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Kirkland’s former London head James Learner to retire

The former head of Kirkland & Ellis’s London office is due to retire at the end of 2018. James Learner has been at the US firm since 1987, starting out in Chicago, and in London since 2000. Besides being a corporate private equity partner, he also served on Kirkland’s 15-member global management committee. He left […]

US and European firms lead on Bayer’s latest billion-dollar disposal

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has teamed up with German firm Hengeler Mueller on the sale of Bayer’s animal health business for $7.6bn. The two firms advised the purchaser Elanco Animal Health, which sells products to support farmers and pets alike. The Paul Weiss team was led by partner Tarun Stewart and litigation partner […]

Analysis

Macfarlanes and Slaughters: a test of M&A succession planning

There’s a shift occurring in the corporate teams of the UK’s most prominent public M&A shops. And for once, it’s got nothing to do with the US firms. Slaughter and May is to lose its golden boys of M&A – William Underhill and Nigel Boardman – at the end of this financial year, while it […]

Stock exchange

Within an uncertain IPO market, four firms are riding a good wave

The pre-Christmas and pre-Brexit rush has hit the City. Investors and lawyers alike are pushing through deals, trying to get projects away, and a glut of companies have been attempting to take their offerings public. The market has, in fact, seen so much activity over the last few months that it caused a bottleneck. Now, […]

Sky HQ

Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

moves, lateral hires and exits

Where have all the big-name private equity hires gone?

Go back a couple of years and you could not chuck a stone without hitting a high-profile private equity lawyer heading from one firm to another. The streets were thick with them, lured away from their firms by the promise of greener pastures. As one big-name partner says, “private equity was the poster boy for […]

Featured briefings

Trends in the food and drink sector

By James Webb Despite 2018 being a very tough year for many in the food and drink industry, according to research compiled by Grant Thornton, M&A and private equity deal activity in the sector remained steady with a fall of just 2.8% compared to 2017. This is supported by our experience during the period where […]

Liability for intentional torts by workers

By Mark Josselyn Earlier this year the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) found that a corporate respondent was liable for the violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code perpetrated upon the applicant by the personal respondent in the course of his employment, relying upon the analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada in Robichaud v. […]

UK and Germany – A new post-Brexit partnership

For decades, Germany has been one of the biggest foreign investors in the UK. While the British love to talk about their ‘special relationship’ with the United States, there is now every chance that, in a post-Brexit world, Germany will become the UK’s new priority…

Court confirms breach of contract despite absence of negligence

By Daniel Wood The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the high-profile case of MT Højgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables. The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision and – in so doing – has provided useful clarification in respect of various important principles… …In this decision, the Supreme Court was willing […]

Rebates: a hidden danger for invoice discounters

Debtors do not have to inform invoice financiers of agreed rebates according to a recent case in the Court of Appeal which upheld an earlier High Court decision. Funders will be expected to make their own enquiries; should they fail to do so, it is at their own peril. The case involved a claim by the financier (Bibby […]

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