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  • 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.

  • April 24, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Canada Life's £46M Lexmark Deal

    Insurer Canada Life has agreed to a £46 million ($57 million) buy-in with the pension scheme of printing business Lexmark Holdings Inc. in a transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • April 24, 2024

    Container Giant MSC Offers $700M For Shipping Rival

    A subsidiary of MSC, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, said on Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Gram Car Carriers for 7.6 billion Norwegian kroner ($692 million), in a deal steered by Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

  • April 24, 2024

    GXO Gets UK All-Clear For £762M Bid For Logistics Biz

    GXO Logistics Inc. said Wednesday that the U.K. government has granted national security clearance to its proposed £762 million ($950 million) takeover of British supply-chain group Wincanton PLC.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ithaca Energy Inks £754M Deal For Eni's UK Oil, Gas Sites

    Ithaca Energy has agreed to buy a "substantial" portion of the U.K. oil and gas-producing assets of Eni of Italy for approximately £754 million ($937 million) as the independent operator eyes expansion in the North Sea.

  • April 23, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Tech Exec Doubted 'Bizarre' $6M Deal, Jury Told

    Autonomy's ex-chief technology officer testified Tuesday in the California federal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he had concerns about Autonomy's "bizarre" 2010 deal to sell $6 million in repackaged hardware, which prosecutors allege was never delivered and was only used to artificially inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • April 23, 2024

    Grain Co.'s $18B Deal Raises Competition Flags For Canada

    Canada's competition enforcer said Tuesday it has concerns over grain and seed supplier Bunge Ltd.'s plan to buy global grain trader Viterra Ltd. in an $18 billion deal, saying the acquisition could result in lower prices paid to farmers and higher prices for refined canola oil.

  • April 23, 2024

    RGL Confirms Woodford Claim Against Hargreaves Lansdown

    RGL Group confirmed Tuesday it is pursuing a fresh claim against investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown over the collapse of Woodford Equity Investment Fund.

  • April 23, 2024

    Weil-Led PE Firm Buys Audio Tech Biz Audiotonix

    French private equity firm PAI Partners said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in British audio technology business Audiotonix from its rival investment firm Ardian, in a deal guided by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • April 23, 2024

    Energy Biz Kistos Completes £25M Buy Of EDF Unit

    Kistos Holdings PLC said on Tuesday that it has completed its £25 million ($31 million) purchase of EDF Energy (Gas Storage) Ltd. after winning the necessary clearance required under national security rules.

  • April 23, 2024

    Oil Biz 88 Energy To Raise $6.3M In Equity In UK, Australia

    Oil and gas explorer 88 Energy said Tuesday that it plans to raise approximately 9.8 million Australian dollars ($6.3 million) with a share placing in London and Australia to help pay for development of major projects.

  • April 23, 2024

    15 Pension Mega-Deals Forecast In Coming Months

    The U.K. pension deals market is set for another record year, with around 15 mega transactions worth up to £30 billion ($37 billion) expected to go ahead in the next few months, a retirement savings consultancy said Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    KKR Pushes Smart Metering Investors To Accept £1.3B Bid

    Private equity giant KKR on Tuesday urged the shareholders of British energy infrastructure company Smart Metering who have not yet accepted its £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) takeover offer to submit their shares by May 7.

  • April 23, 2024

    Freshfields-Led JD Sports Agrees To Buy US Rival For $1.1B

    JD Sports said on Tuesday that it has proposed to buy U.S. athletic fashion retailer Hibbet Inc. for approximately $1.08 billion as the U.K. sportswear store chain eyes expansion in the American southeast.

  • April 22, 2024

    Freshfields-Led CVC Unveils Range On $1.7B Amsterdam IPO

    European private equity giant CVC Capital Partners PLC, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, on Monday set a price range on initial public offering estimated to raise about €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion), mostly benefiting selling shareholders.

  • April 22, 2024

    Med Tech Founder Denies Deceiving Investors For $20M Sale

    The co-founder of a medical technology business has denied concealing his financial interest in a $20 million deal to purchase shares in his company, claiming he was never told it was important to reveal the seller's identity to the investment company.

  • April 22, 2024

    Tesco Begins £1B Share Buyback Program

    Tesco PLC on Monday announced the rollout of the first chunk of its share repurchase program, worth up to £1 billion ($1.2 billion), as it seeks to cut the size of its outstanding share capital.

  • April 22, 2024

    Travers Smith Steers Doormaker's £788M Bid For UK Rival

    Quanex Building Products Corp. has offered to buy all the shares of door and windows company Tyman PLC for £788 million ($971 million), the companies said Monday, in a deal guided by Travers Smith LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • April 22, 2024

    Frenkel Topping Acquires North West Law For £2.75M

    Specialist advisory firm Frenkel Topping said Monday that it has acquired North West Law Services Ltd. for £2.75 million ($3.3 million) to expand its activities within the personal injury and clinical negligence advisory market.

  • April 22, 2024

    Fund Administrator Eyes $21M Deal For JPMorgan Chase Biz

    Jersey-based fund administrator JTC PLC said Monday it has offered to buy a trust administration business owned by JP Morgan Chase Bank NA for $21 million, a move it believes will strengthen its presence in the U.S.

  • April 22, 2024

    TotalEnergies To Take Over Malaysian Gas Biz For $530M

    TotalEnergies SE said on Monday it has agreed to buy Sapura Upstream Assets Sdn Bhd's 50% interest in Malaysian gas producer and operator SapuraOMV Upstream Sdn for $530 million, a move by the French energy giant to boost its output.

  • April 22, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Blackstone Bids $1.2B For Music Biz Hipgnosis

    Private equity firm Blackstone has tabled an enhanced $1.2 billion bid for U.K. music royalties investment company Hipgnosis, countering an offer from U.S. royalties firm Concord Chorus.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • A Look At 2023's Landmark Insolvency Developments

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    The insolvency landscape in 2023 witnessed pivotal court decisions that will continue to shape the industry in 2024, with a focus on refining director and administrator duties and obligations, and addressing emerging challenges, says Kerri Wilson at Ontier.

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