Transactions UK

  • May 28, 2024

    Packaging Co. Bunzl Wraps £339M Acquistion Of Nisbets

    Bunzl PLC said Tuesday it has completed its purchase of 80% of food service distributor Nisbets for an initial payment of £339 million ($433 million), after receiving regulatory clearance for the transaction.

  • May 28, 2024

    Pension Deals Market Working For Small Providers, Aon Says

    The deal market for small pension schemes looking to offload their liabilities to insurers is working despite fears that such plans are being crowded out of the market, Aon said Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Struggling Revolution Bar Chain Says Rescue Plan Won't Work

    Troubled nightlife chain Revolution Bars said Tuesday that a rescue deal proposed by Nightcap, a rival operator, is "incapable of being delivered" because of "untested legal and procedural issues."

  • May 28, 2024

    White & Case Guides ABN Amro On €672M German Bank Buy

    Dutch lender ABN Amro said Tuesday that it plans to a buy German private bank for €672 million ($730 million) in a move to become one of the largest providers of banking services to wealthy clients in Germany.

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    Investor CriteriaCaixa Buys Construction Biz Stake For €983M

    Spanish investor CriteriaCaixa said on Friday that it has purchased a 9.4% stake in construction and infrastructure firm ACS for €983 million ($1.1 billion), boosting its portfolio of investments.

  • May 24, 2024

    Viavi's £1B Offer For London-Listed Spirent Lapses

    Communications group Viavi said Friday that it is terminating its approximately £1 billion ($1.27 billion) offer that it made in March for telecom testing specialist Spirent after it let the offer period lapse this week by accepting a rival bid.

  • May 24, 2024

    CMA To Probe $295M Roche Diagnostics Deal

    Britain's antitrust regulator said Friday that it has decided to launch a probe into Swiss drugmaker Roche's proposed $295 million purchase of parts of diagnostic company LumiraDx days after inviting public feedback to assess if the deal could harm competition.

  • May 24, 2024

    John Wood Rebuffs £1.5B Takeover Bid Despite Sweetener

    Oil and gas engineering consultancy John Wood Group said on Friday it has rejected a third takeover offer of £1.5 billion ($1.9 billion) from Sidara after concluding the sweetened bid "significantly undervalues" its business.

  • May 24, 2024

    Addleshaw Guides Coventry's £780M Co-op Bank Deal

    Coventry Building Society has formalized plans to buy the Co-operative Bank for £780 million ($990 million), the lenders said in a joint statement Friday, a move they claim will create an institution better equipped to challenge larger high street names.

  • May 23, 2024

    Skadden-Led Hg Buys Risk Platform Co. AuditBoard For $3B

    Cooley LLP-advised AuditBoard Inc. on Thursday announced that it has agreed to be bought by European software and services business investor Hg Capital, guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, in a deal valued at over $3 billion.

  • May 23, 2024

    NY Top Court Revives FanDuel Investors Suit

    New York's top appeals court on Thursday revived a suit brought by FanDuel investors who claim they were deprived of profits from a merger, disagreeing with a lower court's interpretation of Scottish law.

  • May 23, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: NY Yankees, Abu Dhabi Bank, Int'l Paper

    Yankees’ minority stake could hit the market, First Abu Dhabi could pay $8 billion for a stake in an Istanbul-based lender, and Suzano could sweeten its $15 billion bid for International Paper. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • May 23, 2024

    White & Case Adds Former A&O Tax Pro In Luxembourg

    White & Case LLP announced it has added a tax partner to its Luxembourg office from A&O Shearman who specializes in international and Luxembourg corporate tax law.

  • May 23, 2024

    Billionaire Xavier Niel Mulling Potential $4.1B Millicom Buyout

    French billionaire Xavier Niel's Atlas Investissement confirmed Thursday that it is exploring a potential all cash tender offer for Luxembourgish telecommunications provider Millicom International Cellular SA. 

  • May 23, 2024

    Linklaters Guides National Grid On £7B Rights Issue

    National Grid said on Thursday that it will raise net funds of approximately £7 billion ($9 billion) by issuing shares to investors as the owner and operator of gas and electricity networks looks to finance an infrastructure upgrade.

  • May 23, 2024

    A&O Shearman-Led Great Portland Estates To Raise £350M

    Property developer and investor Great Portland Estates PLC said Thursday it is aiming to raise £350 million ($445.5 million) with a rights issue, as the British property developer and investor eyes exploiting relatively low real estate prices in central London.

  • May 23, 2024

    Linklaters Leads Tate & Lyle To Exit US JV For $350M

    Food producer Tate & Lyle said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its remaining stake in its ingredients business in the Americas to U.S. investment firm KPS Capital Partners for $350 million in a deal guided by Linklaters LLP.

