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Private Equity Buyers Poised to Reap W&I Insurance Benefits

By Drew Levin, Maarten Overmars, and Catherine Campbell Warranty and indemnity insurance (W&I) has become a common feature of European transactions in recent years, amid a strong sellers’ market that has enabled vendors to offload risk to buyers. According to the most recent edition of the Latham & Watkins Private M&A Market Study, which examined … Continue Reading

Growth of Large-Cap Consortium Bids Tests Popularity of Proprietary Bids — but What Are the Challenges for Private Equity?

By Suneel Basson-Bhatoa, Alex McCarney, and Catherine Campbell Consortium (or “club”) deals involving PE firms have become a common feature of the deal market throughout 2018, with sponsors teaming up with each other or with strategic partners to buy large-cap assets. To the start of November 2018, 20 consortium transactions worth more than US$1 billion … Continue Reading

Outsource Service Providers to the Financial Services Industry — A Growth Sector for Buyout Firms

By Nicola Higgs, Fiona MacLean, Brett Carr, and Catherine Campbell Technology outsourcing by financial institutions (FIs) has increased in recent years as FIs look to the latest innovations to improve their day-to-day business processes and to reduce costs. FIs outsource key functions to a host of regulated and unregulated third-party service providers, and the sector is … Continue Reading

Big Deals Boost Spanish M&A

Shifting environment presents the chance to unearth value and should pave the way to boost the number of mid-market deals. By Manuel Deó The Spanish M&A market in 2018 has been characterised by a series of large-cap transactions, helped by an abundance of cheap financing for the right deals. The total deal value on large-cap … Continue Reading

Latham Launches 5th Annual Private M&A Market Study

Latham & Watkins’ 2018 survey of European private M&A transactions analyses the acquisition and equity documentation for more than 210 European deals signing or closing between July 2016 and June 2018. Key highlights include: The use of the locked box on UK deals has reduced slightly, although it continues to be the norm on deals … Continue Reading

Opportunities and Challenges for Private Equity Investment in the Insurance Sector

By Simeon Rudin and Beatrice Lo Recent private equity investments in high-profile deals, such as Bain Capital’s acquisition of esure and Apollo’s acquisition of Aspen Insurance, have brought European insurance sector deal values to record highs. Regulatory changes and regulators’ changing perceptions of PE firms have contributed to increased M&A activity, bringing new opportunities for insurance business … Continue Reading

Private Equity Takes the Driver’s Seat in Italian Automotive Deals

Deal making is likely to surge as companies seek funding and private equity firms scour the market for buyout opportunities. By Andrea Novarese and Cataldo Piccarreta Italy is poised to help steer automotive deal activity in the final weeks of what has been another bumper year for the industry. According to PwC, global automotive deals reached US$59.3 … Continue Reading

China’s War on Pollution Hits Private Equity Deal Environment

By Paul Davies and Catherine Campbell In recent years, China has taken significant steps in developing its environmental policy. In 2014 China’s Premier Li Keqiang declared a “war on pollution”, which began in earnest in 2017. Since then, regulators have been more proactive in enforcing environmental regulations. Factory closures have become a key part of … Continue Reading

New National Security Threat to UK Private Equity Deals

By Jonathan Parker, Calum Warren, and Catherine Campbell The UK government has assumed an increasingly interventionist approach to foreign takeovers in recent years. In June 2018, the UK adopted new powers to review deals on national security grounds, extending the scope and breadth of its control regime. In July, the UK went a step further and … Continue Reading

PE Firms Must Evaluate Competition Strategy Ahead of Brexit

By Jonathan Parker and Greg Bonné As the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) prepares to assume sole jurisdiction for UK competition reviews post-Brexit, private equity deal teams must evaluate the competitive consequences of deals bridging the Brexit period and update their competition strategy accordingly. What is Changing? The European Commission (EC) currently acts as a … Continue Reading

Private Equity and Blockchain: New Infrastructure or New Asset Class?

