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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 […]


Top five UK law firms increase hold on M&A work as recession deepens

Small and mid-size legal teams given short shrift as downturn prompts ‘flight to quality’. UK companies are flocking to the magic circle for corporate advice as the recession bites, according to half-year figures for deal activity. Data from Thomson Reuters shows that the top five firms have tightened their grip on a shrinking M&A market, […]

Telly vision: Gordon Finlayson, Showtime Arabia

He began his career as a journalist and dabbled in the music business, but now Gordon Finlayson has finally found his perfect job – overseeing the legal function at Showtime Arabia. There are several examples of lawyers dabbling in journalism, but you rarely hear of it happening the ;other ;way around. Showtime Arabia legal director […]

Eversheds Leeds hosts LGBT Xmas bash

Law firm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ­network the InterLaw Diversity Forum held its first-ever event for LGBT law firm staff in the north of England before ­Christmas. The event was hosted by Eversheds at its office in Bridgewater Place, Leeds. There were some 50 people in ­attendance, ­including representatives of Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcroft, […]

Ashurst ups cash at bank

Ashurst had almost £45m in the bank at the end of the 2007-08 financial year, with the balance increasing by around 40 per cent from the previous year. The figures were revealed in the firm’s first published LLP accounts and, according to Ashurst’s financial director Nigel Morland, reveal a picture of conservative financial management. Morland […]

Second coalminers tribunal gets under way

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today launched a series of allegations of misconduct against six partners at Barnsley-based Raleys Solicitors in relation to their handling of compensation claims from sick coalminers. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which is expected to last 20 days, is thought to be one of the longest hearings of its kind. The […]

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