Regulatory Matters

IRISH UPDATE: Key Issues for Irish Listed Companies when Considering Shareholder Activism

The volatility in global markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty has put activist shareholders and defending against opportunistic bids at the top of the agenda for listed companies. We have set out below 14 key considerations relating to shareholder activism that Irish-incorporated listed companies should be focused on in the current … Continued

Editor's Note: Brian O’Gorman is a Partner in Arthur Cox's Corporate and M&A group. He has advised on many of the largest and most high profile Irish M&A transactions over the past 20 years. Kate Hogan is an Associate at Arthur Cox.

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AUSTRIAN UPDATE – Austria tightens foreign investment control regime with new 2020 Investment Control Act

Executive Summary/Highlights: On 15 July 2020 the Austrian Parliament adopted a new Investment Control Act (Investitionskontrollgesetz, “ICA”). The new Act transposes the requirements under the EU FDI Screening Regulation and replaces the existing liberal regime under the Austrian Foreign Trade Act. Investment transactions lacking the required ICA approval will inter alia be null and void. Under the … Continued

Editors Note: Christian Herbst is a partner of Schönherr and a member of XBMA’s Legal Roundtable. He is one of the leading Austrian specialists in cross-border M&A, takeovers and joint ventures, representing mostly foreign clients with respect to investments in Austria and Central Eastern Europe.

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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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PERUVIAN UPDATE: Changes To Peruvian Merger Control Legislation

On May 11th, 2020 the Peruvian Government has modified certain provisions contained in the Peruvian Merger Control Legislation (“MCL”), originally approved by Urgency Decree N° 013-2019. Vacatio legis. The Peruvian Government deferred the application of the MCL (originally on August 20, 2020) until March 1, 2021. Concentrations occurring prior to said date will not be … Continued

This article was co-authored by Carlos A. Patrón (Partner) and David Kuroiwa H. (Senior Associate) - Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados (Lima)

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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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RUSSIAN UPDATE: COVID-19: legal risks and recommendations for businesses

CONTRACTS / FORCE MAJEURE Is the COVID-19 pandemic (“Pandemic”) a force majeure event? A party may be excused for non-performance under a contract if the non-performance is a direct and immediate result of an event which constitutes an act of God or force majeure.  Decrees by the Moscow mayor and regulations issued by heads of … Continued

This article was authored by the COVID-19 Task Force at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (Moscow)

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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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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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