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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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office unveiled new charges against Barclays Bank yesterday over a $3 billion loan it made to Qatar in 2008 for the purpose of “allowing the firm to directly or indirectly acquire shares in Barclays...more

Impact of Recent Tax Legislation on M&A Transactions

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

This post outlines at a high-level certain provisions under the recently enacted 2017 tax legislation (Pub. L. 115-97, the “Tax Act”) that may affect M&A Transactions. Some of these rules are very complex, particularly in...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

European leveraged debt lifts off: Issuers in the driving seat

by White & Case LLP on

As the asset class has grown in popularity, the average leveraged loan size in Europe has leapt up. In 2017, it grew to €782 million—up from €705 million in 2016 and €586 million in 2015. On the refinancing front, one of...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Peaks, valleys and plateaus: The US M&A landscape in 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Overall deal value declined in 2017, yet it was higher than all other post-crisis years from 2008 to 2013. HEADLINES - Overall M&A fell 14.3 percent by value compared to 2016, while the number of deals edged ahead by...more

Fintech Deal Landscape to Remain Active in 2018

A wide range of players participated in hundreds of financial technology (fintech) transactions in 2017, and the high level of global M&A and investment activity in fintech is expected to continue this year. Deals included...more

Return of confidence boosts 2017 investment banking

Global deal-making surpassed expectations in 2017, with M&A above US$3 trillion for the fourth year in a row. Matthew Toole, Director of Deals Intelligence, and John Foley, US Editor, of Reuters Breakingviews, look back at a...more

Europe Insights

Despite a year of continued global political uncertainty and increasing enforcement, shareholder activism and foreign investment control activity, the 2018 outlook for Europe is positive overall. Skadden partners in the U.K.,...more

Brexit: Much Discussed, Little Understood

Katja Kaulamo (Frankfurt, capital markets): With structural and political change in Europe in 2017, the European capital markets industry was left in a state of uncertainty pending the final outcome of the Brexit...more

2017 Annual M&A Review

by Jones Day on

A MESSAGE FROM LYLE GANSKE, WORLDWIDE M&A PRACTICE LEADER - Early expectations for an outstanding year for M&A activity in 2017 (based on the very promising conditions in place at the end of 2016) were fulfilled in part,...more

Reform Proposes Sweeping Changes to CFIUS Reviews

Over the past year, a bipartisan group of legislators in Congress has been drafting and soliciting support for a new statute that, if passed, would dramatically reform national security reviews performed by the Committee on...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

CFIUS Continues Focus on Information Security, Blocks Chinese Acquisition of MoneyGram

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- MoneyGram and Ant Financial mutually terminate $1.2 billion proposed merger - CFIUS’s concerns focused on cyber and information security - Scrutiny of buyers’ information security processes is likely to increase On...more

Pepper Hamilton Turkey Practice

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Pepper has been working with Turkish clients and in early 2018, the firm has formalized our effort into the Turkey Practice. Pepper attorney Alp Basaran joins this podcast to discuss the group. Topics covered include why is...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

Chinese Investments and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Transactions involving Chinese investors continue to receive increased scrutiny by CFIUS. The Result: Chinese investments in the United States can face an uphill battle at CFIUS....more

Seeking foreign investors for your tech startup? Congress says, “not so fast.”

The U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation that would tap the brakes on foreign direct investment in the United States, particularly on investments in sensitive industries like artificial intelligence, robotics,...more

In-fo’ a CFIUS Review: The Expanding Power of CFIUS through Data Security Scrutiny

CFIUS is expanding its reach. Where the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has generally scrutinized foreign acquisition of U.S. “critical infrastructure,” it has now signaled that it may look closely at any...more

CFIUS’s Concerns With Chinese Investments and Acquisitions in the U.S.

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On January 2, 2018, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) rejected Ant Financial’s plan to acquire U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International over national security concerns. According to...more

Foreign Investment Control Heats Up: A Global Survey of Existing Regimes and Potential Significant Changes on the Horizon

by Jones Day on

Mergers and acquisitions by multinational companies require attention to foreign investment controls around the world, and such controls vary widely. For example, requirements for determining whether such controls apply, the...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

EuroResource—Deals and Debt | December 2017

by Jones Day on

For the benefit of our clients and friends investing in European distressed opportunities, our European Network is sharing some current developments. Recent Developments - The Netherlands—On 5 September 2017, the...more

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