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National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Finland

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Deals are generally not blocked in Finland - The Finnish government views foreign ownership positively as a catalyst for increasing internationalization and competitiveness. Deals are only restricted when they meet very...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — United States

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Deals are generally approved, but reviews are often taking longer and transactions are being scrutinized rigorously - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which is led by the US Department of...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Russian Federation

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2017 amendments to Russian foreign investment laws potentially require approval of any transaction by any foreign investor regarding any Russian company to ensure national defense and state security...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

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Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Italy

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Deals are generally not blocked by the Italian Government. However, in connection with the clearance process, conditions may be imposed that can have a significant impact on the investment...more

CFIUS: New Teeth, Bigger Bite?

The United States governmental committee charged with reviewing foreign mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies or affiliates for potential national security concerns may soon be getting a new set of teeth. The...more

Legislation Proposes Sweeping New Foreign Investment Review Authorities

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan group of legislators led by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., alongside co-sponsors including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced parallel...more

Is the DOJ's Approval of AT&T's Acquisition of Time Warner Conditioned on the sale of CNN?

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According to several news outlets, the Department of Justice has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell DirectTV or Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, in order to gain approval of AT&T's $84.5 billion acquisition of...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bill Stands to Significantly Impact Equity and Performance-Based Compensation

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The House Ways and Means Committee on November 2, 2017, released the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which may have significant impact on the taxation of equity and performance-based compensation for both private and public...more

Braced for Brexit

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As negotiations continue, so do business preparations. Change is almost inevitable but the extent, nature and timing is uncertain. How can such change be addressed in one-off transactions (e.g. M&A) and in on-going...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - October 2017

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NAFTA Renegotiation Status Update: Third Round Of Talks Conclude In Ottawa, Fourth Round Begins In Washington On October 11 The third round of talks on “renegotiation and modernization” of the North American Free Trade...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical diagnostic...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical diagnostic...more

Cannabis M&A: Overview of Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

As Canada gears up to legalize cannabis for recreational use (expected by July 2018), companies operating in the sector and those in ancillary markets are looking to raise capital to fund their business plans and expected...more

Red Notice Newsletter - September 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical...more

CFIUS’s 2015 Annual Report and Published 2016 Data Demonstrate Uptick in Review Activity and Scrutiny

On September 19, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the “Committee”) released its annual report (“Report”) to Congress. One day later, CFIUS also released more limited data on foreign...more

Antitrust Bills Seek to Thwart Mega Mergers and Expand Antitrust Enforcement

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In Short - The Situation: Democrats have proposed legislation that would make it easier for antitrust agencies to challenge mergers. - The Background: This announcement followed a proposal made in August, known as the "Better...more

CFIUS Publishes 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Statistics Amid More Recent Dynamic CFIUS Environment

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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the public version of its Annual Report covering calendar year 2015 along with some statistics regarding filings in calendar year 2016. By...more

Changes to Australia's Media Ownership Regime Pave Way for Mergers and Acquisitions

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The Australian government has secured the long-awaited support it needed from independent Senate cross-benchers to make sweeping changes to Australia's media ownership laws. ...more

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

Alert: Legislature Enacts Changes to Business Corporations Law

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Just before the end of its Spring 2017 term, the Connecticut General Assembly passed HB7311. After the Governor signed HB7311, it became Public Act 17-108 (“P.A. 17-108” or the “Act”). Among other things, P.A. 17-108 enacted...more

"Better Deal" Legislative Proposal Would Overhaul U.S. Antitrust Merger Review

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A number of Democrats in Congress have proposed to revamp U.S. antitrust law with a "Better Deal" economic plan. The proposed legislation takes aim at large corporations and includes measures that are at odds with decades of...more

NYDFS proposed regulation addresses financial disclosure requirements for directors and officers of private equity buyers of...

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On August 9, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released for public comment proposed amendments to its regulations governing the approval process for the acquisition of control of insurance companies...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

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Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Drive for connectivity fuels manufacturing and industrials M&A

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Convergence between sectors generates deals, while dealmakers adopt a wait-and-see approach in response to Trump's policies - The US manufacturing sector saw US$8 billion spent across 76 deals in H1, representing a 21.2...more

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