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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

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures- Tying It All Together for Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

As I conclude this section on joint ventures, I want to emphasize again the risk they pose under the FCPA. Mike Volkov has stated, “A joint venture requires the integration of disparate company cultures. It can be successful,...more

Day 14 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Auditing Joint Ventures

by Thomas Fox on

Joint ventures provide many FCPA risks that other types of business relationships do not bring. For instance, the joint venture may interact with foreign government officials or employees of a state-owned enterprise; then...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Compliance Terms and Conditions in Joint Venture Agreements

by Thomas Fox on

Numerous US companies have come to FCPA grief for their overseas joint ventures and the continue to be a bane for many companies under the Act. There are some basic compliance terms and conditions which should be considered...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Joint Venture Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

When you bring two entities together to operate jointly, there are several difficult issues to analyze. For the US company operating under the FCPA, there must be an adequate business justification for a joint venture with a...more

Chinese Acquisitions in the EU: The Climate Is Getting Rougher

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In response to a significant increase in acquisitions of companies in the EU by Chinese buyers in recent years, the foreign (i.e., non-EU) investment review legal framework in the EU is currently undergoing a change towards...more

Looking Beyond the Recent CFIUS Annual Report

by Jones Day on

The Situation: CFIUS recently released its annual report to Congress regarding transactions reviewed by CFIUS during 2015, as well as limited information regarding transactions reviewed during 2016....more

Foreign investment review in Canada: “Net benefit” review threshold raised, update on national security reviews

by Dentons on

Foreign buyers of Canadian businesses are less likely to require approval from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development under the “net benefit to Canada” test as a result of increases in the review...more

Philippine Competition Commission clears Alipay and Ayala’s investment in Globe Fintech

by Reed Smith on

On 27 June 2017, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it was conducting a phase II review into the proposed investment by Alipay Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd. (Alipay) and Ayala Corporation (Ayala) into...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures-Dis-Linking any Illegal Conduct Going Forward

by Thomas Fox on

One of my favorite words in the context of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement is dis-link. It a useful adjective in explaining how certain conduct by a company must be separated from the winning of business and...more

M&A Tax Aspects of Republican Tax Reform Framework

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The outline of pending tax reform provisions remain vague, but a significant impact on M&A activity is expected by way of corporate tax cuts, interest deductibility, changes to the expensing of capital investments, a...more

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