Transactions UK

  • April 03, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Goldman Sachs Unit Buys Stake In Credit Fund

    Goldman Sach's private equity unit has acquired Italian asset manager Azimut's 20% stake in private credit fund Kennedy Lewis for $225 million, the companies said Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Insurer Lands Battery Brand Pension Scheme In £44M Deal

    Insurer Just Group said Wednesday it has completed a £44 million ($55.3 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by battery and lighting brand Energizer Group Ltd.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Vehicle Testing Co. Buys US Rival For Up To $30M

    AB Dynamics PLC, a specialist in testing transportation products and services, said on Wednesday it has bought Venshure Test Services LLC for up to $30 million, as it seeks to expand its electric vehicle battery expertise.

  • April 03, 2024

    Shipping Giant Buys 10% In Volvo-Renault Electric Van JV

    French container shipping giant CMA CGM Group has joined Renault and Volvo's electric van joint venture to help energy transition in the sector for light commercial vehicles, Renault said on Wednesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    UK Makes 2027 Commitment To 1-Day Securities Settlement

    HM Treasury has said that Britain will start a one-day cycle for securities trade settlement by December 2027, bringing the country into harmony with other markets to reduce the risk that those involved will fail to meet their obligations.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ashurst-Guided Winemaker Bids £46M For UK Spirits Group

    The English sparkling wine maker Nyetimber said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy The Lakes Distillery Company PLC, a liquor producer, for approximately £46.1 million ($57.9 million), as it looks to capture a slice of the growing international spirits market.

  • April 02, 2024

    Biotech Firm Redx Eyes Delisting From London Market

    Redx Pharma PLC proposed on Tuesday that it would cancel trading in its shares on the London Stock Exchange and re-register as a private business, citing constraints on market liquidity and the regulatory burdens that come with being a public firm.

  • April 02, 2024

    A&O-Led Furnace Co. To Buy Alumina Producer For $430M

    RHI Magnesita NV, an Austria-based manufacturer of industrial furnace components, has agreed to buy Resco Group, a U.S. business that produces heat-resistant materials, for up to $430 million, the companies said.

  • April 02, 2024

    CMS Guides Pensions Insurer On £870M De Beers Deal

    Pension Insurance Corp. PLC said Tuesday that it has covered £870 million ($1.1 billion) of pension liabilities for diamond company De Beers in the U.K. as part of a long-term strategy.

  • April 02, 2024

    UBS To Launch $2B Buyback After Credit Suisse Deal Closes

    UBS said Tuesday that it will launch a share buyback program to return up to $2 billion to shareholders as the Swiss lender prepares to kickstart its capital returns after its takeover of Credit Suisse AG is finalized in June.

  • April 01, 2024

    Global Tensions Stall Cross-Border Deals As Gov'ts Regroup

    Global cross-border mergers and acquisitions activity has fallen steadily from its 2021 peak, in part due to geopolitical issues that attorneys say are causing governments across the globe to bolster foreign investment policies and could lead investors to shift their geographic focus.  

  • March 28, 2024

    Dole Drops $293M Sale Of Vegetable Biz Under DOJ Pressure

    Dole PLC said Thursday it agreed to drop the planned $293 million sale of its fresh vegetable division to Chiquita Holdings Ltd. after the U.S. Department of Justice raised concerns about the deal's effect on packaged salad prices.

  • March 28, 2024

    Investment Firm RECI To Launch £10M Share Buyback

    Real Estate Credit Investments Ltd. on Thursday said it aims to launch a new share repurchase program worth up to £10 million ($12.6 million) as its initial buyback scheme draws to a close.

  • March 28, 2024

    UK Watchdog Clears Aviva's £460M Takeover Of AIG Life

    The U.K. government on Thursday gave a green light to insurance giant Aviva for its proposed £460 million ($562 million) acquisition of a British subsidiary of AIG Life Ltd. at the end of its first phase of inquiry into the transaction.

  • March 28, 2024

    Fieldfisher-Led Molecular To Delist Shares, Pull Unit's IPO

    U.K. energy developer Molecular Energies PLC dealt a double blow to the London Stock Exchange's junior market on Thursday by announcing plans to remove its shares from trading and scrap a proposed IPO of its carbon removal subsidiary.

  • March 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    Disinfectant Biz Byotrol Plans To Pull London Listing

    Byotrol PLC proposed pulling its shares from the London Stock Exchange on Friday because of the expense of being a publicly listed firm and said it plans to raise up to £500,000 ($631,000) outside the exchange.

  • March 28, 2024

    Freshfields, WilmerHale-Led Keysight Bids £1.2B For UK Biz

    Telecoms-testing specialist Spirent said Thursday that it has agreed to accept a bid of approximately £1.16 billion from U.S. technology company Keysight and has rejected a previously agreed £1 billion offer from a maker of network-testing equipment.

  • March 28, 2024

    Struggling Lender Amigo Raises Cash, Eyes Reverse Takeover

    Amigo Holdings PLC said on Thursday that it has raised cash and is looking for a reverse takeover target so that it can continue operating as a listed company, amid the planned liquidation of its troubled subprime lending arm.

  • March 28, 2024

    Abrdn Property Plans Wind-Down After Merger Rejected

    Abrdn Property Income Trust Ltd. has said it is planning a managed wind-down after its shareholders voted against an all-share merger with Custodian Property Income REIT PLC that valued it at £237 million ($299 million).

  • March 27, 2024

    Aviation Co. Did Not Undersell By $28M, Lessor Claims

    An aircraft lessor has denied falsely suppressing its profitability to convince an aviation business to undersell its shares in the lessor by $28 million, claiming that any estimates of possible income were genuine and honest.

  • March 27, 2024

    Bain Capital Sells £68M Of TI Fluid Shares

    Private equity and venture capital firm Bain Capital LP on Wednesday said it has sold 50 million shares of auto parts supplier London-listed TI Fluid Systems through a subsidiary and raised approximately £67.5 million ($85 million) in the process.

  • March 27, 2024

    Renault Sells More Nissan Shares For €362M

    French carmaker Renault said Wednesday that it will sell more than 100 million shares of its partner Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. back to the Japanese automaker as part of plans to reduce its Nissan shareholding.

  • March 27, 2024

    Mining Royalties Biz Ecora Launches $10M Buyback

    Ecora Resources PLC began a share repurchase program worth up to $10 million on Wednesday, citing concerns that its stock is undervalued.

  • March 27, 2024

    Shoosmiths, CMS, HSF Guide £510M Pension Deal For Next

    High street clothing retailer Next PLC has offloaded £510 million ($643 million) of its retirement scheme liabilities to Pension Insurance Corp. PLC, in a deal steered by law firms Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Shoosmiths LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How COVID, Supply Chain Woes Are Fueling Air Cargo M&A

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    The pandemic has triggered a shift in the air cargo market, with supply chain issues and demand for expedited service attracting new investment — and M&A interest will likely continue, even as inflation and other factors damp enthusiasm, say Solange Leandro and Alison Weal at Watson Farley.

  • What To Expect From A Simplified EU Merger Control System

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    The European Commission’s draft amendments to the EU merger control system, expected to be formally adopted shortly, reduce its administrative burden and expand the scope of the simplified procedure to additional categories of transactions, providing a welcome development for companies and their advisers, say Axel Gutermuth and Lukas Šimas at Arnold & Porter.

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