Transactions UK

  • August 19, 2022

    UK Criminal Defense Firms And Attorneys Decreased In 2022

    The total number of criminal defense attorneys and law firms providing criminal legal advice has decreased significantly in the United Kingdom, according to a Legal Aid Agency study published Thursday.

  • August 19, 2022

    DLA Piper Adds Competition Pro From Baker McKenzie

    DLA Piper has hired a competition specialist from Baker McKenzie for its Brussels office, adding a second partner in the European antitrust team there.

  • August 19, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This week in London has seen the Bureau of Investigative Journalism sued for libel by a former Kazakh leader, Siemens Mobility bring fresh legal action against the high-speed rail project HS2 in a procurement claim, and an Irish aircraft company sue Aeroflot and Rossiya Airlines in the wake of sanctions imposed on the airlines by the U.K. government. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 19, 2022

    Drilling Data Biz TGS To Buy Back $20M In Shares

    Norwegian energy data and analytics company TGS ASA has launched a buyback of up to $20 million of its shares as it reported a "strong financial and liquidity position and cash flow" outlook.

  • August 19, 2022

    Kingspan Buys 24% Stake In Swedish Waterproofing Biz

    Construction supply giant Kingspan Group Co. has disclosed the acquisition of a 24% stake in a Swedish waterproofing company, as it released its financial results for the first six months of 2022 on Friday.

  • August 19, 2022

    Prosus Snaps Up Last Slice Of Delivery Biz For Up To €1.8B

    Internet consumer services giant Prosus NV said on Friday that it will buy the remaining 33.3% stake in a Brazilian food delivery business from Just Eat in a deal which could reach €1.8 billion ($1.8 billion).

  • August 18, 2022

    Entain Sued For £6M Over Sale Of Troubled Brokerage Unit

    An investment business has sued sports-betting giant Entain for £6 million ($7.2 million), accusing one of its subsidiaries of using bookkeeping tricks to avoid having to recapitalize a troubled brokerage unit before selling the business.

  • August 18, 2022

    ANZ Banking Group Raises AU$1.2B To Buy Aussie Lender

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group said on Thursday that it raised a total of AU$1.15 billion ($800 million) by selling new shares that it offered to retail investors to fund the acquisition of Suncorp Bank.

  • August 18, 2022

    PE Firms Take $130M Majority Stake In Italy's Prima Industrie

    Femto Technologies said on Thursday it has agreed to buy a majority stake in Italian industrial machinery company Prima Industrie, in a deal worth approximately €129 million ($130 million).

  • August 18, 2022

    Made.com Confirms Eyeing Share Sale To Raise Cash

    Online furniture retailer Made.com confirmed on Thursday that it is considering selling shares to raise cash to "strengthen its balance sheet," sending its stock price downward. 

  • August 18, 2022

    UK To Look Deeper Into Culligan, Waterlogic Merger

    The U.K.'s antitrust authority said Thursday it was concerned about the potential acquisition by U.S. water treatment company Culligan International of a British company that makes drinking water dispensers and has referred the deal to an in-depth investigation.

  • August 18, 2022

    Skadden Leads Video Gaming Group's $790M Buying Spree

    Swedish gaming group Embracer announced on Thursday that it has splurged 8.2 billion Swedish kronor ($790 million) for six companies, including one that owns the movie franchise and TV rights to much of J.R.R. Tolkien's classics.

  • August 17, 2022

    Retired Justices Chosen For Vacancies At Top UK Court

    Former appellate Judge David Richards was named Wednesday to join the U.K. Supreme Court alongside briefly retired Justice David Lloyd-Jones in the wake of the recent extension of the mandatory judicial retirement age.

  • August 17, 2022

    RPC Adds Real Estate Partner From Herbert Smith

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has hired a duo from Herbert Smith Freehills for its rapidly growing real estate and construction team.

  • August 17, 2022

    Broker Sued For Resigning To Launch Rival On Eve Of Sale

    The parent company of underwriter Nexus is suing the former director of Credit Risk Solutions for quitting to start a competitor, causing a sale of its subsidiary insurance broker company to fall through.

  • August 17, 2022

    McDermott Atty Rebuked For Letting Client Share Trial Link

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Wednesday that it reprimanded a McDermott Will & Emery LLP litigator for advising a client that it could share a restricted link to a libel trial about the publication of a dossier on Donald Trump to individuals outside the case.

  • August 17, 2022

    Serco Launches £50M Share Buyback

    Serco PLC on Wednesday said it will buy up to £50 million ($60.3 million) of its shares back from the market in the second tranche of its £90 million share buyback program launched in March.

  • August 17, 2022

    White & Case Guides PE Biz's $220M Swedish Pharma Buyout

    Private equity firm EQT said Tuesday it has made a 2.23 billion Swedish kronor ($220 million) public cash offer for the remaining shares in Swedish biopharmaceuticals group Karo Pharma, in a deal guided by White & Case LLP.

  • August 17, 2022

    Shoosmiths Guides On Jensten's Broker Acquistions Deal

    Insurance distribution businesses Jensten Group says it has purchased J. Bennett & Son Insurance Brokers Ltd. and its subsidiary Mathews Comfort & Co. Ltd. for an undisclosed sum following on the trail of acquisitions announced in recent weeks.

