Litigation

ESG – ACTIVISM – GOVERNANCE UPDATE: Carbon, Caremark, and Corporate Governance

*Originally distributed on May 27, 2021.  Developments this week highlight the urgent imperative for boards and management teams to address climate-related challenges as part of their regular risk assessment practices: A Dutch court held Royal Dutch Shell partially responsible for global warming and ordered the company to reduce its carbon emissions. Engine No. 1, an … Continued

Editors’ Note: This memo was authored by William D. Savitt, Sabastian V. Niles and Sarah K. Eddy at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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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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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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U.S. UPDATE – Bracing for the “Antitrust” Tech Storm

The widely reported lawsuit against Google, brought this week by the Department of Justice and 11 state attorneys general, marks the most significant antitrust enforcement action in the United States against a major technology company in two decades.  As set out briefly below, the suit warrants careful consideration, both for what it alleges and what … Continued

This article was co-authored by Ilene Knable Gotts (Partner), Ronald C. Chen (Partner) and Kevin S. Schwartz (Partner) at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (New York).

Ilene is a partner in the Antitrust Department. She is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top antitrust lawyers, including being recognized by “Euromoney’s Women in Business Law” with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Ron is a partner in the Corporate Department. He is also a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, where he teaches a course on Mergers and Acquisitions, and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s annual conference on Mergers and Acquisitions in the Technology Sector.

Kevin is a partner in the Litigation Department. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, where he was previously Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and is also a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

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FRENCH UPDATE: Revised Key Topics for Boards of Directors and Senior Management in Relation to the COVID-19 Crisis

This is a revised summary version of our initial client memos regarding the crisis. In his speech on March 16, President Macron stated, “we are at war,” six times.  Since then, businesses continue to assimilate and react to the radical changes that have occurred over the last weeks.  The government and various regulators, including the … Continued

The Coming Impact of ESG

The Coming Impact of ESG Recent months have seen institutional investors and other stakeholders, notably BlackRock and State Street, stressing the importance of comparable and decision-useful ESG disclosures by their portfolio companies.  Such calls follow in the wake of growing interest among investors and other stakeholders in understanding and assessing the performance of companies based … Continued

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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U.S. UPDATE – 2019 Checklist for Successful Acquisitions in the United States

Cross-Border M&A – 2019 Checklist for Successful Acquisitions in the United States M&A in 2018 began with a bang, with more than $350 billion of deals in January 2018 – a January level not seen since 2000 – and much chatter that M&A volume for the year could hit an all-time record. As it turned … 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 and Matthew T. Carpenter.

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CANADIAN UPDATE – Supreme Court of Canada Extends its Jurisdiction

Highlights:  On September 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada held that the Ontario court has jurisdiction to hear an action brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs seeking the recognition and enforcement in Ontario of an Ecuadorian judgment against the U.S. multinational corporation Chevron (Chevron US) and its Canadian subsidiary (Chevron Canada) even where Chevron US had … Continued

Editors’ Note:  This update was authored by Poonam Puri, a Professor of Law and former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School, and an affiliated scholar with the Canadian law firm, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (“Davies”), and Davies partners Sarah V. Powell,  who practices in the areas of environmental, aboriginal and energy law, and litigation partners Luis Sarabia and George J. Pollack. It was submitted to XBMA by Davies partner Berl Nadler who is a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable.

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