Transactions UK

  • April 29, 2024

    Lawyer's Death Puts Spotlight On Industry's All-Hours Culture

    Law firms are churning out mental health policies and well-being initiatives, but an inquest into the death of Vanessa Ford, a transactions partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, has shone an uncomfortable light on the sector's long-hours culture.

  • April 26, 2024

    Freshfields Guides PE Giant CVC Capital's Upsized $2.1B IPO

    European private equity giant CVC Capital Partners PLC rose in debut trading Friday after the firm priced an upsized €2 billion ($2.1 billion) initial public offering, marking the latest high-profile listing in Europe, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • April 26, 2024

    Austrian Property Biz Buys Czech Assets For €176M

    Austrian real estate company S Immo has agreed to acquire a commercial property portfolio in the Czech Republic for a net consideration of approximately €176 million ($188 million) from a unit of European property company CPI Property Group SA.

  • April 26, 2024

    BoE To Include Funded Re In Life Insurance Stress Test

    The Bank of England has said it will consider the risks posed by offshore reinsurance contracts when it carries out a stress test on life insurers in 2025.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Racine Advises On €26M Sale Of Healthcare Unit

    Wilmington PLC said Friday it has offloaded its healthcare business APM for €26 million ($28 million) to Philia Medical Editions SAS, which was advised by French law firm Racine.

  • April 26, 2024

    CMA Probes Deal For UK Ventilator Biz Over Cost Fears

    The Competition and Markets Authority said Friday it has concerns that Swedish ventilation company Lindab's attempt to buy a British rival, HAS-Vent, could result in higher prices for consumers.

  • April 26, 2024

    Kirkland Steers $5B US Bid For Latham-Led Cybersecurity Biz

    British cybersecurity company Darktrace said Friday that it has agreed to accept a bid of approximately $5.3 billion to take it private from U.S. private equity firm Thoma Bravo, in a deal steered by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • April 26, 2024

    Anglo American Snubs BHP's £31B Takeover Bid

    Multinational miner Anglo American said Friday that it has rejected a £31.1 billion ($39 billion) takeover bid from its Australian heavyweight rival, BHP Group, saying the offer "significantly undervalues" the company and its prospects.

  • April 25, 2024

    Rubrik Leads Trio Of IPOs That Buoy Recovering Market

    Three companies debuted trading Thursday following initial public offerings that raised nearly $1.4 billion combined under guidance from six total law firms, including two offerings that priced above range by data security firm Rubrik and aerospace company Loar, providing fresh energy for a strengthening IPO market.

  • April 25, 2024

    UK Antitrust Arm Frontloads In-Depth Merger Probes

    U.K. antitrust authorities finalized extensive changes Thursday to their in-depth merger probes, with an emphasis on frontloading the process for sooner — and more informal — talks with companies under investigation.

  • April 25, 2024

    Pharma R&D Biz Set To Exit London Market

    Pharmaceutical development specialist C4X Discovery Holdings PLC is set to delist from the London Stock Exchange on Friday, as it looks to go private to raise more funds amid concerns about the regulatory "burden" linked to its junior market.

  • April 25, 2024

    Kirkland Guides $2.7B PE Deal For Wealth Management Tech

    U.S. private equity firm GTCR said Thursday it has agreed to buy AssetMark, a prominent wealth management technology platform, for approximately $2.7 billion, as the U.S. private equity firm moves to strengthen its presence in the sector.

  • April 25, 2024

    Reed Smith Guides Titan's £77M London Property Buy

    Derwent London PLC said on Thursday it has sold its London property Turnmill EC1 for £77.35 million ($97 million) to British investment manager Titan Investors, which was represented by Reed Smith LLP.

  • May 02, 2024

    RPC Hires 4-Lawyer Risks Team From Mayer Brown

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has boosted its professional liability disputes and regulatory offering with the hire of four specialists from Mayer Brown LLP to its office in London.

  • April 25, 2024

    Wachtell Steers Perrigo In €275M Unit Sale To Pharma Biz

    Healthcare company Perrigo said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its pharmaceutical division for rare diseases to pharmaceutical company Esteve Healthcare SL for €275 million ($295 million) in a deal guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Clifford Chance LLP.

  • April 25, 2024

    AIM-Listed Mineral Co. Eyes £19M Merger With Gold Miner

    Ariana Resources PLC said Thursday it has agreed to an all-share merger worth £19.4 million ($24.3 million) with Rockover Holdings Ltd., a Zimbabwe-focused gold miner, as the London-listed mineral explorer aims to expand its presence in Africa.

  • April 25, 2024

    Hipgnosis Ditches Blackstone Bid For Concord's $1.5B Offer

    Hipgnosis Songs has accepted a revised offer from its U.S. competitor Concord Chorus to buy the music rights investor for $1.5 billion, ditching Blackstone's $1.2 billion offer just days after accepting the private equity giant's deal.

