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A Two-Sided Coin: Regulation and Merger Control in the EU Telecommunications Sector

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Dutch competition authority's approval of KPN's acquisition of fiber operator Reggefiber was upheld by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal in February 2018. In assessing the merger's competitive...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

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Chile

1 .What role does the government of Chile play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? No governmental prior approval is needed in Chile to initiate or continue an investment from abroad. Foreign...more

Natural Gas Importer Sues U.S. Customs for Rejecting NAFTA Claims

by Perkins Coie on

An importer of natural gas from Canada filed suit on February 23, 2018, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unlawfully denied preferential treatment for its imports under the North American Free Trade...more

Ahead of the game - perfecting your offshore acquisition strategy

by Dentons on

With a new year underway and relatively benign economic conditions prevailing (including low interest rates globally and lower US tax rates), cross border M&A is forecast to increase, driven by cashed up corporates out of...more

Australian and New Zealand Competition and Consumer Law Update

by Jones Day on

Message from the Editors - The holiday and new year period was not a quiet one in Australian competition law. Many of the recommendations from an extensive assessment of the Australian competition law were implemented. In...more

Investment Outlook 2018: Transaction and deal trends in the GCC

by Hogan Lovells on

Gulf economies and markets have transformed in many ways in response to three years of low oil prices, new regional leadership and a global world order in flux. The tougher fiscal environment and renewed drive to implement...more

German Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Unfair Trading Practices

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Market-dominant and powerful companies in Germany are subject to a number of rules that are significantly broader and stricter than the European Union's, Article 102 AEUV, which prohibits the abuse of a...more

UK Tax Round Up - February 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Case law developments - Settlement payment not deductible as an expense of a trade (Vaines v HMRC) - Mr. Vaines was a solicitor. In the 2007/08 tax year he paid a settlement amount to a third party that had made a...more

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

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Does the EU’s Qualcomm fine represent efficient justice? As widely reported, on 24 January 2018, the EU Commission fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its dominant position in LTE baseband chipsets....more

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

by Bryan Cave on

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...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

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given that it is the last...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Industrials and chemicals M&A moves into the digital age

by White & Case LLP on

While market uncertainty surrounding tax reforms and NAFTA negotiations caused sector deal value to take a hit in 2017, technological convergence continues to generate a healthy level of deals....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

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: US M&A survey: Drivers, dilemmas and destinations

by White & Case LLP on

Our exclusive survey identifies impacts from tax reforms and the repatriation of offshore capital as key areas to watch in 2018. Digital innovation remains a major driver for transactions, while effective due diligence poses...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2018)

by White & Case LLP on

On January 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds....more

Top 8 Forecasts for the 2018 Automotive M&A Landscape

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

2017 was a strong year for the automotive sector and related M&A activity, and we’re looking to generally continue that momentum in the year ahead. The new automotive ecosystem, in which traditional OEMs and automotive...more

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