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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 […]


Gibson Dunn on bailout plan: act now

President Bush today (Friday 3 October) signed a historic bill aimed at bailing out ailing US financial institutions and providing assistance to financially stretched homeowners. The $700bn financial rescue package was approved earlier today by the US Congress less than a week after a previous version had been rejected. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher was among […]

Pinsents hires Eversheds veteran McHugh

Pinsent Masons has hired former Eversheds partner Peter McHugh to head its commercial practice. McHugh was head of Eversheds’ Birmingham commercial practice and left earlier this year after the corporate and commercial groups merged. At Pinsents McHugh will head up the commercial practice, which forms part of the outsourcing, technology and commercial group led by […]

Wall St woes: Byrne in the USA

And then there were more. The Linklaters team advising PricewaterhouseCoopers on Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy just keeps on growing. As revealed last week, the firm has already put a mega 20-partner, 60-associate team on the matter in London (19 September). Now the magic circle firm is pulling out the stops on this side of the Atlantic […]


Barclays, HBOS face £850m law suit

Barclays and HBOS are about to be hit by mortgage litigation costing a possible £850m, following changes to the rules on consumer loans. Hilary Messer, a partner at South East firm RWP Solicitors, is drawing up plans to sue the two major banks on behalf of the 8,500 people who took out zero interest housing […]

Pillsbury raids Thelen a second time in three days

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has rapidly followed up its raid on Thelen’s China practice (, 29 September) with the hire of two more of the firm’s lawyers. Michael Jaffe and Ronan McHugh, two Thelen construction litigators joined Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office today (1 October) as partner and counsel respectively. “Michael and Ronan bring top-tier construction […]

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