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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 […]


The Lawyer Inquiry: Jacqueline Bore

Jacqueline Bore is a solicitor at City firm Theodore Goddard. She switched from the medical profession in 1990, after working as a GP in London. Born in Hull in 1958, she now lives in Blackheath, London. What was your first job? Au pair in Fontainbleau near Paris and Alpe d’Huez. What was your first ever […]

East European first

Baker & Mckenzie advised on the first ever takeover of a listed company in Central and Eastern Europe last week. The firm advised US Pharmaceuticals giant, Bristol-Myers Squibb on the US$110 million takeover of Pharmavit, a pharmaceutical company listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange. The offer involved an innovative simultaneous domestic offer to Hungarian shareholders […]

Bar in Euro investigation

THE EUROPEAN Commission is investigating charges of restrictive practices at the Bar. The commission confirmed on Friday that Karel Van Miert, the commissioner for competition, had written to the Bar Council asking for details of its code of conduct. But it would not give any details of the allegations levelled against the Bar nor would […]

LAB Gulf contract 'fatally flawed'

THE LEGAL Aid Board’s first attempt to award the contract to lead the Gulf War Syndrome multi-party action against the Government was “fatally flawed”, according to a High Court judge. Mr Justice Ognall ordered the board to re-tender the contract after hearing that five pages of the tender document provided by the unsuccessful Gulf War […]

In brief: Thwaites drops action against Bar

Ronald Thwaites QC has dropped plans to take further constitutional or legal action against the Bar Council over its plans to introduce a revamped complaints scheme involving fines for a new complaint of inadequate professional services. Thwaites, who led a successful campaign against the scheme in an open meeting last year, said his decision was […]

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