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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 […]



Ex-Halliwells partners face court date over rent

A group of former Halliwells partners is facing a High Court showdown after the landlord of the failed firm’s former headquarters filed a claim for £224,000. St James’s Court (Manchester) claims Halliwells defaulted on rent and insurance due on 24 June 2010, the day the firm filed notice of its intention to appoint an administrator. […]

Mark Lloyd Williams

Debevoise, Norton Rose secure lead roles on Rockefeller’s Europa stake

Debevoise & Plimpton and Norton Rose have ­landed the plum roles on Rockefeller Group’s acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in Europa Capital. Norton Rose acted for fund manager Europa, with a multidisciplinary team led by corporate finance partner Mark Lloyd Williams advising the longstanding client. The team also ­featured tax partner John Challoner […]

Regulatory reforms escape unscathed from US election

Last week’s US mid-term election result, which saw the Republican Party win a ­majority in the House of Representatives and reduce significantly the Democratic majority in the Senate, looks to have set the scene for a ­standoff for the remaining two years of ­President Barack Obama’s current term. The result raises questions about the ­viability […]


Off and on relationships

As evidenced by Ireland, the growing strength of ’offshore’ centres and their firms means they’re closer than ever to their ’onshore’ counterparts. By Paul Govier  The offshore legal market has changed dramatically over the past decade. Prior to 2000 it was virtually unheard of for an offshore law firm to practise the laws of […]

Double top

Across many alternative asset classes, high-profile managers, such as Altis Partners, EQT, Nordic Capital and Terra Firma, have chosen to set up shop in the Channel Islands. It has been well-documented that alternative asset managers face an increasingly hostile environment within the UK. As the threat of a double-dip UK recession looms and the effect […]

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