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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 […]

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Celebrity lawyers aim for ‘divorces with dignity’

An alliance of high profile lawyers to the stars are teaming up to launch a popular US alternative dispute resolution procedure for divorces in London this week. The Central London Collaborative Forum (CLCF) aims to reduce the costs and acrimony involved in the divorces of the rich and famous. Manches partner James Stewart, one of […]

No consumer apathy in Which? case, say lawyers

The lack of consumers named in Which?’s landmark representative action is not due to consumer apathy, according to lawyers on the case. Clyde & Co is advising the consumer group on its action, which involves suing retailer JJB Sports on behalf of people who bought overpriced replica England and Manchester United FC football shirts between […]

Minter Ellison closes US office

Australian law firm Minter Ellison is closing its San Francisco office and bringing US-based partner Richard Horton back to Australia. Horton, who will now be based in the firm’s Sydney office, had spent eight years in the firm’s only US office, acting for Silicon Valley clients seeking to do business in Asia. Minter Ellison chief […]

A&O, LeBoeuf take on Newfield divestment

Allen & Overy (A&O) and US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have secured the $486.4m (£243.87m) disposal of Newfield Exploration Company’s UK subsidiary to Centrica, the UK’s biggest energy supplier. The deal sees Centrica take an 85 per cent stake in the Grove gas field, which started production this summer, as well as an […]

Lord Goldsmith shuns bar for Debevoise litigation role

Lord Goldsmith QC has joined US firm Debevoise & Plimpton in a move that came as of a shock to the legal community. As reported on www. thelawyer.com (26 September), former attorney-general Goldsmith joined the firm last week in the newly created role of European chair of litigation. Based in London, he will be involved […]

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