Transactions UK

  • March 27, 2024

    Diploma To Buy US Aircraft Fasteners Maker For £236M

    Specialty fastener and adhesive company Diploma said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S.-based Peerless Aerospace Fastener LLC, which makes bolts and nuts for aircrafts, for approximately £236 million ($300 million) to boost its own aerospace fastener production.

  • March 27, 2024

    Consumer Goods Giant To Launch 3rd Part Of £1B Buyback

    Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC said Wednesday it will soon launch the third and final part of its up to £1 billion ($1.3 billion) share repurchase program aimed at cutting down its outstanding share capital.

  • March 27, 2024

    Clifford Chance Helps Italy Sell 12.5% Of Monte Dei Paschi

    Italy has sold 12.5% of the shares in Monte dei Paschi for €650 million ($704 million) in total, to reduce its 2017 bail-out holding in the Italian lender said to be the world's oldest bank.

  • March 27, 2024

    Skadden Steers Int'l Paper's £5.7B Bid For DS Smith

    International Paper Co. has made a £5.72 billion ($7.22 billion) proposed offer for British rival DS Smith PLC as it seeks to compete with the earlier bid of £5.1 billion made by Mondi PLC.

  • March 26, 2024

    Pet Drug Maker Faces EU Probe For Axing Pipeline Dog Med

    The European Union's antitrust authority said Tuesday it has launched a probe into whether Zoetis Inc. had illegally blocked competition by acquiring a pipeline product designed to treat pain in dogs and axing a potential rival's deal to sell it.

  • March 26, 2024

    Platinum Miner Tharisa Launches $5M Share Buyback

    Southern African-focused Tharisa PLC on Tuesday began a share repurchase program worth up to $5 million, amid concerns its stock is undervalued on the markets.

  • March 26, 2024

    Carrefour Buying €365M Of Its Shares From Store Owner

    Hypermarkets giant Carrefour said on Tuesday that it will buy back almost 3.5% of its share capital from the owner of the Galeries Lafayette department store chain for €365 million ($396 million), part of its wider €700 million share repurchase program.

  • March 26, 2024

    Insurance Execs Deny BDO Found Buyer For £18.5M Sale

    Directors of KGJ Insurance Services have denied owing advisory fees to BDO LLP following the sale of the insurance broker for an estimated £18.5 million ($23.4 million), claiming that BDO never proposed or introduced the buyer itself.

  • March 26, 2024

    Engineering Biz Smiths Kicks Off £100M Buyback Program

    Smiths Group PLC on Tuesday began the first half of a £100 million ($127 million) share repurchase program aimed at reducing its outstanding share capital, as it announced improved earnings and ushered in a new chief executive.

  • March 26, 2024

    UK Clears £1.2B Atlanta-Markerstudy Insurance Broker Merger

    Britain's antitrust authority said Tuesday it has cleared the planned merger between Atlanta Group and Markerstudy, a deal that values Ardonagh's home and car insurance business at £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion), after finding that the deal will not harm competition in domestic markets.

  • March 26, 2024

    Revolution Bar Chain Considers Putting Itself Up For Sale

    Revolution Bars said Tuesday that it may put itself up for sale to maximize value for shareholders in the chain of bars as the hospitality industry continues to struggle after COVID-19 and amid a cost-of-living crisis.

  • March 25, 2024

    Man Denies Conspiring Against Game Host's Ex-Biz Partner

    A man accused of conspiring with convicted HBOS fraudster Mark Dobson to acquire a company from the ex-business partner of TV personality Noel Edmonds by undervaluing it has denied that any plot existed.

  • March 25, 2024

    Qualcomm Halts Plan To Buy Israeli Biz Under Regulatory Heat

    The Federal Trade Commission is celebrating Qualcomm's decision to abandon its attempts at acquiring an Israeli company that makes chips that allow vehicle-to-vehicle communication after too much regulatory pushback.

  • March 25, 2024

    Virgin Seeks Full $200M In Train Brand Feud After $115M Win

    Virgin Enterprises Ltd. has sued Brightline Holdings LLC for the full $200 million exit fee for backing out of its train brand licensing deal after already winning $115 million, arguing in documents made public on Monday that it's owed a boosted exit fee because of a change in control of the U.S. rail operator.

  • March 25, 2024

    Novo Nordisk Inks $1.1B Deal For German Pharma Biz

    Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk A/S said Monday it has signed a deal to acquire Cardior Pharmaceuticals of Germany for just over €1 billion ($1.1 billion) to widen its focus on cardiovascular diseases.

  • March 25, 2024

    Taseko To Become Sole Owner Of Copper Mine In $105M Deal

    Mining company Taseko said Monday that it has agreed to acquire the remaining interest in the second-largest copper mine in Canada for up to $142 million Canadian dollars ($105 million).

  • March 25, 2024

    PE Firms Fuel 30% Rise In 2023 European Insurance M&A

    The number of deals involving European insurance businesses rose by 30% last year, fueled by an increased role of private equity financing in the sector, a consultancy said Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Communications Biz To Return £35M To Shareholders

    Gamma Communications PLC unveiled on Monday a share repurchase program of up to £35 million ($44 million) aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital and rewarding investors as the company reported a surge in pretax profits.

  • March 25, 2024

    DLA Piper, Clifford Chance Guide £44M Sale Of London Asset

    Property investment firm Helical PLC said Monday that it has agreed to sell a London office building to an affiliate of investment manager Ares Management for £43.5 million ($55 million) in a deal led by Clifford Chance LLP and DLA Piper.

