Corporate

Exit sign

Simpson Thacher makes major infrastructure PE play with Clifford Chance hire

Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]

custard

Slaughters takes lead in Premier Foods’ custard sale

Slaughter and May is representing Premier Foods as it seeks to sell off its Ambrosia brand in order to to appease disgruntled shareholders. Corporate and finance partner Robert Byk and co-head of Slaughters’ infrastructure group Michael Corbett are advising institutional client Premier Foods in its talks with third parties over the possible sale of Ambrosia. The […]

money

Linklaters and Slaughters fees near $110m for Shire mega-deal

Linklaters, Slaughter and May and Davis Polk & Wardwell are among the legal advisers set to rake in more than $110m in fees after working on the bidding war for Irish drug maker Shire. Shire was eventually sold to Japanese company Takeda, although two of its approaches were rebuffed by shareholders before the eventual proposal, valued […]

paris

White & Case joins fight for Paris talent with Orrick team hire

A team from Orrick’s French operations are to decamp for White & Case’s burgeoning corporate practice, the latest development in a spate of activity in the Paris market. Saam Golshani, Orrick’s co-chair of European restructuring and head of its Paris M&A and private equity group, is leading the move to White & Case. He has spent […]

telecoms

Pinsents and HSF’s US links pay off in $7.5bn telecoms deal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Pinsent Masons have teamed up with firms in the US on a complex $7.5bn deal between telecoms companies CommScope and Arris. The transaction will see network equipment provider CommScope buy software maker Arris, a fellow US-headquartered that is listed on the NASDAQ. Pinsents London partners Rob Hutchings and Roberta Markovina advised […]

Analysis

Andrew Howson

Getting slicker: in-housers share what self-service technology means to them

On a clear, bright morning at the end of September, 11 GCs gathered at the South Place Hotel near Liverpool Street to share how they were overcoming issues surrounding legal self-service and assembly; the “nuts and bolts” of running a clean and slick legal operation. How does one leverage technology to deal with the business-as-usual […]

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.

Featured briefings

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Belgium – New rules on influencer marketing

By Stephanie De Smedt, Olivier Belleflamme As a business operator, you obviously want your products to be known by the public and more specifically by selected target groups. To do so, many companies have chosen to heavily invest in “influencer marketing”. Many companies are partnering up with influencers to promote their food supplements or (over-the-counter) […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

VAT on share disposal costs recoverable in certain cases

VAT on costs incurred in connection with an envisaged share disposal is in principle not recoverable. However, if the reason for the disposal lies in the VAT taxed activities of the parent company, VAT on the disposal costs may be recoverable. Proper and timely documentation of such reasons will play a deciding role. This follows […]

The real Living Wage vs National Living Wage

By Tania Goodman, Bethany Mevrick A rise in the real Living Wage was announced this week, with around 180,000 workers set to receive a pay boost as a result. The real Living Wage is a voluntary scheme that pays employees by reference to the real cost of living. It was designed by the Living Wage […]

Influencer marketing in Belgium: new guidelines adopted

As a food business operator you obviously want your brand, products or services to be well-known by the public but also more specifically by selected target groups. To do so, many operators in the food and beverages industry have started to heavily invest in ‘influencer marketing’. To date, there is no specific legislation in Belgium […]

Protectionism: The effect on tech innovation

By Jocelyn S Paulley In an ever ­more digital and data-­driven world, it will become increasingly important for General Counsel to be able to navigate the web of digital protectionist laws (laws that prevent the overseas collaboration that is needed for technology to properly develop), in much the same way that they have needed to know […]

New world digital trade order is no mean feat

By David E Brennan The widely reported ­ and still ongoing ­ China­-US trade war is still very potent as the ‘tit for tat’ nature sees almost weekly retaliations by each country to respective trade tariffs on goods and services. Interestingly, our report on global protectionism has found that both are poles apart where levying […]

Switzerland – Authorisation and supervision of trustees under the Financial Institutions Act

By Corinne Nobs On 15 June 2018 Parliament adopted the Financial Services Act (FinSA) and the Financial Institutions Act (FinIA). The FinSA contains code of conduct provisions with which financial services providers must comply vis-à-vis their clients. The FinIA essentially harmonises the authorisation rules for financial service providers. Both laws are expected to come into force […]

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