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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 […]



Burges Salmon emphasises agriculture strength after Wilsons faux pas

Burges Salmon has moved to clarify that its agriculture, food and farming practice is still in place after Salisbury-based Wilsons claimed to have hired a 10-strong team from the firm. Wilsons has hired agricultural litigator Peter Williams, a former Burges Salmon partner, along with a team of lawyers. While Wilsons claimed that the team had […]

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin on either side of Wagamama sale

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have claimed the leading mandates for rival private equity houses on the £215m sale of noodle bar Wagamama. The Japanese-style food chain has been sold by Lion Capital, advised by SJ Berwin, to Duke Street ­Capital for more than ­double what the private equity seller paid for the company in 2005. […]

Nabarro Singapore wins first panel appointment

Nabarro’s Singapore office has been appointed to Australian engineering company Clough’s global legal panel. This is the office’s first panel appointment since it launched last year. The firm will represent Clough for work in South and South East Asia. A spokesperson from Clough said that the company did not comment on specific panel appointments, but […]

Travers – too posh to push?

Most managing partners would kill to have Andrew Lilley’s problems. The Travers Smith managing partner presides over a firm that has maintained its brand, its profitability and its market share, and yet Travers has that batsqueak of insecurity that is not present at lesser firms. As Lilley is at pains to stress in our feature […]

Trade routes

The sheer size and diversity of the African continent necessitates a considered approach to practising there. Joanne Harris explores the manifold strategies employed by the international practices For centuries European ­explorers have been heading to Africa in search of riches. These days, however, they tend not to ­travel in leaky wooden ships but in the latest jumbo […]

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