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The Italian Competition Authority Updates the Merger Notification Thresholds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

By a decision adopted on 7 March 2018 and published in its Bulletin of 12 March 2018, the Italian Competition Authority has updated the thresholds for merger notification, adjusting them to the inflation rate. The new...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

Antitrust Alert: French Competition Authority Concludes Online Advertising Sector Inquiry And Announces Possible Further Actions

by Jones Day on

The French Competition Authority ("FCA") has published the results of its sector-specific inquiry into display online advertising. The 125-page opinion of March 6, 2018, ("Opinion") identifies potential competition concerns...more

Institutional Investor Shareholdings Come Under European Commission Scrutiny

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent study examining common corporate shareholdings in the United States argues that the holding of even minority stakes in rival companies by institutional investors affects competition. The European...more

TLC and Networks: New rules for Chinese foreign investments (Italian)

by Dentons on

The Chinese Government decided to remove the investments in telecommunication operators and electricity grid management companies from the list of sensitive sectors for which a prior authorisation for investments by Chinese...more

10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program - #1 Top Management Through the Organization

by Thomas Fox on

Episode One of a ten-part series for compliance professionals. In this new series of audio white papers, Thomas Fox looks at the 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program. Material in this audio white paper is...more

China Redefines Commercial Bribery and Increases Penalties

by Morgan Lewis on

China amended its Anti-Unfair Competition Law on November 4, 2017—the first time the law has been amended since it was promulgated in 1993....more

What Sherlock Holmes Teaches Compliance Practitioners

by Thomas Fox on

A Study in Compliance....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

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

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...

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

Rethinking Stakeholder Engagement for the New Millennium

by Thomas Fox on

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

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

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

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

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

Breaking News Paris Court of Appeal Grants Legal Privilege Protection

by Reed Smith on

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

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

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