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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 […]


The Work-Life Quiz by Tim Taylor

Firm: SJ Berwin Position: Head of international arbitration Lives: Notting Hill, London Education: The King’s School, Canterbury; St John’s College, Oxford Work history: 1978: Joined Herbert Smith & Co as an articled clerk 1980: Qualified as a solicitor 1987: Joined SJ Berwin as an assistant solicitor 1988: Appointed to partnership 1996: Appointed head of litigation […]

FA brings legal work in-house to slash costs

The Football Association’s (FA) in-house legal team has revamped the way it handles sponsorship contracts, bringing all the work in-house and moving to cut its external legal spend by half. Bird & Bird, which advised on the last round of sponsorship contracts in 2002, has lost out on the lucrative mandate as part of an […]

Lewis Silkin ramps up incentives team

Lewis Silkin is building up its incentives team with a double hire of lawyers from big four accountancy firms Ernst & Young (E&Y) and Deloitte. Sara Cohen from E&Y becomes head of incentives following the recent departure of Guy Abbiss to Bird & Bird. Victoria Goode also joins Lewis Silkin as an incentives partners. Joint […]

Office in-fighting results in Mullerat dissolution

Spanish independent Mullerat’s co-managing partner Alberto Echarri revealed last week that it was two and a half years of in-fighting that led to the firm’s dissolution. Spanish independent Mullerat’s co-managing partner Alberto Echarri revealed last week that it was two and a half years of in-fighting that led to the firm’s dissolution. Echarri said the break-up […]

The three degrees

All readers will be more than familiar with law firm hierarchies, but even Tulkinghorn was not aware that at some firms it even extends to party invites. This Wednesday (31 May) will see Denton Wilde Sapte host its annual press party. Tulkinghorn was of course delighted to be invited, and was even more delighted to […]

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