By Andrew Moyle and Stuart Davis Growth in applications for blockchain and tokenisation, combined with an increasing number of initial coin offerings (ICOs), mean that buyout firms should note developments in this sector. Why Should PE Be Interested in Blockchain? A shared blockchain ledger could drive a single interface between a PE fund and its investors, … Continue Reading

Debt Portability Can Deliver a Better Exit Valuation — Will US Practice Increase Debt Portability in Europe?

By Dennis Lamont, Charles Armstrong, Jennifer Cadet, Howard Sobel, and Scott Ollivierre Debt portability provisions — reasonably common in high yield lending but historically rare in bank financing — have been recently seen in an increased number of US transactions, as deal terms react to a buoyant financing market. What should deal teams consider when seeking … Continue Reading

Can Private Equity Buyers Be Suitable Purchasers of Divested Assets for Antitrust Regulators?

By Sven Volcker and Tomas Nilsson In the last five years, the European Commission (EC) has required divestitures in more than 70 antitrust cases, requiring merging parties to divest business assets as a condition to receiving regulatory approval. This increasingly interventionist approach from competition regulators presents opportunities for buyout firms to acquire divested assets. However, … Continue Reading

Corporates Reorganise Amid M&A Boom

By Daniel Treloar Last year marked a continuation of strong M&A volumes, with US$3.15 trillion in global transactions according to data provider, Mergermarket. Strong activity, driven by cheap debt and a low growth environment, has continued into Q1 2018, and large deals are expected to be a fixture of the M&A landscape in the year … Continue Reading

MiFID II Research Unbundling 6 Months on – what are we seeing in the market?

The FCA has recently announced that it will begin a review of how firms have implemented the unbundling rules “within weeks”. By Beatrice Lo and Jonathan Ritson-Candler At its recent asset management conference, the FCA announced that it will imminently launch a review of how asset managers have implemented the new MiFID II obligation to … Continue Reading

Deal Teams Can Scheme to Success

By Simon Baskerville and Ed Richardson Schemes of arrangement are a well-known and familiar tool for many within M&A. They are often used to implement acquisitions of public or widely held companies or restructurings of financial indebtedness, frequently as part of an acquisition through a debt-for-equity transaction. What is less well-known is how schemes of … Continue Reading

US Tax Reforms Fuel M&A Activity

By William Lu and Jiyeon Lee-Lim The fundamental US tax reforms brought in this year by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have changed the tax landscape for M&A more significantly than any other legislation in the modern era. Businesses and tax advisors will be considering the various opportunities created and threats posed by … Continue Reading

New UK Government Powers Over Smaller Transactions Raising National Security Concerns

Buyers of businesses that produce military or dual-use goods, certain aspects of computing hardware, or quantum technology for supply in the UK should carefully assess the risk of governmental intervention if their targets fall within the scope of the new regime. By Jonathan D. Parker and Calum M. Warren On 11 June 2018, the UK … Continue Reading

Recent Developments in the German W&I Insurance Market

Increased competition among insurers and improved policy terms suggest the German W&I insurance market is becoming more favourable to investors. By Christian Thiele In real estate transactions, buyers and sellers naturally pursue conflicting interests when negotiating a sale and purchase agreement. On the one hand, sellers will strive to achieve the highest possible purchase price, … Continue Reading

Locked Box Lands in the US

By Jason Morelli, Howard Sobel, and Maarten Overmars In the US, unlike in Europe, deals are traditionally transacted on the basis of closing accounts, with adjustments made post-closing for working capital, indebtedness, cash, and transaction expenses. This is now changing. Recent deal activity shows US private equity vendors, having become accustomed to the concept of a locked box in European sales processes, increasingly pivoting … Continue Reading

Is Good Faith a Bad Choice Under English Law?

By Oliver Browne Although there remains no widely accepted definition of good faith under English law, and English law has committed itself to no overriding principle of good faith, English law has developed piecemeal solutions in response to demonstrated problems of unfairness. The variety of these solutions, and the pace with which they are being … Continue Reading

Poised for Next Payments Boom

By Christian McDermott In recent years, PE firms have been paying to play in the payment processing sector. From Worldpay and Nets, to Bambora and Paysafe, payment processing companies have proven to be attractive investments for European PE. In our view, a wave of regulation in the FinTech sector will unleash further growth potential, and … Continue Reading
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