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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 […]


Liquid assets

Organisation: awg plc Sector: Water and asset management FTSE 250 ranking: 30 Market capitalisation: £1.6bn Employees: 4,000 in the UK and a total of 10,000 worldwide Legal capability: 11 solicitors and 10 support staff Head of legal: Patrick Firth Reporting to: Group finance director Elliott Mannis Main location for lawyers: Huntingdon Main law firms: Herbert […]

Dr Martens wins lawyer from Abbey

R Griggs Group, the company which makes the Dr Martens brand, has appointed William Johnson from Abbey National as group lawyer and company secretary. The hire comes as part of an internal restructure. Johnson will be based at the company’s Northamptonshire headquarters. He joins on 1 May from Abbey National after four years of service […]

Law Society pushes NY bar to change qualifying rules

The Law Society is calling on the bar associations of New York to support it in a bid to relax the rules for UK lawyers trying to requalify to practise there. New York currently makes a distinction between solicitors who qualified with degrees in law and those who did non-law degrees. The former are allowed […]

MoFo ditches pay banding system for associates

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking the unusual step of abandoning its traditional banded pay system for associates. Historically, the firm has given hourly-based bonuses on top of basic pay, which was set for each year group, but is to start paying all associates according to individual evaluations. It is believed to […]

B&M boosts Germany with two partners

Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its German offices with the appointment of a tax partner and an M&A partner. M&A partner Andreas Hoffmann joins the Munich office and tax partner Christian Birkholz joins the firm’s Berlin office. Hoffmann joins from the management board of Advanced Medien, which has now been taken over by EMS New […]

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