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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 […]

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Escape to victory

SUSANNA FitzGerald QC is the woman responsible for bringing table dancers to Stringfellows. This tenant of magic circle commercial set One Essex Court, also happens to be one of the bar’s leading, if somewhat unconventional, licensing practitioners. FitzGerald has a unique brand of “bad girlness” which, in addition to representing the likes of Peter Stringfellow, […]

A&O opens in Hamburg with White & Case trio

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired three top partners from White & Case Feddersen to set up an office in Hamburg. Corporate M&A and energy partner Cornelius Fischer-Zernin and corporate M&A and telecoms partners Helge Schäfer and Mark Hoenike will launch the office on 1 May. Frankfurt partner Reinhard Hermes is also […]

Stretching a point

They thought they had escaped from it all. But just as the Norton Rose property team got used to the sunshine, they suddenly had to put their legal wit to work at Mipim. “In the world of international law, we are accustomed to dealing quickly and efficiently with unexpected commercial problems, and we’ve just had […]

Osborne Clarke dumps German merger for mass lateral hiring

Osborne Clarke has abandoned plans to merge with its German alliance firm Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest as it woos partners from the German firm’s Cologne office. In a turnaround in strategy, Osborne Clarke has decided to grow organically, with sources stating that a return to the negotiating table is highly unlikely. The firm […]

Scrivengers becomes claimant practice after NHSLA setback

Cambridgeshire-based firm Scrivenger Seabrook will revert to claimant work following its expulsion from the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) panel (The Lawyer, 15 January). The four-partner firm, which derived 90 per cent of its work from the NHSLA, was expected to disband as its partners migrated to firms that retained their places on the […]

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