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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

UK Tax Round Up - February 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Case law developments - Settlement payment not deductible as an expense of a trade (Vaines v HMRC) - Mr. Vaines was a solicitor. In the 2007/08 tax year he paid a settlement amount to a third party that had made a...more

Shenzhen Seeks to Solidify Itself as an International Arbitration Hub with the Merger of Two South China Arbitral Institutions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 25, 2017, the Shenzhen Arbitration Commission (SAC) and the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SCIETAC) merged to become the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA). ...more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions: Regulatory Considerations

by Reed Smith on

This is the third article in our series, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and commodities sector. The first article covered key issues relevant to acquiring business assets, and trading portfolios, across...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 25, the One Year Wrap Up Edition

by Thomas Fox on

The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wrap up of the first year of the Trump Administration. Stayed tuned to the end for rants in this edition. 1. Is Jay Clayton who we thought he was? Matt Kelly takes a...more

Has Australia's Takeovers Panel Turned the "Tap" on to More "Association" Proceedings?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A major shareholder of Tap Oil Limited, a company listed on ASX, gave notice of an intention to spill the board, to remove all but one of the current directors, through a general meeting of shareholders. The...more

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends

Our Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2018 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2018 may hold based on significant developments...more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Australian Government Tries to "Level the Playing Field" for Purchases of Agricultural Land

by Jones Day on

On 1 February 2018, the Treasurer of Australia announced that going forward, foreign persons seeking approval for the acquisition of Australian agricultural land will, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, need to...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Does the EU’s Qualcomm fine represent efficient justice? As widely reported, on 24 January 2018, the EU Commission fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its dominant position in LTE baseband chipsets....more

Is Apple’s Shazam acquisition the next Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp?

by Bryan Cave on

On 6 February 2018, the EU Commission announced that it had accepted a referral request from a number of EU countries to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, a UK based developer and distributor of music recognition...more

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Proposes Raising Whitewash Approval Threshold

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The high level of certainty of obtaining shareholders' approval for whitewash waivers could lead to potential abuse by parties looking to obtain or consolidate control through whitewash transactions in Hong...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office unveiled new charges against Barclays Bank yesterday over a $3 billion loan it made to Qatar in 2008 for the purpose of “allowing the firm to directly or indirectly acquire shares in Barclays...more

Impact of Recent Tax Legislation on M&A Transactions

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

This post outlines at a high-level certain provisions under the recently enacted 2017 tax legislation (Pub. L. 115-97, the “Tax Act”) that may affect M&A Transactions. Some of these rules are very complex, particularly in...more

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given that it is the last...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Industrials and chemicals M&A moves into the digital age

by White & Case LLP on

While market uncertainty surrounding tax reforms and NAFTA negotiations caused sector deal value to take a hit in 2017, technological convergence continues to generate a healthy level of deals....more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 88, the Birthday Edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week. 1. Justice Department Escalates Inquiry on Global Sports Corruption. Rebecca Ruiz reports in the New York Times....more

European leveraged debt lifts off: Issuers in the driving seat

by White & Case LLP on

As the asset class has grown in popularity, the average leveraged loan size in Europe has leapt up. In 2017, it grew to €782 million—up from €705 million in 2016 and €586 million in 2015. On the refinancing front, one of...more

8 Key M&A Trends in 2018 - From Sweeping Tax Changes, to Continued Big Ticket M&A

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

From sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code, to big ticket M&A transactions making headline news – 2017 proved to be an eventful year for M&A dealmakers. As we settle into 2018, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Peaks, valleys and plateaus: The US M&A landscape in 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Overall deal value declined in 2017, yet it was higher than all other post-crisis years from 2008 to 2013. HEADLINES - Overall M&A fell 14.3 percent by value compared to 2016, while the number of deals edged ahead by...more

Fintech Deal Landscape to Remain Active in 2018

A wide range of players participated in hundreds of financial technology (fintech) transactions in 2017, and the high level of global M&A and investment activity in fintech is expected to continue this year. Deals included...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: US M&A survey: Drivers, dilemmas and destinations

by White & Case LLP on

Our exclusive survey identifies impacts from tax reforms and the repatriation of offshore capital as key areas to watch in 2018. Digital innovation remains a major driver for transactions, while effective due diligence poses...more

Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update: One Year into the Trump Administration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

At the one year anniversary of the Trump administration, antitrust merger enforcement remains similar to the Obama administration, but it is still early to judge given the delays in antitrust appointments and given the DOJ’s...more

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