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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 […]


ECJ judge joins CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has bolstered its European and competition expertise with the arrival of a former European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge as an of counsel. Melchior Wathelet joined the firm at the end of October after eight years with the ECJ in Luxembourg. He became part of the European and competition department, which […]

Linklaters NY aids Gold Fields to fight Harmony’s hostile bid

Linklaters NY aids Gold Fields to fight Harmony’s hostile bid” />Linklaters’ renascent New York practice has captured the US end of Gold Fields’ defence to a hostile bid by rival South African mining company Harmony. A team led by US managing partner Paul Wickes is jointly running the New York litigation with Skadden Arps Slate […]

Faegre Benson London in bid to join the management team

The London office of Faegre Benson Hobson Audley is close to securing a place on the management board of the US firm at the next elections, The Lawyer can reveal. The position is key, as the firm operates a merit-based remuneration system, and Faegre Benson’s nine-person management board decides how much individual partners earn. Under the US […]

Harris wins Lovells election

Lovells has elected finance head David Harris to succeed Lesley MacDonagh as its new managing partner. Harris, who is due to take office on 1 May 2005 for a four year term, beat off fierce competition from rivals Andrew Skipper, Lovells head of commercial, and competition head John Pheasant. The election took place one year […]

DLA hires Pinsents’ IP head to lead Birmingham push

DLA has stolen Pinsents head of intellectual property to kickstart its Birmingham IP practice. Highly rated partner Marie McMorrow, who is head of both Pinsents IP and automotive groups, will join DLA on 6 December, bringing with her senior associate Colin Leech. Her clients include Avon Cosmetics and Unomedical. The move signals DLA’s push into […]

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