royal mail

City talk: The challenges for Royal Mail – and Slaughter and May

Concerns over Royal Mail’s £3.5bn takeover by Czech-owned business EP Group have bubbled up over the weeks since the agreement was announced, with each side’s legal team coming up against a range of issues.  Slaughter and May corporate partner Claire Jackson has been leading the transaction for Royal Mail’s parent company International Distribution Services (IDS) […]

Co-operative Bank

Three firms line up on Co-op Bank’s £780m takeover

Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Paul Hastings have all scored roles on the Co-operative Bank’s £780m sale to Coventry Building Society (CBS).  CBS made its cash offer to the banking company after months of exclusive talks between the two parties. As a result, Co-op will be expected to see a mass rebrand of its […]


Freshfields takes the lead on Cazoo administration

Freshfields has been appointed as the lead law firm acting on the administration of online car company Cazoo. Advising joint administrators Matthew Mawhinney and David Soden from Teneo Financial Advisory, the magic circle finds itself sorting out the collapse of one of its longstanding retail clients. It was announced this week that the retailer had […]

“I miss the adrenalin rush of a corporate deal”

Name: Karl Jansen Organisation: Freeths Role: National managing partner Based: Nottingham Trained at: Davies Arnold Cooper Year qualified: 1990 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Although I’m showing my age, it has to be the many hours spent at the fax machine! That apart, I really enjoyed my articles (showing my age […]

Slaughters and Kirkland lead on £3.5bn bid for Royal Mail owner

Slaughter and May is leading for the owner of Royal Mail, which is poised to accept a takeover bid from Czech-owned EP Group (EP). EP’s bid values International Distribution Services (IDS) at approximately £3.5bn. Slaughters’ corporate team for IDS is led by partners Richard Smith and Claire Jackson. Kirkland & Ellis is leading for EP […]

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