German Government Introduces Significant Amendment of FDI Rules

    Germany is continuing to tighten and develop its FDI regime: After various legislative actions in the course of 2020, the German Federal Government agreed on significant amendments of the existing FDI rules which will enter into force with its publication in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger). During the last year, the German legislator has lowered the thresholds … Read more

    US Court of Appeals affirms first-ever divestment order by private antitrust plaintiff

    On March 22, 2021, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld its earlier decision ordering the divestiture of a corporate acquisition in a private antitrust lawsuit, where US merger control authorities had previously cleared the transaction.  The decision represents the first time a transaction approved by the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust … Read more

    Commission publishes guidance on Article 22 referrals for transactions falling below national thresholds – New approach can impact pharma, tech and other deals involving start-ups or innovators

    On 26 March 2021 the EU Commission (Commission) published revised guidance on the referral mechanism set out in Article 22 of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR), under which the Commission will now accept referrals from Member States for deals that fall below the domestic jurisdictional thresholds of the referring country, in order to capture more … Read more

    ESG collaboration and competition law: change on the horizon?

    Businesses around the world are increasingly looking towards strengthening their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. In doing so, many businesses may seek to collaborate with their peers, for example through setting industry standards in relation to certain ESG issues or cooperating to tackle key risks in their sector. Read more