Transactions UK

  • July 04, 2024

    British Biz To Buy US Material Analysis Co. For $260M

    Spectris PLC said Thursday that it has acquired SciAps Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of analysis instruments, for up to $260 million as the British high-tech instrument maker seeks to expand its presence in North America.

  • July 04, 2024

    Pension Deals Market 'Driven By Transactions Under £100M'

    The record number of pension deals in the U.K. last year was driven primarily by smaller transactions of less than £100 million ($127.6 million), a consultancy has said.

  • July 04, 2024

    Tech Co. Knew IP Woes From Soured Deal, AI Video Biz Says

    An AI video analytics business has told a London court that a security technology company it accused of failing to pay up after acquiring its intellectual property should have been aware that its CCTV-analyzing technology might contain bugs.

  • July 04, 2024

    London IPO Market Gaining Momentum, EY Study Finds

    The London Stock Exchange attracted eight companies to take a listing in the first sixth months of 2024, raising a total of £513.8 million ($655.3 million), EY has said, signaling that the IPO market is gaining some momentum after a challenging couple of years.

  • July 04, 2024

    Barclays Sells €4.7B German Consumer Biz To Austrian Bank

    Barclays PLC said Thursday that it will sell its €4.7 billion ($5.1 billion) German consumer finance business to Austrian lender BAWAG as the British bank moves to simplify its operations.

  • July 03, 2024

    PIC Seals £1.2B 2nd TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan Buy-in

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC on Wednesday concluded a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) second buy-in with the trustee of TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan, a deal considered the largest completed pension scheme buy-in thus far this year, according to an announcement by PIC.

  • July 03, 2024

    Homes Developer Cairn Kicks Off €45M Share Buyback

    Cairn Homes PLC on Wednesday began an up to €45 million ($48.6 million) share repurchase program aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • July 03, 2024

    British Life Science Investor Syncona Unit Raises $170M

    Medical technology company Beacon Therapeutics has raised approximately £134 million ($170 million) in its second round of funding from new and existing investors including venture capital firms and the University of Oxford, its parent company Syncona said in a statement Wednesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    Vodafone Extends Virgin Media O2 Deal To Boost Competition

    Vodafone said on Wednesday that it sealed a fresh network-sharing agreement with telecommunications rival Virgin Media O2 for the next decade, as it looks to alleviate U.K. antitrust concerns over its £16.5 billion ($21 billion) deal to buy Three.

  • July 03, 2024

    Brown & Brown Unit Buys Employee Benefits Firm Advo

    Brown & Brown (Europe) Ltd. said Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries has acquired employee benefits intermediary Advo Group Ltd., in a deal guided by Birketts LLP and DMH Stallard, for an undisclosed fee.

  • July 03, 2024

    Swiss Ventilation Firm Zehnder Buys Spanish Rival For €86M

    Zehnder Group said Wednesday it has bought Spanish ventilation company Siber for €86 million ($93 million), a move it believes will strengthen its presence in southern Europe.

  • July 03, 2024

    Financial Intel Biz Buys Abrdn's Compliance Unit For £14.6M

    Financial data intelligence provider Fintel said Wednesday that it has acquired Threesixty Services, a business support company, from British investment giant Abrdn for £14.6 million ($18.5 million) to boost its portfolio.

  • July 03, 2024

    Lufthansa's €325M ITA Air Takeover Gets Conditional EU Nod

    Europe's antitrust authority said Wednesday that it has conditionally backed Lufthansa's plan to buy a 41% stake in ITA Airways for €325 million ($350 million) if the carriers hand over flight slots to rival airlines.

  • July 03, 2024

    Video Gaming Biz Agrees To EQT's £2.1B Takeover Offer

    The board of Keywords Studios PLC said Wednesday that it has backed a £2.1 billion ($2.7 billion) takeover offer put forward by Swedish private equity firm EQT AB, a move that will pull another company from London's capital markets.

  • July 02, 2024

    Gambling Biz Settles €273M Buyout Dispute With Financier

    Gambling hall operator MaxBet has settled a host of international legal disputes with Luxembourg-based financial holdings company Maximus stemming from a deal for Maximus to purchase various MaxBet-owned businesses that went south, lawyers for MaxBet told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • July 02, 2024

    £8.5M Property Deal Said To Defraud Creditors In Debt Row

    A British Virgin Islands-registered company has asked a London court to declare that the transfer of an estimated £8.5 million ($10.8 million) property by one of its debtors was done to intentionally hinder the company's chances to reclaim the money it is allegedly owed.

  • July 09, 2024

    Lawrence Stephens Hires 2 Directors From Rosling King

    Ann Ebberson and Alex Edwards have joined Lawrence Stephens Ltd. from Rosling King LLP as directors on the real estate finance and banking teams.

  • July 02, 2024

    FCA Approves PE Firm's £432M Bid For Wealth Manager

    Wealth management firm Mattioli Woods said Monday that the U.K.'s financial regulator has given a green light to its approximately £432 million ($546 million) acquisition by London private equity firm Pollen Street Capital.

  • July 02, 2024

    Video Game Publisher Devolver Raises £8M Through Placing

    Devolver Digital Inc. said Tuesday it has successfully raised about £7.9 million ($10 million) by issuing shares to investors, funds the video game publisher said will help bolster its balance sheet.

