Merger and Takeover in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Doyle v Olby (Ironmongers) Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 31 Enero 1969

    In contract, the damages are limited to what may reasonably be supposed to have been in this contemplation of the parties. The defendant is bound to make reparation for all the actual damages directly flowing from the fraudulent inducement. All such damages can be recovered: and it does not lie in the mouth of the fraudulent person to say that they could not reasonably have been foreseen.

  • East v Maurer
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 28 Septiembre 1990

    Thus, by the time the writ was issued they would have had the capital asset constituted by the new business, plus the profits made by that new business in the intervening period. One may assume the value of this capital asset to be the same as the value which the plaintiffs placed on the Exeter Road business, namely £20,000.

  • Jones v Jones
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 28 Enero 2011

    Take a work of art or land with potential for development which a spouse has owned since prior to the marriage and which, without activity on his or her part, has substantially increased in value during it. Passive growth is to be contrasted with growth as a result of contributions of one sort or another made during the marriage, i.e. of activity, irrespective of whether such is achieved with the assistance of a spring-board already in position.

  • Lombard Medical Technologies Plc v the Companies Act 2006
    • Chancery Division
    • 18 Julio 2014

    Examples of the kind of condition which the court may be willing to sanction, even if they are unsatisfied at the date of the hearing, are outstanding requirements for foreign regulatory approval which there is no reason to suppose will not be granted.

  • Walford and Others v Miles and Another
    • House of Lords
    • 23 Enero 1992

    The reason why an agreement to negotiate, like an agreement to agree, is unenforceable, is simply because it lacks the necessary certainty. Each party to the negotiations is entitled to pursue his (or her) own interest, so long as he avoids making misrepresentations. In my judgment, while negotiations are in existence either party is entitled to withdraw from those negotiations, at any time and for any reason.

  • Infiniteland Ltd and John Stewart Aviss v Artisan Contracting Ltd and Artisan (UK) Ltd
    • Chancery Division
    • 30 Abril 2004

    Before I move on from this part of my judgment, there is a more general point which I wish to make. So far I have looked at the question of the quantum of any loss in the way in which the experts looked at it, making hypothetical estimates both of the but for valuation and of the actual valuation. Both experts were at pains to leave hindsight out of account in both of their valuations. It is designed to establish what the true loss to Infiniteland has been.

    I agree with that, but I am in any event inclined to go further. Infiniteland bought the companies in July 2001, and within a matter of months Bickerton's trade collapsed. Although I do not believe that Artisan realised how bad things were at the time, and although I accept that Artisan would have preferred Infiniteland to make a success of Bickerton, I think that it is obvious now – admittedly with hindsight – that Bickerton was doomed from the time that Infiniteland acquired it.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • CITY RULES OK? POLICY COMMUNITY, POLICY NETWORK AND TAKEOVER BIDS
    • No. 66-4, December 1988
    • Public Administration
    This paper uses the concepts of policy community and policy network to analyse the particular set of industrial policy issues related to the conduct of takeover and merger bids. Within the general ...
    ... ... and policy network to analyse the particular set of industrial policy issues related to the conduct of takeover and merger bids. Within the general context of the law, the regulatory climate is governed by the principle of voluntary self-regulation, which ... ...
  • Initiatives towards formation of academic library consortium in Malaysia
    • No. 35-1/2, January 2014
    • Library Management
    • 102-110
    Purpose: – This paper aims to report on several initiatives towards formation of national consortium among academic libraries in Malaysia. The consortium focused on subscription of online databases...
    ... ... increase, license agreement, various formats ofusage statistics, merger and takeover of publishers have made PERPUN (Malaysian StandingConference ... ...
  • Piers Pommeroy's suffering from merger mania, but he's not sure which deal will cause more grief: his firm's planned takeover by a major plc or his mother's impending marriage to his former boss.
    • No. 2005, February 2005
    • Financial Management (UK)
    • Pommeroy, Piers
    • SECRET DIARY - Diary entry
    ...Week 1 According to Henry, whose alma maters regularly top the educational league tables and whose erudition, therefore, exceeds even mine, life reserves the heaviest blows for those with the broadest shoulders. If that were true, I'd surely bear a......
  • Tentative Information, Inside Information, Price‐sensitive Information and Materiality
    • No. 3-3, January 1996
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    • 268-271
    The disclosure requirements derived from the Listing Rules either expressly or by implication require disclosure of ‘material’ information. These Rules also contain ample provisions which explicitl...
    ... ... Ongoing merger negotiations, development of a new product, and the planning of a major ... of its occurrence is a question; the preparation of a merger/takeover is a fact and the probability of actual merger/takeover is a question. (8) ... ...
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • UK merger control: Public health emergencies and foreign takeover scrutiny
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    New measures, announced on 21 June 2020, will allow the UK Government to intervene in relation to transactions involving businesses with "critical capabilities" to help combat public health emergen...
  • Mergers and acquisitions: post-completion immigration actions
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    Where an organisation has a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence to employ non-EEA workers they have a responsibility to report to the Home Office when certain events occur. Examples include where the organisati...
    ... ... the organisation moves premises, changes its name, or there is a merger, takeover, de-merger or, more generally, any transaction where there is a ... ...
  • FSA Censures BDO LLP for Failings as a Sponsor
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    On June 1, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) announced that it had censured BDO LLP for failings while acting as a sponsor during the takeover by Shore Capital Group PLC of Puma Brandenburg...
    ... ... BDO LLP for failings while acting as a sponsor during the takeover by Shore Capital Group PLC of Puma Brandenburg Limited. This is the FSA's ... by Shore Capital to provide advice as a sponsor on its proposed merger with Puma. BDO was made aware that the transaction might constitute a ... ...
  • Five Things You Should Be Doing to Make Sure Your Sponsor Licence Keeps Its A-rating
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    1. Keep on top of reporting requirements - Sponsors are subject to continuous requirements to self-police their licences by monitoring the immigration status of their employees and reporting any c...
    ... ... reporting requirements triggered if the business is part of a merger, takeover or de-merger and there are strict deadlines for notifying UKVI ... ...
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