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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 […]


Pedal tests the mettle

Allen & Overy (A&O) has espoused the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ ethos with its new building housing a fancy-pants gym and bike racks and showers for staff who cycle to work. And to prove that this is a top-down philosophy, behold, in technicoloured, Lycra glory the wonder of 12 of A&O’s most well-known partners. From […]

Cherie says ‘no’ to US special relationship

In her first newspaper interview since leaving No 10 Downing Street, Cherie Booth QC of Matrix Chambers has shunned the lure of the US dollar and pledged her future to the UK legal system. The wife of former prime minister Tony Blair said she has ruled out following in the footsteps of her husband’s attorney […]

Morris wins second term as DWS chief exec

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Howard Morris has been re-elected for a second term. Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive, Howard Morris, has been re-elected for a second three-year term beginning in February next year. Morris said: “My first three years as chief executive have provided a very solid base from which to drive […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Gibson Dunn gives London first promotion for four years

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s London office has seen its first promotion to partnership for four years. London-based litigation lawyer, Rachel Couter, is one of the 14 firmwide promotions which will be effective as of January next year. The firm which has five offices outside the US, promoted 13 lawyers in the States. Gibson Dunn managing […]

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