Transactions UK

  • May 09, 2024

    UK Luxury Watch Retailer Buys Italian Jewelry Biz For $130M

    Watches of Switzerland Group PLC said Thursday that it has acquired Italian jewelry company Roberto Coin Inc. for $130 million to expand its luxury branded jewelry strategy, building on their existing partnership.

  • May 09, 2024

    Aviva Takes On Construction Co. Pension Scheme In Full

    Insurance giant Aviva has secured the benefits of all uninsured final salary members of a pension plan sponsored by a British construction group in a deal guided by CMS.

  • May 09, 2024

    Concord Won't Increase 'Final' $1.5B Bid For Rival Hipgnosis

    Concord Chorus Ltd. said Thursday that it has ruled out raising its "final" all-cash offer of $1.25 per share for rival music rights company Hipgnosis Songs, which leaves only an improved bid by private equity firm Blackstone in the running to buy it.

  • May 09, 2024

    BBVA €12B Offer For TSB Owner Sabadell Turns Hostile

    Spanish banking giant BBVA launched a hostile takeover of Banco de Sabadell on Thursday, approaching shareholders directly with a €12 billion ($12.8 billion) all-share deal after being rebuffed by the rival bank's board.

  • May 08, 2024

    HSF, Ashurst-Led Ardonagh Buys Insurer For $1.5B

    U.K. insurance broker Ardonagh Group Ltd. said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire Australia-based PSC Insurance Group Ltd. in a transaction worth $2.25 billion Australian dollars ($1.48 billion), to help it expand into new markets.

  • May 15, 2024

    White & Case Grows Milan M&A Office With Ex-Shearman Pro

    White & Case LLP has bolstered its global mergers and acquisitions practice and private equity industry group with the recruitment of a senior dealmaker as a partner.

  • May 08, 2024

    Dentons Guides Life Sciences Biz Ondine On $4M Fundraise

    Life sciences firm Ondine Biomedical Inc. on Wednesday said it has generated gross proceeds of approximately 6.07 million Canadian dollars ($4.42 million) from a fundraising program aimed at boosting its working capital and infection treatment therapy, advised by Dentons LLP.

  • May 08, 2024

    ICG Enterprise Trust To Return Another £25M To Shareholders

    Private equity investment company ICG Enterprise Trust said Wednesday that it plans on buying back up to £25 million ($31.2 million) of its shares to take advantage of its lower share price and return excess capital to its shareholders.

  • May 08, 2024

    Renewables Investor Greencoat Starts €25M Share Buyback

    Greencoat Renewables PLC said on Wednesday it has launched a share buyback scheme worth up to €25 million ($27 million) as the Irish infrastructure company said it has confidence in its financial performance.

  • May 15, 2024

    Linklaters Hires M&A Pro From Travers Smith

    Partner losses at Travers Smith LLP are continuing to mount after Linklaters LLP said on Wednesday that it has recruited a corporate specialist from the troubled U.K. law firm.

  • May 08, 2024

    Publisher Informa Ups Share Buyback Plan To £500M

    Publishing and exhibitions specialist Informa said Wednesday that it has decided to increase its share buyback plan for 2024 by nearly 50% to approximately £500 million ($624 million) because of strong financial performance and "continuing cash flow."

  • May 08, 2024

    Insurer Claims 400 Pension Deals Penned In 12 Years

    Insurer Just Group said Wednesday it has completed 400 pension transfer deals since it launched in 2012, adding that the year ahead is poised to break more records in the retirement savings de-risking market.

  • May 08, 2024

    Biopharm Biz Oxford Cannabinoid To Quit London Exchange

    Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings PLC said on Wednesday it has applied to cancel its London listing, citing "turbulent" U.K. public markets that it maintains has undervalued the company.

  • May 07, 2024

    Everton Investors Bemoan Soccer Team Sale Amid Fraud Suit

    The Everton FC Shareholders Association wants to slam the brakes on the "farce" sale of its Premier League soccer team to private equity firm 777 Partners LLC, arguing they are not qualified owners, a demand that comes as the firm faces allegations of fraud.

  • May 14, 2024

    Clifford Chance Hires Finance Pro From A&O Shearman

    Clifford Chance LLP said Tuesday that it has recruited a specialist in derivatives and structured finance from A&O Shearman, just a week after the new transatlantic giant's merger went live.

  • May 07, 2024

    BP To Return Another $1.75B To Shareholders

    BP PLC said Tuesday that it will now return $1.75 billion to its shareholders as part of a $3.5 billion buyback program it announced in February when it reported a $13.8 billion profit for 2023.

  • May 07, 2024

    Apax Unit Raises €23M From Parent's Sale Of Biz To KKR

    Investment company Apax Global Alpha said Tuesday that it has raised approximately €22.7 million ($24.4 million) from its parent company's sale of India-based medical devices maker Healthium MedTech Ltd. to investment giant KKR & Co. Inc.

  • May 07, 2024

    Self-Drive Car Co. Wayve Gets $1B In Softbank-Led AI Funding

    Self-driving car company Wayve said on Tuesday that it has raised $1.05 billion in a funding round, led by SoftBank Group Corp. of Japan, to speed up its development of vehicles driven by artificial intelligence.

  • May 07, 2024

    Orrick Advises Energy Trust On £91M Sale Of Green Biz

    Energy sector investor SEEIT said Monday it has sold its British onsite solar portfolio to UK Power Networks Services Holdings Ltd. for £90.8 million ($114 million) in a transaction guided by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP.

  • May 07, 2024

    UK Bar Chain Gets 42 Purchase Offers Amid Talks With Rival

    Revolution Bars Group PLC said on Tuesday that it has now received more than 40 serious expressions of interest in buying either "assets or subsidiaries" and that 32 of the potential bidders have signed confidentiality agreements with the U.K. pub operator.

