Transactions UK

  • July 08, 2024

    Norton Rose Helps Carlsberg Buy 40% Stake In Brewery JV

    Carlsberg AS said Monday that it will buy the entire 40% stake in a U.K. brewing joint venture with British pub operator Marston's PLC for £206 million ($264 million) to integrate this with Britvic to form a brewery giant.

  • July 08, 2024

    Britvic Backs Sweetened £3.3B Carlsberg Takeover Offer

    Britvic PLC said Monday that it is backing an improved £3.3 billion ($4.2 billion) cash takeover offer from Danish brewer Carlsberg AS that would create a British beer and soft drinks giant.

  • July 05, 2024

    EU Watchdog Sets Out Sustainability Reporting Expectations

    The European Union's financial markets regulator on Friday set out its expectations on new sustainability reporting standards for large companies with shares listed on stock exchanges and their regulators.

  • July 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen collapsed sports television company Arena Television hit Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank with a claim, James Vorley, the Deutsche Bank metals trader convicted of fraud, sue his former employer, and journalist John Ware file a defamation claim against Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters and Al Jazeera Media Network. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

    Matrix KC Richard Hermer Tapped For Attorney General

    Matrix Chambers' human rights barrister Richard Hermer KC will serve as the U.K.'s attorney general in a surprise appointment from newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer late Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Cybersecurity Firm Noventiq Kills Plans To List Via SPAC Deal

    London-based cybersecurity services provider Noventiq Holdings PLC and blank-check company Corner Growth Acquisition Corp. have canceled their plans to merge in a deal that sought to take Noventiq public in the U.S. at an estimated $1 billion value, citing market conditions.

  • July 05, 2024

    Shabana Mahmood Named Labour's New Justice Secretary

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer named former barrister Shabana Mahmood as the Labour government's new justice secretary on Friday following a sweeping victory in the U.K. general election.

  • July 05, 2024

    A&O Shearman-Led GSK Signs €1.4B Deal For Vaccines

    British pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has amended its collaboration agreement with German biopharmaceutical company CureVac to acquire full rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize globally the candidate vaccines for influenza and COVID-19 in an approximately €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) deal.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Picks Reeves For Treasury To Steer Growth Aims

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer has handed the reins of the U.K.'s fiscal and economic policy to Rachel Reeves, formally naming her as the next chancellor of the exchequer in the first of a round of cabinet appointments on Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Glencore Gets Canadian OK For $7B Buy Of Steelmaking Biz

    Glencore PLC said Friday that Canada has given it the go ahead for its $6.93 billion acquisition of the steelmaking coal business of Teck Resources Ltd., clearing the final hurdle for the Anglo-Swiss commodities and mining giant.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Starts Work As Cabinet Appointments Expected

    Keir Starmer, the newly elected prime minister, promised change that focuses on the economy and wealth creation as he prepared on Friday to begin appointing cabinet ministers to form the Labour Party's first government since 2010.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Gov't To Prioritize Competitive Financial Regulation

    The Labour government is expected to step up regulatory change to make the country's financial services more innovative and globally competitive, with centralized oversight of the watchdogs to ensure they help consumers and facilitate economic growth.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour's Big UK Election Win Clears Way For Tax Reform

    Labour's victory in the U.K. general election clears the way for plans to raise taxes on the rich to close a widening spending gap, but it could also mean wider fiscal reform in the new government's first budget later this year.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Sweeps Tories From Power In UK Election Rout

    Keir Starmer was poised to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday after his Labour Party ousted Rishi Sunak's Conservatives in a landslide general election victory, ending 14 years of Tory government with a pledge of "national renewal."

  • July 04, 2024

    UK Insurer Utmost Group Plans £200M Buy Of Rival

    Utmost Group PLC said Thursday that it has agreed to buy rival insurer Lombard International Assurance Holdings Sarl for more than £200 million ($255 million), strengthening its presence in key European markets.

  • July 04, 2024

    UK Insurance Investor Expands In Poland, Buys Broker

    Insurance acquisition vehicle PIB Group Ltd. said Thursday that it has bought a Polish broker, Nord Group, strengthening its foothold in the Eastern European country.   

  • July 04, 2024

    Investor NewRiver Buys Property Manager For Up To £9M

    Property investor NewRiver REIT PLC said on Thursday that it has bought Ellandi Management Ltd., an asset and development manager, for up to £9 million ($11.5 million) in a move to diversify its business and boost its assets under management.

  • July 04, 2024

    British Biz To Buy US Material Analysis Co. For $260M

    Spectris PLC said Thursday that it has acquired SciAps Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of analysis instruments, for up to $260 million as the British high-tech instrument maker seeks to expand its presence in North America.

  • July 04, 2024

    Pension Deals Market 'Driven By Transactions Under £100M'

    The record number of pension deals in the U.K. last year was driven primarily by smaller transactions of less than £100 million ($127.6 million), a consultancy has said.

  • July 04, 2024

    Tech Co. Knew IP Woes From Soured Deal, AI Video Biz Says

    An AI video analytics business has told a London court that a security technology company it accused of failing to pay up after acquiring its intellectual property should have been aware that its CCTV-analyzing technology might contain bugs.

  • July 04, 2024

    London IPO Market Gaining Momentum, EY Study Finds

    The London Stock Exchange attracted eight companies to take a listing in the first sixth months of 2024, raising a total of £513.8 million ($655.3 million), EY has said, signaling that the IPO market is gaining some momentum after a challenging couple of years.

