Transactions UK

  • April 18, 2024

    London SPAC's £33M Buy Of Canadian Hydrogen Biz Lingers

    Blank-check company Pineapple Power said Thursday that it has not yet reached a "binding agreement" for the anticipated £33 million ($41 million) acquisition of Canadian hydrogen energy business Ilios Hydrogen Canada Ltd. that was announced in November.

  • April 18, 2024

    City Pushes For UK Regulators To Be Globally Competitive

    A body representing U.K. financial services called Thursday for a new post-Brexit international framework to compare regulators' performance and their impact on competitiveness.

  • April 18, 2024

    Insurance Broker Jensten Builds £170M Acquisition War Chest

    Private equity-backed insurance broker Jensten Group said Thursday it has secured £170 million ($211 million) in funding for a series of planned acquisitions.

  • April 18, 2024

    Kirkland, Weil-Guided Apax To Buy HR Payroll Co. For €36M

    Investment group Apax Global Alpha Ltd. said Thursday that a fund it advises has agreed to buy Zellis UK Ltd., a prominent provider of payroll and HR software in the U.K. for approximately €36 million ($38.4 million), financed via one of its funds.

  • April 18, 2024

    Housebuilder Vistry To Return £100M To Shareholders

    Vistry Group PLC on Thursday announced the take-off of an up to £100 million ($125 million) share repurchase program, progressing with its plan to return £1 billion to investors across three years.

  • April 18, 2024

    Hipgnosis Agrees To $1.4B Takeover By US Rival Concord

    Concord Chorus has agreed to buy its British music royalties rival Hipgnosis Songs Fund in an all-cash transaction worth $1.4 billion, as the U.S. company looks to add 1.2 million more songs to its portfolio, the companies said in joint statement Thursday.

  • April 17, 2024

    Ex-JPMorgan Analyst Liked 'Winding Up' Autonomy CEO, Jury Told

    A former JPMorgan stock analyst testifying Wednesday in the criminal fraud trial of former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch said that he "took pleasure in winding up Lynch" and once even used a Hitler analogy to describe his performance, but said his critical coverage was never personal.

  • April 17, 2024

    Royal Mail Rejects Takeover Approach From Czech Billionaire

    A European conglomerate owned by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky said Wednesday that the parent company of Royal Mail has rejected its offer to take over Britain's national postal service.

  • April 17, 2024

    Agronomics Meat Unit Taps Investors For €40M Capital Raise

    Lab-grown meat company Agronomics said on Wednesday that its portfolio company Mosa Meat BV, a producer of alternatives to conventional beef, has raised €40 million ($42.5 million) in new capital to invest in the business.

  • April 17, 2024

    Standards Setter Proposes Steps To Boost Non-Bank Liquidity

    A global standards setter proposed on Wednesday new measures to enable non-bank financial firms such as hedge funds or insurers to better support their derivatives or securities positions in stressed markets.

  • April 17, 2024

    Public Property Invest To Float In Oslo In $162M IPO

    Norwegian commercial property company Public Property Invest said Wednesday that it has launched an initial public offering in Oslo to raise up to approximately 1.8 billion Norwegian krone ($162 million) with advice from Norwegian law firms Thommessen AS and Wikborg Rein.

  • April 17, 2024

    Steel Specialist Severfield To Launch £10M Share Buyback

    Severfield PLC said on Wednesday it intends to launch a share repurchase program worth up to £10 million ($12.5 million) aimed at rewarding investors and lowering its outstanding share capital.

  • April 17, 2024

    Vinci To Buy Controlling Stake In Edinburgh Airport For £1.3B

    Vinci SA said Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries has agreed to buy a 50.01% stake in Edinburgh Airport for £1.27 billion ($1.58 billion), as the French infrastructure giant eyes growth at the Scottish flight hub.

  • April 16, 2024

    Autonomy CEO Pressured JPMorgan Over Analyst, Jury Told

    An ex-JPMorgan stock analyst testifying Tuesday in the criminal fraud trial of former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch told jurors that the software company founder responded with hostility when his research reports questioned its growth, and that Lynch offered JPMorgan millions in business if he were taken off the Autonomy beat.

  • April 16, 2024

    Amundi, Victory Capital Ink Strategic Partnership Agreement

    France's Amundi will merge its Amundi US unit with Texas-based Victory Capital in exchange for a 26.1% stake in the latter firm, in a deal that would bolster Amundi's U.S. presence while expanding Victory's worldwide distribution channels, the asset managers said Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    McDermott Hires 2 Partners For Global Tax Practice In Paris

    McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its global tax practice group with two partners in Paris who have a track record of advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and tax controversies before France's tax authority, the firm announced. 

  • April 16, 2024

    London-Listed Ashoka India Equity Looking To Raise £415M

    Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust PLC said Tuesday that it is planning on a new share issuance program to raise equity as it seeks to amend its investment policy to allow more investors to invest in the company.

  • April 16, 2024

    Cooley Hires Ex-Norton Rose Antitrust Chief In London

    Cooley LLP has recruited Norton Rose Fulbright's London antitrust and competition chief to its London office as a partner in an effort to boost its ability to advise clients on competition disputes across the U.K. and the European Union.

  • April 16, 2024

    Simmons & Simmons-Led Gas Biz To Buy Builder For £90.6M

    A Regent Group unit said Tuesday it has agreed to buy TClarke PLC, a building service contractor, for approximately £90.56 million ($112.8 million), as the U.K. gas supplier looks to control a business it has "long admired."

  • April 16, 2024

    International Paper Co. To Buy UK Rival DS Smith For £5.8B

    International Paper Co. said on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire packaging provider DS Smith PLC in an all-share deal valuing the U.K. group at £5.8 billion ($7.2 billion), after fighting off a competing bid by Mondi PLC.

  • April 16, 2024

    HSF-Guided Hostmore To Buy TGI Fridays For £177M

    British restaurant group Hostmore said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire the American-themed casual dining business TGI Fridays for an enterprise value of £177 million ($220 million) in a deal guided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • April 16, 2024

    Software Biz Craneware Further Extends Buyback Program

    Craneware PLC said on Tuesday that it is extending its phased share repurchase program worth up to £5 million ($6.2 million) by another three months.

  • April 15, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Testifies To Handshake Deals, Backdating

    Autonomy's former U.S. head of sales testified for the prosecution Monday in the criminal fraud trial of founder Michael Lynch, saying he boosted sales figures via "quid pro quo" handshake deals with customers, created pretextual emails to cover his tracks and even backdated a deal to meet revenue targets.

  • April 15, 2024

    UK Trading Platform Marex Eyes US Markets For $300M IPO

    Private equity-backed U.K. trading platform Marex Group PLC launched plans Monday for an estimated $300 million initial public offering, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters' counsel Kirkland & Ellis LLP, becoming the latest U.K.-area firm to seek capital from U.S. markets.

  • April 15, 2024

    Allen & Overy Gains Another Milbank Atty In London

    Allen & Overy announced Monday it added an attorney from Milbank to its London office, touting her in-demand expertise representing creditors in restructurings and special situations.

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