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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 […]


4 Fountain Court and Coleridge plan merger

Birmingham sets 4 Fountain Court and Coleridge Chambers are set to merge, producing greater competition for the enormous St Philips Chambers and 5 Fountain Court. The new set will be called Citadel Chambers and will cover crime, civil and licensing work.The heads of the two chambers, Coleridge’s Simon Brand and 4 Fountain Court’s John Saunders […]

News in brief

A round up of stories from the UK and around the world Withers’ New York merger heralds UK LLP statusWithers is to merge with a New York private client firm – and at the same time as the tie-up with Bergman Horowitz & Reynolds, it will become the first top 100 firm to convert to […]

Eversheds partners to vote on profit shakeup

Radical shift to merit-based pay structure as management looks outwards to Europe Eversheds is voting on a new system of profit sharing that will move the firm dramatically away from the present lockstep system.The new setup will make the merit-based element in excess of 30 per cent of the balance after fixed-share and bonus elements […]

Constants French partners in exodus to Ince & Co

Ince & Co will take over the French offices of rival niche shipping firm Constant & Constant at the beginning of next year. The takeover comes after two years of disputes between Constants’ Paris and Le Havre offices and its London base over funds for development.The Paris and Le Havre offices are promoted as having […]

Deals summary

Lovells (Alison Ramsey) acted for Prudential in its £10m disposal of Cathedral Court in Birmingham. The property was acquired by a joint venture formed by Frontier Estates and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Frontier Estates advised by IBB Solicitors (David Silva). RBS advised by Wragge & Co (Colin Hurt). Herbert Smith (Gerald Bland) advised […]

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