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CFIUS Continues Aggressive Intervention, Qualcomm Deal Blocked

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump blocked Broadcom, a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer, from pursuing the purchase of U.S.-based Qualcomm, a rival chip maker. Broadcom’s offer, reportedly for $117 billion or...more

Italian Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Ruling on Misleading Advertising

by Jones Day on

The Situation: On January 31, 2018, the Italian Supreme Court ruled on the first Italian product-related class action promoted by a consumers' association. The Result: The Court upheld the consumer's class action claim...more

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

Cyber Risk News & Trends

Cybersecurity This Month - Are U.S Elections At Risk? "Frankly, the United States is under attack," U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on...more

China to Consolidate Antitrust Law Enforcement Power

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Chinese government announced on March 13, 2018 that it will consolidate the duties of three competition agencies into a new government agency to handle all antitrust matters. While it is too early to tell how this...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

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

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - March 2018 - Issue 5

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry.This issue includes details of proposed changes to the Financial Services Register to accommodate the Senior Managers...more

How Can We Spark Difficult Compliance Discussions?

In this six minute interview with Susan Côté-Freeman, Senior Network Manager, The Conference Board of Canada, we exchange perspectives on how business and compliance leadership can spark uncomfortable conversations among...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

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Launches Criminal Cartel Case: More to Come?

by Jones Day on

The Background: Earlier in 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned that several domestic companies would face criminal cartel prosecutions in 2018. The Situation: The ACCC has begun to follow...more

Building Blocks for an Effective Due Diligence System (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Companies continue to face significant risks from their third parties. In response, companies are implementing sophisticated due diligence and third party risk management systems. FCPA enforcement risks are only one of...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 February - The European Commission ("EC") launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum in order to highlight key developments of blockchain technology, promote and reinforce European engagement with multiple...more

Road to Brexit: Theresa May sets out “Five Tests” with which to judge eventual deal

The Prime Minister has given the clearest indication yet of what the UK will seek in the Brexit negotiations. Access to each side’s markets is going to be less than it is today. ...more

Antitrust Alert: French Competition Authority Concludes Online Advertising Sector Inquiry And Announces Possible Further Actions

by Jones Day on

The French Competition Authority ("FCA") has published the results of its sector-specific inquiry into display online advertising. The 125-page opinion of March 6, 2018, ("Opinion") identifies potential competition concerns...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

EU Publishes Draft Guidelines for Future Relationship with Britain

The guidelines present a stark contrast to Prime Minister May’s vision of a “deep and special” partnership with the EU after Brexit. The President of the European Council has issued negotiating guidelines for the future...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

The World in U.S. Courts - Winter 2018

French Bank Whose Transactions Benefitted Sudan Generally, But Were Not Otherwise Related To The Commission Of Terrorist Acts Supported By Sudan, Could Not Have Violated ATA And ATS....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

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this Winter's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Enforcement Against Foreign Companies Arising from Amendments to Indonesian Competition Law Hinted at by Indonesian Business...

by Dentons on

The Chair of the Indonesian Business Competition Supervisory Commission (the KPPU), Syarkawi Rauf, has hinted at “taking action against foreign companies” that violate Indonesian Competition Law (Source: PaRR, 26 January...more

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