  • May 30, 2024

    White & Case Hires 2 Latham Partners In Germany

    White & Case LLP has added two partners from Latham & Watkins LLP with more than three decades worth of experience between them in capital markets to its Frankfurt office.

  • May 23, 2024

    Hargreaves Lansdown Snubs £4.7B Bid From CVC, Abu Dhabi

    The board of Hargreaves Lansdown said Thursday that it has rejected a proposed £4.7 billion ($6 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of private equity companies, including CVC and the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi.

  • May 22, 2024

    Oaktree Assumes Inter Milan Ownership After Missed Payment

    Oaktree Capital Management LP has taken over ownership of FC Internazionale Milano after the soccer club failed to fully repay a three-year loan from Oaktree that matured this month, leaving a balance of €395m ($428.4 million).

  • May 22, 2024

    Tech Biz Marlowe Announces £75M Share Buyback

    Marlowe PLC said Wednesday it plans to reward investors with a share repurchase program of up to £75 million ($95.5 million) and a special dividend, after regulators greenlighted the completion of its £430 million asset sale.

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Calls Elections For July 4 Despite Poor Polls

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday called an early general election to be held on July 4, advancing the electoral timetable even though his Conservative Party lags decisively behind the opposition Labour Party.

  • May 22, 2024

    Anglo American Rejects Latest £38.6B BHP Offer

    British miner Anglo American said Wednesday that it has rejected a third, £38.6 billion ($49.1 billion) proposed takeover from BHP Group Ltd., but has extended the offer deadline to allow the Australian rival more time to put in another bid.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • An Overview Of European Private Investments in Public Equity

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    Although still fairly rare, private investments in public equity may continue to be an attractive option for some European issuers seeking to secure equity financing, and advisers planning such an investment should consider the various local options, requirements and norms, say lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • UK Takeover Code Changes: Key Points For Bidders, Targets

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    Newly effective amendments to Rule 21 of the U.K. Takeover Code, which remove legal and administrative constraints on a target operating its business in the ordinary way during an offer, will add clarity for targets and bidders, and are likely to be welcomed by both, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • EU Rejection Of Booking.com Deal Veers From Past Practice

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    The European Commission's recent prohibition of Booking's purchase of Etraveli based on ecosystem theories of harm reveals a lower bar for prohibiting nonhorizontal mergers, and may mean increased merger scrutiny for companies with entrenched market positions in digital markets, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From FDI Screening Report Findings

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    The recent European Commission report on the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU reveals how member states need to balance national security concerns with openness, and with more cross-border transactions subject to screening, lawyers must be alert to jurisdictional variances, says Jonathon Gunn at Faegre Drinker.

  • UK Review May Lead To Lower Investment Screening Burden

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    The government’s current review of national security investment screening rules aims to refine the scope of mandatory notifications required for unproblematic deals, and is likely to result in much-needed modifications to minimize the administrative burden on businesses and investors, say lawyers at Simpson Thacher.

  • Tools M&A Deal Makers Can Use To Bridge Valuation Gaps

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    As macroeconomic headwinds reset valuation expectations, parties to merger and acquisition are increasingly looking to methods such as earnouts, vendor financing and minority transactions to bridge the valuation gap and get deals done, says Philip Herbst at Cleary.

  • Takeaways From The CMA's Green Collaboration Guidance

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    Recently published Competition and Markets Authority guidance on the application of competition law to environmental sustainability agreements should remove barriers for businesses that want to collaborate on environmental sustainability without breaking the law, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What The Anti-Coercion Instrument Will Bring To The EU

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    Vassilis Akritidis and Jean-Baptiste Blancardi at Crowell & Moring discuss why the European Union recently adopted a report on the anti-coercion instrument to reform its trade legislation, how the instrument will be used to respond to unfair economic pressure from third countries, and how businesses can impact the EU's decision making.

  • CMA Report On AI May Lead to Greater Competition Control

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    The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority’s recent report on artificial intelligence foundation models is a sign that developers could face increased merger control and antitrust enforcement, and businesses should be mindful of these views to ensure that their models do not come under investigation, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Employer Due Diligence Lessons From Share Scheme Case

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    The Scottish Court of Session recently confirmed in Ponticelli v. Gallagher that the right to participate in a share incentive plan transfers to the transferee, highlighting the importance for transferee employers to conduct comprehensive due diligence when acquiring workforce, including on arrangements outside the employment contract's scope, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • 4 Compliance Considerations Under FCA Consumer Duty

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    Following the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent introduction of the new consumer duty regime, firms will need to be mindful of data protection implications when managing their compliance with the duty and data protection legislation, say lawyers at Bird & Bird.

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