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  • April 22, 2024

    Med Tech Founder Denies Deceiving Investors For $20M Sale

    The co-founder of a medical technology business has denied concealing his financial interest in a $20 million deal to purchase shares in his company, claiming he was never told it was important to reveal the seller's identity to the investment company.

  • April 22, 2024

    Tesco Begins £1B Share Buyback Program

    Tesco PLC on Monday announced the rollout of the first chunk of its share repurchase program, worth up to £1 billion ($1.2 billion), as it seeks to cut the size of its outstanding share capital.

  • April 22, 2024

    Travers Smith Steers Doormaker's £788M Bid For UK Rival

    Quanex Building Products Corp. has offered to buy all the shares of door and windows company Tyman PLC for £788 million ($971 million), the companies said Monday, in a deal guided by Travers Smith LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • April 22, 2024

    Frenkel Topping Acquires North West Law For £2.75M

    Specialist advisory firm Frenkel Topping said Monday that it has acquired North West Law Services Ltd. for £2.75 million ($3.3 million) to expand its activities within the personal injury and clinical negligence advisory market.

  • April 22, 2024

    Fund Administrator Eyes $21M Deal For JPMorgan Chase Biz

    Jersey-based fund administrator JTC PLC said Monday it has offered to buy a trust administration business owned by JP Morgan Chase Bank NA for $21 million, a move it believes will strengthen its presence in the U.S.

  • April 22, 2024

    TotalEnergies To Take Over Malaysian Gas Biz For $530M

    TotalEnergies SE said on Monday it has agreed to buy Sapura Upstream Assets Sdn Bhd's 50% interest in Malaysian gas producer and operator SapuraOMV Upstream Sdn for $530 million, a move by the French energy giant to boost its output.

  • April 22, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Blackstone Bids $1.2B For Music Biz Hipgnosis

    Private equity firm Blackstone has tabled an enhanced $1.2 billion bid for U.K. music royalties investment company Hipgnosis, countering an offer from U.S. royalties firm Concord Chorus.

  • April 19, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Cleary, O'Melveny

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Resideo Technologies Inc. announced plans to buy Snap One Holdings Corp., APi Group said it bought an elevator maintenance company, Prysmian said it agreed to purchase Encore Wire, and Sayari said it closed on an investment from TPG.

  • April 19, 2024

    Mondi Drops Pursuit Of DS Smith After Int'l Paper Deal

    British packaging company Mondi officially dropped out of its running battle with International Paper to buy DS Smith on Friday after the two latter companies struck a more than $7 billion deal to join forces earlier this week.

  • April 19, 2024

    Energy Investor Aquila To Return £17.5M To Shareholders

    Energy investment company Aquila Energy said Friday that it is planning to buy back £17.5 million ($21.7 million) worth of its shares at an approximately 65% premium to return excess capital to its shareholders.

  • April 19, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen U.K. holiday resort chain Butlins target Aviva and a huddle of insurers, Meta and WhatsApp tackle a patents claim by telecommunications company Semitel, an ongoing construction dispute between Essex County Council and Balfour Beatty, and Formycon AG hit a pharmaceutical company for infringing medical products. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 19, 2024

    Bank Of Cyprus Rolls Out €25M Share Buyback

    Bank of Cyprus Holdings PLC on Friday launched a share buyback program worth up to €25 million ($26.6 million) aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • April 19, 2024

    UK Real Estate Investor Sells 65 Properties For £16M

    Home REIT PLC said Friday it has sold a further 65 properties from its portfolio for £15.9 million ($19.8 million) as the troubled U.K. social housing real estate company looks to cut its debt.

  • April 19, 2024

    Shareholders Sell 7% Of Stock Of Fonix Mobile For £15M

    Mobile payments company Fonix Mobile said Friday that a group of its shareholders have successfully sold more than 6.6 million of its shares and raised proceeds of approximately £15 million ($19 million) to "satisfy strong institutional demand."

