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  • June 24, 2024

    CEO Can Sue Nickel Mining Co. In UK Over 'Ambiguous' Firing

    An employment tribunal has ruled that the former CEO of a Zambian mining company can pursue his unfair dismissal claim in the U.K. after concluding that his contract was subject to English law.

  • June 24, 2024

    Covestro, Abu Dhabi Oil In 'Concrete' Talks For $12.5B Deal

    German chemicals group Covestro AG said Monday it is advancing its talks to potentially sell the business to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. after the United Arab Emirates' oil group upped its bid to more than €11.7 billion ($12.5 billion).

  • June 24, 2024

    Pets At Home Begins First Tranche Of £25M Share Buyback

    Pets at Home Group PLC on Monday kicked off the initial phase of an up to £25 million ($32 million) share repurchase program aimed at lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • June 24, 2024

    Salmon Steers £25M Pension Deal For Travel Co.

    Legal & General will take on £25 million ($31.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a scheme sponsored by travel company TUI in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP, advisers on the transaction said Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    French Aviation Giant In Talks To Buy AI Biz For €220M

    French aviation and defense giant Safran said Monday that it is in "exclusive discussions" to acquire an aerospace artificial intelligence and defense company for approximately €220 million ($237 million) to integrate the latest technology into its own portfolio.

  • June 24, 2024

    Prudential Launches First Tranche Of $2B Buyback Program

    Insurer and asset manager Prudential PLC on Monday commenced an initial $700 million share buyback program, the first phase of a wider up to $2 billion repurchase scheme aimed at rewarding investors and lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • June 24, 2024

    Supreme Buys Clearly Drinks Co. From PE For £15M

    Supreme PLC said Monday it has bought drinks company Clearly owner Acorn Topco Ltd. for £15 million ($19 million) using its cash reserves from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital LLP, as the U.K. wholesaler looks to broaden its range of products.

  • June 24, 2024

    Freshfields-Led Packager Sonoco Buying Eviosys For $3.9B

    Hartsville, South Carolina-based packaging firm Sonoco Products Co. said Monday it has agreed to buy European food can maker Eviosys from private equity firm KPS Capital Partners for about $3.9 billion.

  • June 24, 2024

    CMS-Led Aareal Bank To Sell Unit To TPG For €3.9B

    German lender Aareal Bank AG and investment company Advent International said Monday that they have agreed to sell a property management and maintenance software company to U.S. private equity firm TPG and Canada's CDPQ for approximately €3.9 billion ($4.2 billion).

  • June 24, 2024

    UK WWII Tourist Biz Tunnels Its Way To Amsterdam For IPO

    The London Tunnels PLC said Monday that it plans to raise £30 million ($38 million) and list in Amsterdam, in the latest snub to the London Stock Exchange.

  • June 24, 2024

    Insurer Files For Liquidation, To Sell Unit To Rival For £11.3M

    Troubled insurer R&Q said Monday that it has agreed to sell Inceptum Insurance £11.25 million ($14.25 million) to Marco Capital Holdings Ltd., a Malta-based legacy acquisition group, after filing for liquidation.

  • June 24, 2024

    PepsiCo Green Lights Carlsberg's £3.1B Britvic Takeover Bid

    Danish brewer Carlsberg AS said Monday that PepsiCo Inc. has effectively backed its £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) takeover bid for Britvic PLC by agreeing not to end a bottling agreement with the British soft drinks maker if the deal progresses.

  • 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.

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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