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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 […]


Lovells, Simmons miss out on HSBC global panel

Lovells and Simmons & Simmons have both failed to secure places on HSBC Holdings’ coveted global legal panel following the conclusion of the global banking giant’s review of external advisers. The review, which was kickstarted in August, has resulted in HSBC replacing its eight-strong London panel with a global panel comprising Allen & Overy, Clifford […]

Eversheds’ regulatory drive lures DLA trio

Regulatory partner Steven Francis and his team of three associates are leaving DLA for Eversheds, becoming the first lawyers to leave since the announcement of the firm’s three-way transatlantic merger with Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. As a non-equity partner, Francis did not have a vote on the merger and expressed no […]

Silent partner

Even the biggest eejit knows that you have to give your boss notice when you’re leaving. Unfortunately this didn’t occur to a certain US partner when he left his extremely elite New York practice for a magic circle firm. Apparently this bright spark sent round an email telling his colleagues he was off, without actually […]

The Year That Was: Highlights of 2004

Helen Power, City editor We’re off to do our Christmas shopping now, but for those of you with 10 working days left before Christmas, here are our top 10 favourite stories from 2004. In January, we brought you the news that the great Nigel Boardman was stepping down as head of corporate at Slaughter and […]

Work-life balance: it’s all in the mind

Mental, physical and emotional wellbeing is key to getting the most out of your work life. By Keith Hatter The question of work-life balance for legal professionals often draws a wry smile. Long hours, preparation for client meetings and intense pressure to deliver with little or no margin for error are the realities of life. […]

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