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  • May 20, 2024

    Video Gaming Biz 'Minded' To Back £2B EQT Takeover Offer

    Gaming services group Keywords Studios PLC said Monday that it could back a £2 billion ($2.5 billion) proposed takeover bid from EQT, after it rejected four earlier possible offers from the Swiss private equity shop.

  • May 17, 2024

    4 Firms Build $2.55B Sale Of Avangrid To Spain's Iberdrola

    Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola SA and its portfolio company, sustainable energy business Avangrid, on Friday announced that they have reached an agreement for Iberdrola to take Avangrid private by purchasing the remaining issued and outstanding shares it does not already own in a $2.55 billion deal built by four firms.

  • May 17, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2024

    CMS Moves M&A Partner Graham Conlon To Abu Dhabi

    Graham Conlon, a corporate mergers and acquisitions partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, has moved to Abu Dhabi as the law firm opened its first office in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

  • May 17, 2024

    ABN Amro To Sell Stake In Life Insurance JV Neuflize Vie

    BN Amro Bank NV said Friday that its Neuflize OBC French private bank branch has entered "exclusive negotiations" to sell the unit to the insurance subsidiary of BNP Paribas SA to form a strategic partnership in life insurance in France.

  • May 17, 2024

    Unilever Begins €1.5B Share Buyback

    Consumer goods giant Unilever PLC on Friday rolled out the first part of a share buyback program worth up to €1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • May 17, 2024

    Asset Manager Alpha Growth To Buy Insurance Manager

    British wealth manager Alpha Growth PLC said Friday that it will buy Guernsey-based insurance management company Jeometri for £450,000 ($569,000) to help it grow its insurance offering across the U.K.

  • May 17, 2024

    GSK Sells Remaining Stake In Advil Maker Haleon For £1.25B

    GSK PLC said on Friday that it has sold its remaining 4.2% stake in its spun-off consumer healthcare unit Haleon PLC for £1.25 billion ($1.6 billion).

  • May 17, 2024

    Concord Drops Bid For Music Rights Rival Hipgnosis

    Concord has "unanimously decided" to pull out of the bidding war to buy its rival operator, Hipgnosis Songs Fund, leaving private equity giant Blackstone in pole position to buy the music rights company.

  • May 16, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Shein IPO, Kraft Heinz, Cinven-Jaggaer

    Online fashion giant Shein is shifting IPO plans from the U.S. to London amid resistance from U.S. lawmakers and Chinese regulators, Kraft Heinz wants to sell its Oscar Mayer business, and private equity firm Cinven hopes to divest software firm Jaggaer for $3 billion. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • May 16, 2024

    Top Linklaters Attys See PE Rebound In Run-Up To Elections

    After a subtle uptick in private equity deal values in the first quarter, the global chair of Linklaters LLP's corporate department in New York, George Casey, and one of its top PE dealmakers in London, Alex Woodward, believe the pace of transactions is picking up and the market is primed for a comeback.

  • May 16, 2024

    Slovenian Bank NLB Bids €400M For Austrian Lender Addiko

    A Slovenian bank has tabled a €400 million ($435 million) bid to buy Austria's Addiko, a business lender operating in central and southeastern Europe, as it seeks to expand into new territories.

  • May 16, 2024

    Scirocco Energy To Cancel Public Listing On AIM

    Scirocco Energy PLC said on Thursday it has received shareholder approvals to leave its public listing on London's junior Alternative Investment Market before trading starts on Friday, as the U.K. energy investor eyes the greater flexibility of private ownership.

  • May 16, 2024

    CMA Deepens Probe Of Planned DJ Equipment Merger

    The U.K.'s antitrust regulator said Thursday that it will launch a deeper, second phase of investigation into DJ equipment maker AlphaTheta's proposed acquisition of audio technology company Serato after the companies did not address its competition concerns.

  • May 16, 2024

    Siemens Selling Innomotics Unit To PE Firm KPS In $3.8B Deal

    German tech conglomerate Siemens AG said Thursday it has agreed to sell its Innomotics large motors and drives unit to New York City-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners at an enterprise value of €3.5 billion, or roughly $3.8 billion. 

