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Navigating M&A in 2019 — How Deal Terms Are Responding to the Current M&A Market

Drawing on Latham’s Sixth Private M&A Market Study, we explore trends and developments in consideration mechanics and deal conditionality. Richard Butterwick, Martin Saywell, Simon J. Tysoe, Catherine Campbell, and Richard George Uncertainty has been a significant market factor in 2019. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union, protectionist responses to China as a global investor, … Continue Reading

PSD2 & Brexit: EU Card Issuers Must Apply SCA to UK Website Purchases Post-Brexit

European Commission confirms SCA measures should apply to EU consumers purchasing from UK websites in the event of a no-deal Brexit. By Christian F. McDermott, Jagveen S. Tyndall, and Amy Smyth Complex payment processing chains comprise multiple entities operating behind the scenes to support everyday transactions. The strong customer authentication (SCA) requirements introduced by the … Continue Reading

Italy Updates Regulatory Instructions for Brexit Law Decree

The notice details the requirements applicable to both UK investment firms operating in Italy and Italian investment firms operating in the UK. By Antonio Coletti and Isabella Porchia On 1 August 2019, the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) issued an update of Notice No. 7 of 26 March 2019 (the Notice) detailing the requirements … Continue Reading

Brexit Progress Report: 1 of 10 Key Regulatory Focus Areas for UK/European Wholesale Markets in 2019

By David Berman, Carl Fernandes  Nicola Higgs, Rob Moulton and Charlotte Collins In our January publication, we highlighted what we were seeing as the top regulatory focus areas for our clients during the year ahead, focusing on wholesale market structures and conduct risk. In a series of 10 blog posts, we will take a closer look at … Continue Reading

MHRA Releases No-Deal Brexit Guidance for Life Sciences Companies

The guidance provides helpful clarity on key regulatory changes impacting life sciences companies in the event of a no-deal Brexit. By Frances Stocks Allen, Oliver Mobasser, Héctor Armengod, Gail E. Crawford, Christoph W.G. Engeler, Robbie McLaren, and Henrietta J. Ditzen The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published a significant volume of … Continue Reading

Italian Investor Compensation Scheme Under the Brexit Law Decree

CONSOB notice 8/2019 details the requirements under the Italian investor compensation scheme applicable to UK banks and investment firms operating in Italy. By Antonio Coletti and Isabella Porchia On 29 March 2019, the Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) issued a notice detailing the terms and requirements applicable to UK banks and investment firms operating in Italy … Continue Reading

Bank of Italy Issues Instructions for Brexit Law Decree

The instructions clarify the requirements applicable to banking and financial intermediaries under the Brexit Law Decree. By Antonio Coletti and Isabella Porchia On 28 March 2019, the Italian central bank (Bank of Italy) published two notices detailing the requirements for Italian banks and financial intermediaries operating in the UK, and for UK banks and financial … Continue Reading

Italy Issues Regulatory Instructions for Brexit Law Decree

The notice details the requirements applicable to UK investment firms operating in Italy, and Italian investment firms operating in the UK. By Antonio Coletti and Isabella Porchia On 26 March 2019, the Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) issued a notice detailing the requirements applicable to UK investment firms operating in Italy and Italian investment firms operating … Continue Reading

Italy’s Brexit Law Decree Comes Into Force

The law decree lays down a temporary regime for regulated firms in a no-deal Brexit scenario. By Antonio Coletti and Isabella Porchia On 20 March 2019, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a law decree laying down urgent measures to ensure financial stability and market integrity in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In particular, … Continue Reading

UK and Italian Investment Services Firms Urged to Update Clients on Brexit

The Italian Securities Commission asks banks and investment firms in Italy and the UK to inform customers of Brexit consequences promptly. By Isabella Porchia On 12 March 2019, the Italian Securities Commission (CONSOB) issued a warning notice to UK and Italian banks and investment firms providing investment services and activities in Italy and the UK, … Continue Reading

UK Financial Institutions Urged to Update Italian Clients on Brexit

The Bank of Italy has called on UK financial institutions to inform their Italian clients of Brexit consequences promptly. By Isabella Porchia On February 19, 2019, the Bank of Italy issued a notice to UK financial institutions operating in Italy requesting they promptly inform their Italian clients of Brexit consequences. The notice applies to banks, … Continue Reading

