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
On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (“AWV”) will impose new reporting obligations for M&A transactions. There are now concerns about the openness of Germany to foreign investment and the additional burden that the new rules will impose on companies.
M&A Activity in the Connect Vehicles sector: More Antitrust Filings on the Horizon? M&A activity in the connected vehicles sector might need to be notified to antitrust authorities, even when the target has limited revenues, as shown by the recent Intel/Mobileye deal. Connected vehicles (or, taking it one step further, self-driving cars) are computers on
Thursday, 1 October 2015 9 am CDT / 10 am EDT / 3 pm GMT / 4 pm CET / 10 pm CST / 11 pm JST Global M&A activity has continued at a steady pace in 2015, with an increasing number of transactions raising antitrust issues under multiple merger control regimes. Beyond the U.S.
On 30 June 2013, the Eighth Amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition (“ARC”) came into force in Germany. This reform introduces important changes to German merger control law and to the regulation of abuse of dominance. Business should take careful note of these changes for their M&A transactions and for their antitrust compliance