07 Jan 2015

The Sharp End - Winter 2015

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Cutting edge insights into corporate law

In this issue we examine:

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Stepping down to AIM

In June last year everybody's favourite model maker Hornby announced that it intended to step-down from the LSE's Main Market to its junior market AIM.

Tom Page, a senior associate in our corporate department, talks about the process and the reasons for a move to AIM.

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Spotlight on regulatory compliance

Financial regulation is constantly evolving with ever more byzantine, copious and intrusive rules, whose reach is ever-widening.

Richard Small, of our regulatory compliance practice in London, highlights where early-stage regulatory input is key to an effective corporate deal.

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The best form of defence is attack

Did you know that you can use EU and national competition rules to your advantage by intervening in merger investigations or bringing a complaint against competitors, customers or suppliers allegedly involved in anti-competitive or abusive practices?

Marta Garcia, of our competition practice in London, highlights how you can do this.

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Love me tender 

In July last year, entities controlled by Samuel Tak Lee, an experienced long-term investor in real estate, announced a tender offer worth in excess of £200 million for shares in FTSE 250 property investment company Shaftesbury PLC.

Guy Morgan, a senior associate in our corporate department, talks about the process and the reasons for making tender offers.

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Change in the air 

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 makes many changes in a bid to improve transparency and accountability as well as simplifying company law.

Ioana Platts-Mills, a PSL in our corporate department, talks about the changes the act will make.

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Stephenson Harwood news

Since the last issue of The Sharp End, we have been working on some very innovative and complex deals such as advising Acadia Healthcare on the acquisition of Priory Group, advising Schroder UK Real Estate Fund on the acquisition of mixed-use assets in Hammersmith and advising DIF Infrastructure III on its acquisition of two operational toll road projects in Ireland. We are also now ranked as a Tier 1 law firm for Corporate M&A by the prestigious Legal 500 directory.

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