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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 […]


Scots anger over fee hike

HOGMANAY heralds further outrage for Scottish lawyers and court users over additional rises in court fees, including a half-hourly fee rate for the High Court. Both the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Consumer Council will lobby MPs on what the latter describes as “a further erosion of the Scottish civil justice system”. The […]

US academic talks on death penalty

A LECTURE series on capital punishment in the US by a leading academic marks the beginning of a busy year for a London-based institute devoted to study of the death penalty. The Centre for Capital Studies at the University of Westminster is hosting three lectures on the death penalty in the US by visiting professor […]

Justice acts on juvenile sentencing

CAMPAIGNING law reform group Justice, which has won an important battle in its fight for juvenile justice, is considering taking new legal steps to keep politics out of the courts. The Home Secretary’s intervention in fixing mandatory life terms could be the next target of Justice following its recent first-round victory in Europe. The European […]

UK firms clean up

UK law firms are cleaning up in Europe and keeping the Americans at bay, a new report reveals. And City firms consistently hit the top of the charts in the ‘Financial lawyers on lawyers 1995′ report on clients’ favourite firms. Clifford Chance emerges as the dominant player world-wide, while Norton Rose provides the best level […]

In brief: Calows partner jailed for false accounting

A former partner of London law firm Calow Easton has been jailed for a year. Simon Easton was convicted of three charges of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court. Judge Robin Laurie said that Easton senselessly threw away an “enormously successful” career to help a greedy client pay a divorce bill. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau […]

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