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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 […]


Ex-Deacons partners oppose action

BANKRUPTCY proceedings against the 11 equity partners of collapsed Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green, were adjourned last week until 17 January. Proceedings were issued by practice loans business NSW and supported by Frizzells Banking Services. The hearing of a winding up petition against the firm, also issued by NWS and Frizzells, was also adjourned to […]

In brief: Tods Murray moves under one roof

Scottish law firm Tods Murray WS is expanding by moving to adjacent offices in Edinburgh’s Queen Street. The move now brings the firm’s office space to almost 24,000 sq ft, comprising four interconnecting buildings. Charles Abram, chair of the firm’s managing board, says the move will put the entire firm under one roof.

Management service meets resistance

FORMER head of legal Martyn McCarthy has set up his own consultancy following the outsourcing of the legal team at Blackhorse Financial Services. The aim is to offer quality and management advice to private practice firms as well as carrying out legal work for companies. But McCarthy says that there has been resistance from some […]

In brief: Lawyers aim to raise cash for homeless

The Young Solicitors’ Group is hoping to raise u25,000 in a charity quiz night in support of Shelter. The event, held during Shelter Week from 20 to 24 February, is the first charity programme organised by the 40,000-member group. YSG national committee member and Rawlins Davy partner, Paul Verlander, says the group aims to run […]

Tribunal system strains at seams

BRITAIN’S tribunal system is so overloaded hearings are being held in church halls, portable buildings, pubs and in one case even a tin shack, the Council for Tribunals says. “When you visit the tribunals, particularly the ones which sit irregularly, you see some peculiar sights,” council chair Lord Archer of Sandwell QC told a press […]

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