  • May 16, 2024

    White & Case Helps Italy Unload 2.8% Eni Stake For €1.4B

    Italy's government said on Thursday that it has sold approximately 2.8% of its stake in energy company Eni SpA in a move to raise €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) to aid the country's finances.

  • May 15, 2024

    Royal Mail 'Minded' To OK New £3.5B Bid From Czech Mogul

    The owner of national postal carrier Royal Mail said on Wednesday that it is prepared to accept an increased buyout bid worth £3.5 billion ($4.4 billion) by a conglomerate controlled by Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský, in a deal led by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • May 15, 2024

    Mission Shareholder Advised Against Brave Bison Offer

    Investment manager DBAY on Wednesday said it has advised a client that holds shares in The Mission Group to not accept the £26.8 million ($33.6 million) potential offer for the advertising group made by its rival Brave Bison.

  • May 15, 2024

    Baker McKenzie Guides £28M Pension Deal For Pharma Co.

    Canada Life has insured the retirement savings plans of more than 300 members of the U.K. subsidiary of Dutch pharmaceutical company Norgine Ltd. in a full buy-in transaction of £28 million ($35 million), with the deal guided by Baker McKenzie.

  • May 15, 2024

    Vodafone Begins €500M Share Buyback Following Biz Sale

    Vodafone Group PLC unveiled the take-off of a share repurchase program worth up to €500 million ($631 million) on Wednesday, the first part of a wider year-long €2 billion buyback funded by the proceeds of selling its business in Spain.

  • May 15, 2024

    Investor Group Sells £1.6B In Shares Of LSE Owner

    London Stock Exchange Group PLC said on Wednesday that a consortium of investors has sold shares in the famous marketplace worth almost £1.6 billion ($2 billion), a deal that ends media conglomerate Thomson Reuters' inherited stake in the business.

  • May 15, 2024

    Linklaters Helps Computer Biz Raspberry Pi's Planned UK IPO

    Raspberry Pi, which makes card-sized computers, said on Wednesday that it is planning to float on the London Stock Exchange, providing a rare boost for a U.K. capital market which has struggled to attract new listings.

  • May 14, 2024

    Autonomy Overstated Revenue Before HP Sale, Jury Hears

    Autonomy's reported revenue was overstated by a combined $300 million in the two-and-a-half years before HP acquired it, an accounting expert testified Tuesday in a California criminal trial over claims that Autonomy founder Michael Lynch duped HP into buying his software company for an inflated $11.7 billion price.

  • May 14, 2024

    Vodafone Gets Green Light For €5B Sale Of Spanish Biz

    Vodafone Group PLC said Tuesday in a statement that it has received final approval from Spanish authorities for its planned sale of Vodafone Spain — or Vodafone Holdings Europe SLU — to Zegona Communications PLC for €5 billion ($5.3 billion). 

  • May 14, 2024

    Kilmer Sports Looks To Buy French Soccer Club Saint-Étienne

    Canada-based sports investment firm Kilmer Sports Ventures has entered into exclusive negotiations with shareholders to discuss purchasing AS Saint-Étienne, a "decorated and beloved" soccer club in France, according to a joint Monday statement.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Due Diligence Pointers After Entain Deferred Prosecution Deal

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    The Crown Prosecution Service's £615 million settlement with Entain last month signifies that the CPS is a serious enforcer of corporate crime, and illustrates the importance of carrying out a tailored risk assessment in preparation for and following an acquisition, say Matthew Cowie and Aziz Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • What Can Be Learned From Adobe-Figma Merger Termination

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    The Competition and Markets Authority’s role in the recent termination of the proposed Adobe-Figma merger deal indicates the regulator's intention to be seen as a strong enforcer in the technology sphere, and serves as a warning for companies to address antitrust risks early on in the merger process, say Deirdre Taylor and Molly Heslop at Gibson Dunn.

  • How FCA Listing Regime Reform Proposals Are Developing

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently proposed U.K. equity listings reforms maintain increased flexibility with a disclosure-based approach, but much of the new regime’s success will depend on the eligibility criteria used and whether additional governance will be required for inclusion, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

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