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  • May 30, 2024

    Royal Mail Bidder Backs 'Third Way' Pension Overhaul

    The conglomerate controlled by Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský that bid £3.57 billion ($4.54 billion) for Britain's national postal service has promised to push ahead with a pioneering new retirement savings plan for workers.

  • May 30, 2024

    Clifford Chance Steers Brookfield's €6B Energy Biz Purchase

    Brookfield Corp. said on Thursday that it plans to buy French green energy company Neoen SA for €6.1 billion ($6.6 billion) as the Canadian asset manager moves to diversify its business in the global renewables market. 

  • May 29, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Pushed Sales Team Hard, Jury Hears

    A federal prosecutor cross-examining ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch on Wednesday in a criminal fraud trial over claims the British tech tycoon conned HP into overpaying billions for his software company sought to portray Lynch as an overbearing leader who put intense pressure on his team to generate "revenue revenue revenue."

  • May 29, 2024

    Microsoft's Post-Merger Layoffs Cited In I-Told-You-So Appeal

    A private group of gamers is pointing to Microsoft's recent layoffs of 1,900 Activision and XBox employees as evidence of market harms stemming from Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., as the group seeks to revive a private antitrust suit challenging the merger in the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 29, 2024

    Gibson Dunn, Skadden Guide $3B Merck-EyeBio Deal

    Gibson Dunn-led Merck said Wednesday it has agreed to purchase ophthalmology-focused biotech company Eyebiotech Ltd., or EyeBio, which is represented by Skadden, for up to $3 billion.

  • May 29, 2024

    Goldman Sachs Raises Over $20B For Direct Lending Strategy

    Goldman Sachs Alternatives, advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, revealed Wednesday that it clinched its latest senior direct lending fund after securing $13.1 billion from investors, and that together with other money raised for associated vehicles it has over $20 billion in fresh capital to put toward its direct lending strategy.

  • May 29, 2024

    Italian Airline's Chair Hits Back At €50M 'Revenge' Claim

    The chair of Aeroitalia has urged a London court to throw out a €50 million ($54 million) claim over the Italian airline, arguing he had not agreed to transfer most of his stake in the business to a company claiming to have links with aviation magnate German Efromovich.

  • May 29, 2024

    HSF Guides £204M Pension Deal For Telcoms Biz Arqiva

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC said Wednesday it has completed a £204 million ($259.8 million) full buy-in of a retirement savings plan sponsored by telecommunications company Arqiva Ltd., in a deal guided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Guides L&G's £20M Nortel Pension Buyout

    The U.K. pension liabilities of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp., worth £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion), have now been offloaded fully to Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd., the insurer said Tuesday, after a final transaction steered by Travers Smith LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP, Hogan Lovells and Clifford Chance LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Hughes Hubbard Steers Publisher On $83M Acquisition Deal

    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC said on Wednesday that it has purchased academic publishing business of Rowman & Littlefield, which is based in the U.S., for up to $83 million, advised by Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Dickson Minto-Led Averon To Pay £167M For Forestry Investor

    Averon Park Ltd. said Wednesday that its subsidiary has agreed to buy Foresight Sustainable Forestry, a U.K. investment company, for £167 million ($213 million), as the infrastructure owner looks to further diversify its portfolio.

  • May 29, 2024

    Revolution Bar Chain Schedules Vote For Restructuring Plans

    Troubled nightlife chain Revolution Bars said on Wednesday that it has scheduled a general meeting for June to allow shareholders to vote on raising £12.5 million ($16 million) in funds so it can move forward with its restructuring plans.

  • May 29, 2024

    McDermott Hires Senior Restructuring Pro For London Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added a senior consultant to its transactions practice as the firm looks to bolster its ability to advise on cross-border companies in financial distress.

  • May 29, 2024

    Royal Mail Owner Accepts £3.6B Bid From Czech Tycoon

    The owner of Royal Mail, the British national postal service, said on Wednesday that it has agreed to a £3.57 billion ($4.52 billion) cash buyout offer by a conglomerate controlled by Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský.

  • May 29, 2024

    Anglo American Rejects Extension To £38.6B BHP Offer

    British miner Anglo American PLC rejected a last-minute request from BHP Group to extend takeover talks on Wednesday, even though the Australian rival has offered concessions to help sweeten its latest offer of £38.6 billion ($49.3 billion).

  • May 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Says HP 'Panicked,' Tried To Unwind Deal

    Autonomy founder Michael Lynch testified Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims he conned HP into overpaying for his company that HP's board "panicked" after news of the acquisition leaked and HP's stock dropped 20%, that HP fired its CEO and that it attempted to back out of the deal.

  • May 28, 2024

    Energy Capital Raises $6.7B, Inks $2.6B Atlantica Acquisition

    Energy Capital Partners has amassed $6.7 billion for its latest fund and co-investment vehicle and has also struck an agreement to buy Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure for $2.6 billion, according to statements Tuesday. 

  • May 28, 2024

    Cleary-Led Chemical Co. Offers $1B For Swedish Drugmaker

    Asahi Kasei Corp. said on Tuesday it had offered to buy out Stockholm-based drugmaker Calliditas Therapeutics AB for 11.1 billion Swedish krona ($1.06 billion), as the Japanese chemical company aims to increase its presence in the global pharmaceutical sector.

  • May 28, 2024

    Paul Hastings Steers Oakley Capital In ProductLife Investment

    Oakley Capital Investments, a listed investment trust that invests in the funds of private equity investor Oakley Capital, said it will indirectly invest an anticipated approximately £41 million ($52.4 million) into compliance services provider ProductLife Group.

