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  • June 17, 2024

    Judge Axes Ex-Stobart CEO's Conspiracy Claim

    Allowing Stobart Group's former chief executive to reargue that he was the victim of a conspiracy to remove him as chair would be "an abuse of process," a London court ruled Monday as it struck out his claim against the company and five of its directors.

  • June 17, 2024

    Hygiene Products Biz Essity Announces $285M Buyback

    Hygiene and health products maker Essity kicked off a scheme to repurchase its class B shares worth up to 3 billion Swedish kroner ($285 million) on Monday in a move expected to lower its outstanding share capital.

  • June 17, 2024

    Investment Co. Infortar To Make €388M Offer For Shipper

    AS Infortar said Monday it will bid €388 million ($415.8 million) to buy out AS Tallink, a Baltic Sea shipper, as the Estonian private investor looks to increase its stake in the company despite the northern European country's troubled economy.

  • June 17, 2024

    Smoke Alarm Co. Agrees To Buy UK Rival For £28M

    FireAngel said Monday that a Singapore-based home security company owned by alarm sensor specialist Siterwell Electronics Co. Ltd. has now effectively agreed to buy the U.K. maker of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • June 17, 2024

    White & Case-Led Ukraine Seeks Debt Relief By Aug. Deadline

    The Ukraine government, advised by White & Case LLP, appealed on Monday to bondholders to help restructure its $19.5 billion of eurobond debt before a payments freeze it agreed with international creditors expires on Aug. 1.

  • June 17, 2024

    Hikma Pharma To Buy Rival's Injectable Biz For $135M

    Hikma said on Monday it has agreed to buy units of Xellia, a Danish provider of anti-infective treatments and critical care therapies, for up to $185 million, as the U.K. pharmaceutical giant eyes growing its range of injectable drugs.

  • June 17, 2024

    Finnish Insurer Sampo Makes $4.7B Offer For Topdanmark

    Finnish insurance group Sampo PLC said Monday that it will buy the remaining shares in Topdanmark that it does not own in a deal that values the Danish insurer at $4.7 billion.

  • June 14, 2024

    France Offers $750M For Atos' Cyber, Data Assets

    Information technology firm Atos SE said Friday that it has received a nonbinding offer from the French government to buy certain big data and cybersecurity operations at an enterprise value of €700 million ($750 million).

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    New Entrant Expected In Pension Transfer Market, LCP Says

    Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said that another new insurer will enter the pension transfer market by the end of the year, bringing the total number of companies securing the liabilities of retirement savings plans to a record high.

  • June 14, 2024

    Labour Eyes Flexible Financial Regulation To Spur Growth

    The Labour Party prioritized financial services growth this week as it eyes Downing Street, suggesting a new era of more flexible regulation to drive technological innovation and competitiveness, regulatory lawyers say.

  • June 14, 2024

    UK Opens Probe Into Barratt's £2.5B Redrow Acquisition

    Britain's antitrust regulator has launched a formal probe into whether Barratt Developments PLC's £2.5 billion ($3.1 billion) all-share deal for rival homebuilder Redrow PLC could harm competition in U.K. markets, according to a statement published Friday on the London Stock Exchange.

  • June 14, 2024

    Malaysian Oil Biz Hibiscus Buys TotalEnergies Unit For $259M

    Kuala Lumpur-based oil and gas producer Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad said it has agreed to buy a Brunei subsidiary of France's TotalEnergie for $259 million, advised by Malaysian law firm Murad Yee Partnership.

  • June 14, 2024

    EQT Extends £2B Offer Deadline For Video Gaming Biz

    Keywords Studios said Friday that Swiss private equity firm EQT has been granted extra time to make a £2 billion ($2.5 billion) offer after the Irish gaming services group indicated that it could back the deal.

  • June 14, 2024

    Housebuilder Crest Nicholson Rejects £650M Bellway Bid

    British homebuilder Crest Nicholson said Friday that it has rejected a proposed £650 million ($826 million) offer from rival Bellway, saying that it significantly undervalued the company and its prospects.

  • June 13, 2024

    JP Morgan Had No Incentive To Devalue Fintech Joint Venture

    J.P. Morgan had no reason to devalue a payment company it co-owned with fintech business Werealize, a London judge ruled Thursday, in a decision that ended the companies' dispute over the investment bank's option to buy out its partner's stake in their joint venture.

  • June 13, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Paramount, Cineworld, Kraken IPO

    Media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. has expressed interest in buying the company that controls Paramount Global, British cinema giant Cineworld may sell certain U.K. operations, and cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is considering a funding round of about $100 million before a potential initial public offering. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • June 13, 2024

    How 3 Firms Cleared 2 Ex-Autonomy Execs In HP Fraud Case

    A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.

  • June 13, 2024

    Robin AI Launches Tool To Automate M&A Due Diligence

    U.K. legal tech company Robin AI said Thursday that it has launched a new tool designed to streamline due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, in a move that will save time by offering a cost-effective alternative to the multimillion-pound fees charged by top firms.

  • June 13, 2024

    Property Investor Palace To Return Up To £22M To Investors

    Palace Capital PLC on Thursday detailed a share repurchase program worth up to £21.67 million ($27.7 million), aimed at returning capital to shareholders.

  • June 13, 2024

    Davis Polk-Guided Care Home Co. Eyes €237M Capital Raise

    Clariane SE on Thursday launched a rights issue of new shares in the company worth €237 million ($255.8 million), as the troubled French nursing home provider looks to continue cutting its debt levels in the face of higher interest rates.

  • June 13, 2024

    Eversheds-Led Mining Co. To Buy Trident Royalties For £144M

    Deterra said on Thursday that a unit has agreed to buy U.K.-based mining royalty company Trident Royalties PLC for roughly £144 million ($184 million), as the Australian iron ore mining company seeks to diversify its portfolio and geographical presence.

  • June 13, 2024

    Payment Services Firm Launches £20M Share Buyback

    PayPoint PLC said Thursday it will start an up to £20 million ($25.6 million) share repurchase program, part of a planned three-year buyback scheme aimed at rewarding shareholders.

  • June 13, 2024

    Troubled Insurer Considers Liquidation To Finish Onex Sale

    Struggling insurance company R&Q said on Thursday that it could fall into liquidation to allow it to complete the sale of its underwriting unit to a Canadian private equity shop, Onex Corp.

  • June 12, 2024

    Rimon Hires 5 Partners, Expands Global Transactions Team

    A team of five partners focusing on transactional, finance and corporate matters has joined Rimon PC across several countries to represent investors, asset managers, credit funds and other clients.

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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