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Pace of M&A Deals in Social Media Industry Slows After Record Year

Technology-company M&A slowed down significantly over the last year, with deal volume down by 15% across the globe in Q3 of 2017 compared to Q3 of 2016, and a $37 billion decline to $119 billion in Q3 2017 tech-company deal...more

Houston Court of Appeals Finds Pre-PSA Emails Created Binding Contract

by Winstead PC on

The use of email in modern transactions is pervasive. Few negotiating parties consider, however, the possibility that those emails may create a binding obligation when the transaction requires finalization through a formal...more

Big data may become big antitrust concern

by DLA Piper on

Big data is transforming business, and increasingly, it is becoming a subject of concern for antitrust authorities. So far, much of the focus has come from European regulators, who are beginning to consider the role of big...more

Mind what you submit - €110 million fine for submitting misleading information during a merger notification

by DLA Piper on

On May 18, the European Commission (the Commission) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 WhatsApp merger notification (under the 2004 EU Merger Regulation - the EUMR)....more

Security Due Diligence In A Merger Or Acquisition: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data security practices of a company that it acquires. Evaluating a potential target’s data security practices, however, can be daunting and complicated by the fact that...more

Privacy Due Diligence In A Merger Or Acquisition: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data privacy practices of a company that it acquires. Evaluating a target’s data privacy practices, however, can be daunting and complicated by the fact that many “data”...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

by K&L Gates LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

Takeover Code: changes to communicating and distributing information

by Dentons on

There have been recent changes to the Takeover Code. The purpose of these is to ensure that the Code's rules on communicating and distributing information and opinions during a takeover offer adequately reflect recent...more

M&A, Cybersecurity Identified as Top Areas for Healthcare General Counsels

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A September 2015 Consero survey of general counsels (GCs) from mid-size to large U.S. hospital and health systems provides some interesting insight into the top issues facing legal departments....more

Fines Issued for Transfer of Customer Data in an M&A Asset Deal

Recent enforcement actions by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) [Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht] highlight the importance of severe restrictions placed on the transfer of such data, even in the...more

Venture Capital Coast-to-Coast – January 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Concern over higher valuations? Apparently not, as $59 billion invested in 2014 breaks the post-crisis record. LPs also set a post-crisis record with $32 billion in commitments to U.S.-based VC funds. PitchBook Data, Inc.,...more

Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions

As we previously reported, a company’s social media pages and profiles, and the associated followers, friends and other connections, may constitute valuable business assets. In our experience, however, social media assets...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

Facebook Fairness Hearing Back In The News

by Allen Matkins on

Last August, the Department of Corporations approved the acquisition of Instagram, Inc. by Facebook, Inc. following a fairness hearing. See DOC Calls It Fair. According to this Los Angeles Times story by Salvador Rodriguez,...more

Penguin's Lawyer: Costs of E-Books Drove Random House Deal

by Bloomberg Law on

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Uncertainty over how much book publishers will have to invest in e-book delivery platforms -- which could be substantial -- was a driving force behind the decision of Pearson's Penguin and Bertelsmann's...more

Market Trends & Legal Developments for Dealmakers - Quarter 3: 2012 (Presentation)

In This Issue: -Market Trends ..Venture Capital ..Private Equity ..Initial Public Offerings ..Mergers & Acquisitions -Legal Updates ..Jobs Act & Capital Markets ..Mergers & Acquisitions ..General...more

In the Court of Public Opinion: Top Tips for Managing It Successfully

Today’s ubiquitous social media and 24-hour news cycles create a constant court of public opinion for businesses and corporations. How a company manages the public’s verdict can lead to either derailment or opportunity....more

PLDT-Digitel Merger : Who Gets To Say It's For the Public Good?

by Rey Cartojano on

President Noynoy Aquino according to a news article yesterday by Philippine Daily Inquirer has recently ordered the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to...more

2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines: The View from the Technology Industry

In 2005, MySpace’s position as the leading social networking site appeared assured. It was gaining 70,000 new users every day,1 and by 2006 it was the most visited Web site in the United States. Its 80 percent market share in...more

FDI in India's News and Media Sectors

by Atman Law Partners on

The Government has over the past couple of months announced a series of changes in the existing regulations governing foreign investment in newspapers, periodicals and magazines. The December 2008 Ministry of Information and...more

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