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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

DealBook’s Common Sense column takes a look at the AT&T/Time Warner deal and the “battle lines” forming for an “epic” antitrust battle, in spite of the vertical nature of the merger (the companies don’t compete in any...more

Lessons for Private Equity Shareholders and Merging Parties from the FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures/Bankrate

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission recently challenged Red Ventures’ proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Bankrate, alleging it would lessen competition in the market for third-party paid referral services for senior living...more

Celebrity ICO Endorsements: SEC, FTC, and CFTC Oversight

by Reed Smith on

Floyd Mayweather, a world famous boxing champion, recently used his Twitter and Instagram accounts to help a company raise more than $30 million in an initial coin offering (“ICO”). Other celebrities have similarly...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....more

The FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures–Bankrate: Antitrust Risks in Deals Backed by Private Equity Minority Shareholders

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

The Perils of Compliance with the Russia Sanctions Program

by Michael Volkov on

The Ukraine-Russia Sanctions program is a complex set of executives orders, statutes and regulations defining prohibited business transactions with Russian entities and individuals. The sanctions program was instituted in...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

CFTC and European Commission Make Progress on Cross-Border Agreements

On October 13, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two cross-border developments with the European Commission (EC) that take significant steps toward reconciling regulation of cross-border...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Highlights Potential Issues in Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Following a market investigation reference from the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority has published the issues statement for the market investigation it is carrying out into the supply of...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require Personal, Individual HSR Filings

by Goodwin on

Do you receive any form of equity-based compensation? Does your company grant any form of equity-based compensation? If so, it is critical to remember that common equity-based compensation, such as option exercises,...more

Life Sciences Quarterly: A View From Washington: What to Expect From the SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What should we expect from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the status of new and existing initiatives by Congress and SEC policy, and how will it affect disclosure, governance and capital formation? In...more

Corruption Crime and Compliance Podcast Episode 2 -- Ethics and Profits

by Michael Volkov on

With the increased focus on corporate culture, chief compliance officers have to educate the board and senior management on the inextricable link between an ethical culture and financial profitability. In this episode of...more

Corruption Crime & Compliance Episode 1 -- The Trump Administration and Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

I am pleased to announce the new Corruption, Crime & Compliance Podcast. Episode 1 is, A Review of Trump Administration Enforcement Priorities. When the Trump Administration came into power, many commentators predicated...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require HSR Filings For Executives Of REITs Or Other Companies

by Goodwin on

Common equity-based compensation-related transactions, such as restricted stock grants, settlement of restricted stock units (RSUs), exchange of operating partnership units (OP units) and option exercises, may trigger filing...more

DOJ’s Challenge of Parker-Clarcor: HSR Clearance Does Not Equal Safe From DOJ Challenge

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 26, the DOJ challenged Parker-Hannifin’s $4.3-billion consummated acquisition of Clarcor, serving as a reminder that receiving HSR clearance does not immunize transactions from being challenged, even after...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - September 2017 - Issue 6

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on Brexit: Impact on cross-border financial services contracts; cryptocurrency: initial...more

New EU Law on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

• The European Commission has released a set of documents, including a proposal for an ‘FDI Regulation,’ which sets out an EU framework for screening foreign direct investments. • This proposal would grant the European...more

CMA Investigates Asset Management Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Following the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) final report on the asset management market study in June 2017, it has decided to make a Market Investigation Reference to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on...more

German Government Expresses Reservations About Alleged Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership

by Dentons on

In July 2017, the German Government released a statement on common ownership. The statement responds to a report by the German Monopolies Commission (an independent advisory body composed of experts which publishes regular...more

Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

by DLA Piper on

On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

EU Court Decides EU Merger Control Can Only Catch Joint Control Transactions If the Resulting Entity Is ‘Full-Function’

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that, where joint control is acquired over a new or existing undertaking (or parts of an undertaking), that transaction can only fall within the scope of the...more

New rules on merger control in Italy

by DLA Piper on

The annual competition act for 2017 (Law n. 124 of 4 August 2017, published in the Official Journal on 14 August 2017; hereinafter “2017 Competition Act”) has amended – with effect from 29 August 2017 – the requirements that...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers (Italian)

by Dentons on

A partire dal 29 agosto 2017, si applicheranno nuove soglie di fatturato per la notifica preventiva delle operazioni di concentrazione all’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”). Le nuove soglie sono...more

New turnover thresholds for the prior notification of mergers in Italy

by Dentons on

As of August 29, 2017, new turnover thresholds will apply for the prior notification of mergers to the Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The new thresholds have been set by Law n. 124/2017 of August 4, 2017 (Annual...more

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