  • August 17, 2022

    5 Questions For Sidley Austin's Tom Thesing

    Sidley Austin LLP's London managing partner Tom Thesing talks to Law360 about why he decided litigation wasn't for him, the skills needed to succeed in M&A and what advice he'd give to a young solicitor.

  • August 17, 2022

    I Squared Abandons FirstGroup Takeover Bid After Rejection

    London-based private equity firm I Squared Capital said it was no longer interested in buying FirstGroup PLC after the train and bus operator rejected its offers, including a 118 pence per share, or £1.23 billion ($1.50 billion), bid made in June.

  • August 16, 2022

    Paul Hastings Hires Judge With Tech Credentials For IP Team

    Paul Hastings LLP has added a tech litigation specialist and part-time judge as a partner to its London-based intellectual property practice from Baker McKenzie, as the firm looks to bulk up its U.K. litigation team.

  • August 16, 2022

    Shoosmiths Launches New Employee Bonus Scheme

    U.K. law firm Shoosmiths LLP launched its first formal employee bonus scheme Tuesday as part of a refreshed strategy to reward staff for helping the firm meet its strategic goals.

  • August 16, 2022

    Abrdn PLC Sheds Stake In Indian Biz To Raise £225M

    Asset management giant Abrdn said on Tuesday that it has sold 12.8 million shares of an Indian asset management company in two stock exchanges in India to raise approximately £225 million ($271 million).

  • August 16, 2022

    Two PE Cos. Scoop Up Underwriters UK General And PPL

    Two private equity firms have struck a deal for UK General Insurance Ltd. and its sister company Precision Partnership Ltd., with a view to expanding the combined businesses through further acquisitions, parties connected with the deal said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Early Trends In UK National Security Reviews Of Transactions

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    The U.K.'s move to block an intellectual property deal between Beijing Infinite Vision Technology and the University of Manchester — the first such prohibition under the recently implemented National Security and Investment Act — is part of a growing body of published decisions that provides useful lessons on achieving prompt security clearance, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Guidance Notes Offer Insight On UK National Security Regime

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    The U.K. government recently published long-awaited market guidance notes that add a greater level of transparency regarding the national security and investment regime, providing welcome guidance to businesses and their legal advisers on submitting transaction notifications, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Ruling On EU Commission Merger Reviews Signifies U-Turn

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    In validating the European Commission's new policy of using Merger Regulation Article 22 to review cases that do not qualify under the merger control rules of the requesting member state, the General Court has demonstrated that the EU is prepared to move the goal posts on well-established commission policy, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Where New UK And EU Vertical Agreements Rules Diverge

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    The lack of alignment between new EU and U.K. rules on vertical agreements is likely to present challenges to multinational businesses, and it would be prudent for legal advisers and companies to bear in mind the most stringent obligations of both, says Robert Bell at Armstrong Teasdale.

  • A Look Ahead At What The German M&A Market Holds In Store

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    Despite signs of a possible recession, there is still significant M&A activity in the German market, with long-term strategic planning, private equity investors, multiparty involvement and even the state all playing an important role, says Michael Ulmer at Cleary.

  • Tips For Handling Audio Data In E-Discovery Post-Pandemic

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    The rise of remote meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the volume and importance of audio data in e-discovery — so organizations in highly regulated industries must collect and process that data, and establish complex strategies to manage their audio records, says Jack Bullen at FTI Consulting.

  • Agreement Among Litigants Key To Using E-Discovery Tech

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    Parties are increasingly using e-discovery technologies to control costs, but as a New York federal court order in Actos Antitrust Litigation shows, a well-drafted, negotiated protocol allows them to address potential objections prior to use and helps protect against later claims of incomplete production, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • 4 Ways M&A Deals Are Changing

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    There are signs that the market may be cooling, but recent trends in M&A transactions reflect more than just market strength and indicate that there has been a more general change in deal approach, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • How Market Challenges Are Affecting Deal-Making Trends

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    As private equity investors adjust to a new period of volatility and uncertainty in the marketplace, various trends in deal making are emerging in order to bridge valuation gaps and address financing concerns, say Alvaro Membrillera and Anna Pollak at Paul Weiss.

  • What Digital Asset Decisions Mean For Future Disputes

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    Following a number of recent landmark decisions in the English courts, the law continues to develop in the sphere of digital assets, and several themes are emerging that will benefit both individuals and organizations, say Chris Recker at Duane Morris and Celso De Azevedo at The 36 Group.

  • A Look At UK's 1st Report On Security Regime For Deals

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    The U.K. government’s recent report on the National Security and Investment Act, covering its first three months since it came into force in January, suggests that the regime may not be leading to a surge in benign notifications and that the government is responding quickly, which is good news for businesses, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • What EU Changes To Dual Distribution Mean For Franchises

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    Following the European Commission’s adoption of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying vertical guidelines regarding dual distribution, which took effect this month, franchisors should examine their flow of information to and from franchisees to determine whether it must be restricted, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • How ESG Matters Are Influencing M&A Due Diligence Trends

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    With a proliferation of environmental, social and governance-related regulatory developments and a desire to comply with best practice, ESG matters have become an increasingly important area of focus for both clients and advisers in M&A transactions, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Changes To UK Competition Rules Will Extend CMA Powers

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    Recent amendments to U.K. competition and consumer law regimes introduce changes to merger control and antitrust investigations that will result in the speedier resolution of cases and greater autonomy for the Competition and Markets Authority, say Bill Batchelor and Aurora Luoma at Skadden.

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