Transactions UK

  • March 20, 2024

    Bank of Cyprus Eyes €137M Investor Return After ECB Nod

    The Bank of Cyprus Group said Wednesday it intends to boost shareholder returns to €137 million ($149 million) by launching a share buyback and ramping up dividends, after receiving the green light for both payouts from the regional banking watchdog.

  • March 20, 2024

    Swiss Watchdog To Inspect UBS Closely For Merger Impact

    The Swiss financial markets regulator said Wednesday it plans 40 on-site supervisory reviews at UBS AG in Switzerland and abroad and two in-depth stress tests in 2024 to assess the result of the bank's merger with Credit Suisse last year.

  • March 20, 2024

    Kirkland-Led PE Firm To Buy $700M Medical Component Biz

    Chemicals and technology company Johnson Matthey said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell all of its medical device components business to Montagu Private Equity for $700 million, ending its sale of "value businesses," in a deal guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • March 20, 2024

    Slaughter And May Cuts Partner Promotions By Half In 2024

    Slaughter and May said on Wednesday that it is adding to its bench of up-and-coming leaders by promoting five lawyers to its partnership — only half the number it elevated in 2023.

  • March 20, 2024

    Dubai Won't Be Top Investor In Nasdaq After $1.6B Share Sale

    Nasdaq Inc. has said that Dubai will lose its spot as top shareholder in the U.S. stock exchange operator after it sells $1.6 billion worth of shares.

  • March 19, 2024

    EU Accuses Kingspan Of Skirting Merger Review Demands

    The European Commission on Tuesday accused construction materials supplier Kingspan Group of providing inaccurate or misleading information during the review for the company's planned purchase of Trimo before ultimately abandoning the deal.

  • March 19, 2024

    Financial Advisor 'Siphoned' Fees In Legal Fund Fraud Case

    A former financial adviser allegedly siphoned £5.8 million ($7.4 million) from an investment fund via secret commission payments as part of a legal financing fraud, prosecutors told a London jury at the start of his criminal trial Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    DIY Giant Wickes Starts 2nd Tranche Of £25M Buyback

    Wickes Group PLC on Tuesday rolled out the second half of its £25 million ($32 million) stock repurchase program aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital, as it reported a dip in revenue.

  • March 19, 2024

    Unilever To Spin Off Ice Cream Biz, Including Ben & Jerry's

    European consumer goods giant Unilever on Tuesday unveiled plans to separate its ice cream business, which includes Ben & Jerry's, as part of an effort to simplify and "streamline" its operations.

  • March 19, 2024

    IFF Selling Pharma Unit To French Co. Roquette In $2.85B Deal

    IFF, a maker of ingredients and additives for food, health and home-based products, said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its Pharma Solutions business to French plant-based ingredient maker Roquette at an enterprise value of up to $2.85 billion. 

  • March 19, 2024

    Mauritian Conglomerate Ups Bid For Shanta Gold To £156M

    Mauritius-based conglomerate ETC Holdings said Tuesday that it has bumped up its takeover bid for Shanta Gold Ltd. to £156.1 million ($198 million) in an effort to woo its shareholders to accept the offer.

  • March 19, 2024

    UK Energy Co. Fights To Deduct £2.5M Deal Advice Fees

    An investment holding company told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that £2.5 million ($3.2 million) it paid to Deutsche Bank and others for deals advice is tax-deductible because they were the "type of services procured all the time."

  • March 19, 2024

    London Software Co. Buys Online Marketing Biz For $54M

    Software company Team Internet said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire online marketing business Shinez IO Ltd. and its subsidiaries for up to $54.1 million in a deal guided by two Israeli law firms.

  • March 19, 2024

    Healthcare Business PureTech Eyes $100M Share Buyback

    PureTech Health PLC on Tuesday proposed rewarding shareholders through a $100 million (£78.8 million) share repurchase program, following the sale of a subsidiary business.

  • March 19, 2024

    FCA Sets Out Priorities For New Financial Year

    The Financial Conduct Authority detailed on Tuesday its new priorities for the next financial year, setting out plans to protect consumers and boost competitiveness in Britain and to make better use of data.

  • March 19, 2024

    Diversified Energy To Buy Gas Assets For $410M

    U.S. oil producer Diversified Energy said Tuesday that it will buy natural gas assets from investment manager Oaktree Capital for $410 million, which will include hedging for protection against the fall in gas prices.

  • March 26, 2024

    DLA Piper Hires M&A Pro Carl Hotton From Freshfields

    DLA Piper has hired mergers and acquisitions professional Carl Hotton as an insurance partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • March 19, 2024

    Freshfields Guides AstraZeneca In $2.4B Pharma Co. Deal

    AstraZeneca PLC said Tuesday that it will buy Fusion Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in oncology, for up to $2.4 billion in cash to help it transform cancer treatments.

  • March 18, 2024

    Paul Hastings-Led Francisco Partners To Pay $1.2B For Jama

    Tech-focused private equity investor Francisco Partners has agreed to buy Portland, Oregon-based Jama Software from shareholders including Insight Partners and Madrona Ventures for $1.2 billion, the companies said Monday. 

  • March 18, 2024

    Proskauer Guides $58M Sale Of Seattle Reign NWSL Team

    The National Women's Soccer League's Seattle Reign FC will fall under new ownership as a group including men's soccer franchise Seattle Sounders FC and private equity giant Carlyle announced plans to buy the women's team in a deal that values it at $58 million.

  • March 18, 2024

    PE Biz Oakley Capital To Invest £9M In Optical Tech Biz

    Private equity investor Oakley Capital said Monday an associated fund has agreed to buy Horizons Optical for an undisclosed sum, a deal expected to pool in £9 million ($11.5 million) investment for the medical software business.

  • March 18, 2024

    Aviva Completes £937M Exit From Singapore Insurer

    Aviva PLC said Monday that it has sold its entire stake in Singapore Life Holdings Pte Ltd., or Singlife, for £937 million ($1.2 billion), giving Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. complete control of the company.

  • March 18, 2024

    Swiss Solar Energy Biz To Raise $226M For US Expansion

    Solar panels maker Meyer Burger said Monday that it is planning to raise approximately 200 million Swiss francs ($226 million) in equity Tuesday to benefit from "the highly attractive U.S. market" and to "stop sustained losses in Europe."

  • March 18, 2024

    Tobacco Giant BAT Begins First Phase Of £1.6B Buyback

    British American Tobacco PLC launched on Monday the initial part of a £1.6 billion ($2 billion) share buyback aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital, following the sale of a partial stake in its Indian business.

  • March 18, 2024

    Pfizer To Reduce Stake In Haleon To 24% Through Share Sale

    Haleon PLC said Monday that U.S. pharmaceutical titan Pfizer Inc. will reduce its stake in the British consumer healthcare company to 24%.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Market Challenges Are Affecting Deal-Making Trends

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    As private equity investors adjust to a new period of volatility and uncertainty in the marketplace, various trends in deal making are emerging in order to bridge valuation gaps and address financing concerns, say Alvaro Membrillera and Anna Pollak at Paul Weiss.

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