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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 […]


Crossley secures key vote for Hammonds restructure

Hammonds’ partners have voted in support of proposals which will see the firm’s senior partner role axed and a move away from lockstep. The partnership voted on Friday (21 April) on recommendations made as part of a strategic review that concluded in December 2005. Since then the firm’s management has been consulting with partners to […]

Corporate takes lion’s share of Osbornes’ new partners

South West firm Osborne Clarke has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, more than doubling last year’s total. In keeping with recent years, the corporate group landed the most promotions with three new partners. Two lawyers were made up in the firm’s employment pensions and incentives team. Construction saw its first promotion in at least […]

Fear of foreign firms fuels merger that creates Japan’s largest firm

Japanese powerhouse Nishimura & Partners and Asahi Koma Law Offices are set to form the biggest law firm in the country following the firms’ shock announcement that they are to merge. Nishimura and Asahi signed a merger agreement in principle last week (as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com, 17 April), but the name of the […]

Mannheimer plunders Vinge for China launch

Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has launched in China by raiding local rival Vinge, taking its sole Hong Kong partner Thomas Lagerqvist and Shanghai office head Ulf Ohrling. The practice, to be bolstered by Swedish associates from Mannheimer, will focus on M&A and IP work, while also advising on real estate and dispute resolution. First revealed […]

Wragges doubles promotions

Wragge & Co has doubled the amount of partners promoted this year compared with last year, making up six. Real estate and employment benefited the most from the elections, each receiving two new partners. Stephen Sellers and Duncan Murphy made the grade in real estate and Jane Fielding and Mark Greenburgh were made up in […]

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