  • April 19, 2024

    Schneider Electric In Early Talks With US Software Biz

    French energy management giant Schneider Electric SE confirmed on Friday that it is in preliminary talks with U.S. infrastructure software group Bentley Systems Inc. over "a potential strategic transaction."

  • April 18, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO Wanted Whistleblower Fired, Ex-GC Says

    Former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch thought a finance department whistleblower was "trying to destroy the company" and wanted him fired, the software company's former U.S. general counsel testified Thursday in a criminal fraud trial over claims Lynch conned HP into buying the British company at an inflated price of $11.7 billion.

  • April 18, 2024

    EU Antitrust Chief Says Merger Tool Not A 'Power Grab'

    The European Commission's top competition enforcer said Thursday the agency has taken a measured approach to using its newly asserted power to review mergers that fall short of local thresholds, as the European trading bloc's high court mulls a challenge of that authority from DNA sequencing company Illumina.

  • April 18, 2024

    Coventry Building Society Makes £780M Offer For Co-Op Bank

    The Coventry Building Society is offering to buy the Co-operative Bank for £780 million ($970 million) in a move that comes after the two revealed in December that they were in exclusive talks to merge.

  • April 18, 2024

    Insurers Face Appeal Over Refusal To Cover Bribery Loss

    A holding company took its fight for an insurance payout to the Court of Appeal on Thursday, urging justices to force its insurers to cover its claim for losses it sustained when its acquisition of a construction contractor went south due to bribery and corruption allegations.

  • April 18, 2024

    Royal Mail Says It Rejected £3.2B Bid By Czech Mogul's Group

    The parent company of Britain's national postal carrier Royal Mail has confirmed that it rejected an approximately £3.2 billion ($4 billion) "opportunistic" bid from a European conglomerate controlled by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky.

  • April 18, 2024

    London SPAC's £33M Buy Of Canadian Hydrogen Biz Lingers

    Blank-check company Pineapple Power said Thursday that it has not yet reached a "binding agreement" for the anticipated £33 million ($41 million) acquisition of Canadian hydrogen energy business Ilios Hydrogen Canada Ltd. that was announced in November.

  • April 18, 2024

    City Pushes For UK Regulators To Be Globally Competitive

    A body representing U.K. financial services called Thursday for a new post-Brexit international framework to compare regulators' performance and their impact on competitiveness.

  • April 18, 2024

    Insurance Broker Jensten Builds £170M Acquisition War Chest

    Private equity-backed insurance broker Jensten Group said Thursday it has secured £170 million ($211 million) in funding for a series of planned acquisitions.

  • April 18, 2024

    Kirkland, Weil-Guided Apax To Buy HR Payroll Co. For €36M

    Investment group Apax Global Alpha Ltd. said Thursday that a fund it advises has agreed to buy Zellis UK Ltd., a prominent provider of payroll and HR software in the U.K. for approximately €36 million ($38.4 million), financed via one of its funds.

  • April 18, 2024

    Housebuilder Vistry To Return £100M To Shareholders

    Vistry Group PLC on Thursday announced the take-off of an up to £100 million ($125 million) share repurchase program, progressing with its plan to return £1 billion to investors across three years.

Expert Analysis

  • Cum-Ex Prosecutions Storm Shows No Sign Of Abating

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    The ongoing trial of Sanjay Shah in Denmark is a clear indicator that efforts remain focused on holding to account the alleged architects and beneficiaries of cum-ex trading, and with these prosecutions making their way across Europe, it is a more turbulent time now than ever, says Niall Hearty at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Key Points From EC Economic Security Screening Initiatives

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    Lawyers at Herbert Smith analyze the European Commission's five recently announced initiatives aimed at de-risking the EU's trade and investment links with third countries, including the implementation of mandatory screening mechanisms and extending coverage to investments made by EU companies that are controlled subsidiaries of non-EU investors.

  • 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.

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