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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 […]


Australia blocks Year 2000 litigation

AUSTRALIA has legislated to protect businesses from year 2000 compliance litigation. It is following the lead set by the US and increases the pressure on the UK government to follow suit. The Australian Bill offers limited protection against civil liability through the use of a specified Year 2000 disclosure statement. UK lawyers specialising in information […]

…as pressure groups slam youth justice in N Ireland

LEADING children’s rights organisations are calling for a review of the youth justice system in Northern Ireland. Voluntary organisations met with the Criminal Justice Review Body last week to discuss changes to the law they would like to see brought in. Paddy Kelly, director of the Belfast-based Children’s Law Centre told The Lawyer: “Under the […]

Firms gain as regional press M&As continue

A RASH of mergers and acquisitions in the regional press has signalled a boom in work for regulatory and competition lawyers. Brussels-based Herbert Smith partner Craig Pouncey is advising Newsquest in its takeover talks with Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers (PSN). The proposed takeover has been referred to the Monopoly & Mergers Commission (MMC), which is […]

In brief: Linklaters litigation

Linklaters litigation partners Diana Good and Andrew Henshaw have been cleared of misleading the court. The High Court dismissed allegations in proceedings brought by Sphere Drake Insurance against the Orion Insurance Company. Sphere Drake, represented by Clifford Chance, applied to set aside a judgment in a previous case between the two on the allegation that […]

Linklaters plays down exit of top competition partner

Linklaters & Alliance has strongly denied suggestions that last week’s partner defection to Clifford Chance is the first sign of discontent at the alliance network. Chris Bright, formerly a competition and regulatory partner in Linklaters’ Brussels office, has accepted an offer from Clifford Chance to become managing partner of the firm’s European competition practice, as […]

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