June 6, 2019 - Asia, Mergers + Acquisitions

Japan Is Tightening Regulations Applicable to Foreign Direct Investment in the Information and Communications Technology Sector

On May 27, 2019, the Japanese government published amended rules that aim to tighten the regulatory requirements applicable to foreign direct investment (tai nai chokusetsu toshi or FDI) under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan (gaitame ho, or the “Act”). …›

Key M&A Trends for 2019

Despite increasing political tensions and evolving trade policies, the U.S. M&A market in 2018 enjoyed its second-best total deal value ever, according to Mergermarket. Activity through the first three quarters appeared poised for a new record, before slowing in the final quarter as stock …›

First SEC Enforcement Action Against Unregistered Digital Token Exchange

Until yesterday, the enforcement actions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the digital token space have primarily focused on the primary issuances of tokens. However, on November 8, 2018, the SEC announced in an order (the “Order”) that it had settled …›

October 17, 2018 - Mergers + Acquisitions

You’re Invited: 451 Research’s Tech M&A Summit

Be Morrison & Foerster’s guest at 451 Research’s Tech M&A Summit, an event that promises to help potential participants in the machine-learning acquisitions frenzy to navigate this emerging technology trend. Fueled by a motivation to unlock the value of big data, machine-learning companies are being …›

Five Key Legal Risks for Data-Centric Technology M&A

Companies acquiring or selling businesses that leverage data through technology face special challenges and risks. Focus and prioritization can assist both business principals and lawyers effectively manage these concerns. This article offers answers to five key questions toward achieving that end. Read the full …›

The Journey from Security to Non-Security: SEC Director Comments on Mutability of Token Treatment

Many in the blockchain and cryptocurrency community were in a celebratory mood on June 14, 2018, following a landmark speech given by William Hinman, Director for the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Director Hinman’s remarks addressed, …›

February 2, 2017 - Mergers + Acquisitions

Chinese Interest High Despite Uncertainty

How does China view the United States as an investment market under the new Administration? Despite United States withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and rumblings in Washington about tightening regulatory review on inbound investment and M&A from China, interest from China to invest/acquire in …›