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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 […]


Orrick boosts London revenue 14 per cent

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office has reported a 14.3 per cent revenue hike for the 2008 financial year. The US firm increased revenue in the capital from $35m in 2007 up to $40m for the last financial year. London’s total revenue represents 4.8 per cent of the firm’s total 2008 turnover of $835m. Earlier […]


Northern Rock shareholders “deprived of their property”, court told

Northern Rock shareholders were deprived of their property when the Government nationalised the stricken bank last year, Blackstone Chambers’ Lord David Pannick QC told a court today. Instructed by White & Case partner John Reynolds and representing hedge fund SRM Capital, Northern Rock’s largest shareholder at the time it was nationalised, Pannick told the Administrative […]

DAC pair re-elected to senior posts unopposed

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has elected Lucy Walsh as its managing partner for a two-year term. Walsh takes over from Rowan Planterose, who has returned to practice, heading up the firm’s construction department. Danny Gowan remains the firm’s senior partner – a position he has held since 2000. Both Walsh and Gowan were elected unopposed. […]

French law specialists set up shop in Leeds

Two former partners from the International Law Partnership have launched a firm in Leeds specialising in French law. ­Barbara Heslop and Graham Platt have set up Heslop & Platt as a boutique practice that will deal with a range of French law matters. They will be assisted by two trainees, Cedric Auchere and Helen Fullerton. […]

Clifford Chance boosts Abu Dhabi with NY move

Clifford Chance New York-based M&A partner John Graham has moved to the firm’s Abu Dhabi office to help build its corporate presence in the Middle East. Graham will take a lead role in developing corporate capabilities in Abu Dhabi alongside the firm’s existing real estate and project finance practice groups. Clifford Chance New York head […]

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