Transactions UK

  • May 13, 2024

    Simpson Thacher-Led EQT Bids $1.5B For Wind Energy Biz

    European private equity giant EQT said Monday that it has offered to acquire wind energy developer OX2 for approximately 16.35 million Swedish krona ($1.5 billion) in a deal guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Gernandt & Danielsson and Vinge KB.

  • May 13, 2024

    Skadden Guides Squarespace On $6.9B Go-Private Deal

    Squarespace Inc. said Monday it has agreed to a $6.9 billion buyout by private equity firm Permira, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP serving as lead counsel to the website building company and at least six additional firms guiding the various parties.

  • May 13, 2024

    Biz Adviser FRP Buys UK Risk Manager For £8.4M

    FRP Advisory said on Monday that it has bought commercial finance and risk manager Hilton-Baird for approximately £8.4 million ($10.5 million) in a cash and shares transaction, as the U.K. business consultancy eyes greater European expansion.

  • May 13, 2024

    French Retailer Casino Sells 10.15% Stake In Renewables Biz

    French retail chain Casino said on Monday that it has sold its 10.15% remaining stake in renewables company GreenYellow SAS for €46 million ($50 million) to Ardian, a private equity company, and state-backed investment bank Bpifrance.

  • May 13, 2024

    BetCity Says €850M Buyout Was Good Value Despite Inquiries

    The former owners of online sports betting operator BetCity admit that they breached some of the terms from Entain's €850 million ($920 million) buyout, but have argued that the gambling giant knew of the investigations and failed to seek a better deal.

  • May 13, 2024

    Advertising Agency Group Snubs £26.8M Offer From Rival

    The Mission Group PLC said Monday that its board has rejected an "opportunistic" offer of £26.8 million ($33.6 million) from an advertising rival, Brave Bison Group PLC, because it "significantly undervalues the group and its prospects."

  • May 10, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Playtech file an intellectual property claim against online casino company OnAir Entertainment amid allegations of corporate spying, a broadcast equipment company sue its former owner amid allegations he conspired to inflate a customer’s finances, and aerospace company Vertical Aerospace hit a manufacturer with a claim following a test flight crash. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 10, 2024

    UK Opens Probe Into Thermo Fisher's $3.1B Olink Buy

    Britain's competition watchdog said it is opening an inquiry into Thermo Fisher's $3.1 billion bid to buy Swedish biotech firm Olink Holding AB over competition concerns, according to an official notice issued Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    Medical Tech Biz To Raise £6M In Equity

    Medical technology company Genedrive said Friday it is looking to raise a total of approximately £6 million ($7.5 million) in equity through different offerings by selling its shares at a big discount.

  • May 10, 2024

    Digital Platform Xtribe To Go Public Via $141M SPAC Merger

    Technology-driven marketplace company Xtribe PLC, advised by Cozen O'Connor PC, has announced plans to go public via a merger with Haynes and Boone LLP-led special-purpose acquisition company WinVest Acquisition Corp. in a deal that values Xtribe at an implied equity value of $141 million.

  • May 10, 2024

    Climate Control Co. Favors Apollo-Backed €392M Buyout Bid

    European climate control specialist Purmo said on Friday its board intends to recommend its purchase by a special purpose vehicle indirectly owned by U.S. private equity giant Apollo Global Management and Rettig, a Finnish investment company, for approximately €392 million ($422 million or £337.5 million).

  • May 10, 2024

    Burges Salmon Steers £100M Pension Deal For Rathbones

    Insurer Canada Life said it has completed a £100 million ($125.1 million) buy-in with the pension schemes of investment and wealth management company Rathbones Group PLC, in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • May 10, 2024

    Building Materials Biz To Return Further $300M To Investors

    CRH PLC on Friday rolled out a new chunk worth up to $300 million of its ongoing share repurchase program as the construction materials manufacturer seeks to reduce its outstanding share capital and to reward investors.

