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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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Domino Run

If you enjoy John Grisham and Scott Turow you will enjoy Andrew Iyer’s first novel, Domino Run. Iyer, a City solicitor with a practice in international trade and shipping law, has written a thriller set in Europe after the dismantling of the East’s Communist regimes. The hero, David Bowstead, is a senior litigation assistant in […]

Jeux sans frontieres

The 25th anniversary of the IBA Section on Business Law is a good chance to reflect on developments in the practice of law in Europe and to speculate about what the future may bring. Perhaps the most striking changes since 1970 have been the enormous growth in the size of firms and the extent to […]

Lawyers under fire

Bosnian advocates Ekrem Galijatovic and Mladen Sutej slowly count off their dead colleagues’ names, making sure to remember each and every one. In Sarajevo, their home and virtual prison for almost four years of siege, at least 20 lawyers have died. Some were killed by shell or bullet, with others dying through sickness and starvation. […]

Cause for concern

Imagine struggling away at your job and ending the year without making any money out of it. Not so hard to imagine for a vast number of practitioners, who will find the newly-released figures on earnings and profitability in the solicitors’ profession a depressing confirmation of what they already know to be true. According to […]

Tipping the balance

Disputes lawyers will be acutely aware of the keen sense of contest in fighting over the issues involved in litigation. Now there is a new challenge facing litigators – the advent of computerised litigation support systems used both in the office environment for trial preparation and in the courtroom for trial presentation. Ways in which […]

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