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The FCA ramps up enforcement focus in its 2023/24 business plan

In its Annual Business Plan for 2023/24, the second of its three-year strategic plan, the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") – among other things - continues its drive to become a more assertive regulator, and to strengthen its enforcement strategy, with investment in people, data, and technology. This includes a significant increase in headcount in its Enforcement and Market Oversight Division ("Enforcement Division") intended to build capacity and resilience in its case and investigation teams, and to enable it to act faster against firms causing harm to consumers and/or markets.

Travers Smith advises DLM Bidco Limited on takeover offer to acquire AIM-listed Xpediator

Travers Smith has advised DLM Bidco Limited, the bidding vehicle of a consortium led by BaltCap, the largest private equity fund manager in the Baltics, and including Cogels Investments Limited, the investment vehicle of Stephen Blyth (former CEO of Xpediator), and Justas Versnickas, the Managing Director of, and 20% shareholder in, Delamode Baltics, a subsidiary of Xpediator, on its recommended cash offer for AIM-listed Xpediator plc.

Travers Smith advises BUUK Infrastructure on its acquisition of Levelise

Travers Smith LLP has advised BUUK Infrastructure (“BUUK”) on its acquisition of Levelise Limited ("Levelise"), a home energy management system that links high numbers of domestic battery systems to a suite of advanced algorithmic controls. The transaction also involved the transfer of assets from Social Energy Limited to Levelise prior to completion.   

Podcast: IR35: Celebrity winners and losers

In our latest Tax. Simplified. podcast episode, Head of Incentives and Remuneration, Mahesh Varia, and Knowledge Counsel, Kulsoom Hadi, discuss two recent cases involving intermediaries linked to Gary Lineker and Eamonn Holmes and consider what this might mean for other workers providing their services in this way and their clients. 

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