Transactions UK

  • July 17, 2024

    Engineer Smiths Sells Shares In US Medical Biz For $152M

    Smiths Group PLC said on Wednesday that it has sold a stake in ICU Medical Inc., which makes protective items for the healthcare sector, for roughly $152 million with the U.K. engineering business saying it will use the proceeds "for general corporate purposes."

  • July 17, 2024

    Lathams Leads EssilorLuxottica's $1.5B Streetwear Brand Buy

    Italian-French eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica said Wednesday that it will buy U.S. urban fashion brand Supreme for $1.5 billion in cash from VF Corp.

  • July 17, 2024

    Investor Auréa To Buy Body Shop Out Of Administration

    Beauty investment company Auréa Group has signed an agreement to buy The Body Shop International Ltd. out of administration, the companies said on Wednesday.

  • July 17, 2024

    Allianz Bids $1.6B For Singapore's Income Insurance

    Allianz SE said on Wednesday it has made an all-cash offer to buy a majority stake in Singapore-based insurer Income Insurance Ltd. for 2.2 billion Singapore dollars ($1.64 billion), as the German financial services company seeks to expand its presence in Asia.

  • July 16, 2024

    UK's Probe Of Microsoft-Inflection AI Deal Moves Ahead

    The U.K.'s antitrust enforcer launched a formal merger inquiry on Tuesday into Microsoft Corp.'s relationship with Inflection AI after asking for public input earlier this year on several artificial intelligence investments made by Microsoft and Amazon.

  • July 16, 2024

    Labour Government Urged To Introduce Green Tax Credits

    The new Labour government should introduce tax credits for businesses investing in green energy technology, according to a tax expert from the Confederation of British Industry.

  • July 16, 2024

    Financial Intel Firm To Buy Fund Ratings Biz RSMR

    Fintel PLC said Tuesday it has conditionally bought Rayner Spencer Mills Research Ltd. for an undisclosed amount of money, making the purchase of the fund ratings and research agency its ninth acquisition in 12 months.

  • July 16, 2024

    Apax Completes Sale Of Internet Group Baltic

    The Apax IX Fund, in which Guernsey-based, closed-ended investment company Apax Global Alpha Ltd. is a limited partner, said Tuesday it has sold its remaining shares in Baltic Classifieds Group, a Lithuanian internet service provider.

  • July 16, 2024

    Precision Tools Supplier To Buy US Rival For Up To $683M

    Spectris said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy rival U.S.-based Micromeritics in a deal worth up to $683 million as the British precision tools supplier looks to improve its advanced materials analysis division and grow into the clean technology sector.

  • July 16, 2024

    Troubled REIT To Wind Down Amid £115M Debt Pile

    A struggling investment trust said Tuesday that it will wind down as it grapples with a £115 million ($149 million) burden of debt, an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and potential group litigation.

  • July 16, 2024

    PE Firm Sells 3% Stake In Trustpilot For £27.5M

    Private equity shop Vitruvian Partners LLP said on Tuesday that it has sold a 3% stake in Danish review website Trustpilot for £27.5 million ($35.7 million).

  • July 16, 2024

    Top UK Court Rules Deal Advice Fees Are Not Tax Deductible

    Britain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that £2.5 million ($3.2 million) paid in advisory fees by an investment company to Deutsche Bank and others is not tax-deductible as the expenses were "capital in nature" spent trying to dispose of a Dutch business.

  • July 15, 2024

    Biotech Firm Destiny To Delist From AIM

    Destiny Pharma PLC on Monday proposed quitting London's alternative investment market to go private, saying doing so gives it a better chance of raising funds for developing its key drug program than as a public business.

  • July 15, 2024

    Labour Gov't Urged To Consult On Green Finance Rules

    A trade body for financial institutions has urged the Labour government to consult before imposing extra rules on firms' plans to transition to the green economy to avoid liability risks.

  • July 15, 2024

    Cosmetics Packager Texen To Buy Rival In €140M Deal

    French luxury beauty packager Texen SAS plans to merge with Quadpack Industries SA in a take-private deal that values the Spanish rival at €140 million ($153 million), the companies said on Monday.

  • July 15, 2024

    AstraZeneca Completes $1B Amolyt Pharma Takeover

    AstraZeneca said Monday that it has successfully completed the approximately $1.05 billion acquisition of clinical stage biotechnology company Amolyt Pharma, which was guided by Freshfields, Jones Day and Cooley LLP, weeks after completing another $2.4 billion acquisition. 

  • July 15, 2024

    WH Ireland Completes £5M Sale Of Capital Markets Division

    Wealth manager WH Ireland Group PLC said on Monday that it has finalized the £5 million ($6.5 million) sale of its capital markets division to financial services company Zeus Capital Ltd.

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 19, 2024

    HSF Hires Eversheds Partner Pair For Paris Office

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has recruited two high-ranking lawyers from Eversheds Sutherland in France to boost its capabilities advising clients on intellectual property, information technology and data privacy.

  • July 12, 2024

    Sirius Real Estate Raises £153M In Equity For Expansion Plan

    Business parks owner Sirius Real Estate has raised approximately £152.5 million ($198 million) in fresh equity from existing and new investors in a two-step operation to fund its acquisition strategy.

  • July 12, 2024

    Asset Manager Impax Completes Financial Adviser Buyout

    Impax said on Friday that it has now completed the purchase of the assets of fixed-income manager Absalon Corp. Credit, as the private equity firm which focuses on renewable energy looks to expand its business beyond the U.S.

  • July 12, 2024

    FCA Cuts Record-Keeping For Banks Advising Listed Firms

    The Financial Conduct Authority has cut record-keeping requirements for banks advising client companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

  • July 12, 2024

    MoFo-Guided SoftBank Buys UK Chipmaker Graphcore

    SoftBank Group Corp. has acquired Graphcore, a British semiconductor chipmaker, as it eyes expansion into the artificial intelligence sector, the two companies said on Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

    Superdry To Remove Shares From London's Main Market

    Struggling retailer Superdry PLC said on Friday that its shares will be pulled from the London Stock Exchange's main market on Monday to allow it to focus on a restructuring plan.

  • July 11, 2024

    London Revamps Listing Rules To Hone Competitive Edge

    The move by the financial watchdog to rewrite U.K. Listing Rules better equips the London Stock Exchange to attract and retain high-growth companies, experts tell Law360. And they downplay fears the new rules could weaken consumer protection.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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