  • July 04, 2024

    Barclays Sells €4.7B German Consumer Biz To Austrian Bank

    Barclays PLC said Thursday that it will sell its €4.7 billion ($5.1 billion) German consumer finance business to Austrian lender BAWAG as the British bank moves to simplify its operations.

  • July 03, 2024

    PIC Seals £1.2B 2nd TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan Buy-in

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC on Wednesday concluded a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) second buy-in with the trustee of TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan, a deal considered the largest completed pension scheme buy-in thus far this year, according to an announcement by PIC.

  • July 03, 2024

    Homes Developer Cairn Kicks Off €45M Share Buyback

    Cairn Homes PLC on Wednesday began an up to €45 million ($48.6 million) share repurchase program aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • July 03, 2024

    British Life Science Investor Syncona Unit Raises $170M

    Medical technology company Beacon Therapeutics has raised approximately £134 million ($170 million) in its second round of funding from new and existing investors including venture capital firms and the University of Oxford, its parent company Syncona said in a statement Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • EU Case Shows Wide Approach To Blocking Telecom Mergers

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    The EU court's recent judgment in Commission v. CK Telecoms may make it more challenging to secure clearance for telecom and other companies pursuing mergers, illustrating its broad approach to mergers that risk harming competition without creating a dominant position, say Dominic Long and Christopher Best at Allen & Overy.

  • PR Perspectives: Getting Merger Communications Right

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    As the recent Allen & Overy and Shearman Sterling deal announcement demonstrates, controlling the narrative is the priority when merger discussions begin, so law firms need to consider their stakeholder base and the best communication channels for each segment, ready to adapt to the audience group's needs, say Ben Girdlestone and Bethany Durkin at Byfield.

  • Trustees Should Take Caution After UK Pension Tap Plan

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    The U.K. government's recent plan to boost technology startups by tapping into pension sector funds may risk the hard-earned savings of members, so trustees need to be mindful of the proposals in light of their fiduciary duties, say Beth Brown and Riccardo Bruno at Arc Pensions.

  • Report On UK Investment Act Offers Welcome Insights

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    The U.K. government's recent report on the National Security and Investment Act's first full year of operation is to be applauded for disclosing more information on the act's notification system than was required, enabling a better understanding of what has taken place and what the next year may hold, say Andrea Hamilton and Ajal Notowicz at Milbank.

  • Preparing For M&A Under The Foreign Subsidies Regulation

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    The EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation introduces requirements that companies operating in the region must consider in M&A transactions, and any foreign financial contributions received by a target should be checked during the due diligence stage, with specific provisions for commission approval if a notification requirement is triggered, say Hendrik Viaene and Stéphane Dionnet at McDermott.

  • Important Generative AI Considerations In M&A

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    The recent surge of interest in generative artificial intelligence and its use of machine learning algorithms means there are novel concerns as well as inherent risks for those engaging in M&A activity, and acquirers should pay careful attention to a target’s scope of ownership and licensing rights, say attorneys at Davis Polk.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • Green Loans May Be Hungary's Path To Sustainable Financing

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    Fueled by a rising trend in the use of green loans, Hungary is making impressive progress in its journey toward achieving a net-zero future, although the development of social and sustainability-linked loans is still a work in progress, say Gergely Szalóki and Bálint Bodó at Schönherr.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • What New FCA Management Will Mean For Enforcement

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    Therese Chambers’ first speech since becoming the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s joint executive director provided insightful observations about the expected behaviors of firms and their legal advisers during investigations, indicating the advent of a proactive, prosecution-minded enforcement agency trying to do the right thing, says Richard Burger at WilmerHale.

  • Global M&A Outlook: Slow But Moving Along

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    Global merger and acquisition markets had a tough start to the year, with inflation, rising interest rates and the Ukraine conflict knocking sentiment, but in the macroeconomic, deal makers have continued to unearth pockets of activity to keep deal volumes ticking over, say lawyers at White & Case.

  • Why Int'l Investors Should Keep An Eye On German M&A Regs

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    While German reform proposals will digitize corporate law formalities that have long been immune to change, international limitations remain, particularly for countries outside the European Union, as Germany moves to tighten regulatory hurdles to control inbound investment, say Marcus Geiss and Sonja Ruttmann at Gibson Dunn.

  • CMA Review Could Help Shape UK's AI Landscape

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    The Competition and Markets Authority's recent review of the U.K. market for artificial intelligence foundation models is likely to feed into its recommendations concerning future legislative and regulatory changes, but may be overtaken by fast-changing developments, say lawyers at Cooley.

  • Microsoft Takeover Shows The Need For EU-UK Cooperation

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    The differing European Commission and U.K. Competition and Markets Authority outcomes regarding Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard demonstrate the need for better cooperation in the post-Brexit era, but the regulators still follow a rigorous approach and ultimately convergence may prevail over divergence, say Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte and Raphaël Fleischer at King & Spalding.

  • The Potential Benefits Of New EU Merger Control Rules

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    The core objective of a newly adopted EU Commission package is to simplify merger review procedures, which is an evolution that is more than welcome, especially in light of the very recent regulation on foreign subsidies that imposes additional burdens on M&A transactions, say lawyers at McDermott.

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