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President Trump Blocks Broadcom’s Bid to Take Over Qualcomm Upon Recommendation From CFIUS

by Goodwin on

On March 12, 2018, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order blocking the proposed $117 billion takeover of Delaware corporation Qualcomm by Singapore chipmaker Broadcom due to national security concerns. The action...more

The Italian Competition Authority Updates the Merger Notification Thresholds

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

By a decision adopted on 7 March 2018 and published in its Bulletin of 12 March 2018, the Italian Competition Authority has updated the thresholds for merger notification, adjusting them to the inflation rate. The new...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

President Blocks Hostile Takeover of Qualcomm Upon Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order blocking the proposed $117 billion hostile takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated by Broadcom Limited following a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment...more

Chips on Their Shoulders: CFIUS Intervenes in Broadcom’s Hostile Takeover Bid for Qualcomm

• CFIUS takes an unprecedented step to fend off a potential foreign acquisition • The threat that China will eclipse the U.S. in telecommunications infrastructure and technology is central to U.S. national security •...more

Institutional Investor Shareholdings Come Under European Commission Scrutiny

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent study examining common corporate shareholdings in the United States argues that the holding of even minority stakes in rival companies by institutional investors affects competition. The European...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

Congress Accelerates Toward CFIUS Expansion

For the first time in more than a decade, legislation to expand the scope of business transactions scrutinized by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) is gaining momentum in Congress. Lawmakers on both...more

New Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced for 2018

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 9, 2018, the Competition Bureau announced the 2018 size of transaction pre-merger notification threshold under the Competition Act would increase to $92 million (the 2017 threshold was $88 million). Acquisitions...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 25, the One Year Wrap Up Edition

by Thomas Fox on

The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wrap up of the first year of the Trump Administration. Stayed tuned to the end for rants in this edition. 1. Is Jay Clayton who we thought he was? Matt Kelly takes 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

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends

Our Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2018 may hold based on significant developments...more

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

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

The Belt and Road Initiative in 2018

by DLA Piper on

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (also known as the "One Belt One Road" initiative) was first introduced by President Xi Jinping in September and October 2013. As the initiative has developed over the last 4 years, we have...more

8 Key M&A Trends in 2018 - From Sweeping Tax Changes, to Continued Big Ticket M&A

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

From sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code, to big ticket M&A transactions making headline news – 2017 proved to be an eventful year for M&A dealmakers. As we settle into 2018, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of...more

Thoughts for Board and Senior Management of Israeli Public Companies

by White & Case LLP on

We have set out below observations for board members and senior management of Israeli companies based on our experiences of the last year....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

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

An Update of China’s Control over Outbound Investments

by Allen & Overy LLP on

China’s National Development and Reform Commission released the Administration Measures for Outbound Investments of Enterprises on 26 December 2017. This legislation further streamlined the approval/filing process for...more

2017 Half-year in review - M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English and European court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical...more

Tax Reform: Key Considerations for M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital Transactions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act was ostensibly promoted as a means to encourage investment and to promote growth in the U.S. economy, while reducing harmful...more

Impact of US Tax Reform on Mergers and Acquisitions: New Opportunities and Pitfalls

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which includes numerous changes that will significantly impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although the TCJA has rightly been...more

Caveat Emptor: Are Lengthier EC Merger Reviews the New Norm?

As merger reviews become more thorough and document-intensive, companies planning to engage in global M&A deals in 2018 should factor potentially lengthier merger reviews by the European Commission (EC) into their deal...more

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