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Has Australia's Takeovers Panel Turned the "Tap" on to More "Association" Proceedings?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A major shareholder of Tap Oil Limited, a company listed on ASX, gave notice of an intention to spill the board, to remove all but one of the current directors, through a general meeting of shareholders. The...more

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends

Our Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2018 may hold based on significant developments...more

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Proposes Raising Whitewash Approval Threshold

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The high level of certainty of obtaining shareholders' approval for whitewash waivers could lead to potential abuse by parties looking to obtain or consolidate control through whitewash transactions in Hong...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 88, the Birthday Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week. 1. Justice Department Escalates Inquiry on Global Sports Corruption. Rebecca Ruiz reports in the New York Times....more

8 Key M&A Trends in 2018 - From Sweeping Tax Changes, to Continued Big Ticket M&A

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

From sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code, to big ticket M&A transactions making headline news – 2017 proved to be an eventful year for M&A dealmakers. As we settle into 2018, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of...more

Thoughts for Board and Senior Management of Israeli Public Companies

by White & Case LLP on

We have set out below observations for board members and senior management of Israeli companies based on our experiences of the last year....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

U.S. Blocks Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial’s Acquisition of MoneyGram

by King & Spalding on

De-facto blocking evidences continuing scrutiny of Chinese investments in U.S. companies in the strategic technology and financial industries. On January 2, 2018, MoneyGram International, Inc. (NYSE:MGI (“MoneyGram”) and...more

An Update of China’s Control over Outbound Investments

by Allen & Overy LLP on

China’s National Development and Reform Commission released the Administration Measures for Outbound Investments of Enterprises on 26 December 2017. This legislation further streamlined the approval/filing process for...more

2017 Half-year in review - M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English and European court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical...more

Tax Reform: Key Considerations for M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital Transactions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act was ostensibly promoted as a means to encourage investment and to promote growth in the U.S. economy, while reducing harmful...more

Impact of US Tax Reform on Mergers and Acquisitions: New Opportunities and Pitfalls

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which includes numerous changes that will significantly impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although the TCJA has rightly been...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

An In-Depth Look at the Impact of US Tax Reform on Mergers and Acquisitions

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which includes numerous changes that will significantly impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although the TCJA has rightly been...more

Day 18 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Internal Reporting and Triaging Claims

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a FCPA issue for your company. As the CCO, it will be up to you to begin...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 24, the Looking Back to Look Forward Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, the top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a look at some of the top FCPA, compliance and data privacy/data security issues from 2017 and how they inform what will be the top such issues in 2018....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

Key terms in UK and US M&A deals

by DLA Piper on

Over the past ten years, it’s not been uncommon for the UK to report a trade surplus with the US, and simultaneously, the US to report a trade surplus with the UK....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

M&A Watch: Ant Financial and MoneyGram Terminate Merger Agreement Due to CFIUS Concerns

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

MoneyGram International Inc. and Ant Financial Services Group recently announced the termination of their agreement providing for the acquisition of Texas-based money transfer company MoneyGram by China-based Ant Financial...more

In 2018 We Are: (a) Doomed, or (b) in the Warm Embrace of Goldilocks

by Dechert LLP on

Around this time of year, we slip on the prognostication goggles and take a look forward into the next year. While there is ample evidence that prognostication is a dodgy exercise, I always tell my folks that the fact that...more

CFIUS Reconstructed: The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The proposed Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act would bring substantial changes to CFIUS review. Key Points: ..FIRRMA could speed review of certain transactions. ..It would provide for increased...more

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