  • May 10, 2024

    London SPAC To Buy AI Biz Cykel In £19M Deal

    London-based blank-check company Mustang Energy PLC said Friday that it has agreed to acquire artificial intelligence software developer Cykel AI PLC for approximately £19.2 million ($24 million) in an all-share deal after months of negotiations.

  • May 10, 2024

    Sanofi, Novavax Sign $1.2B Deal For One-Shot COVID, Flu Jab

    Sanofi and U.S. vaccine developer Novavax Inc. said on Friday that the French pharmaceutical company has bought a co-exclusive licensing agreement worth up to $1.2 billion, part of a collaboration to create a combined global COVID-19 and influenza shot.

  • May 09, 2024

    Explorer Echo Energy Eyes Latin America Gold Project

    Echo Energy PLC on Thursday said it is considering acquiring a gold project in Latin America, as the exploration company eyes "a number of potentially transformational" enterprises to fit into its revised business plan.

  • May 09, 2024

    Sony Film Co. Sues Media Group For $49M Over Share Deal

    Sony Group's Columbia Pictures has brought a $49 million claim in London against a media company that allegedly failed to pay for any shares in an entertainment business it had agreed to buy.

  • May 09, 2024

    PE Firm Sells Another £60.2M Of Shares Of Ads Biz

    An investment company backed by private equity firm Apax Partners said Thursday that it has sold part of its stake in online classifieds group Baltic Classifieds Group PLC for £60.2 million ($75 million).

  • May 09, 2024

    UK Luxury Watch Retailer Buys Italian Jewelry Biz For $130M

    Watches of Switzerland Group PLC said Thursday that it has acquired Italian jewelry company Roberto Coin Inc. for $130 million to expand its luxury branded jewelry strategy, building on their existing partnership.

  • May 09, 2024

    Aviva Takes On Construction Co. Pension Scheme In Full

    Insurance giant Aviva has secured the benefits of all uninsured final salary members of a pension plan sponsored by a British construction group in a deal guided by CMS.

  • May 09, 2024

    Concord Won't Increase 'Final' $1.5B Bid For Rival Hipgnosis

    Concord Chorus Ltd. said Thursday that it has ruled out raising its "final" all-cash offer of $1.25 per share for rival music rights company Hipgnosis Songs, which leaves only an improved bid by private equity firm Blackstone in the running to buy it.

  • May 09, 2024

    BBVA €12B Offer For TSB Owner Sabadell Turns Hostile

    Spanish banking giant BBVA launched a hostile takeover of Banco de Sabadell on Thursday, approaching shareholders directly with a €12 billion ($12.8 billion) all-share deal after being rebuffed by the rival bank's board.

  • May 08, 2024

    HSF, Ashurst-Led Ardonagh Buys Insurer For $1.5B

    U.K. insurance broker Ardonagh Group Ltd. said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire Australia-based PSC Insurance Group Ltd. in a transaction worth $2.25 billion Australian dollars ($1.48 billion), to help it expand into new markets.

  • May 15, 2024

    White & Case Grows Milan M&A Office With Ex-Shearman Pro

    White & Case LLP has bolstered its global mergers and acquisitions practice and private equity industry group with the recruitment of a senior dealmaker as a partner.

  • May 08, 2024

    Dentons Guides Life Sciences Biz Ondine On $4M Fundraise

    Life sciences firm Ondine Biomedical Inc. on Wednesday said it has generated gross proceeds of approximately 6.07 million Canadian dollars ($4.42 million) from a fundraising program aimed at boosting its working capital and infection treatment therapy, advised by Dentons LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Ofwat's New Guidance For Water Projects: Key Takeaways

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    While increased competition is a laudable aim, the U.K. Water Services Regulation Authority's introduction of direct procurement for customers by default for projects above a size threshold could have ramifications for the financial stability of the companies delivering major water infrastructure, say Jennifer Charles and Marianne Anton at Watson Farley.

