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  • July 23, 2024

    Bosch To Buy Johnson Controls' Air Con Biz For $8.1B

    German engineering and technology giant Bosch said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. peer Johnson Controls' global residential and light commercial heating and cooling business, as well as its air conditioning joint venture with Hitachi for $8.1 billion.

  • July 23, 2024

    EU Urged To Give Finance Watchdogs More Powers

    A financial trade body on Tuesday called on European Union legislators to give regulators the power to modernize financial markets and make them more globally competitive.

  • July 23, 2024

    Axway To Raise €131M To Fund €330M Banking Software Buy

    Information technology company Axway said Tuesday that it is planning to raise approximately €131 million ($142 million) in equity as part of its €330 million acquisition of the banking software activities of Sopra Steria Group.

  • July 23, 2024

    Laundry Tech Biz Jensen Buys 85% Stake In Rival For €34M

    Belgian laundry tech company Jensen said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy 85% of Maxi Press, which makes parts for washing machines and irons, for €34.3 million ($37.3 million), with the remaining 15% due to be purchased over a three-year period.

  • July 23, 2024

    Eni's Mobility Biz Unit Valued At €12.5B As KKR To Buy Stake

    Private equity shop KKR will buy a minority stake in the sustainable mobility business of Eni SpA, the Italian supermajor oil company, in a deal that values the subsidiary at up to €12.5 billion ($13.6 billion), the companies said Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Royalty Co. Wins Bid To Confirm Award Against Utopia Music

    A New York federal judge has granted a petition by the former owners of artist royalties company Lyric Financial LLC to confirm an arbitral award against Lyric's buyers, Utopia Music Holdings (US) Inc. and its Swiss parent, Utopia Music AG.

  • July 22, 2024

    Lending Biz CEO Says Director Forced Him To Transfer Shares

    A solicitor has asked a court to unwind a share transfer that he allegedly made under duress to an ex-director and a lawyer with whom he was business, claiming that he had to make the transfer to quash a false fraud allegation.

  • July 22, 2024

    UK Ends DJ Equipment Merger Probe As Parties Ditch Deal

    The antitrust regulator of the U.K. said Monday that it has canceled its probe into DJ equipment maker AlphaTheta's proposed acquisition of audio technology company Serato, after the audio entertainment companies abandoned the deal.

  • July 22, 2024

    Norton Rose, Akin Steer $900M LNG Biz Deal

    Woodside said Monday it has agreed to buy Tellurian Inc., a liquefied natural gas developer in the U.S., for $900 million, with the Australian energy company saying that this will allow it to become a major player in the LNG business.

  • July 22, 2024

    Vodafone Raises Another €1.3B From German Towers Biz Sale

    Telecommunications giant Vodafone Group PLC said Monday that it has raised another €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion) from the 2022 sale of its German mobile phone tower operating company Vantage Towers.

  • July 22, 2024

    Latham-Guided PE Firm To Buy UK Property Biz For £600M

    Hammerson PLC said Monday that it has agreed to sell retail management company to a vehicle owned by U.S. private equity firm L Catterton for £600 million ($775.6 million) to help the real estate developer pay back debt and make other investments.

  • July 22, 2024

    UK Eases Reporting Rules For Investment Stewardship

    Britain's accounting watchdog unveiled changes to the U.K.'s stewardship code for investment on Monday that it said would help reduce the reporting burden for investors.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ascertus, Lawcadia Partner For Streamlined Legal Operations

    Legal services provider Ascertus Ltd. said on Monday that it has entered a partnership with Australian technology company Lawcadia to provide management and workflow services to corporate clients.

  • July 19, 2024

    FTC Says Microsoft Price Hike Shows Activision Deal Harm

    The Federal Trade Commission told the Ninth Circuit that Microsoft's recently announced Game Pass price increase is an example of the harm caused by the company's $68.7 billion acquisition of game developer Activision Blizzard Inc.

  • July 19, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Evolution Bets On Galaxy Gaming For $124M

    Swedish betting company Evolution has said that it has agreed to acquire casino table games developer Galaxy Gaming Inc. for approximately $124 million, including debt, to cement its presence in the U.S. market in a deal guided by Kirkland and Latham.

