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Past Event
19 June 2014


  • Christian W. Fabian
    T +1 312 701 8573
  • Hannah C. L. Ha
    T +852 2843 4378
  • Richard M. Steuer
    Senior Counsel, Independent Contractor
    T +1 212 506 2530

Cross-Border M&A Teleconference Series: “National Interest” Reviews at the Junction of National Security and Protectionism

Around the world, M&A transactions are being blocked not because of antitrust or competition concerns but based on perceived threats to national security or threats to sometimes ill-defined “national interests,” including the protection of domestic jobs, “economic security” and national pride. Consequently, it has become more important than ever to consider the legal and political implications of a proposed deal when performing risk analysis for a cross-border M&A transaction.

Please join Mayer Brown partners Christian Fabian, Hannah Ha and Richard Steuer for a 30-minute teleconference as they discuss recent developments in national interest reviews. Topics to be addressed include the following:

  • An overview of national interest review regimes, including notable cases of exclusion of foreign investors in the United States, China and other jurisdictions
  • Practical tips for anticipating problems, including inconsistent deadlines and lack of transparency
  • Sensitive industry sectors where caution needs to be exercised in China
  • Risks due to the broad scope of national interests and lack of transparency in China’s review standards
  • Strategies for achieving approval of M&A deals
  • Risk allocation and practical considerations in cross-border M&A deals

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