Transactions UK

  • April 30, 2024

    UAE-Backed Firm Walks Away From Telegraph Deal, Eyes Sale

    RedBird IMI said Tuesday that it will ditch its takeover of Telegraph Media Group and sell the business as the Abu Dhabi-backed private equity firm added that its plans are "no longer feasible," citing a push to ban foreign ownership of British media groups.

  • April 30, 2024

    HSBC To Return Another $3B To Shareholders After Strong Q1

    British banking giant HSBC said Tuesday that it plans to initiate a buyback program of up to $3 billion to reward its shareholders after having a profitable first quarter, following the $2 billion buyback it completed earlier in the year.

  • April 30, 2024

    UK Pension Deal Market Sees Surge In Smaller Transactions

    The number of pension deals worth less than £100 million ($125 million) rose 10% in 2023, according to data released on Tuesday by Aon PLC, as doubts grow over the need for a state-backed consolidator of retirement savings plans.

  • April 30, 2024

    Medical Device Biz Hologic To Buy UK Rival For $310M

    Hologic Inc. has agreed to buy Endomagnetics Ltd., a developer of breast cancer surgery technology, for approximately $310 million, as the U.S. medical company moves to expand its presence in the women's health sector.

  • April 30, 2024

    Satellites Biz SES To Buy Rival Intelsat For $3.1B

    SES SA said Tuesday that it will buy rival operator Intelsat SA for $3.1 billion to create a European satellite giant to compete with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

  • April 29, 2024

    'I Don't Want To Try That Case,' Judge Tells Mike Lynch's Atty

    The California federal judge overseeing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch's fraud trial over claims he duped HP into paying an inflated $11.7 billion for his company pushed back Monday against an attempt by Lynch's lawyer to introduce evidence of events that took place after the acquisition, saying, "I don't want to try that case."

  • April 29, 2024

    Conglomerate Aspo To Pay $43M For Swedish Chemical Biz

    Aspo PLC said on Monday a subsidiary has agreed to buy Swed Handling AB, a chemical distributor based in Sweden, for approximately 473 million Swedish kronor ($43.3 million or £34.5 million) up front, as the Finnish conglomerate seeks to expand its presence across the Nordic region.

  • April 29, 2024

    Bruin Capital Buys Turf Management Co. PlayGreen

    Sports-focused private equity shop Bruin Capital, advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, announced on Monday that it is acquiring a majority stake in PlayGreen BV Inc., the Netherlands-based holding company that owns turf management company Stadium Grow Lighting.

  • April 29, 2024

    Tech Platform Libertine Weighs Putting Itself Up For Sale

    Libertine Holdings PLC said Monday it is reviewing various ways it can maximize value for investors, including by putting itself up for sale or through conducting an equity fundraising.

  • April 29, 2024

    L'Occitane Chair Bids $6.4B To Take Cosmetics Brand Private

    L'Occitane International SA said Monday that its billionaire executive director and chair is leading an offer to purchase all the company's shares he does not already own, in a take-private transaction that would value the company at about €6 billion ($6.4 billion) on an equity basis.

  • April 29, 2024

    Norton Rose-Led Aviation Biz To Delist From LSE

    British business aviation services Gama Aviation said Monday that it intends to return up to £32.6 million ($41 million) to its shareholders and go private by winding up its listing from the London Stock Exchange, with guidance from Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • April 29, 2024

    Health Tech Biz Rejects $131M Potential Takeover Bid

    Healthcare technology business Carasent ASA said Monday its directors won't back a potential proposed takeover bid from software firm EG Norge AS worth an estimated 144 billion Norwegian kroner ($131 million), as the business could be valued at more than that.

  • April 29, 2024

    Norway Brand Expert Jordanes To Raise $136M In Oslo Float

    Scandinavian brand developer Jordanes AS said Monday that it is planning to list on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and hopes to raise 1.5 billion Norwegian kroner ($140 million) from an initial public offering of its shares.

