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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 […]


Philip Leach on how an ECHR ruling will affect domestic law.

Philip Leach is legal director at Liberty. The recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of McLeod v the UK (1998) places important safeguards on police common law powers to enter a home to prevent a breach of the peace. Following their divorce, the applicant’s ex-husband, Mr McLeod, accompanied by […]

Morris to hire 50 civil junior counsel

Attorney General John Morris QC is advertising 50 new government civil counsel posts for the junior Bar in what he claims is a new era of “opportunity and transparency” for government appointments. Morris, fighting a sex discrimination claim over the appointment of government civil counsel, is recruiting counsel and solicitor-advocates of between two and five […]

Why going global will not change the world

Philip Hoult asks whether the latest trend in the legal profession – globalisation – is such an essential tactic for growth and survival. BUZZ words come and go in the legal profession. “Globalisation” is the current fad. The dreaded “g” word dominated the International Bar Association’s recent conference in Vancouver when it was declared as […]

Northern soul move south

Firms in the North East have thrived on fierce competition over the past few years. Now they are setting their sights on London and beyond, writes Chris Fogarty. London firms with their eyes firmly fixed on catching up with the “big five” risk getting an unexpected kick in the backside from the Leeds “big six”. […]

Law Soc:judge in December

Your analysis on the programme of reform at the Law Society, (The Lawyer, 6 October), takes a most negative view. According to your article, the project is doomed to failure. Regardless of what The Lawyer may think, there is a clear commitment to radical reform of the Law Society’s decision-making structure. This will lead to […]

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