules on merger control in Italy

by DLA Piper on

The annual competition act for 2017 (Law n. 124 of 4 August 2017, published in the Official Journal on 14 August 2017; hereinafter “2017 Competition Act”) has amended – with effect from 29 August 2017 – the requirements that...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers (Italian)

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A partire dal 29 agosto 2017, si applicheranno nuove soglie di fatturato per la notifica preventiva delle operazioni di concentrazione all’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”). Le nuove soglie sono...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers in Italy

by Dentons on

As of August 29, 2017, new turnover thresholds will apply for the prior notification of mergers to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The new thresholds have been set by Law n. 124/2017 of August 4, 2017 (Annual...more

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The 2d Circuit has upheld by a 2-1 margin the insider-trading conviction of former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. Martoma’s counsel had challenged the propriety of the jury instructions in light of the...more

Buy and Build Strategy Increases Antitrust Risk for Private Equity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Private equity firms have sought a greater number of buy and build opportunities in recent years, amid high valuations and competition for primary deals. In our view such deals carry higher antitrust risks and warrant careful...more

European Commission Blocks Merger of London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse

On 29 March 2017, the same day that United Kingdom has officially launched the Brexit process, the European Commission (Commission) blocked the proposed 29 billion Euro merger between Deutsche Börse AG (DBAG) and London Stock...more

“Horizontal Shareholding:” Is Oligopoly Pricing a Symptom or the Disease?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) let Delta Air Lines merge with Northwest Airlines. Two years later, in 2010, the DOJ cleared United Airlines’ acquisition of Continental Airlines, after the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - Marching On. Notwithstanding the industry’s watch of the Senate’s confirmation of new leadership for the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the DOL proposed a delay...more

M&A Update: Toehold Accumulations: Further Convergence Between Private Equity and Hedge Fund Strategies

Over the past few years, private equity funds and hedge funds have increasingly employed tactics traditionally employed by the other as part of their value maximization strategies. Underscoring this convergence has been a...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Crosses $80 Million Mark

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 26, 2017, 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

HSR Filing Threshold Increases to US$80.8 Million

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on January 19, 2017 that the dollar-based thresholds applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) premerger notification program will be raised about 3.3 percent from the...more

Update – FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Effective February 27, 2017

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2017)

by White & Case LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds. The FTC is required by law to revise the jurisdictional thresholds...more

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