  • April 29, 2024

    Hipgnosis Backs Blackstone's New $1.6B Offer In Bidding War

    Blackstone said on Monday that the directors of music rights company Hipgnosis Songs will back a new $1.6 billion offer by the private equity giant after they said they would withdraw their backing for an earlier $1.5 billion bid from a U.S. competitor, Concord Chorus.

  • April 29, 2024

    Simmons-Led REIT Buys Carrefour Stores For €75M

    Supermarket Income REIT PLC said on Monday that it has bought a portfolio of Carrefour supermarkets for €75.3 million ($80.6 million) in a sale and leaseback transaction, as the property investor eyes entry into the French real estate market.

  • April 26, 2024

    L Catterton Buys Majority Stake In KIKO Milano At $1.5B Value

    Private equity firm L Catterton said Friday it has agreed to buy a majority stake in the Percassi family's beauty brand KIKO Milano, in a deal steered by Italian law firms Bonelli Erede Lombardi Pappalardo and Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici, respectively, along with several additional consultants and financial advisers. 

  • April 29, 2024

    Lawyer's Death Puts Spotlight On Industry's All-Hours Culture

    Law firms are churning out mental health policies and well-being initiatives, but an inquest into the death of Vanessa Ford, a transactions partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, has shone an uncomfortable light on the sector's long-hours culture.

  • April 26, 2024

    Freshfields Guides PE Giant CVC Capital's Upsized $2.1B IPO

    European private equity giant CVC Capital Partners PLC rose in debut trading Friday after the firm priced an upsized €2 billion ($2.1 billion) initial public offering, marking the latest high-profile listing in Europe, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • April 26, 2024

    Austrian Property Biz Buys Czech Assets For €176M

    Austrian real estate company S Immo has agreed to acquire a commercial property portfolio in the Czech Republic for a net consideration of approximately €176 million ($188 million) from a unit of European property company CPI Property Group SA.

  • April 26, 2024

    BoE To Include Funded Re In Life Insurance Stress Test

    The Bank of England has said it will consider the risks posed by offshore reinsurance contracts when it carries out a stress test on life insurers in 2025.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Racine Advises On €26M Sale Of Healthcare Unit

    Wilmington PLC said Friday it has offloaded its healthcare business APM for €26 million ($28 million) to Philia Medical Editions SAS, which was advised by French law firm Racine.

  • April 26, 2024

    CMA Probes Deal For UK Ventilator Biz Over Cost Fears

    The Competition and Markets Authority said Friday it has concerns that Swedish ventilation company Lindab's attempt to buy a British rival, HAS-Vent, could result in higher prices for consumers.

  • April 26, 2024

    Kirkland Steers $5B US Bid For Latham-Led Cybersecurity Biz

    British cybersecurity company Darktrace said Friday that it has agreed to accept a bid of approximately $5.3 billion to take it private from U.S. private equity firm Thoma Bravo, in a deal steered by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • April 26, 2024

    Anglo American Snubs BHP's £31B Takeover Bid

    Multinational miner Anglo American said Friday that it has rejected a £31.1 billion ($39 billion) takeover bid from its Australian heavyweight rival, BHP Group, saying the offer "significantly undervalues" the company and its prospects.

Expert Analysis

  • How COVID, Supply Chain Woes Are Fueling Air Cargo M&A

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    The pandemic has triggered a shift in the air cargo market, with supply chain issues and demand for expedited service attracting new investment — and M&A interest will likely continue, even as inflation and other factors damp enthusiasm, say Solange Leandro and Alison Weal at Watson Farley.

  • What To Expect From A Simplified EU Merger Control System

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    The European Commission’s draft amendments to the EU merger control system, expected to be formally adopted shortly, reduce its administrative burden and expand the scope of the simplified procedure to additional categories of transactions, providing a welcome development for companies and their advisers, say Axel Gutermuth and Lukas Šimas at Arnold & Porter.

  • 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.

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