Latest Briefings

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 […]


Cigarette fighter

A magic circle catastrophe was narrowly averted recently, and one of Tulkinghorn’s spies was on hand to witness the near carnage. Sunday 14 May and a scribe is walking home through the City. The route takes the honest hack down Silk Street and past Linklaters‘ Angel Towers. As she passes the hallowed halls she detects […]

Lovells’ Berlin office faces uncertain future

Losing a five-person team from one of your offices is something most managing partners would rather not have to deal with on their watch. However, for Lovells’ Continental Europe managing partner Harald Seisler, losing his Berlin banking team was disappointing, but not completely out of the blue. “It wasn’t unexpected because they were banking lawyers […]

Katten London snares Sidley duo for new practice launch

The London affiliate office of US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has launched a real estate finance practice with the hire of two lawyers from Sidley Austin. English law-qualified lawyers Jayne Black and Eleanor Hunwicks joined the London office on 2 May. Black, who joined as a partner, is hoping to capitalise on advising the servicers of […]

Pinsent Masons validates power of merger with soaring PEP

Pinsent Masons validates power of merger with soaring PEP” />Mergers can do wonders for your profitability if you play them right. Of all the law firms that boasted a growth in profit per equity partner (PEP) this year, not one came close to touching the 70 per cent leap posted by Pinsent Masons. The equity […]

Shoosmiths snares Compass in-houser

Joining the procession of relocating lawyers was in-house lawyer David Jackson, who moved to Shoosmiths‘ Birmingham office from global catering group Compass. As first reported by The Lawyer (17 April), Jackson joined Shoosmiths as a partner as part of the firm’s push to expand its Midlands presence. Also making a move was Hammonds’ former Birmingham corporate head David Hull, […]

Recruit legal talent

Get your role in front of over 300,000 legal professionals when you advertise with The Lawyer. Our team of experts provide bespoke solutions to help solve all your recruitment challenges.

Find out more