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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 […]


Allen & Overy advises Merck on takeover

Allen & Overy has advised German pharmaceutical and chemical group Merck on its £1.6bn takeover offer of Luxembourg-based AZ Electronics Materials. The acquisition, contingent on the approval by antitrust authorities and a minimum acceptance level of 95 per cent of the shares, will boost Merck’s offering of speciality chemicals to the electronics industry.

EU Commission launches infringement proceedings against six member states

By Stephen Ketteley The European Commission has called on a number of member states to ensure compliance of their national regulatory frameworks for gambling services with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU… If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the […]

Government publishes response to the Company and Business Names Consultation

Earlier this year, the government launched a consultation seeking views on the future of the company and business name regulations. Its aim was to identify opportunities to improve and simplify the current system. Now, the government has published its response to that consultation. The overall aim of the business name regulations is to ensure that […]

Walker Morris makes five appointments to its real-estate group in two months

Walker Morris has made its fifth new appointment to its real-estate group in two months by hiring James Lawson, Andrew Brockett, Will Cousins, Emma Collins and James Bradbury. Director Lawson joins from Clarion Solicitors where he was a partner for five years, having established himself as a leading specialist in residential development. Other recent appointments include […]


Lewis Hamilton’s father fights British driver in High Court

Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony, is in court today for the fourth day of his wrongful dismissal case against Scottish race driver Paul di Resta. Fox Williams partner Gavin Foggo has instructed Brick Court’s Charles Hollander QC to lead the case for Hamilton who alleges wrongful termination of contract and loss of earnings after being dropped by Di […]

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