For M&A transactions in Germany and beyond, Foreign Investment Control screenings have become an indispensable standard element to assess when structuring deals and planning for regulatory review. Similarly to merger control, acquirers and sellers need to consider the impact of the increasing number of jurisdictions that might want to review their proposed transaction. In the
German Minister of Economics suggests revising EU and German merger control regulations to enable the creation of European champions – and keeps FDI options on the table to prevent acquisitions by non-European players
The Internet of Things (“IoT”) connects markets and supply chains around the world. Industry, governments and consumers around the world are embracing IoT technologies to improve research and public policy, to accelerate service delivery and to monitor global development programs across healthcare, agriculture, natural resource management, climate, and energy sectors. Industry experts project that between
This week the request for a preliminary ruling (C-191/16) by the Regional Court of Berlin (RC Berlin) in the topical case Romano Pisciotti v. Germany was published in the Official Journal.
The new May Government has now been fully established and has begun getting to work. Judging by last week’s notable developments, foreign affairs is top of the agenda. Brexit diplomacy: Good cop, bad cop? The Prime Minister made her first official visits to Germany and France last week to meet Angela Merkel and François Hollande.
Following on from last week’s comments from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker about when the EU expects the UK to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, comments by British officials in the last week have shed further light on the road to Brexit ahead. What are the UK’s “constitutional requirements” for
Back in October 2015, as part of its Single Market Strategy, the European Commission declared that it would develop an agenda to encourage consumers, businesses and public authorities to engage confidently in the sharing economy (also known as the “collaborative economy”), where private individuals provide on-demand services to other people, without intermediaries. This peer-to-peer model
On December 28, 2015, the Government of India released the text for its revised model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). In this release, the Government of India also announced that the Department of Economic Affairs will be leading all negotiations on BITs and investment chapters of trade agreements to ensure continuity between trade and investment issues.
On 2 October 2014, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted its long awaited policy on the publication of clinical data for medicinal products (the Policy). Under the Policy, the EMA will proactively publish on its website clinical data submitted as part of an application for marketing authorization for medicinal products through the centralized procedure. The clinical data shall be published following completion of the decision-making process.
The European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) have now both taken targeted action to address the evolving situation in Ukraine. These measures do not impose restrictions on Ukraine or Russia, either territorially as countries or on their governments as a whole. However, new designations imposed on 17 March by the U.S. and the
On 6 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down the final chapter in the long-running AstraZeneca case (Case C-457/10P, AstraZeneca v European Commission). Whilst the CJEU refrained from establishing a detailed test for when conduct before a patent office can constitute an abuse of a dominant position, it confirmed that misuse of regulatory procedures
On 22 November 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union rendered a judgment interpreting what constitutes a medical device in the European Union (“EU”). The Court was asked to respond to the question whether a device intended to investigate a physiological process constitutes a medical device governed by the Medical Devices Directive if,
On September 25 the European Union (EU) further strengthened its economic sanctions regime targeting the Syrian Government by making additional substantive changes to the EU measures. The new measures, as set out in Council Regulation 867/2012, include: (i) a requirement that all aircraft and vessels transporting cargo to Syria shall be subject to additional pre-arrival