  • July 19, 2024

    Nordic Care Services Provider Kicks Off $14M Share Buyback

    Attendo said on Friday that it has launched a share buyback program worth up to 150 million Swedish kronor ($14 million) as the Nordic care services specialist seeks to raise money for possible acquisitions and reward investors.

  • July 19, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a libel clash between comedian Paul Currie and the Soho Theatre Company over allegations of anti-semitism, technology giant Huawei face a patents claim by Mediatek, Westfield Europe pursue action against Clearpay Finance for contract breaches and tour operating company Carnival hit chartered airline Maleth Aero for significant flight delays. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 19, 2024

    UK Clears Nationwide's £2.9B Purchase Of Virgin Money

    The competition regulator of the U.K. said Friday that it has cleared Nationwide Building Society's acquisition of Virgin Money UK PLC for £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion), which the companies say would create a combined group with assets of approximately £366 billion.

  • July 19, 2024

    REIT Segro Sells €327M Logistics Warehouse Portfolio

    Real estate investment trust Segro PLC said on Friday that its joint venture in Europe has sold four warehouses in Italy for a total of €327 million ($356 million).

  • July 19, 2024

    UK Clears Roche's $295M Purchase Of Diagnostics Biz

    The U.K. antitrust watchdog said Friday that it has cleared a $295 million proposed purchase by Swiss drugmaker Roche of parts of diagnostic company LumiraDx.

  • July 19, 2024

    Casino Group Faces French Price-Fixing Probe

    Casino Group, the French retail giant that has recently undergone a restructuring, said it is being investigated by France's financial crime agency for possible price manipulation and corruption.

  • July 18, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, StandardAero, Sony

    Google parent Alphabet is nearing a $23 billion Wiz buy, PE firms circle StandardAero at a potential $10 billion price, and Sony backs away from Paramount after the Skydance deal. Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • July 18, 2024

    PE Firm's £432M Deal Awaiting NSIA Clearance Pushed Back

    Wealth management firm Mattioli Woods said Thursday that its approximately £432 million ($546 million) acquisition by London private equity firm Pollen Street Capital that is awaiting national security clearance is now likely to close a month later than expected.

  • July 18, 2024

    Octopus Renewables To Sell Swedish Wind Farm For €74M

    Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC said Thursday that it has agreed to sell a wind farm in Sweden to a German institutional investor for approximately €74 million ($81 million) to release cash that will be used to reduce debt.

  • July 18, 2024

    Cleary-Led Blank-Check Co. To Buy Turkish Mine For $290M

    ACG Acquisition Co. Ltd. said on Thursday that it has agreed to buy a precious metal mine in Turkey from a subsidiary of Çalık Holding, an Istanbul-based conglomerate, for $290 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Complying With EU Commission's Joint Purchasing Rules

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    One year after the European Commission released its revised guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements, attorneys at Crowell & Moring reflect on the various forms such agreements can take, and how parties can avoid structuring arrangements that run afoul of competition law.

  • Tips For Implementing EU Sustainability Reporting Guidance

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    Lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell discuss the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group’s recently published guidance on double materiality assessments and offer takeaways on achieving a sustainability directive-compliant process that could enhance clarity and consistency among multinational stakeholders.

  • What UK Digital Markets Act Will Mean For Competition Law

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    The new Digital Markets Act’s reforms will strengthen the Competition and Markets Authority's investigatory and enforcement powers across its full remit of merger control and antitrust investigations, representing a seismic shift in the U.K. competition and consumer law landscape, say lawyers at Travers Smith.

  • What French Watchdog Ruling Means For M&A Landscape

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    Although ultimately dismissed due to lack of evidence, the French competition authority’s recent post-closing review of several nonreportable mergers is a landmark case that highlights the increased complexity of such transactions, and is further testament to the European competition authorities’ willingness to expand their toolkit to address below-threshold M&As, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • Exploring The EU's Draft Standards On Crypto Authorization

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    The European Securities and Markets Authority’s recently published draft standards aim to promote fair competition and a safer environment for crypto providers and investors, detailing precisely the information to be provided to national authorities in charge of screening the acquisitions of a qualifying holding, says Mathieu de Korvin at Norton Rose.

  • 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.

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