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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 […]


LawSoc votes for MDPs after 10-year wait

After three consultation processes spanning more than a decade, the Law Society council has finally opened the door to multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). An overwhelming council majority has voted to work towards “allowing solicitors… to provide any legal service through any medium to anyone”. This would include lawyers from partnerships within other professions. Financial advisers and […]

White & Case hires partner in Frankfurt

US firm White & Case has hired its first partner in Frankfurt since the firm reopened its office in the city in June. Thomas Schrell joins from the Frankfurt office of Freshfields-Deringer, where he was a senior associate. Dr Erich Michel, head of the Frankfurt office, says: “We are delighted that Thomas has decided to […]

Case of the week

The murder trial of GP Harold Shipman, currently being tried at Preston Crown Court, is horrifying the nation. Shipman is accused of murdering 15 women patients for pleasure. Warwick firm Moore & Tibbits partner Angela Woodruff, whose mother was allegedly a victim of Shipman, uncovered the case after noticing mistakes in her mother’s will. Leading […]

Jilted brides finally find their match

The legal world awoke last Tuesday to news of the merger of Wilde Sapte and Denton Hall. It was surprised, but perhaps not shocked. As Laurence Harris, assistant chief executive of DJ Freeman, says: “This particular merger has been kept well secret, but the idea of a merger of these firms seems somehow predictable.” Wilde […]

DPP challenged over decapitation ruling

The High Court has agreed to hear a challenge which calls into question a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to bring manslaughter charges against a firm after an employee was decapitated. The action has been launched by the family of a student, 24-year-old Simon Jones, who was killed as he worked […]

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