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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 […]


DLA Piper advises Arsenal Capital Partners in its aquisition of IFC

DLA Piper has advised Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial and healthcare companies, in its acquisition of International Fiber Corporation (ICC). IFC is a supplier of cellulose‐based insoluble fibre products for glboal food and industrial applications. The company joins Arsenal Capital’s extensive portfolio of investments in the speciality […]

Further decision re-opens the door on business method and computer program patents

By Robynne Sanders and Rob McMaster Australia’s Federal Court has handed down another decision with significant implications for the patentability of business method, software and computer-implemented inventions. In RPL Central Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents, Justice Middleton of the Federal Court held that a computer-implemented method of gathering information to assess a person’s competency […]

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McCann FitzGerald turns to Arthur Cox for corporate hire

McCann FitzGerald has picked up a corporate partner from rival Arthur Cox in a rare lateral hire between two of Ireland’s biggest firms. Conor O’Dwyer joins McCanns as the firm also shifts banking partner Ronan Molony into its corporate team. The appointments bring the number of corporate partners at McCanns to 20. The firm promoted […]

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