Transactions UK

  • January 30, 2024

    Biotech Investor Shareholders Approve Buy Of Rival's Assets

    RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd. said on Tuesday that it has won approval from its shareholders to buy rival Arix's assets, worth nearly $284 million excluding liabilities, in a deal guided by Clifford Chance.

  • January 30, 2024

    WilmerHale Adds Int'l Financial Investigations Pro From DWF

    WilmerHale has hired an investigations expert as counsel to the firm's London office, where she will advise both domestic and international clients on complex and cross-border investigations and compliance issues.

  • January 30, 2024

    Italian Insurer Plans €500M Share Buyback After Profits Boost

    Assicurazioni Generali SpA said on Tuesday it is planning a €500 million ($540 million) share buyback scheme to return money to shareholders, built on two strategic acquisitions and the insurance giant's confidence in its financial position. 

  • January 30, 2024

    Eversheds, Keelys Guide Broker Howden On Consultancy Buy

    Insurance giant Howden Group said it has bought AHR Consultancy, a provider of employment law compliance services, in a deal steered by Eversheds Sutherland and Keelys LLP.

  • January 30, 2024

    Renault Puts Brakes On EV Unit Ampere's IPO

    Renault has canceled plans to float its electric vehicle subsidiary Ampere because of slow equity capital markets.

  • January 29, 2024

    2 Firms Steer Flutter's Bid For Additional US Listing

    Shares of sports-betting company Flutter began trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange following a secondary listing steered by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP that could mark Flutter's first step toward moving its primary venue from London to New York.

  • January 29, 2024

    Sidley Austin Advises REIT In IPO To Pay Off $704M

    American Healthcare REIT, a senior housing real estate investment trust based in Irvine, California, said Monday that it would launch an initial public offering to raise enough to pay down $703.8 million in debt, in a transaction advised by Sidley Austin LLP. 

  • January 29, 2024

    Fintech Alpha Group Announces £20M Share Buyback

    Alpha Group International PLC on Monday kicked off a share buyback worth up to £20 million ($23 million), a move expected to lower its outstanding capital.

  • January 29, 2024

    Eversheds, A&O, Sackers Steer £1.4B UK Pension Deal

    A food and drinks packaging company has transferred £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) of its pension liabilities to an insurer, Rothesay Life, in a transaction steered by Sackers, Eversheds Sutherland, and Allen & Overy.

  • January 29, 2024

    Software Biz AdvT Completes £3.5M Sale of Synaptic

    AdvancedAdvT Ltd., a business that owns software firms, said on Monday it has completed the sale of its business Synaptic Software Ltd. after receiving regulatory approval for the net £3.5 million ($4.5 million) transaction.

  • January 29, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Hires Insurance M&A Pro From Royal London

    Pinsent Masons LLP has hired an insurance deal-maker expert as a partner in its corporate office in London, as the multinational law firm looks to strengthen its financial services team.

  • January 29, 2024

    Dentons-Led Airline Eyes $962M Market Cap With London IPO

    Air Astana said Monday that it expects to achieve a valuation of up to $962 million after disclosing the price range of its securities to be offered in its planned $300 million initial public offering on the London and Kazakhstan stock exchanges.

  • January 29, 2024

    Amazon, IRobot Pull Plug On Deal Due To European Scrutiny

    Amazon and iRobot said Monday they have mutually agreed to terminate their $1.7 billion agreement for the tech giant to acquire the maker of Roomba robot vacuums, noting the deal has "no path to regulatory approval" in the European Union and calling it "a loss for consumers, competition and innovation."

  • January 29, 2024

    COVID Vaccine Maker Completes $16M French Pharma Buyout

    Oxford Biomedica, a U.K. company that helped manufacture the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, said on Monday that it has finalized the purchase of a maker of gene-based vaccines for €15 million ($16.2 million), as it seeks to expand production into the European Union.

  • January 29, 2024

    Brown Rudnick Hires Ex-SFO Prosecutor To Head Corp. Crime

    Brown Rudnick LLP has hired a former Serious Fraud Office prosecutor from Jenner & Block LLP to head the international law firm's white-collar crime practice.

  • January 26, 2024

    Cleary-Led SPAC ACG Extends Acquisition Deadline To June

    Blank check company ACG Acquisition Co. Ltd. said Friday that its shareholders have approved an extension of its deadline to acquire a business to the end of June.

  • January 26, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Sainsbury’s Supermarkets face patent proceedings over a specific type of mandarin, Alexander Nix, the former chief of Cambridge Analytica, embroiled in further proceedings with Dynamo Recoveries, the sports management arm of Warner Bros raise a red card against crypto exchange Next Hash, and EY targeted in a libel claim by a consultancy firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 26, 2024

    Kirkland Guides PE Firm's $362M Buy Of Emulsifier Biz

    Ingredients maker Corbion NV said Friday that it has agreed to sell its emulsifier business to private equity firm Kingswood for $362 million in a deal guided by Stinson LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • January 26, 2024

    Digital Advertising Firm S4 Starts £2.7M Share Buyback

    S4 Capital PLC announced on Friday the take-off of its share buyback program worth up to £2.7 million ($3.4 million), days after it warned that economic challenges seen in 2023 could persist in the new year.

  • January 26, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Adds White & Case Dispute Duo To Paris Office

    Hogan Lovells has hired two French disputes experts for its Paris office, where the firm expects the team to lend their criminal investigations and compliance expertise to its litigation practice.