  • Court Ruling Strengthens EU Stance On Non-Notifiable M&A

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    The recent European Union Court of Justice's decision in Towercast can be seen as part of a pattern of increasingly rigorous scrutiny of M&A, and provides scope for greater intervention by national competition authorities on acquisitions by dominant companies that do not meet the EU or national merger control thresholds for notification, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • How Changes To 'Acting In Concert' Will Affect UK Takeovers

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    The recent changes made to the rules by the U.K. Takeover Panel on who is presumed to be acting in concert will be of most interest to parties proposing to make a bid for a U.K. listed company, and give welcome clarity as to how the U.K. takeover regime operates, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • Key Points In Draft EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation

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    The draft implementing regulation on EU foreign subsidy control provides eagerly awaited guidance on the submission of mandatory notifications, but there are still many open questions, say Paul van den Berg and Merit Olthoff at Freshfields.

  • ClientEarth Claim May Expand Scope Of Directors' Duties

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    In using litigation to hold Shell’s board of directors to account for failing to properly prepare for the net-zero transition, ClientEarth’s actions represent a shift in climate change activism strategy and an unprecedented application of directors’ duties as a mechanism to drive change, say Marlene Henderson and Danielle De Val at Browne Jacobson.

  • Volatile Energy Prices Complicate Int'l Arbitration Damages

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    In the turbulent global energy market, international arbitration is a crucial tool for resolving cross-border disputes — but determining how, if at all, to account for recent energy price spikes when quantifying damages presents many challenges for tribunals, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Merger Ruling Shows Risk Of Not Seeking Prior CMA Approval

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    The recent decision by the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority to unwind the acquisition by Cerelia Group of Jus-Rol demonstrates that despite the voluntary nature of the U.K. reporting regime, parties may wish to consider the potential for wider scrutiny when deciding whether to seek merger control clearance, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Warranty & Indemnity Insurance Considerations For M&A

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    With increased competition and greater capacity leading to lower premiums and deal costs, warranty and indemnity insurance is now available to the wider M&A market, and may help to limit risk and help parties focus on other key elements of the transaction, says Alice Wooler at Birketts.

  • What The Dignity Takeover Deal Says About M&A Trends

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    While some public companies may prefer to go private to maximize company growth and shareholder returns, there are potential pitfalls and in the current uncertain economic climate pairing up between private equity and public entities is likely to increase, as evidenced by the recent Dignity takeover deal, says James Lyons at Lawrence Stephens.

  • How Geopolitical Change Is Affecting M&A Activity In Europe

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    Several factors are leading businesses to divest from Russia and invest in central and Eastern European EU member states, with particular sectors attractive to U.K. companies and certain trends in M&A transactional activity emerging, says Oksana Howard at Colman Coyle.

  • Discovery Blocking Reform Better Protects French Companies

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    The 2022 reforms to France's 1968 blocking statute gives French companies more tools to resist abusive discovery requests from foreign competitors and public agencies, but France should do more to defend confidential information and assert its sovereignty, says Raphael Gauvain at Betto Perben.

  • A Look At New Vertical Laws, Their Opportunities And Pitfalls

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    Looking at trends that have gained the most traction under the new vertical laws in the EU and U.K., it is clear that brands should use the transition period wisely, ensuring that lessons have been learned on what to avoid and that go-to-market strategies are future-proof, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Why 2023 Could Be The Year Of The Restructuring Plan

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    As U.K. businesses face a challenging economic environment going into 2023, the stage may be set for a rise in restructuring plans, with early signs such as an increasing body of case law, the pragmatic approach taken by the judiciary to date and the cross-class cramdown mechanism, say Rachael Markham and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • How Mur Ruling May Affect Force Majeure Considerations

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Mur Shipping v. RTI demonstrates that exercising reasonable endeavors can include payment in an alternative currency to overcome a force majeure event, and is topical for contracting parties in light of Russia-related sanctions, say attorneys at Debevoise.

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