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Trends in transatlantic acquisition finance

Contents A transatlantic future The US influence on the European market The rise of the non-bank lenders The patchwork of Europe The political impact Case Study: Financing Bain’s Acquisition of Kantar from WPP Team structure Conclusion: what next? Key takeaways The convergence of documentary terms, investors and commercial approaches across the European and US loan […]

MLD5 update and new EU AML action plan

The European Commission has issued a recent update on the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (MLD5). We examine what the MLD5 entails and outline the next steps to be taken.

High Court analyses compensation order regime under the CDDA accounting

The compensation order regime Compensation orders aim to make directors financially accountable for the consequences of their unfit conduct. They were introduced in October 2015 by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 which amended the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (CDDA). Under the new regime, the Insolvency Service can apply to court (on […]



Addleshaws names new litigation head as Ablyazov lawyer steps down

Addleshaw Goddard litigation head Richard Leedham, who is the lead advisor on the multi-billion pound Ablyazov case, will step down from his management role next month. Leedham, who is withdrawing from management to focus more on client work, will be replaced by Simon Kamstra on 1 June. Leedham has been head of litigation since 2010, […]

Ashurst to put Asia into board meeting rotation following Blakes deal

Ashurst is planning to hold management board meetings outside Europe for the first time, with the move following the election of the first Asia partner to its committee. The City firm is set to host meetings in Asia from the autumn as part of its policy of rotating the location of the gatherings, although the […]

Nicolas Bonnefoy

Ashurst turns to Gide for energy hire

Ashurst has appointed Gide Loyrette Nouel associate Nicolas Bonnefoy as a partner in its global energy team. Bonnefoy joins Ashurst from Gide’s London office. His practice has a particular focus on advising sponsors, lenders, governments and national resource companies on energy deals across Africa. Prior to Gide, Bonnefoy worked at Ernst & Young across West […]


Case of the week: Negligence

Guy v (1) Mace & Jones; (2) George Davies Solicitors; (3) Weightman Vizards (2012) EWHC 1022 (Ch). Chancery Division. Sir William Blackburne. 24 April 2012 Solicitors instructed in connection with the sale of land were not liable for the loss incurred following the alleged fraudulent transfer of the land where the vendor knew and approved […]

Paul Hastings names new Paris head as incumbent steps down

US firm Paul Hastings has appointed a new head for its Paris office as managing partner Dominique Borde steps down to return to practice. The firm’s French corporate head Olivier Deren will replace Borde, who has been in charge since the completion of Paul Hastings’ 2004 merger with French boutique Moquet Borde (9 December 2003). […]

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