  • May 03, 2024

    FTC Requests Additional Info On $16.5B Novo-Catalent Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking additional information on Novo Holdings' planned $16.5 billion acquisition of pharmaceutical services company Catalent in order to examine whether the blockbuster deal passes antitrust muster, according to a Friday securities filing.

  • May 03, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen rapper Ivorian Doll hit with a copyright claim, private members club Aspinalls file a claim against a Saudi sheikh, and Motorola Solutions file a claim against the British government on the heels of its dispute over losing a £400 million ($502 million) government contract. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 03, 2024

    UK Cites Regulatory Fears Over Utility's £89M Water Biz Buy

    The competition watchdog said on Friday that the proposed purchase of Sumisho Osaka Gas Water UK Ltd. by rival Pennon Group in a deal worth approximately £89 million ($112 million) could hinder government regulation of water companies in Britain.

  • May 03, 2024

    Cosmetics Co. Warpaint Raises £31.5M In Upsized Placing

    Warpaint London PLC said Friday it has completed an expanded placing of 7 million shares, raising £31.5 million ($39.5 million), as the U.K.-based makeup supplier looks to fund continued expansion.

  • May 03, 2024

    Beauty Biz Puig Begins Trading In Spain After €2.6B IPO

    Charlotte Tilbury owner Puig Brands SA began trading in Spain on Friday after raising €2.61 billion ($2.8 billion) as part of Europe's largest initial public offering so far in 2024.

Expert Analysis

  • Ofwat's New Guidance For Water Projects: Key Takeaways

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    While increased competition is a laudable aim, the U.K. Water Services Regulation Authority's introduction of direct procurement for customers by default for projects above a size threshold could have ramifications for the financial stability of the companies delivering major water infrastructure, say Jennifer Charles and Marianne Anton at Watson Farley.

  • Court Ruling Strengthens EU Stance On Non-Notifiable M&A

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    The recent European Union Court of Justice's decision in Towercast can be seen as part of a pattern of increasingly rigorous scrutiny of M&A, and provides scope for greater intervention by national competition authorities on acquisitions by dominant companies that do not meet the EU or national merger control thresholds for notification, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • How Changes To 'Acting In Concert' Will Affect UK Takeovers

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    The recent changes made to the rules by the U.K. Takeover Panel on who is presumed to be acting in concert will be of most interest to parties proposing to make a bid for a U.K. listed company, and give welcome clarity as to how the U.K. takeover regime operates, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • Key Points In Draft EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation

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    The draft implementing regulation on EU foreign subsidy control provides eagerly awaited guidance on the submission of mandatory notifications, but there are still many open questions, say Paul van den Berg and Merit Olthoff at Freshfields.

  • ClientEarth Claim May Expand Scope Of Directors' Duties

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    In using litigation to hold Shell’s board of directors to account for failing to properly prepare for the net-zero transition, ClientEarth’s actions represent a shift in climate change activism strategy and an unprecedented application of directors’ duties as a mechanism to drive change, say Marlene Henderson and Danielle De Val at Browne Jacobson.

  • Volatile Energy Prices Complicate Int'l Arbitration Damages

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    In the turbulent global energy market, international arbitration is a crucial tool for resolving cross-border disputes — but determining how, if at all, to account for recent energy price spikes when quantifying damages presents many challenges for tribunals, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Merger Ruling Shows Risk Of Not Seeking Prior CMA Approval

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    The recent decision by the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority to unwind the acquisition by Cerelia Group of Jus-Rol demonstrates that despite the voluntary nature of the U.K. reporting regime, parties may wish to consider the potential for wider scrutiny when deciding whether to seek merger control clearance, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Warranty & Indemnity Insurance Considerations For M&A

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    With increased competition and greater capacity leading to lower premiums and deal costs, warranty and indemnity insurance is now available to the wider M&A market, and may help to limit risk and help parties focus on other key elements of the transaction, says Alice Wooler at Birketts.

  • What The Dignity Takeover Deal Says About M&A Trends

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    While some public companies may prefer to go private to maximize company growth and shareholder returns, there are potential pitfalls and in the current uncertain economic climate pairing up between private equity and public entities is likely to increase, as evidenced by the recent Dignity takeover deal, says James Lyons at Lawrence Stephens.

  • How Geopolitical Change Is Affecting M&A Activity In Europe

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    Several factors are leading businesses to divest from Russia and invest in central and Eastern European EU member states, with particular sectors attractive to U.K. companies and certain trends in M&A transactional activity emerging, says Oksana Howard at Colman Coyle.

  • Discovery Blocking Reform Better Protects French Companies

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    The 2022 reforms to France's 1968 blocking statute gives French companies more tools to resist abusive discovery requests from foreign competitors and public agencies, but France should do more to defend confidential information and assert its sovereignty, says Raphael Gauvain at Betto Perben.

  • A Look At New Vertical Laws, Their Opportunities And Pitfalls

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    Looking at trends that have gained the most traction under the new vertical laws in the EU and U.K., it is clear that brands should use the transition period wisely, ensuring that lessons have been learned on what to avoid and that go-to-market strategies are future-proof, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Why 2023 Could Be The Year Of The Restructuring Plan

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    As U.K. businesses face a challenging economic environment going into 2023, the stage may be set for a rise in restructuring plans, with early signs such as an increasing body of case law, the pragmatic approach taken by the judiciary to date and the cross-class cramdown mechanism, say Rachael Markham and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • How Mur Ruling May Affect Force Majeure Considerations

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Mur Shipping v. RTI demonstrates that exercising reasonable endeavors can include payment in an alternative currency to overcome a force majeure event, and is topical for contracting parties in light of Russia-related sanctions, say attorneys at Debevoise.

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