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Legal Update
22 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On 20 July 2016, a nine member panel of the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Willers v Joyce and Anor (in substitution for and in their capacity as executors of Albert Gubay (deceased)), in which it decided by a 5:4 majority that a claim for malicious prosecution of civil proceedings is sustainable in English law – extending the tort beyond its traditional boundaries of the malicious prosecution of criminal claims or the use of ex parte coercive measures.
Legal Update
22 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The European Commission adopted a proposal on 5 July 2016 that brings in new controversial measures to amend the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, (“4MLD”) not least bringing the proposed transposition date forward to the end of 2016. 4MLD was adopted on 20 May 2015 as part of EU efforts to combat the laundering of money from criminal activities and to prevent the financing of terrorist activities, in recognition of the fact that funds can be hidden and moved across the world with increasing ease.
Media Coverage
21 July 2016
Private Equity International (subscription required)
London Banking & Finance partner Liz Soutter is quoted in an article on the potential impact of Brexit on fund financing.
Brochure
21 July 2016
Mayer Brown Brochure
On June 23 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by a majority of 4% (52% Leave versus 48% Remain). This unprecedented decision will have significant implications for everyone and is likely to raise complicated and unique legal issues.  Our brochure addresses the question: what happens next?
Legal Update
20 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
MasterCard has been ordered to pay Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited £68.5 million plus interest in the first substantial award in a competition damages claim in the United Kingdom.
Newsletter
20 July 2016
Mayer Brown Newsletter
This is the first in a series of articles aimed at providing legal updates to private equity portfolio companies. It is hoped that the information provided is helpful and informative to those charged with running the day-to-day operations of these businesses, including executive and non-executive directors, general counsel and others.
Media Coverage
20 July 2016
Commercial Risk Africa

London Mining partner Rachel Speight is quoted in an article on the impact of Brexit on investment in Africa.

 

Legal Update
15 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Following a trial involving multiple claimants and test cases, the High Court's judgment in Kupeli and Ors v Sirketi (t/a Cyprus Turkish Airlines) and Anor [2016] EWHC 1478 (QB) provides a useful reminder of how the Court may use its discretion to award costs under CPR 44.2 and the factors to be considered when making a costs order following trial. Defendants should be aware that they still may be regarded as the "loser" and therefore liable for the claimants' costs, even if they are successful in defending many of the claims.
Media Coverage
15 July 2016
Mayer Brown represented GW Pharmaceuticals plc, a biopharmaceutical company, in a $289.8 million US public offering of American Depositary Shares on the Nasdaq Global Market.
Media Coverage
14 July 2016
The Times
London Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Alistair Graham is quoted in an article on how Theresa May will tackle white-collar crime as the UK’s new Prime Minister.
Audio
14 July 2016
UK Employment Law - Another View
Nick’s review of recent cases starts with a decision in the Supreme Court on whether adverse treatment based on an employee’s migrant status was prohibited discrimination. Secondly, the EAT consider the circumstances in which a Tribunal can award an uplift on damages. Finally a case which seems to be a wake up call for those drafting Board Minutes, where a company’s decision to treat someone as a Bad Leaver will turn on the wording of the Board Minutes.
Media Coverage
13 July 2016
MNE Tax
Bylined article by London Tax partner Sandy Bhogal and associate Kitty Swanson on a new UK law that extends the scope of the withholding tax on royalties paid to non-residents will apply from 28 June 2016.
Legal Update
12 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Although long a common feature of the smaller equity growth market, in recent years we have seen more of our private equity clients entering into a range of minority investments. This update provides a summary of some of the standard rights and protections being sought by private equity investors as part of their minority investments.
News Releases
11 July 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it represented WEPA Group, a leading family-owned European hygiene paper producer, on its EUR 450 million offering of senior secured notes and on a EUR 125 million super senior revolving credit facility. The bond was listed on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Legal Update
8 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On 23 June 2016, UK voters decided to leave the European Union (“EU”). While implementation of this decision will take years, financial institutions doing business in the UK and the rest of the EU, especially those that rely on the EU “passport” for financial services, must begin to assess now the impact of Brexit on their business models. There are a number of issues that financial institutions will face, but amongst the most important are the extent to which firms (i) based in the UK (including the UK subsidiaries of non-UK banks) will be able to access EU markets and (ii) based in the EU (outside the UK) will be able to access UK markets.
Audio
8 July 2016
UK Employment Law - Another View
In this special guest podcast Nick and Paul Goulding QC talk about recent developments in the law relating to restrictive covenants, following the publication of the third edition of Paul’s excellent book, Employee Competition, Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave. At the end of the podcast there is a chance to win a signed copy of the book.
Legal Update
8 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This alert reports on a recent decision concerning a matter of procedure in the Court of Appeal.
Legal Update
July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) came into force on 3 July 2016. Amongst other things, MAR contains (1) restrictions on share dealing during a closed period, and (2) obligations on directors and other persons discharging managerial responsibilities (“PDMRs”), and persons closely associated (“PCAs”) with them, to notify an issuer and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) when they deal in the issuer’s shares. Main Market and AIM issuers should be reviewing and updating their share dealing codes to ensure they comply with MAR.
7 July 2016
Practical considerations for M&A transactions
Legal Update
July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
As we have discussed in our prior communications over the last two weeks, the majority vote in favour of the UK’s departure from the European Union (“EU”) means that businesses operating in the UK now face a period of uncertainty, no more so than in the insurance industry. The UK insurance industry is the largest in Europe and the third largest globally, contributing over £25 billion annually to the UK GDP. The decision to leave the EU will have specific effects on the insurance industry depending upon the terms of exit to be negotiated with the EU.
Legal Update
6 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The UK’s decision to leave the EU will of course have implications for corporate activity in the UK. The immediate consequence is uncertainty, which has led to some transactions being delayed or put on hold indefinitely. As we do not yet know what model (if any) the UK will follow in leaving the EU, it is too early to say with any certainty what the specific implications of Brexit will be on any area of law. However, we have put together the following high level overview of some of the potential consequences on M&A and ECM transactions.
Media Coverage
6 July 2016
FT Advisor
Bylined article by Alexandria Carr, a qualified barrister practising in London as Of Counsel with the Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement group, on the impact of Brexit on the UK financial services industry.
Media Coverage
6 July 2016
Mayer Brown advised HSBC Bank PLC as lender in a non-recourse receivables purchase agreement for Microsoft Operations Ireland Limited, which was named Best in Class Treasury Solution in the Middle East at the Adam Smith Awards 2016.
Media Coverage
5 July 2016
Reuters
London Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement partner Mark Compton is quoted in an article on the impact of Brexit for commodity exchanges.
Media Coverage
4 July 2016
Planning Resource (subscription required)
London Environmental partner Michael Hutchinson is quoted in an article on implications of Brexit for environmental regulation.

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