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The Waiting Game: When, Why, and How to File with CFIUS in a New Era of Investment Scrutiny

The other day I spoke to a colleague at the U.S. Department of the Treasury who works in the Office of Investment Security and said, “I heard CFIUS filings were going to break last year’s record total.” He just laughed. He...more

Five Things to Know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Even with the bill still in Conference, here are some things businesses should follow closely. Both House and Senate Bills call for deemed repatriation of accumulated foreign profits at reduced tax rates. ...more

FCA Publishes Policy Statement Setting Out Changes to the Listing Rules, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published a policy statement on 26 October 2017 setting out certain amendments to the Listing Rules ("LRs") and related technical notes ("Policy Statement"). The FCA...more

The Wait Is Over – Implementing Cross-Border Corporate Transactions by Carve-Out before Final Merger Control Clearance

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Overview - Cross-border corporate transactions often require merger clearance by several competition authorities before they can be implemented. If the parties are working to a tight schedule and the necessary approval in...more

Italy Enacts New Anti-Raider Rules to Protect Strategic Assets

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Recent foreign investments in Italian blue chips led the Italian government to intervene to protect strategic assets. The Result: Decree 148/2017 introduced new disclosure requirements regarding...more

The U.S. Congress intends to make a comprehensive revision of the foreign investment review

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 8, bipartisan lawmakers in both houses of the United States and the United Democrats proposed a new act aiming to make major revisions to the current review of the laws applicable to the U.S. Foreign Investment...more

Competition News November 2017

by Dentons on

On October 18, 2017, the French Competition Authority penalized the three main producers of PVC and linoleum floor covering and their professional trade union (SFEC) with up to €302 million for the organization of a cartel...more

German Public M&A Q1 – Q3 2017: Overview and current issues

by White & Case LLP on

German Takeovers in the headlines of the press - So far this year, three takeover bids have made headlines in the German financial press. After major struggles between the executive board, supervisory board and...more

A Court of Justice of the European Union Ruling Declared That Provisions of the Commercial Companies Code Restrict the Freedom of...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The provisions of the Commercial Companies Code (Commercial Companies Code Act of September 15, 2000, Code of Commercial Companies, uniform text in Journal of Laws of 2017, item 1577, hereinafter referred to as: “CCC”) do not...more

The Hidden Risks of MOFCOM’s Simplified Procedure

Three years ago, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) introduced a simplified merger review procedure to reduce the review time for transactions that do not pose significant competitive or industrial policy concerns in...more

The Rise of Western Protectionism Is Set to Impact Global M&A

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This year has seen a surge in western protectionist sentiment as a number of countries have sought to introduce legislation to tighten their laws on foreign investment and public interest issues. In Europe, the European...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Canada

by White & Case LLP on

While few deals are challenged in Canada, national security reviews are becoming more common and complex - The Investment Review Division (IRD), which is part of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic...more

Compliance Report-International Edition, Compliance Man Goes Global, Episode 5

by Thomas Fox on

Welcome to Episode 5 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. In this episode, we focus on typical concepts (or probably myths) of ways a Compliance professional might become a...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — European Union

by White & Case LLP on

European investment screening "light" — first steps towards European investment controls - Due to the significant increase of foreign direct investment into European technology assets over the past 18 months, particularly...more

President Trump Blocks Sale of U.S. Company to Chinese Buyers Under CFIUS

by Williams Mullen on

On September 13, 2017 President Trump ordered that the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation by Chinese purchasers be “prohibited” under CFIUS. While this is the first publically announced blocking of an...more

Can Overseas Bidders Guard Against M&A Risks in An Increasingly Economically Nationalist Europe?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Growing economic nationalism is threatening to impact M&A across Europe, as governments and regulators take an increasing interest in “foreign” acquisitions of nationally important companies. Deal teams have previously...more

Day 22 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-How Business Ventures are Different Risks Than Third...

by Thomas Fox on

In the final episode of this month’s series of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures, I sat down with this month’s podcast sponsor, Mike Volkov, CEO of the Volkov Law Group to explore the key insight...more

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Day 20 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Franchisor Liability

by Thomas Fox on

I am often asked about franchisor liability under the FCPA. Franchising has been a successful model in the US and now many corporations are looking at overseas expansion opportunities. Franchise law has become well developed...more

Italy Issues New Rules on Hostile Foreign Takeovers and Golden Powers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Italian Council of Ministers has approved law decree no. 148 (the Decree), extending the disclosure requirements on stakebuilding in Italian listed companies and the Italian government’s so-called “golden powers”. The...more

Day 19 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Distributors as Business Venture Partners

by Thomas Fox on

Many compliance practitioners generally view distributors as a part of their third-party risk management program, with most of their attention to the pre-contract phase of the risk management process. Typically, most of the...more

Day 18 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Financial Review of Your Business Venture Partner

by Thomas Fox on

One area not usually considered around your business ventures is the financial health of the joint venture partner, teaming partner, strategic partner or any other type of business partner or relationship which might occur in...more

Texas Federal District Court Invalidates IRS Regulations Limiting Inversion Transactions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas granted summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Texas Association of Business, holding that the Internal Revenue...more

Day 16 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Know Your Customer

by Thomas Fox on

Do FCPA considerations come into play for customers? How should you think about your obligations under the FCPA for a group not traditionally associated with FCPA liability or even FCPA risk? These questions and perhaps...more

UK national security and infrastructure – tougher merger control ahead?

by Dentons on

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

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