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Baking the Books — Recent Instances of Fraud Highlight the Need for Vigilance in M&A Deals

Buyers’ best defence against M&A fraud requires rigorous, pre-closing due diligence — when fraud is suspected, deal teams should seek legal advice and proceed with caution. Oliver Browne, Richard Butterwick, Alanna Andrew, Frederick Brodie, Connor Cahalane, and Catherine Campbell Recent high-profile fraud cases gravely illustrate how a failure to detect fraudulent activity can cause lasting damage … Continue Reading

No Serious Irregularity in Arbitral Award for Failure to Take Account of Evidence

By Oliver Browne, Daniel Harrison, and Eleanor Scogings The English High Court recently dismissed a challenge to an arbitral award, holding that the tribunal’s alleged failure to take account of evidence did not amount to a serious irregularity under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act).[i] The Challenge Under Section 68 (Serious Irregularity) … Continue Reading

Penalty Clauses in Project Finance Transactions

By JP Sweny, Matthew Brown and Rachel Croft A number of recent English court decisions have recast the test for determining when a contractual provision may be unenforceable under English law as a “penalty clause”. The rule against penalty clauses is particularly important in project finance transactions, which typically involve a complex set of commercial … Continue Reading
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