A Look At 1st M&A Deals Under China's New Review Process

Law360, New York (August 8, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT) -- Deal certainty and time to close are critical in deal-making and valuation. China's threshold assertiveness in claiming antitrust jurisdiction over global deals has created significant uncertainty for many deals. This has not gone unnoticed in Beijing. Recently, China has taken a significant step toward increasing predictability and speed in providing antitrust clearance where many merger and acquisition transactions are concerned.

China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) Antimonopoly Bureau is now implementing a simplified merger review process that applies to a majority of deals that require notification and pre-closing clearance. With recent high-profile merger dissolutions following delays in MOFCOM approvals, the implementation of...

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