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EU Court clarifies the scope of gun jumping under EU Law

by Bryan Cave on

One of the key concerns of merging parties in any transaction is the steps they are allowed to take prior to the clearance of the merger. A recent case before the Court of Justice of the European Union (Case C-633/16 Ernst &...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

Settlement Offers Guidance on What “Reasonable” Security Means Under COPPA

The FTC’s COPPA Guidance does an admirable job explaining the basics of what a business needs to do to comply with COPPA, but is vague as to how a business must protect personal information collected from children. The COPPA...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

Rethinking Stakeholder Engagement for the New Millennium

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What does stakeholder engagement mean in the 21st century? How has the topic gained such traction over the past few years? What is the role of the compliance professional in stakeholder engagement? How does increased...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...

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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

Update: Creation of the National Economic Crime Centre

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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

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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...

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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

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

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part IV, Auditors Need to Be Aware

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Matt Kelly and I have put together a five-part podcast series where we explore implications of this new revenue recognition standard. In this episode IV, we consider auditors and the new revenue recognition standard,...more

State Aid in Disguise?—EC Investigates UK Tax Regime

by Jones Day on

The Background: The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a specific provision of the UK-controlled foreign company rules. The Issue: The Commission will investigate whether the UK's so-called Group...more

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

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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

CMA Imposes Fixed Penalty on Hungryhouse for Failure to Comply With Information Request

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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has imposed a £20,000 fixed penalty on Hungryhouse Holdings Limited (Hungryhouse). The CMA imposed the penalty under Section 110 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (EA02) for failure to...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

The Mummy and Compliance: Lessons for Compliance Officers and Corporate Leaders from the Universal Classic Movie

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What compliance lessons to be learned from the classic Universal Pictures movie, the Mummy?...more

Australian Competition & Consumer Law Update - November 2017

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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

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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 Latest Trends in Drug Monopolies

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Brand-name pharmaceutical companies employ a variety of strategies to preserve and extend their branded drug products’ monopolies. Challenges by generic drug manufacturers and consumers to those efforts as allegedly...more

Breaking News Paris Court of Appeal Grants Legal Privilege Protection

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On 8 November 2017, the Paris Court of Appeal decided that emails between in-house counsels relating to the defence strategy set up by the company’s outside counsels, although they neither originated from, nor were addressed...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

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