Corporate

Care Homes

Ashurst leads in CareTech’s £870m take-private deal

Social care provider CareTech has been sold to a consortium, advised by Ashurst, in an £870m deal. Ashurst chair Karen Davies led the team representing Amalfi Bidco, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by Sheikh Holdings Group (Investments), Belgravia Investments and Kensington Capital, and funds managed and advised by THCP Advisory. Davies was supported by fellow […]

Bridgepoint

Two firms score roles on Bridgepoint’s core roster

Private equity house Bridgepoint has reviewed its top panel of legal advisers, with two firms making the cut. The Lawyer understands that Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins are the two firms to have been appointed to Bridgepoint’s main transactional panel. Bridgepoint, which listed on the London Stock Exchange last year, reviews its key advisers […]

City duo seal £5bn real estate merger

Two City firms took the leading roles on a merger of London’s west end landlords, advising on the creation of a newly-minted property portfolio which is being valued at around £5bn. The Lawyer has learned that Hogan Lovells was on hand for Shaftesbury, and was spearheaded by corporate partners Nicola Evans and Anthony Doolittle. Herbert […]

Bishopsgate

Morgan Lewis loses partner to Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings has hired its latest London partner from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, expanding its private equity team. Tom Cartwright joins the ranks of the firm in London after more than eight years at Morgan Lewis. Cartwright initially joined Morgan Lewis after he was poached from Taylor Wessing in 2014, with the remit of launching […]

London bus

HSF leads for Go-Ahead in £648m sale

Transport provider Go-Ahead, which provides bus and rail services across the UK, is to be sold in a deal valued at nearly £648m. Herbert Smith Freehills has secured the mandate from client Go-Ahead, with partners Stephen Wilkinson and Caroline Rae at the helm, along with lead senior associate Charles Steward. Linklaters meanwhile is representing the […]

Analysis

trading money

Fresh capital: there’s a lot riding on the new listings regime

Many in the City feared that IPO activity would stall after Brexit. For high growth technology companies seeking investment, a listing in Germany or Amsterdam seemed more appealing. However, not to be outdone, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last year revealed a series of rule changes for the listing regime, in what was welcome news […]

Public M&A rankings: UK firms go missing in action

A number of success stories come to light in the public M&A rankings for Q1, with firms that have been busy investing being rewarded for their labours. But the magic circle are mysteriously absent, for now. The first few months of 2021 have seen over 8,900 transactions preliminarily agreed globally, according to Refinitiv data, the […]

2020 vision

Global Corporate 50: Here’s what the M&A teams are expecting for 2020

Considering the volatile year that the corporate world went through in 2019, and the number of companies, mostly retailers, that have been placed into administration or filed for insolvency in the UK alone, it was refreshing to see that a number of firms contacted for The Lawyer’s Global Corporate 50 report had a positive outlook […]

thomas cook

How Latham muscled in on one of Slaughter and May’s oldest clients

The collapse of Thomas Cook last month took the 175-year-old holiday group away from two law firms that had been its loyal advisers for more than a decade; it is a road that has seen plenty of twists and turns. Slaughters’ relationship with the company goes back to at least 2007, when William Underhill, one […]

Featured briefings

Financier Worldwide roundtable: Corporate fraud

Financier Worldwide regularly bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss issues at the centre of their audiences’ interest. Shoosmiths were invited to contribute to the November 2021 roundtable which covers the significant, ongoing challenge many companies face: corporate fraud.

SPACs: Next stop Europe

This article reviews the key features of a SPAC structure and explains why the Cayman Islands, Jersey and Luxembourg are ideal jurisdictions to establish a SPAC issuer.

A New Offshore Option for SPACs – SPAC to the (TISE) future…?

A special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) is a public company which raises funds via its listing, typically in order to acquire an existing business. They are by no means new, but as is well documented, have been enjoying a huge resurgence. In the US, SPAC Insider reported $36.2 billion raised in gross proceeds during 2020 […]

A better future – What next for the Thames Valley?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.

Austria: Coronavirus: Impacts on employment in Austria

Summary of potential coronavirus measures that employers can take: Information current as of: 23.03.2020 Home office / telework Employees who telework are normally “on duty”, they are simply working from home. Hence there is neither a reduction of working time nor any compensation or subsidy by the Austrian state. This measure is applicable to white-collar […]

Improve and demonstrate marketing ROI with interactive content: Case study

New research highlights strategies to boost marketing’s profile and accelerate business success Effective marketers should communicate with personality and personalization. Generate and grow valuable leads for sales teams. Meanwhile, clearly prove ROI of their content and demonstrate direct business value. Sound familiar – and stress inducing? You’re not alone. 94% of B2B firms, according to […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

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 […]