Transactions UK

  • 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.

  • January 25, 2024

    Shanta Gold Shareholders To Vote On £142M Takeover Offer

    London-listed gold mining company Shanta Gold said Thursday that it is convening a general meeting of its shareholders to vote on its proposed £142 million ($180 million) takeover by Mauritius-based conglomerate ETC Holdings Ltd.

  • January 25, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Shakes Up Trustee Investment Guidance

    The Pensions Regulator has set out new rules for trustees managing investments in riskier equity assets, amid a wider push by the government for the sector to invest in new U.K. enterprises.

  • January 25, 2024

    Healthcare Co. Haleon To Sell ChapStick Lip Balm For $510M

    Haleon PLC said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its ChapStick lip balm brand to Suave, a U.S. maker of hair and body washes, for $510 million, as the British health company looks at streamlining its operations and reducing debt.

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