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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 […]


Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £43.1m/£811m UK/global PEP: £1m/£976,000 UK/global revenue per lawyer: £575,000/£492,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £2.9m/£2.9m Global revenue per equity partner: £2.3m UK/global number of partners: 15/350 UK/global number of lawyers: 75/1,650 UK number of staff: 120 UK/global leverage ratio: 1:4/1:3.7 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1.8 Equity structure: Modified lockstep. Billable hours […]

7 King’s Bench Walk – UK 100

Turnover: £19.4m Head of chambers: Gavin Kealey QC and Julian Flaux QC. Total tenants (silks): 39 (9) Door tenants: Eight Chambers contributions: 10-12 per cent Revenue per barrister: £497,000 Top cases last year: Barings; Glencore v Metro Trading; Hatfield Rail disaster; BP v National Union Fire Insurance Co; Film Finance litigation. No of appearances in […]

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square – UK 100

Turnover: £10.8m Head of chambers: Elizabeth Appleby QC and Tim Straker QC. Total tenants (silks): 44 (12) Door tenants: 13 Chambers contributions: 15.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £244,000 Top cases last year: The South Downs National Park Inquiry; The Bathside Bay Sea Container Port Inquiry; Naomi Campbell v Mirror Group Newspapers; Rowlands v The […]

Radcliffes LeBrasseur – UK 100

Turnover: £19.2m Profit per equity partner: £100,000 Equity spread: £78,000-£120,000 Net profit: £2.1m Profit margin: 11 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £80,000 Revenue per lawyer: £183,000 Revenue per partner: £400,000 Revenue per equity partner: £914,000 Cost per lawyer: £163,000 Profit per lawyer: £20,000 No of partners: 48 No of equity partners: 21 No of female […]

Fountain Court – UK 100

Turnover: £27m Heads of chambers: Michael Lerego QC and Michael Brindle QC Total tenants (silks): 58(20) Door tenants: 5 Chambers contributions: 14 per cent Revenue per barrister: £423,000 Top cases last year: BCCI v Bank of England, Cable & Wireless v IBM United Kingdom, Westminister Consolidated v New York Bay International Ltd, Mahonia Ltd v […]

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