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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

2018 Antitrust Outlook – Another Year Of Uncertainty

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The antitrust outlook in the United States in 2018 continues to present uncertainty. Below, we look to identify some sources of that uncertainty and offer some predictions for industries, including the auto industry, for the...more

A Heavy Burden: French Company Held Liable for Infringement of Competition Law by Subsidiary Due to Failure to Prove Independence

by Bryan Cave on

It is settled law that the fact that a subsidiary has separate legal personality is not sufficient to exclude the possibility of its anti-competitive conduct being imputed to the parent company. The European Court of Justice...more

Senior EU Court Adviser Provides Welcome Guidance on Gun-Jumping

by WilmerHale on

EU and US laws prohibit merging companies from implementing reportable transactions until their deal is cleared or the statutory waiting period has expired. Violations of this principle are colloquially known as “gun-jumping”...more

Federal Trade Commission revises Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for 2018

by Dentons on

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised jurisdictional thresholds for reporting transactions pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). The...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Breaking News. This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sitting en banc, issued its long-awaited decision in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, holding that the provision of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

FTC adjusts the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act size thresholds, inter alia, to raise the minimum size for reportable acquisitions to $84.4 million. On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced new...more

Federal Trade Commission Increases Interlocking Directorate Thresholds for 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Last week the Federal Trade Commission published its annual revision of the interlocking directorates thresholds under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. The new thresholds are effective today, January 29, 2018....more

FTC Announces Increased HSR Thresholds

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“the Act”), as amended. The new thresholds under the Act represent an...more

New HSR Reporting Thresholds Announced for 2018

by Smith Anderson on

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the...more

Increase in HSR Reportability Thresholds and Other HSR Developments

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual adjustment of the thresholds that trigger premerger reporting obligations (and the mandatory waiting period) under the Hart-Scott Rodino (HSR) Act. ...more

Premerger Notification Thresholds Increased

by Bryan Cave on

Effective February 28, 2018, the jurisdictional thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), will increase. Pursuant to statutory amendments made in 2000, the thresholds...more

HSR Size of Transaction Threshold to Increase to $84.4 Million

by WilmerHale on

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced revised thresholds for merger notifications under the Hart-Scott-Rodino ("HSR") Act. Once effective, the lowest size-of-transaction filing threshold (also known as the "$50...more

Higher Filing Thresholds for HSR Act Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates Announced

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised, higher thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The filing thresholds are revised annually, based on...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016: Increases in Filings and Second Requests, Impact on Executive Stock...

by Perkins Coie on

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2016 , published last year by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), summarizes FTC and DOJ actions conducted under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC Announces New Thresholds for 2018

by Goodwin on

As required by the HSR Act, on January 26, 2018, the FTC released its annual adjustments to the reporting thresholds. The key number to remember is now $84.4 million. Generally, transactions valued at $84.4 million or more...more

Revised HSR Thresholds Announced

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC Increases HSR Thresholds for 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 26, 2018, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The new size of transaction...more

Federal Trade Commission Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

As it does every year at this time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) jurisdictional thresholds for the upcoming year. The FTC is required by law to revise the filing thresholds...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

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Deception Claims against Brewer

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 17, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision in yet another putative class action alleging that a beer brand’s labeling and marketing was false and deceptive....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

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