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  • June 21, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Travers Smith, Potamitis Vekris

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, RSK Group Ltd. gets a £500 million ($632 million) investment, Boston Scientific Corp. acquires Silk Road Medical Inc., Masdar takes a part of Terna Energy SA, and Tate & Lyle PLC buys CP Kelco from JM Huber Corp.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    European Funds Want Laxer Rules On Derivatives Calls

    A European investment fund industry trade body has called for a reduction in proposed global rules to manage calls for extra money supporting derivatives positions intended to reduce the risk of a market crisis.

  • June 21, 2024

    Caterer Compass Kicks Off Second $250M Share Buyback

    Compass Group PLC on Friday commenced an up to $250 million share repurchase program, the second and final part of a wider $500 million buyback scheme aimed at lowering the catering giant's outstanding share capital.

  • June 21, 2024

    Swiss-Dutch Pharma Biz Raises €80M For Cancer Drug Work

    iOnctura BV has raised €80 million ($85.5 million) in a new round of financing, which the Swiss-Dutch biopharmaceutical company will use to continue developing two anti-cancer drugs.

  • June 21, 2024

    Linklaters-Led Britvic Snubs Improved £3.1B Carlsberg Offer

    Britvic PLC said Friday that it has rejected a sweetened £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) takeover offer from Danish brewer Carlsberg AS, claiming the proposal undervalues the current and future prospects of the British soft drinks maker.

  • June 20, 2024

    Energy Co. To Sell Egypt, Italy & Croatia Portfolios For $945M

    Mediterranean-focused oil and gas producer Energean PLC said Thursday it has agreed to sell its assets in Egypt, Italy and Croatia to private equity fund Carlyle International Energy Partners for up to $945 million.

  • June 20, 2024

    Law Firm Disputes Pension Deal Capacity Concerns

    Most small retirement savings plans have little trouble carrying out an insurance transaction, a law firm has found, despite fears of a capacity crunch in the pensions deals market.

  • June 20, 2024

    Tate & Lyle Launches £215M Share Buyback Program

    Tate & Lyle PLC on Thursday rolled out a share repurchase program worth up to £215 million ($273 million) aimed at lowering the size of its outstanding share capital.

  • June 20, 2024

    Linklaters Guides Tate & Lyle On $1.8B CP Kelco Deal

    Food producer Tate & Lyle PLC said Thursday that it will buy U.S. nature-based ingredients maker CP Kelco from industrial products producer JM Huber Corp. in a cash and share deal worth $1.8 billion, to tap into the trend toward plant-based and clean ingredients.

  • June 20, 2024

    A&O Shearman-Led Bridgepoint Makes £626M Offer For Rival

    Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Ltd. said Thursday that a company controlled by asset fund manager Bridgepoint Advisers is weighing a £578 million ($734 million) takeover and that it would recommend that to shareholders if it makes a formal bid.

  • June 20, 2024

    Sainsbury's To Pay NatWest £125M To Exit Bank Unit

    Sainsbury's will pay NatWest approximately £125 million ($159 million) to take on most of the personal banking assets of the U.K. retail giant, the companies said Thursday, as grocers look to exit the consumer banking market.

  • June 19, 2024

    Trade Body Sets Up Committee For M&A Insurance Market

    A trade body for underwriters said Wednesday that it has launched a committee on specialist insurance to cover risk associated with mergers and acquisitions, amid a surge in such policies being written from London.

  • June 19, 2024

    GE Aerospace To Quit 3 European Stock Exchanges

    General Electric Co. said Wednesday that it plans to end its listing on the London, Paris and Zurich stock exchanges following an internal review after it launched after it became a standalone company.

  • June 19, 2024

    Investors Sell £43M Worth Of Helios Telecoms Shares

    Helios Towers PLC said Wednesday that two stakeholders, private equity firm Newlight Partners LP and investment trust RIT Capital Partners PLC, have sold a total of £43.2 million ($55 million) of stock in the telecommunications company, which operates in Africa and the Middle East.

  • June 19, 2024

    DLA Piper, Florent Steer €30M Capital Raise For Pipeline Biz

    Investor HydrogenOne Capital Growth PLC said on Wednesday that hydrogen pipeline maker Strohm Holding BV, has raised €30 million ($32 million) in new funds, in a deal advised by DLA Piper and Dutch law firm Florent.

  • June 19, 2024

    Vodafone Sells 18% Stake In Indian Cell Tower Biz For $1.8B

    Vodafone Group PLC said on Wednesday that it has sold an 18% stake in Indus Towers Ltd. of India for 153 billion rupees ($1.83 billion) as the U.K. telecommunications giant looks to finance its debt repayments.

