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CANADIAN UPDATE – Top Competition and Foreign Investment Review Trends and Issues for 2020

*This article was originally distributed on January 21, 2020 In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2019 will influence these areas of the law in 2020. We discuss below the main issues and trends to watch for this year. Continued Focus … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by John Bodrug, Anita Banicevic and Jim Dinning, partners at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (Toronto).

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U.S. UPDATE – 2020 Checklist for Successful Acquisitions in the United States

Cross-Border M&A – 2020 Checklist for Successful Acquisitions in the United States M&A continued its robust pace in 2019, with nearly $3.9 trillion in global deal volume for the year, the third-highest volume of the last decade.  The U.S. market was particularly strong, making up for relative weakness in Europe and Asia.  The boom was … Continued

Editors’ Note: This submission updates a checklist co-authored by Messrs. Emmerich and Panovka, members of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable, with their colleagues at Wachtell Lipton, Jodi J. Schwartz, Scott K. Charles, David A. Katz, Andrew J. Nussbaum, Ilene Knable Gotts, Mark Gordon, Joshua R. Cammaker, William Savitt, Andrea K. Wahlquist, Karessa L. Cain, T. Eiko Stange, Joshua M. Holmes, Eric M. Rosof, Gordon S. Moodie, Emil A. Kleinhaus, Edward J. Lee, Raaj S. Narayan, Amy R. Wolf and Matthew T. Carpenter.

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CHINESE UPDATE – Foreign Investment in China has entered into the Fast Track – Interpretation of the New Implementing Regulations of the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”)

On December 31, 2019, the Implementing Regulations of the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “Regulation”), an important administrative regulation facilitating the implementation of the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China (“Foreign Investment Law”), was officially published. It came into force on January 1, 2020, together with the … Continued

Editors' Note: This article was authored by Mr. Zheng Yu, a partner at JunHe. Mr. Zheng has broad experience advising multinational companies on their business and investment projects in China, including complex foreign direct investments, cross-border M&A, dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation), corporate compliance, employment issues and tourism real estate projects in China.  Liao Yueyue (Counsel), Yu Daxing (Associate), Jia Lu (Associate) and Wang Xiao (Associate) also contributed to the article.

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SINGAPOREAN UPDATE – Key Trends for 2020

*This article was originally distributed on January 23, 2020 Dear Clients and Friends, 新年快乐! We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous year ahead! We ring in 2020 on a more positive note than where we started 2019. In the past year, a slowdown in manufacturing has weighed on economic growth both globally and in … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was authored by Jerry Koh (Joint Managing Partner) at Allen & Gledhill LLP.

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CANADIAN UPDATE – Canadian Foreign Investment Review Annual Report Confirms Shift in Emphasis Toward National Security Concerns

The official Annual Report under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for the fiscal year 2018-19 was released at the end of 2019. This document sets out various statistics and other noteworthy developments during that time frame (i.e., April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) relating to the two review processes under the ICA: the “net … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by Mark C. Katz, Charles Tingley and Anita Banicevic, partners at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.

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DUTCH UPDATE: Dutch Supreme Court Orders Government to Achieve 25% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On December 20, 2019 the highest court of the Netherlands upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that insufficient action to address climate change posed a “risk of irreversible changes to the worldwide ecosystems and liveability of our planet” and a “serious risk that the current generation of citizens will be confronted with loss … Continued

Editors’ Note: This article was co-authored by Leo Groothuis and Freerk Vermeulen, partners at NautaDutilh.

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DUTCH UPDATE: Legal entities in the Netherlands must register UBO from March 2020

Legal entities in the Netherlands must register UBO from March 2020 The much anticipated UBO register is expected to become operational in March 2020. The UBO register will be kept by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and will be separate from the Dutch Trade Register. All legal entities registered in the Netherlands, including foundations, must … Continued

This article was authored by Birgit Snijder-Kuipers, Senior Associate at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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CHINESE UPDATE – Cross-Border M&A and Protectionism – A Review of Laws and Practice in China

Cross-Border M&A and Protectionism – A Review of Laws and Practice in China Daniel He, JunHe LLP 1. The New PRC Foreign Investment Law On March 15, 2019, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) approved the PRC Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) which will be implemented on January 1, … Continued

This article was authored by Mr. Daniel He, a partner at JunHe.  Mr. He has broad experience advising multinational companies in merger and acquisition projects, joint venture transactions, and strategic investment projects in various industries such as food & nutrition, auto parts, logistics, real property, and retail & distribution. Mr. He also serves as China counsel to a number of leading companies and non-government organizations in their general corporate and regulatory compliance matters throughout China.

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PERUVIAN UPDATE – New Peruvian Merger Control Legislation

The Peruvian Government has enacted a new mandatory and suspensory clearance regime, which will come into force next year. Previously, Peruvian legislation only imposed mandatory pre-notification and clearance requirements for vertical or horizontal concentrations occurring in the fields of electricity generation, transmission or distribution.[1] Summary Breakdown Scope. The new merger control regime will apply to … Continued

Editors’ Note:  This article was authored by Carlos A. Patrón and David Kuroiwa H. of Payet Rey Cauvi Pérez Abogados, one of Peru’s leading firms with significant experience in foreign investment in Peru. 

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AUSTRIA UPDATE – Implementation of Shareholders’ Rights Directive: Action Points for Boards of Austrian Listed Companies

Amendment laws implementing the Shareholders’ Rights Directive: Action Points for Boards of Austrian listed companies On 23 July 2019, amendments of the Stock Corporation Act and Stock Exchange Act implementing the Shareholder Rights Directive II (2017/828) entered into force. Directive 2017/628/EU to encourage long-term shareholder engagement was implemented with the aim to minimize the administrative … Continued

Editor’s Note: Christian Herbst advises clients on corporate M&A, takeovers, arbitration, corporate finance and on a wide variety of other domestic and cross-border transactions. 

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