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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 […]


Raymond Ball

THE BRITISH Library’s director of administration Raymond Ball has been appointed as chief executive of the Institute of Legal Executives. Ball combines the posts of secretary general and director of forward planning, vacated after the coming retirement of Leonard Evans and Cyril Broom. “My first task will be to learn a great deal more about […]

Beauty parades not so popular, claims report

BEAUTY parades may be on the way out, with in-house lawyers using their own networks of contacts to choose external lawyers, according to a survey of in-house lawyers. Uxbridge-based legal consultants Coleman Newman Consulting says a survey of 16 legal directors has left the debate on the merits of beauty parades wide open. Although a […]

Required reading for 'shysters'

LAWYERS are “punks, weaklings, con artists and losers” and they are destroying the United States of America. At least that’s what you’re likely to believe if you’re an avid reader of the attorney-bashing US journal AntiShyster. Amid advertisements for ammunition and cartoons of barristers beating Lady Justice with hammers, nestle articles aimed at exposing the […]

Fayeds challenge refusal of citizenship

The Egyptian-born owners of Harrods, Mohammed Al Fayed and brother Ali, are set to take on the Government in the High Court. They have been given the go-ahead to challenge the Home Office refusal to grant them British citizenship. Their moves to seek judicial review of the refusal are expected to be vigorously opposed by […]

Birts condemns Mackay's block contract proposals

John Malpas reports CASH-LIMITED block legal aid contracts giving solicitors a free hand to save money by ignoring barristers must be resisted, according to the Bar Council’s legal aid expert. Peter Birts, chair of the council’s legal aid and fees committee, has come out firmly against the central tenets of the Lord Chancellor’s Green Paper. […]

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