  • January 26, 2024

    Auto Retailer To Buy Back Shares Worth Up To £5M

    Motorpoint said on Friday that it will launch a share buyback program worth up to a maximum of £5 million ($6.4 million), as the vehicle retailer looks to return money to shareholders despite issuing a profit warning.

  • January 26, 2024

    France's Casino Sells Stake In Colombian Retailer For $400M

    French supermarket chain Casino said on Friday that it has sold its stake in a Colombian supermarket for $400 million to Grupo Calleja of El Salvador, as it continues to push down its debt.

  • January 26, 2024

    UK Launches Formal Probe Into £16.5B Vodafone-Three Deal

    The competition watchdog said on Friday that it has opened a formal probe into plans by Vodafone and Three to merge their U.K. telecommunications networks to create a mobile operator with a value of approximately £16.5 billion ($21 billion).

  • January 25, 2024

    Muckle-Led Skin Care Co. To Buy Dermatonics For £3M

    SkinBioTherapeutics PLC said Thursday it has agreed to acquire specialist dermatological company Dermatonics Ltd. from its owner for approximately up to £2.93 million ($3.7 million) to expand its own product range and customer base.

  • January 25, 2024

    Linklaters Hires M&A Dealmaker From HSF In Paris

    Linklaters LLP has appointed Hubert Segain, a Herbert Smith Freehills LLP lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, as co-head of its Paris corporate practice.

Expert Analysis

  • Proposed Foreign Subsidy Regulation Has Political Overtones

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    The European Commission's proposed Foreign Subsidies Regulation aims to prevent subsidies that have a distortive effect on competition from being granted to foreign companies, but in directing it against governments that use companies to extend their influence in the EU, the implications are clearly political, say Lena Sandberg and Yannis Ioannidis at Gibson Dunn.

  • Early Trends In UK National Security Reviews Of Transactions

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    The U.K.'s move to block an intellectual property deal between Beijing Infinite Vision Technology and the University of Manchester — the first such prohibition under the recently implemented National Security and Investment Act — is part of a growing body of published decisions that provides useful lessons on achieving prompt security clearance, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Guidance Notes Offer Insight On UK National Security Regime

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    The U.K. government recently published long-awaited market guidance notes that add a greater level of transparency regarding the national security and investment regime, providing welcome guidance to businesses and their legal advisers on submitting transaction notifications, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Ruling On EU Commission Merger Reviews Signifies U-Turn

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    In validating the European Commission's new policy of using Merger Regulation Article 22 to review cases that do not qualify under the merger control rules of the requesting member state, the General Court has demonstrated that the EU is prepared to move the goal posts on well-established commission policy, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Where New UK And EU Vertical Agreements Rules Diverge

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    The lack of alignment between new EU and U.K. rules on vertical agreements is likely to present challenges to multinational businesses, and it would be prudent for legal advisers and companies to bear in mind the most stringent obligations of both, says Robert Bell at Armstrong Teasdale.

  • A Look Ahead At What The German M&A Market Holds In Store

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    Despite signs of a possible recession, there is still significant M&A activity in the German market, with long-term strategic planning, private equity investors, multiparty involvement and even the state all playing an important role, says Michael Ulmer at Cleary.

  • Tips For Handling Audio Data In E-Discovery Post-Pandemic

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    The rise of remote meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the volume and importance of audio data in e-discovery — so organizations in highly regulated industries must collect and process that data, and establish complex strategies to manage their audio records, says Jack Bullen at FTI Consulting.

  • Agreement Among Litigants Key To Using E-Discovery Tech

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    Parties are increasingly using e-discovery technologies to control costs, but as a New York federal court order in Actos Antitrust Litigation shows, a well-drafted, negotiated protocol allows them to address potential objections prior to use and helps protect against later claims of incomplete production, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • 4 Ways M&A Deals Are Changing

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    There are signs that the market may be cooling, but recent trends in M&A transactions reflect more than just market strength and indicate that there has been a more general change in deal approach, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • How Market Challenges Are Affecting Deal-Making Trends

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    As private equity investors adjust to a new period of volatility and uncertainty in the marketplace, various trends in deal making are emerging in order to bridge valuation gaps and address financing concerns, say Alvaro Membrillera and Anna Pollak at Paul Weiss.

  • What Digital Asset Decisions Mean For Future Disputes

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    Following a number of recent landmark decisions in the English courts, the law continues to develop in the sphere of digital assets, and several themes are emerging that will benefit both individuals and organizations, say Chris Recker at Duane Morris and Celso De Azevedo at The 36 Group.

  • A Look At UK's 1st Report On Security Regime For Deals

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    The U.K. government’s recent report on the National Security and Investment Act, covering its first three months since it came into force in January, suggests that the regime may not be leading to a surge in benign notifications and that the government is responding quickly, which is good news for businesses, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • What EU Changes To Dual Distribution Mean For Franchises

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    Following the European Commission’s adoption of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying vertical guidelines regarding dual distribution, which took effect this month, franchisors should examine their flow of information to and from franchisees to determine whether it must be restricted, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • How ESG Matters Are Influencing M&A Due Diligence Trends

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    With a proliferation of environmental, social and governance-related regulatory developments and a desire to comply with best practice, ESG matters have become an increasingly important area of focus for both clients and advisers in M&A transactions, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

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