Transactions UK

  • 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.

  • April 25, 2024

    Rubrik Leads Trio Of IPOs That Buoy Recovering Market

    Three companies debuted trading Thursday following initial public offerings that raised nearly $1.4 billion combined under guidance from six total law firms, including two offerings that priced above range by data security firm Rubrik and aerospace company Loar, providing fresh energy for a strengthening IPO market.

  • April 25, 2024

    UK Antitrust Arm Frontloads In-Depth Merger Probes

    U.K. antitrust authorities finalized extensive changes Thursday to their in-depth merger probes, with an emphasis on frontloading the process for sooner — and more informal — talks with companies under investigation.

  • April 25, 2024

    Pharma R&D Biz Set To Exit London Market

    Pharmaceutical development specialist C4X Discovery Holdings PLC is set to delist from the London Stock Exchange on Friday, as it looks to go private to raise more funds amid concerns about the regulatory "burden" linked to its junior market.

  • April 25, 2024

    Kirkland Guides $2.7B PE Deal For Wealth Management Tech

    U.S. private equity firm GTCR said Thursday it has agreed to buy AssetMark, a prominent wealth management technology platform, for approximately $2.7 billion, as the U.S. private equity firm moves to strengthen its presence in the sector.

  • April 25, 2024

    Reed Smith Guides Titan's £77M London Property Buy

    Derwent London PLC said on Thursday it has sold its London property Turnmill EC1 for £77.35 million ($97 million) to British investment manager Titan Investors, which was represented by Reed Smith LLP.

  • May 02, 2024

    RPC Hires 4-Lawyer Risks Team From Mayer Brown

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has boosted its professional liability disputes and regulatory offering with the hire of four specialists from Mayer Brown LLP to its office in London.

  • April 25, 2024

    Wachtell Steers Perrigo In €275M Unit Sale To Pharma Biz

    Healthcare company Perrigo said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its pharmaceutical division for rare diseases to pharmaceutical company Esteve Healthcare SL for €275 million ($295 million) in a deal guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Clifford Chance LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What Digital Asset Decisions Mean For Future Disputes

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    Following a number of recent landmark decisions in the English courts, the law continues to develop in the sphere of digital assets, and several themes are emerging that will benefit both individuals and organizations, say Chris Recker at Duane Morris and Celso De Azevedo at The 36 Group.

  • A Look At UK's 1st Report On Security Regime For Deals

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    The U.K. government’s recent report on the National Security and Investment Act, covering its first three months since it came into force in January, suggests that the regime may not be leading to a surge in benign notifications and that the government is responding quickly, which is good news for businesses, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • What EU Changes To Dual Distribution Mean For Franchises

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    Following the European Commission’s adoption of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying vertical guidelines regarding dual distribution, which took effect this month, franchisors should examine their flow of information to and from franchisees to determine whether it must be restricted, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • How ESG Matters Are Influencing M&A Due Diligence Trends

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    With a proliferation of environmental, social and governance-related regulatory developments and a desire to comply with best practice, ESG matters have become an increasingly important area of focus for both clients and advisers in M&A transactions, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Changes To UK Competition Rules Will Extend CMA Powers

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    Recent amendments to U.K. competition and consumer law regimes introduce changes to merger control and antitrust investigations that will result in the speedier resolution of cases and greater autonomy for the Competition and Markets Authority, say Bill Batchelor and Aurora Luoma at Skadden.

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