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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 […]


Herbert Smith elects new corporate chief

Herbert Smith is today expected to confirm Michael Walter as the new head of the firm’s corporate practice. Walter will replace incumbent Caroline Goodall who decided not to stand for re-election following the completion of her five year term. Goodall took over from Richard Bond when he became senior partner in July 2000. Meanwhile, Herbert […]

A&O and Linklaters pivotal to $150m Egyptian IPO

UK giants Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles on a landmark Egyptian IPO – the first for almost half a decade. The deal saw bathroom manufacturer Lecico make an issue of ordinary shares on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges and global depository notes on the London Stock Exchange. The total […]

Thrill bill

Lawyers are no doubt sick to death of jokes about the word ‘solicitor’ and its connection with that other age-old profession, prostitution. A lawyer in the US, though, this year lived up to the title after being charged with solicitation. The lawyer, a former county prosecutor, allegedly offered to have sex with a 19-year-old client to enable […]

Clementi: the results

Sir David Clementi has today (15 December) published his long awaited report on the regulatory review of legal services. In his report Clementi made the following key recommendations. The creation of : 1. a single independent body to handle consumer complaints in respect of all members of frontline bodies;2. alternative business structures to enable solicitors […]

Mallesons snaps up Linklaters partner for Hong Kong expansion

Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques has boosted its Hong Kong office with the appointment of Linklaters banking and finance partner Steven Christopher. Christopher, who left in September, has been appointed as part of Mallesons’ continued expansion in the region and follows the firm’s merger with local practice Kwok & Yih in October. Commenting on the […]

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