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Acquisition agreements during Covid-19

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is timely for us to look closely at material adverse change clauses in the context of a business acquisition.

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It has certainly been a profound start to a new decade thus far, and after the events of 2020, what have we noticed in terms of new stock exchange listing trends and what do we anticipate for this current calendar year?

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Cum-ex defendant on trial: large law firms “part of the industry”

Judgment is expected to be handed down this month in the first cum-ex-related trial to be heard in the German courts. Martin S, a former City banker at German bank HypoVereinsbank (HVB), is a defendant in the case, along with fellow British banker, Nicolas D. The pair have been accused of “aggravated tax evasion” for […]


Freshfields client defends choice to instruct firm amid cum-ex scandal

German listed Infineon has defended its choice to instruct Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, after one of its shareholders challenged the decision’s ethical standards due to the magic circle firm’s involvement in the cum-ex scandal. The shareholder, named Jakob Ziemes of J. Ziemes Mineralölhandel GmbH, raised the concerns to Infineon Technologies AG’s upcoming general meeting in a […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Breaking: Former Freshfields partner held over “cum-ex” tax investigation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former head of international tax is in custody in Germany in relation to ongoing investigations into “cum-ex” transactions. According to Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Ulf Johannemann has been in custody since Friday afternoon and has been refused leave to return home “due to the risk of absconding”. He left the firm several weeks ago. […]


Breaking: Freshfields to pay €50m in tax dispute with insolvent German bank

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has paid a €50m settlement to the administrators of an insolvent German bank, which was represented by Linklaters. Maple Bank’s liquidators CMS Hasche Sigle sued Freshfields in Frankfurt for €95m for its advice on so-called ‘cum-ex’-deals. The firm advised the bank in controversial share-swapping schemes that allegedly allowed investors to reclaim billions […]

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