  • March 25, 2024

    EU Says Lufthansa Deal Could Harm Air Transport Competition

    Europe's antitrust authority said on Monday that Lufthansa's plan to buy a 41% stake in ITA Airways for €325 million ($352 million) could lead to higher prices and poorer service for passengers taking flights in and out of Italy.

  • March 25, 2024

    Ageas Drops £3.2B Direct Line Offer After Pushback

    Belgian-French insurer Ageas has pulled its £3.2 billion ($4 billion) proposed bid for Direct Line after the British rival continued to snub its offers.

  • March 25, 2024

    KKR To Complete £1.3B Takeover, Delist Smart Metering Co.

    Private equity giant KKR said Monday that it will complete its £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) takeover of a British energy infrastructure company and take its shares off the London Stock Exchange.

  • March 22, 2024

    JPMorgan Gets Early Trial On US Regs In Viva Wallet Dispute

    J.P. Morgan on Friday was granted an expedited London trial on some of the issues in its warring claims with the founder of a Greek payment company co-owned by the investment bank over the fintech business' value.

  • March 22, 2024

    Money Laundering Ringleader Jailed For £560K Bank Con

    A fraudster who set up sham carpet and furniture businesses as part of a money laundering scheme that lost banks £560,000 ($705,000) has been jailed for six years and four months, the U.K.'s Insolvency Service said Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Pandemic And UK Security Law Are Changing Deals

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    Deal makers must consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the approach to material adverse change provisions in the U.K. and U.S., and how the new U.K. National Security and Investment Act regime will affect investors across the globe seeking to acquire material influence in a U.K. company, say attorneys at Covington.

  • 3 Foreign Investment Issues Affecting Cross-Border Deals

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    Now more than ever, managing the increasingly complex foreign direct investment considerations for successfully completing cross-border transactions requires parties to be attentive to the evolving regulatory landscape, particularly in the U.K. and EU, say Chase Kaniecki and William Dawley at Cleary.

  • A Review Of The New UK Financial Services And Markets Bill

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    In revoking retained EU law and replacing it with U.K.-specific legislation, the new Financial Services and Markets Bill should mean a less cumbersome and more accessible regulatory regime than the existing patchwork of requirements, with provisions that address consumers’ concerns that they were not adequately protected, say attorneys at Ashurst.

  • Tracking The Global Move Toward Tighter Mergers Scrutiny

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    The recent merger control case of Vivendi and Lagardère in France is indicative of a global trend of competition authorities applying stricter standards to concentrations and pursuing an increasingly aggressive enforcement agenda, particularly in the media sector, says Jérémie Marthan at White & Case.

  • Dutch Merger May Promote Behavioral Remedies Across EU

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    A Dutch tribunal's recent clearing of the Sanoma-Iddink deal might further encourage merging parties in the EU to offer — and government agencies to accept — behavioral remedies, which was rarer when more emphasis was put on divestments, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Proposed Foreign Subsidy Regulation Has Political Overtones

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    The European Commission's proposed Foreign Subsidies Regulation aims to prevent subsidies that have a distortive effect on competition from being granted to foreign companies, but in directing it against governments that use companies to extend their influence in the EU, the implications are clearly political, say Lena Sandberg and Yannis Ioannidis at Gibson Dunn.

  • Early Trends In UK National Security Reviews Of Transactions

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    The U.K.'s move to block an intellectual property deal between Beijing Infinite Vision Technology and the University of Manchester — the first such prohibition under the recently implemented National Security and Investment Act — is part of a growing body of published decisions that provides useful lessons on achieving prompt security clearance, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Guidance Notes Offer Insight On UK National Security Regime

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    The U.K. government recently published long-awaited market guidance notes that add a greater level of transparency regarding the national security and investment regime, providing welcome guidance to businesses and their legal advisers on submitting transaction notifications, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Ruling On EU Commission Merger Reviews Signifies U-Turn

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    In validating the European Commission's new policy of using Merger Regulation Article 22 to review cases that do not qualify under the merger control rules of the requesting member state, the General Court has demonstrated that the EU is prepared to move the goal posts on well-established commission policy, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Where New UK And EU Vertical Agreements Rules Diverge

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    The lack of alignment between new EU and U.K. rules on vertical agreements is likely to present challenges to multinational businesses, and it would be prudent for legal advisers and companies to bear in mind the most stringent obligations of both, says Robert Bell at Armstrong Teasdale.

  • A Look Ahead At What The German M&A Market Holds In Store

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    Despite signs of a possible recession, there is still significant M&A activity in the German market, with long-term strategic planning, private equity investors, multiparty involvement and even the state all playing an important role, says Michael Ulmer at Cleary.

  • Tips For Handling Audio Data In E-Discovery Post-Pandemic

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    The rise of remote meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the volume and importance of audio data in e-discovery — so organizations in highly regulated industries must collect and process that data, and establish complex strategies to manage their audio records, says Jack Bullen at FTI Consulting.

  • Agreement Among Litigants Key To Using E-Discovery Tech

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    Parties are increasingly using e-discovery technologies to control costs, but as a New York federal court order in Actos Antitrust Litigation shows, a well-drafted, negotiated protocol allows them to address potential objections prior to use and helps protect against later claims of incomplete production, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • 4 Ways M&A Deals Are Changing

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    There are signs that the market may be cooling, but recent trends in M&A transactions reflect more than just market strength and indicate that there has been a more general change in deal approach, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

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