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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

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...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

Big Data and Antitrust: Rethinking Competition Law in the Data Economy

As we approach calendar year end, traditionally the busiest period of the year for mergers and acquisitions, it is worth revisiting whether our existing competition law framework can and does properly assess the market power...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

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

by WilmerHale on

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment (“FDI”) in the European Union (the “Proposal” or “Proposed Regulation”). The...more

Break Fees Can Cause Broken M&A Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Given ongoing competition between buyers in a strong sellers’ market, the resilience of seller break fees as a feature of the European M&A market is surprising. According to the Latham & Watkins 2017 European Private M&A...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Spain

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – Germany

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...more

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review – England and Wales

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Acquisition and leveraged finance is a fascinating area for lawyers, both inherently and because of its potential for complexity arising out of the requirements of the acquisition process, cross-border issues, regulation and...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

New Transaction Value-Based Merger Reporting Threshold in Germany: Much Ado About Little?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Germany this summer introduced a new transaction value-based set of reporting thresholds. Austria introduced a similar provision which will enter into force on November 1. On the European level, the Commission is...more

Economic Nationalism Set to Impact M&A Transaction Approvals Across 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 in the name of national security....more

How private equity is powering financial services M&A

by White & Case LLP on

After stepping into the space vacated by traditional banks and strategic investors following the financial crisis, private equity has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in financial services dealmaking. In...more

EU State Aid Enforcement: What Multinationals Need to Know

In recent years, the European Commission (EC) has been actively enforcing European Union state aid violations, an area of law that is unique to Europe but has wide-ranging implications for multinationals with investments in...more

European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

by White & Case LLP on

Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: American Deal Terms

by DLA Piper on

With regulatory constraints currently making it challenging to get capital out of China, the Pound Sterling continuing to suffer Brexit-related weakness and the NZ$ having softened against the Greenback, we expect North...more

European M&A Market Insights, Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries - Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its...more

International News: Focus on Health Care - Fall 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Nationalism and Cross-Border M&A: Navigating Populist Politics in Deal Making - More than half of the G20 countries voted-in campaigns that focused on harming foreign, outside interests as a means to strengthen domestic...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: August

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 July 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened three investigations against companies which have allegedly breached the European Union (“EU”) merger procedural rules. Two of the cases...more

Changing values of IP and data in deals

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ed Black, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s IP transactions and technology, media & telecommunications practice groups, discusses changing values of IP and data in M&A transactions. ______________________________________ One of...more

Amendment of German Foreign Trade Law – Stricter Regulations for Non-EU Investors?

by Goodwin on

On 12 July 2017, an amendment to the German Foreign Trade Ordinance was resolved, and is expected to come into effect shortly. It is currently being debated in the German and international press whether this can be seen as a...more

Germany tightens restrictions on foreign investment from outside the EU

by Dentons on

On July 18, 2017, Germany passed an amendment to its foreign investment regime that will make acquisitions of German companies by foreign acquirers considerably more time consuming and potentially more complex. Chinese...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Integration of Short-Term Rentals Continues [METASEARCH / SHORT-TERM RENTALS] - ("Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool," Skift Travel News, July 20, 2017) - In what was an...more

Financial institutions M&A: Market infrastructure

by White & Case LLP on

Payment systems / e-money providers - Current market: - Upward - Regulatory change continues to be a key driver of M&A activity - We are seeing: - Strategic M&A deals and financial sponsor interest...more

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