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Drooms continues to expand into new markets

European market leader for virtual data rooms continues to grow its business abroadCorporate finance and M&A team subject to international expansion Drooms, the leading provider of Virtual Data Rooms in Europe, is steam rolling ahead with its plans to continue expanding. Chris Beckmann (54) and Martin Alamri (42) joined the company in spring this year,...

British brand values take Brexit beating

Britain’s most valuable brands decline by an average of 6%Devaluation of the pound in the wake of Brexit is the primary causeSudden loss of value exposes iconic brands to foreign takeoversShell, Britain’s most valuable brand, has weathered the trend and is up 16%Lynx is Britain’s fastest growing brand after ditching ‘The Lynx Effect’ branding Every...

Hugh Dorins to lead SIA Group Property Services Division

SIA Group is uniquely placed to offer Asset Based Lenders, Financial Sponsors and Restructuring Practitioners a fully independent, in-house, multi-asset, turn key solution.    Leading independent asset valuation, advisory and disposal business, SIA Group, has appointed Hugh Dorins to lead its new Property Services Division, which will...

SIA Group opens Southampton office

SIA Group, a leading asset valuation, asset advisory and asset disposal business has announced the opening of a Southampton office further expanding its operations across the UK. The office located at Enterprise House, Ocean Village, Southampton SO14 3XB will be staffed by an initial four strong local team of asset valuation,advisory and disposal...

Dow Jones VentureSource 1Q’17 Europe Venture Capital Report

VENTURE CAPITAL REPORT: The following report presents Dow Jones VentureSource’s quarterly findings for European venture capital fundraising, investment, valuation, and liquidity. The included charts and graphs offer a comprehensive view of the trends currently affecting the venture capital market. Highlights for 1Q 2017 include: The...

Legal

​Lamont Pridmore warn high earners about HMRC raids

Higher rate taxpayers have been warned by leading Cumbrian accountants Lamont Pridmore to be vigilant over their tax affairs.The warning comes after new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that its Affluent Unit took an additional £438 million pounds of high earners.Off the back of this success the Unit, which investigates the tax affairs of...

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes...

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City. Read More

Deals

ResponseSource acquires JournoRequests

Media request startup JournoRequests has joined the ResponseSource family of services for PR professionals following its acquisition by the company.JournoRequests will complement ResponseSource's market-leading Journalist Enquiry Service which is forecast to distribute over 31,000 requests from UK journalists this year.ResponseSource...

​Consortium announces investment in Thames Water

Borealis Infrastructure (“Borealis”), the infrastructure investment manager of OMERS, and Wren House Infrastructure Management Limited (“Wren House”), the infrastructure investing arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority, (each a “Consortium Member” and collectively the “Consortium”), are pleased to announce that they have agreed to acquire...

​Aquila Capital expands Nordic portfolio with acquisition of wind project in Finland

Aquila Capital is expanding its portfolio in the Nordics with the acquisition of its first project in Finland, a wind farm with an installed capacity of 14.4 MW on the coast near Kokkola.The Windpark Ykspihlaja includes four Nordex N131/3600 turbines and is in one of Finland’s most favorable locations with an average wind speed of 7.7 meters/second....

New ONS M&A report shows increase international deals in the UK hit record levels

Livingstone has just released its 2014-2016 Global M&A deals Tracker (attached) which breaks down the volume of international M&A deals. Stats include the following;Chinese acquisitions of UK companies increased by 215% in the period 2014-2016, although they account for only one in 20 international acquisitions in the UK marketplace;US investors remain...

​Maven Capital Partners completes £6.5 million MBO of Healthpoint Limited

Funding package will enable Healthpoint to drive growth through new product development and further penetrate grocery multiples, value retailers and export marketsMaven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has completed a £6.5 million management buy-out of Healthpoint Limited (“Healthpoint”), which...

Acq Lite

British inventor shows off world's largest fidget spinner

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The British man who made the record books with the world's largest Rubik's cube unveiled his latest creation: the world's largest fidget spinner.Read More

Ontario woman rescues skunk from McFlurry cup

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A brave bystander outside an Ontario McDonald's came to the rescue of a skunk with a McFlurry cup stuck on its head.Read More

'Uninvited' snake hitches a ride in driver's side mirror

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A driver in Thailand captured video of a sneaky snake that hitched a ride inside the vehicle's side-view mirror.Read More

British cricket match interrupted by rampaging bull

June 27 (UPI) -- A British cricket team shared video of an escaped bull interrupting a game by charging out onto the pitch and taking aim at players and officials.The Mossley Cricket Club tweeted a video from the Saturday incident during the second innings of a Saturday match against the Kerridge Cricket Club in Cheshire, England.The video shows the...

Man strolls into pub moments after being struck by a bus

June 27 (UPI) -- A man in England casually got off the ground and walked into a pub, moments after being struck by a bus on a sidewalk.Surveillance footage showed the man crossing the street in front of the The Purple Turtle Bar in Reading, when the rogue bus struck him from behind and sent him flying 20 feet to the bar's front door.Simon Smith only...