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How to navigate data protection and cybersecurity issues in M&As in Asia-Pacific

In recent years, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has been a core hub of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, emerging relatively unscathed from the COVID-19 pandemic which has otherwise taken a toll on investment activity in 2020. Despite global economic headwinds and growing geopolitical uncertainties, signs of recovery in APAC deal-making have begun to merge as ambitious investors in the region look for both shelter and new opportunities in a time of unprecedented challenges. As we move at a breakneck pace into the digital era, data becomes more of a critical

Posted in Policy & Regulation

Tech Tax – Times Are A Changing?

It’s been a busy month in the world of tax for tech companies. France and the UK are introducing digital services taxes, and serious work is underway at the OECD that may result in a shake-up of the international tax system in a manner that affects tech companies and digital businesses in particular, and sooner than people may think. Given how fast the ground is shifting, there is a real need for companies in this sector of the economy – and possibly for a much wider group of multinationals –

Posted in Technology

Invitation: London Tech Week 2019 – “Yeah, we gotta take the power back”

Back in 1992, long before Google and Facebook were founded, Rage against the Machine were raging against the state of the US education system.  Some 27 years later, we are seeing global regulators raging against the relentless growth of Big Tech. Record fines are being levied in both Europe and the US for privacy and anti-trust violations. Is this consumer protection or purely protectionism?  What’s fuelling the zeal with which regulators are attacking Big Tech and can they keep pace with a world where AI, blockchain, MR and automous vehicles

Posted in Intellectual Property

M&A 2018 in Review and 2019 Outlook: IP in the mix

Around the globe and across a wide variety of industry sectors, our IP practice collaborated with our corporate and other practice areas of our firm to provide integrated legal services for our clients and friends on exciting, challenging, and innovative M&A transactions, and shared many successes throughout 2018. Once again, your transactions propelled Hogan Lovells to top 10 M&A rankings globally, as well as top 10 rankings in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Russia. We are pleased to share with you our 2018 M&A Year in Review

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M&A Activity in the Connect Vehicles sector: More Antitrust Filings on the Horizon?

M&A activity in the connected vehicles sector might need to be notified to antitrust authorities, even when the target has limited revenues, as shown by the recent Intel/Mobileye deal. Connected vehicles (or, taking it one step further, self-driving cars) are computers on wheels and represent a rapidly changing area raising major challenges – including compliance with legal and regulatory obligations. The future mergers and acquisitions between car manufacturers and suppliers, technology companies, insurers and/or others might need to be notified to the different antitrust/merger control authorities around the world, even

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Pulse: How Data Will Define Dealmaking for a Generation

With EY’s confirmation that growth in big data deals is running at an annual rate close to 30% coming hot on the heels of Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, the summer has seen intensification of the global dash-for-data. Underlining this increased emphasis on data-driven deals is the fact that data has firmly established itself as the primary commodity to be mined in the 21st Century. Data driven transactions are likely to define dealmaking for a generation – this in turn pose questions for business leaders and the legal and

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Christopher ThomasPhoto of Logan BreedPhoto of Gianni De Stefano

Non-compete clauses in M&A transactions: the EU Telefónica/Portugal Telecom judgments and some best practices

A non-compete obligation which is imposed on the seller in the context of a M&A transaction can be permissible when it is ancillary to the transfer of the relevant business, that is, when it is directly related and necessary to the implementation of the deal.  In order to enjoy the fruits of the purchase of the transferred business, the buyer must be able to benefit from some protection against competition from the seller.  However, non-compete clauses only comply with antitrust/competition laws when their geographical scope, duration, subject matter and the

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TMT 2020: Salvation Through Innovation: Not So Fast

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our new TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT associates across our global offices and practice areas.  Looking to get your deal cleared in the U.S.? Point to a disruptive technology or innovative new entrant as evidence that current market shares are not indicative of the combined company’s future significance.  Easy clearance in less than

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M&A Trends: Convergence or Consolidation in TMT?

2015 has seen a significant increase in M&A activity in the technology and telecom industries, driven by demand for the latest technology and the fastest internet connectivity. The highest numbers of M&A deals to date have been in the technology space, and together with telecom deals, their value reaches around $450 billion for this half year. These deals, whether public or private, do not come without risk, particularly in the antitrust and regulatory sphere.  Antitrust investigations, initiated by the authorities and competitors that have lost out in the M&A scramble,

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Wireless to drive telecom M&A in developing countries

Panelists at the Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum expect immense merger and acquisition activity in developing markets around the globe, but predict little near-term M&A activity in the United States, where substantial consolidation has already occurred, or Europe, where logistical and business constraints affect consolidation opportunities. John Krzywicki, partner at Analysys Mason, explained that there is significant international M&A activity in the telecommunications sector.  In the wireless market, there are simply too many operators that cannot achieve enough scale to be sufficiently profitable, with the fourth largest operators globally