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  • Lewis Silkin advises Valeo on its acquisition of CloudMade


    06 December 2016

    Lewis Silkin has advised Valeo, a multinational automotive supplier headquartered in France, on its 50% acquisition in CloudMade, a developer of smart and innovative big data-driven automotive solutions.

  • What’s the value in updating my articles of association?


    06 December 2016

    There is no obligation to keep your articles of association (articles) up to date but there are definite benefits. It would be cost effective to update your articles to reflect, and take advantage of, the significant changes introduced by the Companies Act 2006 (the Act) and some more recent changes to that regime. This guide explains why.

  • Are your board minutes up to scratch

    30 November 2016

    In the absence of substantive advice or regulation on minute taking at meetings of a company’s board of directors, ICSA (the Governance Institute for Company Secretaries) has published guidance on this. The guidance states that minutes should “provide an accurate, impartial and balanced internal record of the business transacted at a meeting.”

  • Partners profit share can be forfeited for breach of duty

    30 November 2016

    The High Court has recently ruled that a partner or LLP member, who commits a breach of fiduciary duty, may forfeit any part of his profit share which constitutes remuneration.

  • Electronic signing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

    30 November 2016

    Chances are you use an electronic signature (e-signature) every day. Typing in a pin number or using a bank security token to create an identifying code are both forms of e-signature used by businesses and consumers on a daily basis.

  • Acquisitions au Royaume Uni

    Case Study

    28 November 2016

    Quelque soit votre expérience en matière d'acquisition de sociétés dans d'autres pays, les différences culturelles dans les tactiques de négociation, la lourdeur et la complexité des transactions au Royaume Uni ainsi que l'absence de protection légale de l'acheteur, posent un challenge á l’acquéreur français.

  • Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket Media Group on the sale of its motorsport division to Motorsport Network


    25 November 2016

    Lewis Silkin has advised long-standing client Haymarket Media Group, the privately held media company, on the sale of its motorsport division to Motorsport Network, a specialist online motor racing content and events company.

  • Lewis Silkin experts speaking at British Centres for Business event in Dubai


    18 November 2016

    We are pleased to announce that our experts will host a business reception in Dubai on 'Establishing a Business Presence in the UK' jointly with UK chartered certified accountants MEEM Associates.

  • Sales and Brexit Protecting against uncertainty in uncertain times

    14 November 2016

    David Willbe has a written a piece for 'Bluebox'.

  • Lewis Silkin advises Descours & Cabaud on its 50% acquisition of Hayley Group Ltd


    07 October 2016

    Lewis Silkin French Desk has advised French Group Descours & Cabaud, the leading distributor of MRO and PPE products in Europe, on its 50% acquisition of leading UK distributor of MRO products, Hayley Group Ltd.

  • Lewis Silkin expands its corporate team through addition of two new partners


    08 September 2016

    Top 100 UK law firm Lewis Silkin LLP today announces the addition of two new partners to its corporate team and technology sector group. Tim Leeson and David Willbe bring a wealth of experience in advising technology businesses on corporate finance matters.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the case of the vanishing director

    30 August 2016

    Any good director knows that they have a duty to act in accordance with the company's articles of association. These dictate how directors should be appointed and removed, how shares are transferred and how key decisions should be made. Yet real life isn’t always that neat in practice. So what happens if a company discovers that it has invalidly appointed directors over the past twelve years? A recent judgment tells us that company articles can be amended by conduct – but warns that your articles can still come back to bite you in the end.

  • Lewis Silkin acts on admission to AIM of LoopUp Group plc.


    24 August 2016

    Lewis Silkin has acted for Panmure Gordon, the leading independent M&A and corporate advisory stockbroker, in its roles as nominated adviser and sole broker to LoopUp Group plc. LoopUp is a global software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of conference call and remote meetings.

  • Brexit - Some thoughts on the impact on financial services

    05 August 2016

    On 23 June 2016, 52% of voters in the UK referendum voted ‘Yes’ to the proposition that the UK should ‘leave the European Union’. The UK remains a member of the European Union (“EU”) until Brexit occurs, and therefore there will be no immediate change to the legal relationship the UK has with the EU and with individual EU Member States. Nonetheless, as the other articles in this briefing section indicate, the longer-term consequences of leaving the EU are potentially far reaching, although behind the already well-worn cliché of “Brexit means Brexit” lie many possibilities for the future relationship of the UK with the EU.

  • What is “MAR”? And what changes has it introduced for listed companies?

    02 August 2016

    The EU Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014) (MAR) became directly applicable and effective in the UK from 3 July 2016, replacing the previous UK civil market abuse regime. While there is little change in the headline rules and terminology, the new regime has introduced more detailed regulation that listed companies and their advisers, directors, and others who discharge managerial responsibilities must now address.

  • Lewis Silkin advises Four Communications on acquisition of Rain Communications


    27 July 2016

    Lewis Silkin, a leading law firm to creative agencies, has advised Four Communications, the independent integrated agency, on its acquisition of retail and luxury sector specialist PR agency, Rain Communications.

  • Confirmation Statements - what you need to know in a nutshell

    22 July 2016

    From 30 June 2016, the Annual Return (or Companies House Form AR01) has been replaced by the Confirmation Statement (or Companies House Form CS01).

  • Lewis Silkin advises Four Communications on acquisition of Packer Forbes


    11 July 2016

    Lewis Silkin, a leading law firm to creative agencies, has advised Four Communications, the independent integrated agency, on its acquisition of healthcare communications specialist, Packer Forbes.  

  • Share buy backs - what’s the fuss?


    16 June 2016

    When a company is planning a share buy back (or purchase of its own shares) it’s time to be careful. This note explains why you need to be careful, and summarises the company law issues that must be addressed in advance before the company enters into any commitments.

  • Why have tailored articles of association and even a shareholders agreement


    09 June 2016

    If you are setting up a company with your business partner, you may be tempted to rely solely on the statutory default articles of association for private companies limited by shares (the Model Articles) to govern the internal procedures of the company, and the corporate relationship between you. These notes show why you really should consider having articles that are tailored to your circumstances, and even a shareholders’ agreement, between you and your partner - even if you wouldn’t dream of falling out with him or her.

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