  • June 19, 2024

    Swiss Watchdog Ends UBS-Credit Suisse Merger Controls

    Switzerland's financial watchdog said Wednesday that it has cleared the takeover by UBS of stricken rival Credit Suisse AG after finding that the rescue deal would not harm competition in any domestic market.

  • June 19, 2024

    Fieldfisher Steers £165M Mineral Biz Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva said on Wednesday that it has completed a full retirement savings plan buy-in worth £165 million ($210 million) sponsored by mineral miner and processor Sibelco UK Ltd., in a deal guided by Fieldfisher LLP.

  • June 19, 2024

    Zurich Buys 70% Stake In Indian Insurer For $670M

    Swiss insurance giant Zurich said Wednesday that it has bought a 70% stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance for $488 million, the largest foreign investment in India's general insurance market since 2021.

  • June 18, 2024

    Microsoft Says Starbucks Ruling Hurts FTC's Activision Case

    Microsoft told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling requiring labor regulators to meet a four-factor test in order to win a preliminary injunction undercuts the Federal Trade Commission's bid to halt the company's $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Yukos Oil Investors Auction Russian Vodka TMs For €1.6M

    The former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Monday they have auctioned the Benelux rights to trademarks for 18 Russian vodka brands, including Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, as they continue their effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia.

  • June 18, 2024

    Regulator Reminds Merging Firms To Put Clients First

    The regulator for solicitors in England and Wales on Tuesday issued a new warning notice, reminding law firms that their clients' interests must be the top priority during legal industry mergers and acquisitions.

  • June 18, 2024

    Hargreaves Lansdown Backs £5.4B CVC, Abu Dhabi Bid

    The board of Hargreaves Lansdown PLC said Tuesday that it would be willing to recommend to its shareholders a sweetened £5.4 billion ($6.9 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of private equity companies, including CVC and the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi.

  • June 18, 2024

    Frasers Group To Buy Back Up To £80M Worth Of Shares

    Frasers Group PLC on Tuesday commenced a share repurchase program worth up to £80 million ($101 million), a move expected to lower the size of the retail giant's outstanding share capital.

Expert Analysis

  • What The New Digital Markets Bill Will Mean For Companies

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    The recently passed Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill will bring significant reform to U.K. merger control and antitrust rules for all businesses, but the introduction of a strategic market status regime and its reporting obligations means large tech organizations in particular need to think carefully about the forthcoming changes, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Insurance Ruling Stresses High Hurdle To Fix Policy Wording

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    In Project Angel v. Axis, the Court of Appeal recently refused to rewrite the exclusion clause of an insurance policy, reminding parties in the warranty and indemnity market to carefully word clauses, as there is a high threshold before courts will intervene to amend policies, say Joseph Moore and Laura McCann at Travers Smith.

  • CMA Reports Signal Tighter Scrutiny Of AI Model Markets

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s recent reports on artificial intelligence foundation models suggest that competition in AI is not working as it should, so large digital firms can expect the regulator to use its full toolbox as it continues to monitor and investigate the sector, say lawyers at Cooley.

  • How Gov't Response Addresses Investment Act Concerns

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    The government’s recently published response to a call for evidence on the National Security and Investment Act is largely appropriate to stakeholder concerns raised and demonstrates in its five areas of focus that it is willing to respond to live issues, say lawyers at Watson Farley.

  • Pharma Remains A Key Focus Of EU Antitrust Enforcement

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    The recently published European Commission report on pharmaceutical sector competition law illustrates that effective enforcement of EU rules remains a matter of high priority for EU and national authorities, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • The Dangers Of Providing Misleading Info In A Merger Review

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    Although Kingspan's recent proposed acquisition of Trimo, brought before the European Commission, was abandoned following investigation for an alleged breach of EU Merger Regulation requirements, it has brought to light the importance of submitting accurate and complete information in merger reviews to avoid incurring a substantial fine, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Cum-Ex Prosecutions Storm Shows No Sign Of Abating

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    The ongoing trial of Sanjay Shah in Denmark is a clear indicator that efforts remain focused on holding to account the alleged architects and beneficiaries of cum-ex trading, and with these prosecutions making their way across Europe, it is a more turbulent time now than ever, says Niall Hearty at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Key Points From EC Economic Security Screening Initiatives

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    Lawyers at Herbert Smith analyze the European Commission's five recently announced initiatives aimed at de-risking the EU's trade and investment links with third countries, including the implementation of mandatory screening mechanisms and extending coverage to investments made by EU companies that are controlled subsidiaries of non-EU investors.

  • 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.

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