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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 […]


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Bonuses for business services professionals are not as easy as they seem

Bonus schemes for business services professionals have become commonplace, but hardly simple. According to our 2014 Law Firm Salary and Benefits Benchmarking Survey, no fewer than 82 per cent of the firms polled are now operating a bonus scheme for business services roles, with 76 per cent of those basing the amounts on how far firm-wide […]

Schoenherr advises Ashland on sale of its global water technologies business

Schoenherr has advised Ashland on the Austrian aspects related to the sale of its global water technologies business to private equity fund Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). The transaction is valued at approximately $1.8bn (£1bn). As a result of this sale, Ashland intends to focus on its core speciality chemicals business. Ashland specialises in providing […]

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KWM, Bakers and HSF have strongest brands in Asia, research finds

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Baker & McKenzie have topped a survey of Asia-Pacific general counsel aimed at identifying the firms with the strongest brands in the region. Legal research company Acritas compiled the responses of 379 in-house counsel working in organisations with revenues of $50m or more. Those working in Australia and China […]

Allen & Overy advises Freudenberg SE on €250m syndicated facility

Allen & Overy has advised Freudenberg SE in connection with a €250m (£199m) syndicated facility, the transaction marking the firm’s first retainer by Freudenberg. In charge of the transaction were Gunnar Blanck (in-house) and, from Allen & Overy, partner Dr Neil George Weiand and senior associate Dr Urs Lewens (both banking and finance, Frankfurt).

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Top 10 stories, 1 August – 7 August 2014

Take a look at the most-read stories on this week and share your views. Just as we thought the mudslinging over the salaries paid to marketing chiefs at City firms was dying down, one communications director added fuel to the fire. Pinsent Masons’ director of communications and business development strategy Andy Peat added his […]

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