Effect of a “No-Deal” Brexit on IP in the UK

The UK government’s technical notices provide some certainty for holders of cross-border copyrights, trade marks, patents and other IP rights. By Deborah Kirk, Terese Saplys, and Grace Erskine On 24 September 2018, the UK government published a series of technical notices explaining how a “no-deal” Brexit would impact intellectual property rights in the United Kingdom, … Continue Reading

Corporates Must Evaluate M&A Competition Strategy Ahead of Brexit

By Greg Bonné, Jonathan Parker, Richard Butterwick, Terry Charalambous, and Catherine Campbell As the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) prepares to assume sole jurisdiction for UK competition reviews post-Brexit, M&A deal teams must evaluate the competitive consequences of deals bridging the Brexit period and update their competition strategy accordingly. Corporates may not be able … Continue Reading

Addressing Pensions Liabilities for Underperforming Companies

By Catherine Drinnan, Shaun Thompson, Richard Butterwick, Terry Charalambous, and Catherine Campbell This year has seen a significant number of business failures, particularly on the high street, as businesses have struggled in the face of market fragility and Brexit uncertainty. When a UK company is underperforming, the presence of a defined benefit pension (DB) plan … 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

FCA Sets Out Stance on Cross-Border Booking Arrangements

The “Dear CEO” letter underlines the FCA’s open and pragmatic approach in the context of Brexit. By Nicola Higgs and Charlotte Collins The FCA has published a “Dear CEO” letter to firms, advising them of its position in relation to the use of cross-border booking models in the context of Brexit. Firms commonly use remote … Continue Reading

Unified Patent Court Update: Ratification Could Take Place in the Coming Months

By Deborah Kirk The Delegated Legislation Committee’s (DLC) support for the Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 (the Order) suggests a swift approval of the Order by the House of Commons. Presuming a rapid approval by the House of Lords thereafter, this could mean the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement) is ratified … Continue Reading

UK Government Focuses on Real Estate and the Digital Economy in Autumn 2017 Budget

By Karl Mah and Sean Finn Against a stormy backdrop of government instability and Brexit uncertainty, the 2017 Budget was always unlikely to rock the boat. The Chancellor chose not to launch a sweeping attack on “tax avoiders” in light of the public outrage over the Paradise Papers, instead targeting announcements in this area at specific perceived abuses. … Continue Reading

IP & Brexit: The Impact of Brexit on the Community Unregistered Design Right and the Creative Industries Who Rely on Them

By Deborah Kirk and Elizabeth Purcell Brexit discussions will need to address the application of the Community unregistered design right (CUDR) in the UK following the UK’s exit from the EU. The CUDR currently provides: Unregistered design protection in all of the EU member states Automatic and broad protections to UK designers for qualifying designs … Continue Reading

UK Government sets out its preferred post-Brexit landscape for data protection

By Gail Crawford and Calum Docherty Her Majesty’s Government last week published a position paper outlining its preferred post-Brexit landscape for data protection. The high-level takeaways are hardly surprising: the government stresses that it intends to “remain a global leader on data protection” and, as we already know, the UK’s Data Protection Bill, announced in … Continue Reading

What Will the New EU Prospectus Regulation Mean for Issuers?

By James Inness A new prospectus regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) (the Regulation) will come into direct effect on 20 July 2017, with a small number of provisions applying immediately and the remainder applying from 21 July 2019. The changes under the Regulation will likely be relevant to issuers both before and after Brexit. Which Provisions … Continue Reading

Brexit and IP: 5 Things Brand Owners Should Do Now

By Deborah Kirk Following the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50 today, 29 March 2017, we have 2 years until the legislative reality of Brexit and its implications will truly impact IP owners. However, there are steps that brand owners should be taking now to position themselves for when Britain leaves the EU.  Here are our … Continue Reading

Modern Industrial Strategy: Will the Environment Get Left Behind?

By Paul Davies and Michael Green The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a Green Paper on 23 January 2017, setting out the building blocks for the UK’s modern industrial strategy. Described by Theresa May as a “critical part” of the plan for post-Brexit Britain, the implementation of this strategy will … Continue Reading
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