Transactions UK

  • May 08, 2024

    Insurer Claims 400 Pension Deals Penned In 12 Years

    Insurer Just Group said Wednesday it has completed 400 pension transfer deals since it launched in 2012, adding that the year ahead is poised to break more records in the retirement savings de-risking market.

  • May 08, 2024

    Biopharm Biz Oxford Cannabinoid To Quit London Exchange

    Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings PLC said on Wednesday it has applied to cancel its London listing, citing "turbulent" U.K. public markets that it maintains has undervalued the company.

  • May 07, 2024

    Everton Investors Bemoan Soccer Team Sale Amid Fraud Suit

    The Everton FC Shareholders Association wants to slam the brakes on the "farce" sale of its Premier League soccer team to private equity firm 777 Partners LLC, arguing they are not qualified owners, a demand that comes as the firm faces allegations of fraud.

  • May 14, 2024

    Clifford Chance Hires Finance Pro From A&O Shearman

    Clifford Chance LLP said Tuesday that it has recruited a specialist in derivatives and structured finance from A&O Shearman, just a week after the new transatlantic giant's merger went live.

  • May 07, 2024

    BP To Return Another $1.75B To Shareholders

    BP PLC said Tuesday that it will now return $1.75 billion to its shareholders as part of a $3.5 billion buyback program it announced in February when it reported a $13.8 billion profit for 2023.

  • May 07, 2024

    Apax Unit Raises €23M From Parent's Sale Of Biz To KKR

    Investment company Apax Global Alpha said Tuesday that it has raised approximately €22.7 million ($24.4 million) from its parent company's sale of India-based medical devices maker Healthium MedTech Ltd. to investment giant KKR & Co. Inc.

  • May 07, 2024

    Self-Drive Car Co. Wayve Gets $1B In Softbank-Led AI Funding

    Self-driving car company Wayve said on Tuesday that it has raised $1.05 billion in a funding round, led by SoftBank Group Corp. of Japan, to speed up its development of vehicles driven by artificial intelligence.

  • May 07, 2024

    Orrick Advises Energy Trust On £91M Sale Of Green Biz

    Energy sector investor SEEIT said Monday it has sold its British onsite solar portfolio to UK Power Networks Services Holdings Ltd. for £90.8 million ($114 million) in a transaction guided by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP.

  • May 07, 2024

    UK Bar Chain Gets 42 Purchase Offers Amid Talks With Rival

    Revolution Bars Group PLC said on Tuesday that it has now received more than 40 serious expressions of interest in buying either "assets or subsidiaries" and that 32 of the potential bidders have signed confidentiality agreements with the U.K. pub operator.

  • May 03, 2024

    FTC Requests Additional Info On $16.5B Novo-Catalent Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking additional information on Novo Holdings' planned $16.5 billion acquisition of pharmaceutical services company Catalent in order to examine whether the blockbuster deal passes antitrust muster, according to a Friday securities filing.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    UK Cites Regulatory Fears Over Utility's £89M Water Biz Buy

    The competition watchdog said on Friday that the proposed purchase of Sumisho Osaka Gas Water UK Ltd. by rival Pennon Group in a deal worth approximately £89 million ($112 million) could hinder government regulation of water companies in Britain.

  • May 03, 2024

    Cosmetics Co. Warpaint Raises £31.5M In Upsized Placing

    Warpaint London PLC said Friday it has completed an expanded placing of 7 million shares, raising £31.5 million ($39.5 million), as the U.K.-based makeup supplier looks to fund continued expansion.

  • May 03, 2024

    Beauty Biz Puig Begins Trading In Spain After €2.6B IPO

    Charlotte Tilbury owner Puig Brands SA began trading in Spain on Friday after raising €2.61 billion ($2.8 billion) as part of Europe's largest initial public offering so far in 2024.

  • May 03, 2024

    Hiscox To Begin Second Tranche Of $150M Share Buyback

    Hiscox Ltd. said on Friday that it has launched the second portion of a $150 million share buyback program as it aims to return excess cash to its investors after the global insurer reported record profits for 2023.

  • May 03, 2024

    Reed Smith Steers £136M Pension Deal For Savings Plan

    Insurer Just Group has taken on £136.3 million ($171.2 million) in liabilities from a retirement savings plan, advisers said, in a transaction steered by Reed Smith LLP. 

  • May 03, 2024

    Trainline Announces £75M Share Buyback As Profit Soars

    Trainline PLC said on Friday that it will reward investors with a new share repurchase program of up to £75 million ($94 million), as it reported bumper earnings.

  • May 03, 2024

    US Investors Make $835M Offer For Swedish Legal Info Biz

    The board of Swedish professional information services provider Karnov Group said Friday that it is backing a 9.06 billion Swedish kronor ($835 million) takeover offer from U.S. investment firms Greenoaks Capital Partners LLC and Long Path Partners LP.

  • May 02, 2024

    Whistleblower Claims Would 'Destroy' Autonomy, GC Was Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel testified Thursday in the criminal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that the company's chief operating officer didn't want a whistleblower's claims to get into court, telling him that while the "law" was on their side, "the facts look bad" and would "destroy Autonomy."

  • May 02, 2024

    House Seeks FTC Info On Scuttled Amazon-IRobot Deal

    The Republican-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Accountability is launching an investigation into the Federal Trade Commission's purported efforts to block Amazon's purchase of iRobot, according to a Wednesday letter from Rep. James Comer, R-Ky.

