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
Following the European Commission’s prohibition of the Alstom-Siemens transaction, the French and German governments published a manifesto calling for a reform of current EU merger rules, in order to shape a “European industrial policy fit for the 21st Century”. This manifesto appears to be directly addressed to the next European Commission, which will be renewed following the European elections this year.
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
Yesterday, the Regional Court (Landgericht) of Dortmund dismissed the claims in Jabir and others v. KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH (Case No. 7 O 95/15) based on the statute of limitations. The case concerned claims for personal injury and death brought by four Pakistani nationals against German retailer KiK Textilien and Non-Food GmbH (“KiK”) in
Last month a court in Dortmund heard arguments in Jabir and others v. KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH. It is a case brought against a German retailer, under English law principles of tort in relation to a fire at the factory of a supplier in Pakistan. This post explains what the case is about and
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.
Germany’s recently announced opposition to the inclusion of ISDS in the TTIP contrasts with publicly expressed support from the European Commission and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Lead TTIP negotiators voiced strong support for ISDS at the conclusion of the most recent TTIP round earlier this month in Brussels. ISDS also is strongly supported by both the American and European business communities, and both the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and BusinessEurope have publicly urged that ISDS be included in the TTIP.
On 9 December, we are hosting a 60-minute webcast featuring Hogan Lovells lawyers from London, Munich, and Washington, D.C. who will address recent developments for businesses facing or contemplating potential antitrust damages claims in the United States and Europe, including the United Kingdom and Germany, as major jurisdictions for cartel damages claims. This is the fifth program in
The German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) published this week new guidelines for the calculation of fines for antitrust infringements, which will be applicable with immediate effect. These changes introduce less predictability and potentially larger fines for antitrust infringement in Germany.
By Dr. Harm-Randolf Döpkens The German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) is currently considering different scenarios for the future allocation of frequencies for mobile broadband services. This initiative relates to the discussion about the 900 and 1,800 MHz frequencies that are currently used by mobile operators for their GSM networks. The current licenses for these frequencies