Transactions UK

  • April 09, 2024

    UK's Aviva Completes £453M Acquisition Of AIG's UK Biz

    U.K.-based insurance giant Aviva Life Ltd. said on Tuesday it had completed the purchase of an American International Group Inc. subsidiary for £453 million ($575 million), in a deal guided by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • April 09, 2024

    Memery Crystal, Jost Energy Guide Gas Explorer's LSE Float

    Helix Exploration PLC began trading its shares on the junior market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of £12.2 million ($15.5 million) on Tuesday, a move guided by Memery Crystal and Jost Energy Law.

  • April 09, 2024

    Paul Hastings-Led STG Makes £147M Offer For Software Co.

    Gresham Technologies PLC said on Tuesday it has agreed to an offer from U.S. private equity firm STG Partners LLC to buy the software business for £146.7 million ($185.6 million).

  • April 09, 2024

    HSBC To Take $1B Hit From Sale Of Argentina Unit

    HSBC said Tuesday that it will book a $1 billion loss on the sale of its business in Argentina to local lender Grupo Financiero Galicia, as the London-based bank continues to shift its focus to Asia.

  • April 08, 2024

    Czech Firm Says Its Vista Deal Offers Benefits Over Rival Bid

    Czechoslovak Group A.S. on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to its planned $1.9 billion acquisition of Vista Outdoor's sporting products business, which is also being pursued by rival bidder MNC Capital, noting that it has fully committed financing and has already received antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • April 08, 2024

    Gowling, Osborne Clarke Steer £60M Tech Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group said Monday it has completed a £60 million ($75.7 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by technology companies Epson (UK) Ltd. and Epson Europe BV, in a deal guided by Gowling WLG and Osborne Clarke.

  • April 08, 2024

    Green Transition Biz Debuts With £14.5M Market Cap

    European Green Transition PLC began trading its shares on the junior market of the London Stock Exchange on Monday, saying it has a market capitalization of about £14.5 million ($18.3 million).

  • April 08, 2024

    UK Oil Biz To Buy Kazakhstan Energy Co. For $15M

    Caspian Sunrise PLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Kazakhstan, said Monday it has agreed to buy CS Energy LLP, which holds licenses in the West of the central Asian country, for up to $15 million.

  • April 08, 2024

    Biotech Biz Sensorion Raises €15M From Existing Investors

    French biotech firm Sensorion SA said Monday that it has raised €15 million ($16.2 million) through a share offering to existing institutional investors to fund its research and development until the end of 2025.

  • April 08, 2024

    Real Estate Co. Buys Sites For €110M, Sells UK Asset

    Sirius Real Estate, a multinational workspace owner and operator, said Monday that it has finalized four acquisitions in Germany and the U.K. at a price of approximately €110 million ($119 million) as the group seeks to grow in the "highly attractive" regions.

  • April 08, 2024

    Linklaters Guides Cosmetics Biz On €1.25B Raise In EU IPO

    Cosmetics group Puig, which owns the beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury, said on Monday that it plans to raise more than €1.25 billion ($1.35 billion) through a flotation in Spain, in a sign of revival for European equity capital markets.

  • April 05, 2024

    Allianz Selling Mid-Size, Entertainment Holdings In $1.4B Deal

    Allianz Group said Friday that its corporate and specialty insurance unit is selling off its U.S. insurance business for midsize corporations and entertainment businesses for $450 million in cash to Arch Insurance North America.

  • April 05, 2024

    Korean Trade Promoter Wins Claim Despite Kickback Bid

    A South Korean trade agency unfairly dismissed a London-based employee of over 20 years — but won't have to pay him a dime after he tried to negotiate a secret commission, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    Exec Wins £61K After Being Forced To Quit Following Merger

    A bedding company must pay its former managing director £61,000 ($77,000) after it forced him to quit following a merger by backtracking on his benefits under the deal, and blocking him from entering the premises, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC sued by former Georgian defense minister David Kezerashvili, Russian businessman Ildar Sharipov file a defamation claim against the publisher of the Liverpool Echo newspaper, MEX Group Worldwide sue Barclays and NatWest, and a climbing gear company hit retailer Next with a claim of copyright infringement. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 05, 2024

    Rothesay Sees 'Unprecedented' Pipeline For Pension Deals

    Pension insurer Rothesay Life said Friday it secured £12.7 billion ($16 billion) in new business premiums across a dozen de-risking retirement savings deals in 2023, with the year ahead marked by an "unprecedented pension risk transfer market pipeline."

  • April 05, 2024

    Allens-Guided Experian To Acquire Peer Illion For $540M

    Experian PLC has agreed to buy Australasian rival credit analyst illion for up to $820 million Australian dollars ($540 million), as the Ireland-based global financial data specialist moves to bolster its presence in the region's growing credit reporting market.

  • April 05, 2024

    Cloud Biz Denies Owing Telecom Execs Over Bad Sale

    A cloud technology business has denied owing directors of a telecommunications company £1.5 million ($1.9 million) left unpaid after it bought their business, claiming the money due is offset by the £2 million it lost from the sale.

  • April 12, 2024

    Fieldfisher Expands Pensions Practice With 4 PwC Hires

    European law firm Fieldfisher LLP has announced it is bolstering its U.K. pensions practice by hiring a partner, two directors and an associate from PwC UK.

