Transactions UK

  • July 16, 2024

    Apax Completes Sale Of Internet Group Baltic

    The Apax IX Fund, in which Guernsey-based, closed-ended investment company Apax Global Alpha Ltd. is a limited partner, said Tuesday it has sold its remaining shares in Baltic Classifieds Group, a Lithuanian internet service provider.

  • July 16, 2024

    Precision Tools Supplier To Buy US Rival For Up To $683M

    Spectris said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy rival U.S.-based Micromeritics in a deal worth up to $683 million as the British precision tools supplier looks to improve its advanced materials analysis division and grow into the clean technology sector.

  • July 16, 2024

    Troubled REIT To Wind Down Amid £115M Debt Pile

    A struggling investment trust said Tuesday that it will wind down as it grapples with a £115 million ($149 million) burden of debt, an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and potential group litigation.

  • July 16, 2024

    PE Firm Sells 3% Stake In Trustpilot For £27.5M

    Private equity shop Vitruvian Partners LLP said on Tuesday that it has sold a 3% stake in Danish review website Trustpilot for £27.5 million ($35.7 million).

  • July 16, 2024

    Top UK Court Rules Deal Advice Fees Are Not Tax Deductible

    Britain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that £2.5 million ($3.2 million) paid in advisory fees by an investment company to Deutsche Bank and others is not tax-deductible as the expenses were "capital in nature" spent trying to dispose of a Dutch business.

  • July 15, 2024

    Biotech Firm Destiny To Delist From AIM

    Destiny Pharma PLC on Monday proposed quitting London's alternative investment market to go private, saying doing so gives it a better chance of raising funds for developing its key drug program than as a public business.

  • July 15, 2024

    Labour Gov't Urged To Consult On Green Finance Rules

    A trade body for financial institutions has urged the Labour government to consult before imposing extra rules on firms' plans to transition to the green economy to avoid liability risks.

  • July 15, 2024

    Cosmetics Packager Texen To Buy Rival In €140M Deal

    French luxury beauty packager Texen SAS plans to merge with Quadpack Industries SA in a take-private deal that values the Spanish rival at €140 million ($153 million), the companies said on Monday.

  • July 15, 2024

    AstraZeneca Completes $1B Amolyt Pharma Takeover

    AstraZeneca said Monday that it has successfully completed the approximately $1.05 billion acquisition of clinical stage biotechnology company Amolyt Pharma, which was guided by Freshfields, Jones Day and Cooley LLP, weeks after completing another $2.4 billion acquisition. 

  • July 15, 2024

    WH Ireland Completes £5M Sale Of Capital Markets Division

    Wealth manager WH Ireland Group PLC said on Monday that it has finalized the £5 million ($6.5 million) sale of its capital markets division to financial services company Zeus Capital Ltd.

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 19, 2024

    HSF Hires Eversheds Partner Pair For Paris Office

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has recruited two high-ranking lawyers from Eversheds Sutherland in France to boost its capabilities advising clients on intellectual property, information technology and data privacy.

  • July 12, 2024

    Sirius Real Estate Raises £153M In Equity For Expansion Plan

    Business parks owner Sirius Real Estate has raised approximately £152.5 million ($198 million) in fresh equity from existing and new investors in a two-step operation to fund its acquisition strategy.

  • July 12, 2024

    Asset Manager Impax Completes Financial Adviser Buyout

    Impax said on Friday that it has now completed the purchase of the assets of fixed-income manager Absalon Corp. Credit, as the private equity firm which focuses on renewable energy looks to expand its business beyond the U.S.

  • July 12, 2024

    FCA Cuts Record-Keeping For Banks Advising Listed Firms

    The Financial Conduct Authority has cut record-keeping requirements for banks advising client companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

  • July 12, 2024

    MoFo-Guided SoftBank Buys UK Chipmaker Graphcore

    SoftBank Group Corp. has acquired Graphcore, a British semiconductor chipmaker, as it eyes expansion into the artificial intelligence sector, the two companies said on Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

    Superdry To Remove Shares From London's Main Market

    Struggling retailer Superdry PLC said on Friday that its shares will be pulled from the London Stock Exchange's main market on Monday to allow it to focus on a restructuring plan.

