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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 […]


Herbies and Stibbe team up for final KPN sale

Herbert Smith and its Benelux best friend Stibbe have reprised their role advising the Dutch State on the sale of its final stake in Dutch telecoms company Royal KPN. The firms jointly advised the State on the sale of its remaining eight per cent of KPN through an ordinary share sale and offering with a […]

Poole confident of happy ending in London Wragges to riches story

But the jury’s still out on Wragges’ move into the London private equity market. By Caroline Binham Wragges to riches story” />It was meant to be an all-out attack. Four years ago, with some bravado, Wragge & Co announced that it would launch a private equity offering in London – an offensive intended to net […]

Kirkpatrick targets Asia with Preston Gates merger bid

US firms Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis are in merger talks that, if successful, would see the creation of a 1,400-lawyer firm. The addition of Preston Gates would also give Kirkpatrick a significant foothold in the Asian legal market, until now a gap in its coverage and a stated ambition […]

Grand plan

Tulkinghorn is a voracious consumer of new knowledge, so a big ‘thank you’ goes to Birmingham firm Shakespeares for pointing out that 23 September is Grandparents Day. Tulkinghorn’s grandparents, were they still around today (God rest their souls), would be getting a big apology for his oversight. What is slightly less admirable was Shakespeares’ exploitation […]

Tax barristers emerge as bar’s biggest earners

The exclusive list of top earners at the bar was unveiled over the summer (The Lawyer, 21 August), and the big news this year was that tax barristers are doing phenomenally well. They work in a narrow and complicated field and need detailed, up-to-date legal knowledge. They also benefit from doing more advisory work than […]

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