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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 […]


Baugur bolsters in-house team with A&O raid

Icelandic investment company Baugur has looked to its principal law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) to strengthen its in-house legal team. A&O associate Stuart Hanbury joined Baugur last month after completing an eight-month secondment with the investment house. He is the second in-house lawyer to join Baugur recently. Last January former SJ Berwin associate Andrew […]

Skadden knocked from top spot as M&A tables reveal massive slump

European M&A activity has plummeted in Q3 according to the latest data from mergermarket, dropping to volume levels not seen since Q4 2004. Activity is down some 35 per cent on the same period last year, with a total of €159.8bn worth of deals completed in the quarter, the lowest value level since Q1 2005. […]

Freshfields closes in Singapore

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to pull the plug on its two-partner Singapore office. The move will result in the relocation of the partners Bruce Cooper and Yeelong Tan to the magic circle firm’s Hong Kong office. The rest of the legal staff in the office have been offered positions with the firm in Hong Kong. […]

Bakers and CC score largest private carbon deal

Clifford Chance has advised longstanding client Morgan Stanley on the syndication of a deal to buy 29.5m tonnes of carbon emission credits from a Chinese chemical plant, the largest private syndication of carbon. Under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, carbon credits can be bought from China and then sold to companies within the EU […]

Linklaters’ New York office fails to achieve ‘platinum’ grade

Linklaters’ New York office fails to achieve ‘platinum’ grade” />Linklaters’ New York office is embarking on a campaign to win over the firm’s ‘platinum’ core of banking and corporate clients after failing to meet targets to globalise relationships with them. Managing partner Tony Angel said extending the firm’s relationships with the group of key clients, […]

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