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It’s a Ball for Skadden and Slaughters in revived public M&A market

23-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Insurance and drinks cans aren’t usually the most scintillating of topics. But they’ve certainly had tongues wagging among public M&A lawyers over the past couple of weeks.

A&O and Linklaters earn £10.4m from Aviva’s Friends Life deal

16-Feb-2015

There’s no denying it has been a sluggish few years for the public M&A market. Not only has the total volume of deals plummeted, but their value has also slipped on a downward trajectory. Unsurprisingly, the amount of fees shelled out to the legal advisers with a foothold in the market has also dropped.

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Linklaters and its post-Arab Spring foray into Tunisia

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

It has been four years since the Arab Spring shook up the political and economic map of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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Bakers, Freshfields and Linklaters ring in on Three’s O2 deal

2-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

When BT opted to announce a £12.5bn industry-shaking marriage with EE, it looked as if its other budding suitor O2 was going to be left by the wayside.

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Vedder Price gains currency with bitcoin deal

26-Jan-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Bitcoin is still somewhat of a mystery to many. But one firm has helped the electronic currency to become a little more transparent.

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Offshore Case Digest: issue 8 download subscription

Conyers Dill & Pearman 25-Feb-2015

A high-level summary of the major commercial cases decided in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

Cyber security update: SEC and FINRA publications, data breach at Anthem, LinkedIn settlement and more download subscription

Herzog Fox & Neeman 25-Feb-2015

HFN highlights several recent developments and trends in the cyber-security sphere which are expected to remain in regulatory focus during the course of the year.

US and UK share purchases – what’s the difference? download subscription

Gateley 25-Feb-2015

Ah, the UK and the US: two countries separated by a common language. And that’s definitely the case with share purchases where there are some subtle – and some fundamental – differences in the way the two jurisdictions approach the acquisition of a company.

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Offshore M&A activity soars to record levels in 2014

27-Feb-2015 | By Joanne Harris

M&A activity offshore rose to record levels in 2014, with aggregate deal value up 63 per cent compared to 2013 and deal volume at the third-highest in the last decade.

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Global Law Summit day 3: From human rights to shareholder activism

25-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

There were an eclectic bunch of hot topics on the agenda on the closing day of the Global Law Summit, ranging from human rights to bribery and shareholder activism. 

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Linklaters and HSF advise on revived Aldermore IPO

25-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms to win a spot advising on the initial public offering of challenger bank Aldermore.

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Special report: Israel – A hi-tech attraction

16-Feb-2015 | By Joshua Freedman

Technology M&A is leading the way in Israel as foreign companies clamour to invest, but will a regulator’s U-turn put the brakes on growth?

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Special report: European M&A – Mergers rising

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

While deal numbers were up last year, their value rocketed – and this time it’s not the US firms taking the lion’s share.

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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