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National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Japan

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Past deals have almost all been approved, but 2017 amendments to FEFTA widened the scope of review and strengthened enforcement mechanisms - Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), the Ministry of...more

Antitrust Alert - Le contrôle des concentrations en Europe - Ce qui change en 2017

Les règles de l’Union Européenne en matière de contrôle des concentrations coexistent avec les régimes nationaux du droit des concentrations dans la plupart des 28 Etats membres. La notification et l’approbation d’une ou...more

Antitrust Alert - Merger control in Europe - What changes in 2017

The European Union (“EU") merger control regime coexists with national merger control regimes in almost all of the 28 EU Member States. Depending on the parties’ turnover and market shares, the filing and clearance of...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Australia (Updated)

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Australia requires a wide variety of investments by foreign businesses to be reviewed and approved before completion - The decision to approve or deny a foreign investment application is ultimately made by the Treasurer...more

The Foreign Investment Regulation Review Edition 5 – EU Overview

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THE EU PLANS TO START REVIEWING FOREIGN INVESTMENTS: A MODEST AMBITION? The past months have witnessed intense discussions at European and national level on the need to review foreign investment flows in sensitive sectors....more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — China (Updated)

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China is attempting to implement a more structured and comprehensive system to keep a closer eye on economic deals that might have security implications - A ministerial review panel established by China's Ministry of...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Germany (Updated)

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Stricter regime for reviews of inbound transactions applied by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Following a surge in political initiatives for stronger investment control at the German and European...more

Beware of “Gun Jumping”: EU Court Upholds EUR 20 Million Fine Imposed On Norwegian Seafood Company

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Between 2012 and 2013, Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, acquired Morpol ASA (“Morpol”), a Norwegian producer and processor of salmon. Marine Harvest notified the transaction to the European...more

EU Court annuls a 2014 European Commission merger clearance for insufficient reasoning

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The EU General Court ("GC" or "Court") annulled a 2014 decision of the European Commission ("Commission") clearing the Liberty Global/Ziggo transaction for lack of appropriate reasoning. The GC found that the Commission...more

Episode 8 -- The Critical Importance of Beneficial Ownership to Compliance

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In the aftermath of the Panama Papers scandal and increased focus on shell companies and hidden ownership interests, US enforcement and regulatory agencies are increasing focus on beneficial ownership of related entities. In...more

UK Government to Reform M&A Rules to Protect National Security

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The Situation: The UK government is introducing new protectionist measures concerning acquisitions of businesses operating in the United Kingdom. The Impact: The government intends to expand the scope of acquisition...more

UK national security and infrastructure – tougher merger control ahead?

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On 17 October, the UK Government published a Green Paper reviewing national security implications of foreign ownership or control, as indicated in this year's Queen's Speech....more

UK Foreign Investment Review of Mergers

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Traditionally, the UK has been open to foreign investment and the UK Government has had no general power to review foreign investments or take into account industrial policy in merger reviews. However, in the recently...more

Five Things To Know About German Merger Control

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As reported previously, German competition law was recently amended. The amendments included with the introduction of a “size of transaction”-threshold a notable change with respect to German merger control. The following is...more

EU State Aid Enforcement: What Multinationals Need to Know

In recent years, the European Commission (EC) has been actively enforcing European Union state aid violations, an area of law that is unique to Europe but has wide-ranging implications for multinationals with investments in...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

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On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

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Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

New Merger Thresholds for Italian Transactions

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The Background: On August 2, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Law on Market and Competition, which provided a new set of pre-merger filing thresholds. After publication of the law in the Official Gazette on August...more

European Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update

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A primer on avoiding procedural breaches in EU Merger Control. The European Commission (Commission) is cracking down on parties that break procedural rules in transactions subject to European Union (EU) merger control. A...more

Competition News

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A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

EU Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Foreign Investments in Strategic Sectors

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In his State of the European Union speech on September 13, 2017, the President of the European Commission (the “EC”), Jean-Claude Juncker, announced a proposed regulation which would create a new framework for closer...more

Principle of economic succession in private enforcement to come under Supreme Court´s scrutiny

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In October 2016, the Appeal Court of Helsinki, altering the judgement of Helsinki District Court, held that certain companies, which had acquired the business or equity of asphalt cartel companies after the infringement had...more

European M&A Market Insights, Summer 2017

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Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries - Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its...more

THE LATEST: European Court of Justice Clarifies Application of European Union Merger Control Rules to Joint Ventures

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On 7 September 2017, the European Court of Justice issued a decision (Decision) on the interpretation of the European Union Merger Regulation (EUMR). The Decision clarifies the conditions under which the EUMR applies to the...more

Report of the JFTC/CPRC Study Group on Data and Competition Policy

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On June 6, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") and the Competition Policy Research Center ("CPRC"), jointly published their "Report of Study Group on Data and Competition Policy" ("Report"). The Study Group kicked...more

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