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CHINESE UPDATE: Some key points in the first abuse case on China online retail platform players

On April 10, 2021, the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) imposed administrative penalties on a leading Internet company for abusing its dominance in the China online retail market by engaging in exclusive dealing conduct. This article will sort out the key points of this case from four different aspects: relevant market definition, market dominance evaluation, “either or” (exclusive dealing) conduct, and the penalty amount. It will also offer suggestions on compliance for Internet platform undertakings.

Editors’ Note: Contributed by Fang He and Adam Li, both partners at JunHe and members of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable. Ms. He has broad experience in M&A, outbound investment, foreign direct investment and private equity. Mr. Li is a leading expert in international mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and international financial transactions involving Chinese companies.

Authored by Ms. Yingling Wei, Ms. Xuefei Bai, and Ms. Yuhang Ding. Ms. Wei, a partner at JunHe LLP, is the head of JunHe’s antitrust practice group and has extensive experience in merger control filings, antitrust compliance advice, antitrust government investigations and antitrust private enforcement litigations. Ms. Xuefei Bai, a partner at JunHe’s antitrust practice group, has rich experience in antitrust law, and has assisted many well-known domestic and foreign companies in merger filings and antitrust government investigations. Ms. Yuhang Ding is an associate at JunHe’s antitrust practice group.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for First Quarter 2021

Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A volume reached record highs in Q1 2021. As Covid-19 vaccines became more widely available and economies reopened, M&A volume reached the largest first quarter deal volume on record since records started being kept in 1980. In Q1 2021, global M&A volume was US$1.34 trillion, a 1.7% increase from Q4 2020 (US$1.32 … Continued

Editors' Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the XBMA Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.

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CHINESE UPDATE: The Recent Judicial Development of “Piercing the Corporate Veil” in China

The Recent Judicial Development of “Piercing the Corporate Veil” in China 1.      Summary of “Piercing the Corporate Veil” and the relevant regulations “Piercing the corporate veil” (also known as “forward disregard of corporate personality”, hereinafter referred to as the “forward disregard”), originated in the United States.  The doctrine is used to prevent shareholders … Continued

Editors' Note: This article was authored by Zhenyong (Allan) Ye, a partner at JunHe. Mr. Ye has broad experience in foreign related dispute resolution, cross-border enforcement, and crisis management services.  Sien Bi (Associate) and Jin Wang (Intern) also contributed to the article. The authors give special thanks to Adam Li (Partner), who edited extensively the English version of this article.

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CHINESE UPDATE: MOFCOM Unreliable Entity List

P.R.C. Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued an order promulgating “Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List” (the “Provisions”) on September 19, 2020, effective immediately the same day. These implementing rules have been long awaited since the idea was first introduced nearly 16 months ago on May 31, 2019. The Unreliable Entity List (“UEL”) mechanism will create … Continued

Editors’ Note: Contributed by Adam Li, a partner at JunHe (Shanghai), and by Fang He, a partner at JunHe’s Beijing headquarters; both are members of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable. Mr. Li is a leading expert in international mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and international financial transactions involving Chinese companies. Ms. He specializes in M&A and outbound investment from China. 

This article was authored by David Tang (Partner) - JunHe (Shanghai). Mr. Tang advises multinational clients on Chinese sanctions and export controls and has over 20 years of experience specialized in international trade, customs, and compliance related investigations. Mr. Tang is the head of JunHe’s trade practice group.

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for Second Quarter 2020

Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A activity in Q2 2020 dropped to its lowest quarterly levels in more than a decade, as corporate dealmakers paused to weigh the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the responses of governments, businesses and consumers across the world, and many companies devoted all available resources to existence-preserving activities and not growth … Continued

Editors' Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the XBMA Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.

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CHINESE UPDATE – U.S. Listed Chinese Companies and the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act

On May 21, 2020, the United States Senate passed the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (the “Bill”) with unanimous consent. If it becomes law, the Bill would apply to Chinese companies, among others, listed on U.S. securities exchanges and require them to comply with U.S. regulatory and audit standards and information sharing, notwithstanding that to … Continued

This article was authored by Laura Luo and Thomas M. Shoesmith, both partners at King & Wood Mallesons.

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CHINESE UPDATE: New Development in Cross-Border Regulatory Collaboration – Observations on CSRC Comments on Luckin Coffee Incident

The financial fraud committed by Nasdaq-listed Luckin Coffee Inc. (“Luckin Incident”) has sparked a heated discussion in the media and within relevant industries about whether the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) will exercise long-arm jurisdiction pursuant to Paragraph 4 of Article 2[1] of the new Securities Law, implemented on March 1 of this year (“Securities Law”).  … Continued

Editors’ Note: Contributed by Adam Li, partner at JunHe and member of XBMA's Legal Roundtable.  Mr. Li is a leading expert in international mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and international financial transactions involving Chinese companies.  

This article was authored by Natasha Xie (Partner), Mandy Wu (Partner) and Yun Ding (Associate) - JunHe (Shanghai).

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GLOBAL STATISTICAL UPDATE – XBMA Quarterly Review for First Quarter 2020

Executive Summary/Highlights Global M&A volume was just US$730 billion in Q1 2020, a decrease of approximately 30% from Q4 2019 (US$1 trillion), approximately 25% from Q1 2019 (US$982 billion) and the lowest first-quarter global M&A volume since 2014 (US$657 billion). The decline in M&A volume relative to prior quarters was particularly pronounced in the United … Continued

Editors' Note: The XBMA Review is published on a quarterly basis in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of trends and developments. In order to facilitate meaningful comparisons, the XBMA Review has utilized generally consistent metrics and sources of data since inception. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving the XBMA Review or for interpreting the data.

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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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