Government response on National Security and Investment Bill consultation

The government has published its response to the consultation on the sectors where mandatory notification will be required under the proposed new national security screening regime contained in the National Security and Investment Bill. The Bill was published in November 2020 (see our blog post here) and is currently making its way through the House … Read more

Pensions – implications of the Pension Schemes Act 2021 for corporates

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 introduces significant reforms of the regulatory regime for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. The Act introduces new criminal offences and civil sanctions which could be applied to company directors, lenders, investors, sellers, purchasers and advisers who take action which, broadly speaking, is materially detrimental to a DB scheme and where … Read more

Consolidated corporate update July to December 2020

We have published our half-yearly update briefing which summarises the major developments in UK corporate law and regulation that have occurred over the last six months, that is from July to December 2020, and which are of relevance to UK listed companies. The briefing is available here. Read more

M&A in 2021 – Resilient, agile and coming off mute

We have published our new M&A report, which we have titled “M&A in 2021 – Resilient, agile and coming off mute”, here. In it we look at the prospects for M&A in 2021 – whilst the significant regional and global questions from last year may not have gone away, there are reasons for optimism. Issues … Read more

Public M&A podcast – Takeover Panel consultation

In our latest public M&A podcast, we discuss the consultation paper published by the Takeover Panel (PCP 2020/1), in which it is proposing to amend various provisions in the Takeover Code relating to the conditions to an offer and to the offer timetable. The key changes include: removing the special treatment afforded to conditions relating … Read more