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Visa’s Acquisition of Plaid – Who Benefits Most?

Now that the deal, announced at the beginning of the year, has finally been cleared, what do Plaid and Visa stand to gain from it? Simon De Broise examines the likely impact of the acquisition on the two companies and the financial sector as a whole.

Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”


Cleary gives boost to Akzo bid

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the latest firm to land a role in the ICI and Akzo Nobel saga, which is now set to run until Monday (13 August). The US firm advised German consumer goods company Henkel in agreeing a £2.7bn conditional partnership with Akzo Nobel ahead of any deal with ICI. If […]

A&O and CC top Thomson M&A rankings

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have topped the latest league tables of European M&A advisers for the year to date. The results, released this week by data provider Thomson, will be a boon to both corporate teams, traditionally viewed as not as strong as their magic circle counterparts’. But A&O and Clifford Chance […]

CC Budapest partnership put on lowest equity ladder

Clifford Chance is gearing up to move its Budapest partnership onto the lowest of its three equity ladders, with Prague and Warsaw already operating on the lower level. Ladder one, which runs from 30 to 70 points as opposed to the normal 40 to 100, was okayed by the firm’s global partnership at the end […]

Olswang scoops double media deal

Olswang corporate partner Mark Bertram has acted on two media-related transactions. Bertram led the team that scored the lead role on the creation of 24-hour news radio station Sky News Radio, advising long-time client Chrysalis Radio on its joint venture with Sky Ventures to provide the service. The Olswang team included corporate associate Roisin Thomas […]


Funds’ day out

With experts claiming that the property market has peaked, property investment funds are a new avenue for investors to explore, say Simon Hardwick and Elizabeth Small Property has become an extremely popular asset class in recent years for all types of investors. It has a low correlation to bonds and equities and, in the 21st […]

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