Transactions UK

  • June 24, 2022

    Walgreens Inks $105M Deal To End Investor Suit Over Merger

    Pharmacy chain Walgreens and two of its former executives have agreed to pay $105 million to end investor claims the company touted overly rosy ​​financial projections as it sought shareholder approval of its plan to complete the acquisition of Swiss-based pharmacy chain operator Alliance Boots GmbH.

  • June 24, 2022

    Crowell & Moring Hires Disputes Atty From Allen & Overy

    Crowell & Moring has hired Werner Eyskens as a partner at its Brussels office as the firm strengthens its international disputes resolution practice.

  • June 24, 2022

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

    This week in London has seen promoter Boxxer accused of punching below the belt in a defamation case from competitor Probellum, pharmaceutical company Amgen back in the ring in a patent claim from rival Pfizer, and a former Cambridge Analytica boss on the ropes in a claim from an SPV set up by the consultancy firm's former directors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 24, 2022

    Goodwin Hires Regulatory Pro For UK Private Funds Team

    Goodwin Procter LLP has hired a regulatory specialist from London law firm Macfarlanes LLP for its private investment funds team amid a surge in demand for advice from private equity companies and larger institutional clients.

  • June 24, 2022

    UK Signals OK For Cobham's £2.6B Defense Co. Takeover

    The British government has signaled its approval of the planned £2.57 billion ($3.16 billion) acquisition of defense manufacturer Ultra Electronics by Cobham, a private equity-backed technology company.

  • June 24, 2022

    Slaughter Guides Essentra's £312M Packaging Units Sale

    Global manufacturer Essentra PLC said it will sell two of its packaging businesses to Mayr-Melnhof Group AG in a cash-only deal of £312 million ($384 million) so that it can focus on its components business.

  • June 24, 2022

    Euclid Law Hires Antitrust Pro To Head Brussels Office

    Euclid Law Ltd. has hired Andrea Zulli as a partner from Covington & Burling LLP to lead its Brussels office as the competition boutique looks to increase its visibility in the market after Brexit.

  • June 24, 2022

    Barclays To Acquire Mortgage Lender Kensington For £2.3B

    Barclays said on Friday that it has agreed to acquire U.K. specialist mortgage lender Kensington for approximately £2.3 billion ($2.8 billion) as it seeks to broaden its range of offerings to borrowers in the market.

  • June 24, 2022

    Transactions Insurance Booms On Record-Breaking M&A Year

    Insurers writing transaction liability cover had a bumper year in 2021 as the market kept pace with record volumes of mergers and acquisitions, which hit a record-breaking value of $5.9 trillion.

  • June 24, 2022

    5 Questions For Brown Rudnick's Corporate Chair Mark Dorff

    The chairman of Brown Rudnick LLP's international corporate practice group, Mark Dorff, decided early on in his career to specialize in cross-border transactional work, as he considers himself a collaborator rather than a fighter.

  • June 23, 2022

    BC Partners In Talks To Pay €1B For Health Care Biz Havea

    An investor consortium led by private equity firm BC Partners said Thursday it's entered into exclusive negotiations to take a majority stake in French natural health care business Havea Group in a deal valued at a little over €1 billion (about $1.05 billion).

  • June 23, 2022

    City Body Backs Plan To Keep Post-EU Regulation In Check

    A financial services trade body said on Thursday that the creation of a parliamentary subcommittee to scrutinize post-Brexit regulation should be used to keep policymakers in check.

  • June 23, 2022

    F-Star Therapeutics Agrees To $161M Sino Biopharm Takeover

    F-star Therapeutics Inc., a U.K. pharma company specializing in immunotherapy, said Thursday that it has agreed to be acquired by invoX Pharma, a British subsidiary of Sino Biopharmaceutical Ltd. for $161 million in cash.

  • June 23, 2022

    PE Biz Sells Stake In Insurance Comparison Site For £53M

    Private equity company Oakley Capital Investments said Thursday that it has sold its stake in Italian price comparison site Facile.it for £53 million ($65 million).

  • June 23, 2022

    Auto Trader Completes £200M Acquisition Of Car Leasing Biz

    Auto Trader Group PLC has completed its acquisition of Autorama UK Ltd. for £200 million ($245 million) as part of the online car marketplace's plan to expand its services into vehicle leasing. 

  • June 23, 2022

    Pinsent Masons Guides £21M Pension Deal For Agribiz

    An agricultural supplier has offloaded £21 million ($25.7 million) of its pension liabilities to Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd., the insurer said.

  • June 23, 2022

    KKR Tenders €1.6B Offer For French Renewable Energy Co.

    Private equity firm KKR launched a tender offer on Thursday to buy shares in a French renewable energy producer for approximately €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion), after the U.S. company said it had won regulatory approval in France for the deal.

  • June 23, 2022

    Why FCA Rule Changes Won't Help SPACs In The UK

    Rule changes by the Financial Conduct Authority last year may have come too late for special purpose acquisition companies in the U.K. market, but lawyers say this is not necessarily a bad thing as companies focus on other fundraising sources, like private capital.

  • June 22, 2022

    'Targeted' Approach To Finance Rules For New MPs' Group

    A group of senior MPs said Thursday that it is launching a subcommittee to scrutinize and possibly intervene on proposed financial services regulation more nimbly than before Brexit.

  • June 22, 2022

    Stephenson Harwood Hires Disputes Pro From Latham

    Stephenson Harwood has recruited a commercial litigator who specializes in finance disputes to bolster its capabilities advising international clients on cases in the English courts.

  • June 22, 2022

    K&L Gates Adds Antitrust Pro From Linklaters In Brussels

    K&L Gates LLP has hired Nikolaos Peristerakis from Linklaters for its antitrust practice in Brussels, where he plans to focus on helping the firm build out its competition offerings in the European Union.

  • June 22, 2022

    Kirkland Guides PE Firm's £650M Acquisition Of Lab Tech Co.

    Private equity firm EQT said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire SPT Labtech, a manufacturer of automated instruments for laboratory research, from investment firm Battery Ventures for £650 million ($798 million) in cash. Kirkland & Ellis advised EQT on the acquisition.

  • June 22, 2022

    Frasers Group's Almost 5% Stake Suits Hugo Boss

    Frasers Group said Wednesday that it has raised its stake in German fashion house Hugo Boss from 2.1% to 4.9%, representing approximately €900 million ($947 million) in current market value. 

  • June 22, 2022

    Freshfields To Guide Gov't Share Sale In NatWest Into 2023

    The government said Wednesday that it will extend the sell-down of its stake in NatWest Group for another year after the existing plan ends in August, announcing that it will dispose of its shareholding only when market conditions allow.

  • June 22, 2022

    Two Firms Advise Evolution On €340M Bid For Nolimit City

    Swedish online casino games provider Evolution, advised by Wiggin LLP and Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå KB, said Wednesday it will acquire Malta-based Nolimit City for a total cash consideration of up to €340 million ($359 million).

Expert Analysis

  • 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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