  • July 11, 2024

    London Revamps Listing Rules To Hone Competitive Edge

    The move by the financial watchdog to rewrite U.K. Listing Rules better equips the London Stock Exchange to attract and retain high-growth companies, experts tell Law360. And they downplay fears the new rules could weaken consumer protection.

  • July 11, 2024

    Swedish Warehouse Biz Buys Norwegian Rival In $311M Deal

    Swedish industrial real estate company Logistea said Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of Norwegian rival KMC Properties in a deal worth approximately 3.26 billion Swedish kroner ($311 million) guided by European law firms Thommessen, Vinge, Cederquist and Wiersholm.

  • July 11, 2024

    US PE Firm To Bid €1M For French Industrial Machinery Biz

    French engineering company Gaussin SA said Thursday that a consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Coral Reef Capital has offered €1 million ($1.08 million) to buy its subsidiary Metalliance, a troubled industrial machinery manufacturer.

  • July 11, 2024

    Hotelier PPHE Kick-Starts £4M Share Buyback Scheme

    PPHE Hotel Group Ltd. said on Thursday it has begun a share repurchase program of up to £4 million ($5.2 million), advised by Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • July 11, 2024

    Gowling Builds £35M Pension Deal For Civil Engineers

    A trade body for engineers has handed £35 million ($45 million) of its pensions liabilities to insurer Aviva PLC, advisers have said, in a buy-in transaction designed to cut risk that was guided by Gowling WLG.

  • July 11, 2024

    White & Case Guides Turkish Biz's $310M Port Co. Buyout

    U.K. cruise port operator Global Ports Holding PLC said on Thursday that it has agreed to be bought out by a subsidiary of its majority shareholder Global Yatirim Holding AS, a Turkish conglomerate, for $310 million.

  • July 11, 2024

    FCA Overhauls Share Listing Rules To Boost LSE

    The Financial Conduct Authority unveiled a "significant" revamp of its share listings regime on Thursday, a move to help the London Stock Exchange provide corporate financing and stay competitive with other global financial centers. 

  • July 10, 2024

    Kirkland Guides Canada Pension Plan on €550M Tech Stake

    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said Wednesday that it has invested €550 million ($595 million) for a stake in European technology company Team Blue in a deal steered by Linklaters, Macfarlanes and Kirkland & Ellis.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Regulating Digital Platforms: What's Changing In EU And UK

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    Lawyers at Mayer Brown assess the status of recently enacted EU and U.K. antitrust regulation governing gatekeeper platforms, noting that the effects are already being felt, and that companies will need to avoid anti-competitive self-preferencing and ensure a higher degree of interoperability than has been required to date.

  • An Overview Of European Private Investments in Public Equity

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    Although still fairly rare, private investments in public equity may continue to be an attractive option for some European issuers seeking to secure equity financing, and advisers planning such an investment should consider the various local options, requirements and norms, say lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • UK Takeover Code Changes: Key Points For Bidders, Targets

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    Newly effective amendments to Rule 21 of the U.K. Takeover Code, which remove legal and administrative constraints on a target operating its business in the ordinary way during an offer, will add clarity for targets and bidders, and are likely to be welcomed by both, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • EU Rejection Of Deal Veers From Past Practice

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    The European Commission's recent prohibition of Booking's purchase of Etraveli based on ecosystem theories of harm reveals a lower bar for prohibiting nonhorizontal mergers, and may mean increased merger scrutiny for companies with entrenched market positions in digital markets, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From FDI Screening Report Findings

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    The recent European Commission report on the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU reveals how member states need to balance national security concerns with openness, and with more cross-border transactions subject to screening, lawyers must be alert to jurisdictional variances, says Jonathon Gunn at Faegre Drinker.

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