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National Security Review of International Transactions

Posted by Zachary Altman on 7/20/17 12:17 PM

In their latest book, Mergers and Acquisitions, Second Edition, Lew Segall and Ed Miller discuss a number of practice points and considerations that surround the practice of corporate transactions. One important issue that comes up in the context of International M&A is the effect of the Exon-Florio Act on acquisitions by foreign persons. Below is an excerpt from Mergers and Acquisitions, Second Edition discussing this practice point.

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Topics: M&A

Sullivan & Worcester Represents Challengeme Esports GmbH in Multiple Deals

Posted by Hayden S. Baker on 3/9/17 3:44 PM

Sullivan & Worcester represented Challengeme Esports GmbH (CME), provider of one of the most 
sophisticated eSport matchmaking and tournament platforms, in its acquisition of US-based platform provider, eSports Hero Inc. 

Concurrent with the acquisition, CME received an investment from eSports Mogul (ESM), an ASX-listed eSports media company, and entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with ESM for the Asia-Pacific region.

The combination of the new acquisition and investment enables CME to expand out of its current European region and deploy access to its gaming platform and high-quality game servers into a worldwide market, including an immediate roll-out into North America, Southeast Asia and Australia.

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Topics: M&A, intellectual property, Online Gaming

FTC Announces Annual Updates to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

Posted by Lew Segall on 1/27/17 4:34 PM

Last week the Federal Trade Commission announced its annual updates to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, effective at the end of February. The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act gives the government a chance to review certain transactions for potential antitrust concerns. It requires that the acquirer give notice to the FTC and Department of Justice and imposes a waiting period on the transaction’s closing.

Under the revised thresholds, the Hart-Scott-Rodino requirements apply if either:

  • An acquisition results in the acquiring person holding more than $80.8 million worth of voting securities and assets of the acquired person and the parties meet the “Size-of-Parties” requirements, or
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Topics: Department of Justice, FTC, antitrust

Expert Insights—Clean/Renewable Energy M&A: Trends and Best Practices

Posted by Hayden S. Baker on 12/23/16 9:26 AM

M&A deals in the clean energy sector differ in several key ways from deals in other industries. Hayden Baker, a partner in Sullivan & Worcester's Corporate and Environmental & Natural Resources groups, discusses industry trends and best practices for clean energy deal lawyers.

The full article may be accessed at Lexis Practice Advisor.

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Topics: M&A, Renewable Energy, clean energy, best practices

Brexit and Inbound U.S. Cross-Border M&A Activity

Posted by Steve Eichel on 11/4/16 10:19 AM

The June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum has created substantial ongoing uncertainty regarding its ultimate impact upon the UK economy, the continental European economy and the global economy as a whole. Whether or not ultimate implementation of the Brexit decision turns out to be a “good thing” or a “bad thing” (economically, politically and otherwise) will depend upon whom you ask. While it will be some time before the dust settles sufficiently to make a fair assessment of the actual outcome, it is probably safe to say that it will be a “mixed bag” on an overall global basis.

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Topics: M&A, France, Brexit, European Union, Global Economy

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The M&A Magnifier uncovers trends and provides commentary on recent events in the M&A industry. Our blog pays special attention to tax issues, which are often of paramount importance to M&A deals.

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