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Analysis of Executive Order Prohibiting Broadcom’s Acquisition of Qualcomm

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order blocking Broadcom Limited’s acquisition of chipmaker Qualcomm, Inc. (the Order) is the latest in a series of significant actions and statements regarding the national security...more

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

Antitrust M&A Snapshot: July – December 2017 Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

United States: July – December 2017 Update - Although delays in antitrust appointments continued throughout the second half of 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) continued to actively...more

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

SEC Settles FCPA Books and Records and Internal Controls Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC moved past virtual currencies for the moment, returning to a long established staple – the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Commission filed a settled books and records action involving an Israeli based firm whose...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

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - March 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

United States: July – December 2017 Update - Although delays in antitrust appointments continued throughout the second half of 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) continued to actively...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

No US? No big deal. At least when it comes to the once-and-future TPP pact, which Japan, Canada, Australia, and 8 other US allies signed yesterday in Santiago, Chile....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

Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers

Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and the economics firm Charles River Associates recently hosted the eighth annual “Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers” seminar in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US government’s determination that Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid of Qualcomm “could pose a national security risk” is complicating an already high-stakes (and unwelcomed) overture by Broadcom. The Committee on Foreign...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

US regulators are asking Qualcomm to delay its annual shareholder meeting in order to give them more time to investigate whether Singapore-based Broadcom’s takeover bid would threaten US national security....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

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

European Commission Decision Published on the Merger of OOCL and COSCO Shipping

by Reed Smith on

The European Commission (the Commission) has [today] published its decision in relation to the acquisition of Orient Overseas (International) Limited (including its subsidiary Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)) by COSCO...more

Alert: M&A Guide to CFIUS: Deciding Whether to Submit Voluntarily to CFIUS Review

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in a prior article in this series, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is authorized to review certain cross-border mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions and to recommend that the...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

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

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