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M&A deal practice in Spain and the UK – key differences to bear in mind25 May 2023
Whilst mid-market transaction volumes involving UK and Spanish parties are lower than activity between the UK and France or Germany (for example), the UK is an important market for Spanish acquirers (and vice versa) especially now that the post-Brexit landscape has become clearer.
E-signatures: Industry Working Group Final Report15 May 2023
The Industry Working Group on Electronic Execution of Documents has now published its final report on how to optimise the use of e-signatures in cross border transactions; it addresses the particular challenges, sets out recommendations for reform and also highlights the benefits of e-signatures in guarding against fraud.
Corporate Governance for UK companies – are you meeting statutory reporting requirements?28 April 2023
ESG remains a “hot topic”; this year, the Environmental pillar has been a key area of focus. Governance, the third pillar in the ESG framework, has not received the same level of attention, but is important for companies in the UK to consider, as they may be subject to corporate governance reporting requirements if they meet certain criteria.
Lewis Silkin has advised Next 15 Group Plc’s Palladium Group Limited on the acquisition of onefourzero21 April 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Next 15 Group plc, on the acquisition by Palladium Group of onefourzero, the international digital and commercial M&A consulting firm.
Lewis Silkin has advised Publicis Groupe on the acquisition of marketing technology company Yieldify10 January 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client Publicis Groupe, a global leader in communications, present in over 100 countries and employing around 96,000 professionals worldwide, on its acquisition of Yieldify, a marketing technology company with operations in London, the US, Australia and Singapore.
From crypto winter to crypto trading platform collapse – paving the path to greater regulation of crypto12 December 2022
The trajectory of the crypto sector has been marked by a number of events over the course of this year from the crypto-winter (including instability in crypto markets, the collapse of Terra (an algorithmically-backed stablecoin supplemented by a reserve of Bitcoin) and consequential failures of crypto-related firms) through to the collapse of the centralised crypto trading platform FTX and most of its associated businesses. The regulatory message from Sir John Cunliffe has been consistent throughout: we need effective regulation of crypto technologies in finance.
e-Signatures in corporate transactions – what you need to know12 December 2022
In 2019 we published an article called “Dotted lines are disappearing but the Law Commission has joined the dots on electronic signatures”. The article predicted a shift towards more widespread adoption of e-signatures, especially following the publication of a Law Commission report aimed at helping “users of e-signatures to proceed with confidence.”
CSOP options – A new lease of life?08 December 2022
As part of the infamous Mini-Budget published on 23 September 2022, the then-Chancellor announced some surprise changes to HMRC’s rules around ‘CSOP option’ grants – and they’re some of the few changes announced in that rather ill-fated reform package still to be going ahead.
Law Society and CLLS update 2016 practice note on electronic execution of documents29 November 2022
A (very) brief history of key guidance on electronic execution of documents.
National Security And Investment Act 202114 November 2022
The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (“NSI Act”) provides the UK government with new powers to scrutinise investments on national security grounds. The regime set out in the NSI Act came into force on 4 January 2022.
Restrictive covenants26 October 2022
In this article we explore restrictive covenants, what they are, their enforceability and their use in M&A deals in the advertising and marketing industry.
Tax issues on earn-outs26 October 2022
Earn-outs are an extremely popular method of pricing businesses in the advertising and marketing sector.
Earn-outs26 October 2022
In this article we explore so called “earn-out” deals: what they are; why they are used in private M&A transactions in the advertising and marketing industry; and some of the issues that they pose for both buyers and sellers.
EMI options: Top 10 mistakes uncovered on an exit – and how to avoid them26 October 2022
In this article we explore Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) options, an extremely popular employee incentive mechanism in the advertising and marketing industry, thanks to their unrivalled tax benefits and the flexibility permitted around setting their terms.
Lewis Silkin has advised the shareholders of Copper Consultancy on an agreement with RSK10 October 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised the shareholders of specialist infrastructure communications firm, Copper Consultancy (“Copper”), on an agreement with RSK Group.
Lewis Silkin has advised IFF Research on a senior debt plus equity investment from Connection Capital LLP28 September 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its client, IFF Research, on an investment into the UK-based public sector and Policy Research provider by Connection Capital LLP.
Lewis Silkin has advised online rental platform Fat Llama on its £34m sale to Swedish company Hygglo22 August 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised UK-based online rental platform Fat Llama on its £34m sale to Swedish firm Hygglo, in a deal that has created the largest peer-to-peer rental platform in Europe.
Lewis Silkin has advised ustwo studios in its transition to employee ownership24 June 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised ustwo in its transition to an EOT. As of April 2022, founders Mills and Sinx, and shareholder Marcus Woxneryd reduced their equity in ustwo studios and transferred the majority ownership of the business to all current and future employees.
Climate change action against directors dismissed07 June 2022
In one of the first cases of its kind, the High Court has dismissed an application to bring a claim for breach of duty against directors who, it was said, had failed to create a credible plan for disinvestment from fossil fuels.
Lewis Silkin has advised Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc’s Brandwidth Marketing on the acquisition of Cubaka Limited08 April 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client, Next Fifteen Communications Group plc, the digital communications and growth consultancy group, on the acquisition of Cubaka Limited, an award-winning social media agency.