  • May 28, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Tax Pro From MoFo In London

    Greenberg Traurig LLP added to its deep bench of legal talent by recruiting a tax partner from Morrison & Foerster to join the firm's London office and co-chair its tax practice, the firm said.

  • May 28, 2024

    Aviva Completes £130M Pension Deal With Telereal

     A property investment company has offloaded £130 million ($166 million) of its pension liabilities to Aviva PLC, the insurer said Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Latham Leads Bridgepoint To Buy Intranet Co. For $650M

    Private investor Bridgepoint Group PLC said on Tuesday that its fund has agreed to fully buy out LumApps, a French intranet provider, from its four backers for a total of $650 million, as the British company seeks a slice of the growing technology sector.

  • May 28, 2024

    Packaging Co. Bunzl Wraps £339M Acquistion Of Nisbets

    Bunzl PLC said Tuesday it has completed its purchase of 80% of food service distributor Nisbets for an initial payment of £339 million ($433 million), after receiving regulatory clearance for the transaction.

  • May 28, 2024

    Pension Deals Market Working For Small Providers, Aon Says

    The deal market for small pension schemes looking to offload their liabilities to insurers is working despite fears that such plans are being crowded out of the market, Aon said Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Struggling Revolution Bar Chain Says Rescue Plan Won't Work

    Troubled nightlife chain Revolution Bars said Tuesday that a rescue deal proposed by Nightcap, a rival operator, is "incapable of being delivered" because of "untested legal and procedural issues."

Expert Analysis

  • How Gov't Response Addresses Investment Act Concerns

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    The government’s recently published response to a call for evidence on the National Security and Investment Act is largely appropriate to stakeholder concerns raised and demonstrates in its five areas of focus that it is willing to respond to live issues, say lawyers at Watson Farley.

  • Pharma Remains A Key Focus Of EU Antitrust Enforcement

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    The recently published European Commission report on pharmaceutical sector competition law illustrates that effective enforcement of EU rules remains a matter of high priority for EU and national authorities, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • The Dangers Of Providing Misleading Info In A Merger Review

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    Although Kingspan's recent proposed acquisition of Trimo, brought before the European Commission, was abandoned following investigation for an alleged breach of EU Merger Regulation requirements, it has brought to light the importance of submitting accurate and complete information in merger reviews to avoid incurring a substantial fine, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Cum-Ex Prosecutions Storm Shows No Sign Of Abating

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    The ongoing trial of Sanjay Shah in Denmark is a clear indicator that efforts remain focused on holding to account the alleged architects and beneficiaries of cum-ex trading, and with these prosecutions making their way across Europe, it is a more turbulent time now than ever, says Niall Hearty at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Key Points From EC Economic Security Screening Initiatives

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    Lawyers at Herbert Smith analyze the European Commission's five recently announced initiatives aimed at de-risking the EU's trade and investment links with third countries, including the implementation of mandatory screening mechanisms and extending coverage to investments made by EU companies that are controlled subsidiaries of non-EU investors.

  • Vodafone Decision Highlights Wide Scope Of UK's FDI Rules

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    The U.K. government’s recently imposed conditions required for its approval of Vodafone and Etisalat’s strategic relationship agreement under its National Security and Investment Act jurisdiction, illustrating the significance of the act as an important factor for transactions with a U.K. link, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • What Extension Of French FDI Control Means For Investors

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    The recently published French order on foreign investment control expands the regime's application to more sectors and at a lower threshold of share ownership, illustrating France's determination to maintain sovereignty over its supply chains in sensitive sectors, and adding new considerations for potential investors in these areas, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • What To Expect For Private Capital Investment Funds In 2024

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    As 2024 gets underway, market sentiment in the private fundraising sphere seems more optimistic, with a greater focus on deal sourcing and operational optimizations, and an increased emphasis on impact and sustainability strategies, say lawyers at Ropes & Gray.

  • Cayman Islands Off AML Risk Lists, Signaling Robust Controls

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    As a world-leading jurisdiction for securitization special purpose entities, the removal of the Cayman Islands from increased anti-money laundering monitoring lists is a significant milestone that will benefit new and existing financial services customers conducting business in the territory, say lawyers at Walkers Global.

  • Acquisition Of AI Tech Poses Challenges For Media Industry

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    The artificial intelligence regulatory landscape is changing quickly, and media and entertainment companies planning to acquire AI technology through a merger, acquisition or licensing deal should be mindful of potential new compliance requirements and AI-specific insurance products, say lawyers at Covington.

  • Due Diligence Pointers After Entain Deferred Prosecution Deal

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    The Crown Prosecution Service's £615 million settlement with Entain last month signifies that the CPS is a serious enforcer of corporate crime, and illustrates the importance of carrying out a tailored risk assessment in preparation for and following an acquisition, say Matthew Cowie and Aziz Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • What Can Be Learned From Adobe-Figma Merger Termination

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s role in the recent termination of the proposed Adobe-Figma merger deal indicates the regulator's intention to be seen as a strong enforcer in the technology sphere, and serves as a warning for companies to address antitrust risks early on in the merger process, say Deirdre Taylor and Molly Heslop at Gibson Dunn.

  • How FCA Listing Regime Reform Proposals Are Developing

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently proposed U.K. equity listings reforms maintain increased flexibility with a disclosure-based approach, but much of the new regime’s success will depend on the eligibility criteria used and whether additional governance will be required for inclusion, say lawyers at Debevoise.

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