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

  • Growing EU Scrutiny Increases Hurdles For Foreign Investors

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    The application of the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation from July will bring further oversight to many large deals, and together with bolt-on strategies, foreign investment regulation and antitrust enforcement, financial sponsors will need to start planning for compliance to avoid potential delays, say Anna Mitchell and Neil Hoolihan at Linklaters.

  • How The New UK Digital Markets Bill Will Affect CMA's Powers

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    The highly anticipated U.K. Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill sets out far-reaching changes in terms of merger control and conduct requirements, but some are skeptical of the Competition and Markets Authority’s enhanced powers and potential for divergence in treatment between firms, say Ben Chivers, Stephen Whitfield ​​​​​​​and Nigel Seay at Travers Smith.

  • M&A Considerations For European Cos. Acquiring US Entities

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    As investment banks forecast a resurgence of mergers and acquisitions later this year, European companies seeking to acquire U.S. businesses should be aware of key procedural differences and federal regulatory requirements that will affect the process, timing and terms of the transaction, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • A Review Of The EU FDI Screening Regulation And Its Scope

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    The EU advocate general’s recent broad interpretation of the EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation takes account of some of the geopolitical challenges faced by the bloc, and may foreshadow a revision of the regulation and widen the scope of investments screened, say Vassilis Akritidis and Jean-Baptiste Blancardi at Crowell & Moring.

  • Key Takeaways From EU Proposal For Greenwashing Rules

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    If the proposal for a Green Claims Directive, with its enhanced rules on claims about a product or trader's environmental impact, is adopted, it will affect all businesses selling their products in the EU and bring major changes to the way those products are packaged and advertised, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • UK Investment Screening Inches Closer To US Regime

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    The recent agreement between the U.K. Cabinet Office and House of Commons concerning parliamentary scrutiny of the Investment Security Unit represents a step toward greater transparency of intervention in investments that may raise national security concerns, and underscores increasing alignment with the U.S. regime, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • UK Ruling Offers Useful Guidance To Insolvency Practitioners

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    The recent U.K. High Court ruling in a matter involving Sova Capital represents the first unsecured credit bid to be approved by an English court, demonstrating a pragmatic approach to complex sanctions-related administrations and identifying a novel solution for insolvency practitioners to maximize value for the benefit of creditors, say attorneys at Katten.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • Ofwat's New Guidance For Water Projects: Key Takeaways

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    While increased competition is a laudable aim, the U.K. Water Services Regulation Authority's introduction of direct procurement for customers by default for projects above a size threshold could have ramifications for the financial stability of the companies delivering major water infrastructure, say Jennifer Charles and Marianne Anton at Watson Farley.

  • Court Ruling Strengthens EU Stance On Non-Notifiable M&A

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    The recent European Union Court of Justice's decision in Towercast can be seen as part of a pattern of increasingly rigorous scrutiny of M&A, and provides scope for greater intervention by national competition authorities on acquisitions by dominant companies that do not meet the EU or national merger control thresholds for notification, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • How Changes To 'Acting In Concert' Will Affect UK Takeovers

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    The recent changes made to the rules by the U.K. Takeover Panel on who is presumed to be acting in concert will be of most interest to parties proposing to make a bid for a U.K. listed company, and give welcome clarity as to how the U.K. takeover regime operates, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • Key Points In Draft EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation

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    The draft implementing regulation on EU foreign subsidy control provides eagerly awaited guidance on the submission of mandatory notifications, but there are still many open questions, say Paul van den Berg and Merit Olthoff at Freshfields.

  • ClientEarth Claim May Expand Scope Of Directors' Duties

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    In using litigation to hold Shell’s board of directors to account for failing to properly prepare for the net-zero transition, ClientEarth’s actions represent a shift in climate change activism strategy and an unprecedented application of directors’ duties as a mechanism to drive change, say Marlene Henderson and Danielle De Val at Browne Jacobson.

  • Volatile Energy Prices Complicate Int'l Arbitration Damages

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    In the turbulent global energy market, international arbitration is a crucial tool for resolving cross-border disputes — but determining how, if at all, to account for recent energy price spikes when quantifying damages presents many challenges for tribunals, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

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