  • May 02, 2024

    Insurers Don't Have To Cover Deal Soured Over Bribery Woes

    A London appeals court on Thursday rejected a holding company's bid to overturn a ruling that found its insurers were not liable for losses it suffered when its acquisition of a construction contractor went south after bribery and corruption allegations.

  • May 02, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Coca-Cola, General Mills, MLB's Giants

    Coca-Cola is preparing an IPO for its African bottling division, cereals giant General Mills is exploring selling its North America yogurt business, and a 5% stake in the San Francisco Giants is up for sale at a price that could value the club at $4 billion. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • May 02, 2024

    Freshfields-Led Novartis Inks $1.75B Cancer Drug Co. Buyout

    Novartis AG said Thursday it has agreed to buy U.S. radiopharmaceutical company Mariana Oncology in a transaction worth up to $1.75 billion, as the Swiss pharmaceutical giant moves to bolster its precision nuclear medicine portfolio.

  • May 02, 2024

    Shell To Buy Back $3.5B Worth Of Shares

    Shell PLC said Thursday it will reward its shareholders with $3.5 billion in share buybacks over the next three months, as the energy giant reported a rise in profits to $7.7 billion for the first quarter of the year.

  • May 02, 2024

    ING Kicks Off €2.5B Share Buyback With Q1 Results

    Dutch multinational bank ING said Thursday that it will buy back up to €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) of its shares to streamline its capital-to-stock ratio, as it announced strong financial results for the first quarter of the year.

Expert Analysis

  • ECJ Fiat Ruling Sets Clear Boundaries For EU State Aid Law

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    The European Court of Justice's recent landmark decision in Fiat v. Commission limiting the commission’s attempts to circumvent the lack of EU powers in the area of tax law has important implications in EU state aid law and beyond, say Andreas Reindl and Pietro Stella at Van Bael.

  • Cos. Can Expect Intense Antitrust Enforcement This Year

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    In 2023, authorities in the U.K. and Europe are expected to push the boundaries of antitrust enforcement, merger control and foreign investment screening with the goal of achieving positive outcomes for consumers, say Nicole Kar and Tara Rudra at Linklaters.

  • Foreign Direct Investment Considerations For Buyers, Sellers

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    The rapidly developing legal and regulatory foreign direct investment landscape means the challenge for deal makers is in navigating the continuously changing rules and understanding the manner in which regulators interpret them, says Kurt Ma at BCLP.

  • Widely Forecast UK Recession Is Likely To Reshape M&As

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    Despite the economic downturn in the U.K., transactions will continue to get done in 2023, albeit with more complex terms and a greater focus on undertaking vigorous due diligence on customer relationships and contracts, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Czech Z-Trade Ruling Shows Benefit Of Compliance Program

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    With its recent Z-Trade fine reduction decision, the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition has for the first time put into practice its compliance program consideration policy, providing a further incentive for companies to implement such programs and underlining the office's intention to pay attention to them, say Vojtech Chloupek and Martin Taimr at Bird & Bird.

  • Lessons That May Be Learned From The Demise Of Made.com

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    With Made.com going into administration, companies that may face similar challenges should take on board that the earlier adequate preemptive planning is considered, the more financial and legal options there will be to avoid last minute firefighting and to focus instead on strengthening the business, says Eleni Michaela at Faegre Drinker.

  • Link Ruling Shows FCA's Wide Change-In-Control Powers

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's recent decision regarding the proposed acquisition of Link Fund Solutions is a reminder that the regulator has significant powers to attach conditions to its approvals and the advent of the Financial Services and Markets Bill could lead to the widening of those powers, say Charlotte Hill and Daniel Hirschfield at Taylor Wessing.

  • Takeaways For Transaction Parties After UK Acquisition Block

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    The U.K. government recently used its retrospective powers under the National Security and Investment Act for the first time to block Nexperia’s acquisition of Newport Wafer Fab, highlighting the considerations that parties have to evaluate when contemplating transactions in high-risk areas, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Understanding The EU's New Foreign Subsidies Regulation

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    The European Parliament’s newly adopted Foreign Subsidies Regulation extends already wide-ranging European Union state aid powers and adds new layers of deal conditionality, so companies will need to carefully consider how the regulation may affect their EU-bound activities, say Peter Camesasca and Sophie Bertin at Covington.

  • A Look At The Increase In Employee Ownership Trusts

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    The rise in employee ownership trusts has brought certain challenges, but with tax advantages and a proven positive impact on individuals, businesses and regional economies, employee buyouts are set to become more popular and could outstrip mainstream deal activity, says ​​​​​​​Lisa Hayward at Birketts.

  • EU Basel III Bank Reforms May Weaken Securities Market

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    Recent proposals from the Council of the European Union's review of Basel III bank capital regulatory reforms did not adopt substantive changes urged by the market for the securitization framework, and may have a dampening effect on the competitiveness of European securitizations, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • 5 Factors Driving Longer Prenotifications In EU Mergers

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    Attorneys at Linklaters discuss reasons, including transaction complexity and a higher standard of proof, why the duration of the prenotification process in European Commission merger control cases has generally increased over the last 10 years, say attorneys at Linklaters.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • New Clarity On Directors' Creditor Duty In Insolvency Context

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    The recent case of BTI 2014 v. Sequana, the first to consider the creditor duty at U.K. Supreme Court level, provides directors and insolvency practitioners with significant guidance on how close to insolvency the company needs to be for the creditor duty to be engaged, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • German Draft Bill Reflects Trend Toward New Antitrust Tools

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    A recently proposed amendment to the German Act against Restraints on Competition continues the trend in Europe to equip authorities with greater powers, shifting from a more traditional approach to a more extensive market protection tool, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

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