Zombie firms: corporate carrion

August 2015  |  COVER STORY

Like the unfortunate creatures often seen shuffling around on celluloid, zombie companies are considered a plague, corporate carrion, little more than a collective drain on the economies of the countries they pervade...

Bribery and corruption in the PE space

August 2015  |  FEATURE

Despite the best efforts of regulatory bodies and internal compliance teams, bribery and corruption are still rife in the corporate world. One need only look to the allegations, resignations and potential...

Tough times return for FDI

August 2015  |  FEATURE

For the foreign direct investment (FDI) industry, 2014 was a mixed bag indeed. A year which began with encouraging hints that the FDI market was poised to recover from a period of stagnation (due to strong investments in 2013)...

The evolution of the CDO

August 2015  |  FEATURE

Today’s technological world encompasses a whirlwind of big data – data governance, data analytics, data science, data protection, data architecture and data assets – which makes for a challenging and fast-changing business...

Risks facing directors & officers

August 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

An ever-growing list of mandatory and non-mandatory rules is ramping up the risks faced by directors & officers. The general trend is toward raising the level of care expected of D&Os and expanding their existing duties. These higher...

Technology in business

August 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Over the past 10 to 15 years, technology has radically altered the face and the pace of the business world. Today, advances in communication and information technology are pushing connectedness exponentially, allowing ever greater opportunities...

Mergers and acquisitions: key success factors


The chances of failure to achieve the desired outcome in a merger are between 60 and 80 percent, or so we are told by those whose business it is to analyse these matters. By this, one understands that should a merger fail to...

Shareholder activism is good


Gordon Gekko was right. Arguably the most enduring businessman-villain in film history, the character created by Oliver Stone and played by Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street served as a parable of the quick-buck...

Volcker Rule implementation and its impact on European asset managers

August 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on Volcker Rule implementation and its impact on European asset managers between Barry E. Breen and Carolyn H. Jackson at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP.

Negotiating cloud contracts

July 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on negotiating cloud contracts between Mark Lundin at KPMG, John C. Eustice at Miller & Chevalier Chartered and David W. Tollen, author of The Tech Contracts Handbook.

Restructuring and insolvency developments in Australia’s commodity and mining sectors

July 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on restructuring and insolvency developments in Australia’s commodity and mining sectors between Cameron Belyea at Clayton Utz, Michael Ryan at FTI Consulting and Beau Deleuil at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Investments and acquisitions in the real estate sector

June 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on investments and acquisitions in the real estate sector between Chris M. Smith at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Iain Morpeth at Ropes & Gray and Greg Williams at KPMG LLP.

Effective representations and warranties in M&A

June 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Deborah McBrearty at HCC Global about effective representations and warranties in M&A.

Use of technology and software in MiFID II compliance programs

May 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Magnus Almqvist at SunGard about the use of technology and software in MiFID II compliance programs.

Strategies and solutions for Pillar 3 of Solvency II

May 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Anne Leslie-Bini at Invoke about strategies and solutions for Pillar 3 of Solvency II.

Accelerated M&A

May 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Barry Ross at PwC about Accelerated M&A.

Involving IT early on: enhancing the success of M&A


Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) are among the most intense and challenging activities in business. Managing the IT integration risk associated with a merger has become a major component in determining the ultimate success or failure...

Post crisis banking legislation and regulation: the impact on access to banking services for the unbanked

August 2015  |  BANKING & FINANCE

The aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-09 spurred regulators globally to enact new and enhanced regulations for the banking industry, as a way of protecting the global financial system from similar meltdowns in the future...

Brazil: arbitration law reloaded


Foreign companies doing business in Brazil often turn to arbitration as a form of dispute resolution. Arbitration is particularly popular because of its flexibility and efficiency in comparison to litigation. Arbitration...

Recent developments relating to legal advice privilege


On 8 June 2015, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was ordered to hand over privileged documents relating to without prejudice negotiations with the Financial Services Authority (as it was then), now the Financial Conduct...

The enemy you know: an analysis of the insider threat


Many organisations are already cognisant of the fact that there are security threats originating from the inside, beginning with their own trusted employees and partners. However, many organisations do not necessarily differentiate between the various types of...

Privilege and internal investigations

July 2015  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Conducting investigations into allegations of fraud or corruption can present serious legal and commercial risk if privilege cannot be asserted over the findings of those investigations. That risk may be compounded if boards choose to conduct fraud or...

Facing litigation in the United States: plan, don’t panic


For many companies, the big questions in terms of litigation are: “I have been sued in the United States. Will my company get a fair hearing? Can I trust the system in the courts of the United States?” Most of the time the system will scare you...

Multijurisdictional investigations: challenges for Canadians


Regulatory investigations increasingly involve cooperation among authorities from multiple jurisdictions. In Canada, it is now routine for provincial securities commissions to share information with each other

From the Archives

A selection of past content chosen by our editors

Q&A: Managing pension liabilities in bankruptcy situations


FW speaks with Richard Farr at BDO LLP, Linc Rogers at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, James H.M. Sprayregen at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Richard Jones at Punter Southall, about managing pension liabilities in bankruptcy situations.

Decoding the formula for success in corporate M&A


In the heyday of M&A in the 2000s, serial acquirers began to have a certain swagger to their gait. They had helped turn M&A from an art into a science and raised the discipline to a formal one within corporations. Those leading multiple M&A transactions were making...

Corporate fraud

November 2013  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Despite the best efforts of regulators and enforcement agencies, corporate fraud continues to flourish. In recent years, business and financial institutions have become acutely aware of the risk, particularly as a renewed focus on whistleblowing has expanded the toolset of...

The value of data assets in a US M&A deal: three key questions to ask


Data is a valuable asset in the information economy. Companies have only recently begun to unlock that value to capitalise on some of the biggest opportunities in the marketplace today, including cloud computing, big data and analytics, social networking, globalisation and ecommerce...

Developments in the real estate sector

January 2014  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

Having emerged from the global recession and its aftermath, the real estate sector showed signs of recovery in 2013 and is expected to build on this momentum in the year ahead. The sector’s low-gear recovery has been boosted by a number of key trends. Private equity has shown...

Cyber security

January 2014  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Reliance on information technology exposes companies to numerous risks, and all firms are vulnerable to the threat of cyber crime. In recent years, sophisticated targeted attacks such as spear fishing, social engineering and advanced persistent threats have become more widespread...

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