  • May 02, 2024

    Travers Smith To Lose 2 Private Equity Partners To Goodwin

    Goodwin Procter LLP said on Thursday that it has recruited two private equity specialists from Travers Smith LLP as the U.K. law firm battles to regain its footing after its partner losses hit double digits in 2023.

  • April 25, 2024

    BHP Bids £31B For Linklaters-Led Rival Miner Anglo American

    BHP Group said Thursday that it has offered to buy out Anglo American in a transaction valuing the British multinational at £31.1 billion ($38.9 billion), as the Australian mining giant looks to bolster its commodities portfolio.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy GC Tells Jurors He Wanted To Be 'Helpful' To HP

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel conceded Wednesday in the criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he told an HP lawyer he wanted to be as "helpful" as possible to the company as it was investigating Autonomy-related issues that popped up after the Silicon Valley giant purchased the British company, and that he was told he could face liability for his work at Autonomy.

  • April 24, 2024

    SPAC Says Potential £22M Engineering Biz Takeover Scrapped

    Rockpool Acquisitions PLC, a special purpose acquisition company, on Wednesday announced the termination of its planned takeover worth approximately £22 million of Amcomri Group Ltd., saying it will look elsewhere for other deals.

  • April 24, 2024

    CMA Chair Defends Agency's Interventionist Merger Approach

    The chair of the Competition and Markets Authority has defended the U.K.'s antitrust watchdog's aggressive and interventionist attitude, saying it helps drive the country's "economic growth and productivity."

  • April 24, 2024

    UK Eyes Amazon, Microsoft AI Deals For Merger Probes

    The U.K.'s antitrust watchdog said Wednesday it would look into Amazon's $4 billion investment in U.S.-based artificial intelligence startup Anthropic, and Microsoft Corp.'s deals with two other big AI players, to see if they fall under the country's merger control rules.

  • April 24, 2024

    Regulator Says Half Of Retirement Plans Ready For Buyout

    Half of the 5,000-plus defined benefit pension schemes in Britain are expected to have exceeded their estimated buyout funding levels, the Pensions Regulator said Wednesday, giving trustees and employers a chance to reassess their long-term objectives.

Expert Analysis

  • How COVID, Supply Chain Woes Are Fueling Air Cargo M&A

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    The pandemic has triggered a shift in the air cargo market, with supply chain issues and demand for expedited service attracting new investment — and M&A interest will likely continue, even as inflation and other factors damp enthusiasm, say Solange Leandro and Alison Weal at Watson Farley.

  • What To Expect From A Simplified EU Merger Control System

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    The European Commission’s draft amendments to the EU merger control system, expected to be formally adopted shortly, reduce its administrative burden and expand the scope of the simplified procedure to additional categories of transactions, providing a welcome development for companies and their advisers, say Axel Gutermuth and Lukas Šimas at Arnold & Porter.

  • How The Pandemic And UK Security Law Are Changing Deals

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    Deal makers must consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the approach to material adverse change provisions in the U.K. and U.S., and how the new U.K. National Security and Investment Act regime will affect investors across the globe seeking to acquire material influence in a U.K. company, say attorneys at Covington.

  • 3 Foreign Investment Issues Affecting Cross-Border Deals

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    Now more than ever, managing the increasingly complex foreign direct investment considerations for successfully completing cross-border transactions requires parties to be attentive to the evolving regulatory landscape, particularly in the U.K. and EU, say Chase Kaniecki and William Dawley at Cleary.

  • A Review Of The New UK Financial Services And Markets Bill

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    In revoking retained EU law and replacing it with U.K.-specific legislation, the new Financial Services and Markets Bill should mean a less cumbersome and more accessible regulatory regime than the existing patchwork of requirements, with provisions that address consumers’ concerns that they were not adequately protected, say attorneys at Ashurst.

  • Tracking The Global Move Toward Tighter Mergers Scrutiny

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    The recent merger control case of Vivendi and Lagardère in France is indicative of a global trend of competition authorities applying stricter standards to concentrations and pursuing an increasingly aggressive enforcement agenda, particularly in the media sector, says Jérémie Marthan at White & Case.

  • Dutch Merger May Promote Behavioral Remedies Across EU

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    A Dutch tribunal's recent clearing of the Sanoma-Iddink deal might further encourage merging parties in the EU to offer — and government agencies to accept — behavioral remedies, which was rarer when more emphasis was put on divestments, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Proposed Foreign Subsidy Regulation Has Political Overtones

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    The European Commission's proposed Foreign Subsidies Regulation aims to prevent subsidies that have a distortive effect on competition from being granted to foreign companies, but in directing it against governments that use companies to extend their influence in the EU, the implications are clearly political, say Lena Sandberg and Yannis Ioannidis at Gibson Dunn.

  • 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.

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