  • April 05, 2024

    French Shipping Giant's £605M Offer For Wincanton Lapses

    Wincanton PLC said on Friday that an attempt by Ceva Logistics, a subsidiary of French shipping giant CMA CGM SA, to buy the British supply chain group for £605 million ($764 million) has expired.

  • April 05, 2024

    US Food Processor JBT Preps €3.5B Bid For Icelandic Rival

    Food-processing technology giant JBT Corp. said on Friday that it plans to make a recommended €3.5 billion ($3.8 billion) offer for Icelandic rival Marel HF in May.

  • April 04, 2024

    Novo Holdings, Catalent Reset Review Clock On $16.5B Deal

    Novo Nordisk Foundation has given the Federal Trade Commission more time for an initial review of Novo Holdings' plan to acquire Catalent in a deal that values the pharmaceutical services company at $16.5 billion.

  • April 04, 2024

    Mayer Brown Adds Former KPMG Tax Specialist In London

    Mayer Brown has added a former KPMG tax professional to its London office to advise clients on asset management and fund matters in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, the firm announced.

  • April 04, 2024

    Auto Engineering Firm Dowlais Begins £50M Share Buyback

    Slaughter and May-advised Dowlais Group PLC on Thursday kicked off its previously announced share repurchase program worth up to £50 million ($63 million), aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital and rewarding investors.

  • April 04, 2024

    Insurer Resolution Life To Buy New Zealand Biz For $247M

    Resolution Life said on Thursday that its Australasian arm has agreed to buy Asteron Life, an insurer based in New Zealand, for 410 million New Zealand dollars ($247 million), as the global group eyes entry into the country's growing insurance sector.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Takeover Code Changes: Key Points For Bidders, Targets

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    Newly effective amendments to Rule 21 of the U.K. Takeover Code, which remove legal and administrative constraints on a target operating its business in the ordinary way during an offer, will add clarity for targets and bidders, and are likely to be welcomed by both, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • EU Rejection Of Booking.com Deal Veers From Past Practice

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    The European Commission's recent prohibition of Booking's purchase of Etraveli based on ecosystem theories of harm reveals a lower bar for prohibiting nonhorizontal mergers, and may mean increased merger scrutiny for companies with entrenched market positions in digital markets, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From FDI Screening Report Findings

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    The recent European Commission report on the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU reveals how member states need to balance national security concerns with openness, and with more cross-border transactions subject to screening, lawyers must be alert to jurisdictional variances, says Jonathon Gunn at Faegre Drinker.

  • UK Review May Lead To Lower Investment Screening Burden

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    The government’s current review of national security investment screening rules aims to refine the scope of mandatory notifications required for unproblematic deals, and is likely to result in much-needed modifications to minimize the administrative burden on businesses and investors, say lawyers at Simpson Thacher.

  • Tools M&A Deal Makers Can Use To Bridge Valuation Gaps

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    As macroeconomic headwinds reset valuation expectations, parties to merger and acquisition are increasingly looking to methods such as earnouts, vendor financing and minority transactions to bridge the valuation gap and get deals done, says Philip Herbst at Cleary.

  • Takeaways From The CMA's Green Collaboration Guidance

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    Recently published Competition and Markets Authority guidance on the application of competition law to environmental sustainability agreements should remove barriers for businesses that want to collaborate on environmental sustainability without breaking the law, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What The Anti-Coercion Instrument Will Bring To The EU

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    Vassilis Akritidis and Jean-Baptiste Blancardi at Crowell & Moring discuss why the European Union recently adopted a report on the anti-coercion instrument to reform its trade legislation, how the instrument will be used to respond to unfair economic pressure from third countries, and how businesses can impact the EU's decision making.

  • CMA Report On AI May Lead to Greater Competition Control

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    The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority’s recent report on artificial intelligence foundation models is a sign that developers could face increased merger control and antitrust enforcement, and businesses should be mindful of these views to ensure that their models do not come under investigation, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Employer Due Diligence Lessons From Share Scheme Case

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    The Scottish Court of Session recently confirmed in Ponticelli v. Gallagher that the right to participate in a share incentive plan transfers to the transferee, highlighting the importance for transferee employers to conduct comprehensive due diligence when acquiring workforce, including on arrangements outside the employment contract's scope, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • 4 Compliance Considerations Under FCA Consumer Duty

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    Following the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent introduction of the new consumer duty regime, firms will need to be mindful of data protection implications when managing their compliance with the duty and data protection legislation, say lawyers at Bird & Bird.

  • How The UK Investment Screening Regime Is Taking Shape

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    A recent order imposing remedies on an acquisition by EDF Energy highlights emerging trends in the U.K. government's national security reviews of transactions under the U.K. National Security and Investment Act, and shows how the U.K. remedy landscape compares to the U.S. regime, say lawyers at Arnold & Porter.

  • EU Antitrust Rules Set To Pose Challenges To US Businesses

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    With stark differences between U.S. and European Union antitrust regimes, and potential for the forthcoming EU guidelines to turbocharge the commission's appetite for intervention, it is important that U.S. businesses with activities in the region take note of the reforms, say Andrea Pomana and Sarah Wilks at Mayer Brown.

  • German Competition Law May Herald New Enforcement Trend

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    The recent amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition is expected to significantly expand the powers of the German Federal Cartel Office, and could signal a global trend toward greater direct intervention by national competition authorities and political interference in competition law, say lawyers at Simmons & Simmons.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

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