  • July 02, 2024

    Liechtenstein Bank To Buy Austria's Kantonalbank

    Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG, a Liechtenstein-based lender known as LLB, said Tuesday that it agreed to buy Austrian bank Zürcher Kantonalbank Österreich AG in an all-cash deal. The purchase price was not disclosed.

  • July 02, 2024

    Just Group Lands £260M Aviation Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group on Tuesday announced it has taken on £260 million ($328.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a retirement savings plan sponsored by aviation company John Menzies Ltd., in a deal guided by Brodies LLP and Gowling WLG.

  • July 02, 2024

    REIT Impact Healthcare Sells 5 Care Homes For £8.8M

    U.K. care home investor Impact Healthcare REIT PLC said on Tuesday that it has agreed to sell five of its properties in England and Wales in two separate deals worth a total of £8.8 million ($11.1 million).

  • July 01, 2024

    Xavier Niel's Atlas Follows Through With $4.1B Millicom Bid

    French billionaire Xavier Niel's Atlas Investissement on Monday made an official bid to buy out Luxembourgish telecommunications provider Millicom's shareholders through a tender offer at a value of approximately $4.1 billion.

  • July 01, 2024

    Tikehau Capital To Nab Over €200M Of Commercial Properties

    French retail firm Groupe Casino said Monday that it has agreed to sell 30 of its real estate properties to investment company Tikehau Capital for at least €200 million ($215 million) to use the proceeds to reduce its debt.

  • July 01, 2024

    PE Co. Altor Buys Majority Stake In Tech Biz F24 For £18.4M

    U.K. investment company HgCapital Trust PLC said Monday that Altor, a private equity firm, has bought most of its stake in F24, in a deal that values the cloud computing company at £18.4 million ($23.3 million).

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From The CMA's Green Collaboration Guidance

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    Recently published Competition and Markets Authority guidance on the application of competition law to environmental sustainability agreements should remove barriers for businesses that want to collaborate on environmental sustainability without breaking the law, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What The Anti-Coercion Instrument Will Bring To The EU

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    Vassilis Akritidis and Jean-Baptiste Blancardi at Crowell & Moring discuss why the European Union recently adopted a report on the anti-coercion instrument to reform its trade legislation, how the instrument will be used to respond to unfair economic pressure from third countries, and how businesses can impact the EU's decision making.

  • CMA Report On AI May Lead to Greater Competition Control

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    The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority’s recent report on artificial intelligence foundation models is a sign that developers could face increased merger control and antitrust enforcement, and businesses should be mindful of these views to ensure that their models do not come under investigation, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Employer Due Diligence Lessons From Share Scheme Case

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    The Scottish Court of Session recently confirmed in Ponticelli v. Gallagher that the right to participate in a share incentive plan transfers to the transferee, highlighting the importance for transferee employers to conduct comprehensive due diligence when acquiring workforce, including on arrangements outside the employment contract's scope, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • 4 Compliance Considerations Under FCA Consumer Duty

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    Following the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent introduction of the new consumer duty regime, firms will need to be mindful of data protection implications when managing their compliance with the duty and data protection legislation, say lawyers at Bird & Bird.

  • How The UK Investment Screening Regime Is Taking Shape

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    A recent order imposing remedies on an acquisition by EDF Energy highlights emerging trends in the U.K. government's national security reviews of transactions under the U.K. National Security and Investment Act, and shows how the U.K. remedy landscape compares to the U.S. regime, say lawyers at Arnold & Porter.

  • EU Antitrust Rules Set To Pose Challenges To US Businesses

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    With stark differences between U.S. and European Union antitrust regimes, and potential for the forthcoming EU guidelines to turbocharge the commission's appetite for intervention, it is important that U.S. businesses with activities in the region take note of the reforms, say Andrea Pomana and Sarah Wilks at Mayer Brown.

  • German Competition Law May Herald New Enforcement Trend

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    The recent amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition is expected to significantly expand the powers of the German Federal Cartel Office, and could signal a global trend toward greater direct intervention by national competition authorities and political interference in competition law, say lawyers at Simmons & Simmons.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • A Look At German And French Merger Control Trends In 2023

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    Merger control statistics from the first half of 2023 in Germany and France — key merger control jurisdictions with strict enforcement and sophisticated analysis tools — highlight trends on the length and number of investigations by the respective authorities, say Laurence Bary and Clemens Graf York von Wartenburg at Dechert.

  • UK Shares-Tax Proposals Offer Long-Awaited Modernization

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    The U.K. government's recent consultation on the introduction of a new tax on transactions in securities raises detailed legal and practical issues, but the prospect of a single digital stamp tax offering both streamlined legislation and administration will be welcomed, say Zoë Arnautov and Mark Sheiham at Simmons & Simmons.

  • EU Illumina-Grail Fine Cools Cos.' Merger Control Approach

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    The European Commission's recent record-breaking fine on Illumina for acquiring Grail without approval underscores its tough stance on merger control enforcement, showing that companies in Europe need to be vigilant in complying with regulatory requirements, say Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte and Raphaël Fleischer at King & Spalding.

  • EU Case Shows Wide Approach To Blocking Telecom Mergers

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    The EU court's recent judgment in Commission v. CK Telecoms may make it more challenging to secure clearance for telecom and other companies pursuing mergers, illustrating its broad approach to mergers that risk harming competition without creating a dominant position, say Dominic Long and Christopher Best at Allen & Overy.

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

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