PE challenges and opportunities in 2015

May 2015  |  COVER STORY

Like many other facets of the financial services industry, the private equity (PE) asset class has endured a turbulent and difficult period since the onset of the financial crisis. Critics of the industry were quick to colour the PE space as a den of iniquity...

Creative dealmaking trends in the biopharmaceutical sector

May 2015  |  FEATURE

The global biopharmaceutical sector was worth an estimated £145bn in 2014 and is growing exponentially. This eye-watering figure, compiled by BioPlan Associates, provides compelling evidence of a sector generating considerable value...

Rise of the sovereign wealth funds

May 2015  |  FEATURE

Though they are by no means a new phenomenon, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have become increasingly prevalent since the turn of the century. Over the last decade and a half, SWFs have multiplied greatly, thanks in no small part to the...

European online alternative finance: on the cusp of the mainstream?

May 2015  |  FEATURE

Alternative finance – a term which broadly describes the range of loan options available to consumers and business owners outside those offered through banks and capital markets – can be accessed via numerous channels including...

Data protection & privacy laws

May 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

In today’s rapidly evolving global business environment, it is more important than ever for organisations to have recourse to tools that can help them effectively manage and safeguard the personal information they store, handle and transfer...

Operating an effective board

May 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The board is a company’s governing body – its ultimate decision-making authority. The board is responsible for determining strategic objectives, monitoring company policies, appointing senior management, and accounting for company activities...

Private equity companies – do you have the right leaders to deliver above market returns?

May 2015  |  SPOTLIGHT

Gone are the days when above-market investment returns can be achieved through financial engineering alone. Clearly, the financial expertise of a private equity partner can fuel the next-stage growth of a company, but today’s investors are keenly...

The economy needs more insolvencies

May 2015  |  SPOTLIGHT

The difference between what the public think a profession does and what its qualified experts actually do varies from one profession to another. Lawyers, doctors, soldiers, police and their work are the subject of much film and television drama, no doubt...

Managing business immigration risk

April 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on managing business immigration risk between Jonathan Goldsworthy, a senior associate at Bird & Bird LLP, Alex Paterson, a partner at Fragomen, and Marco Mazzeschi, the founder of Mazzeschi s.r.l.

Preparing for a dawn raid

March 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on preparing for a dawn raid between Satnam Tumani at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, Bernhard Lauterburg at Prager Dreifuss AG and Agnes Quashie at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP.

M&A and investment in Latin America’s natural resources sector

March 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on M&A and investment in Latin America’s natural resources sector between Alejandro D’Ambrosio at EY, Raúl Fernando Romero Fernández at Rodríguez Dávalos Asociados and Werner Ahlers at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Japanese cross-border M&A

February 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Shigeki Tatsuno and Akitaka Anzai at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune about Japanese cross-border M&A.

Valuation of derivatives and complex securities

April 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Dr James Dimech-DeBono at FTI Consulting about the valuation of derivatives and complex securities.

M&A activity in Malaysia

February 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Lim Jo Yan at MahWengKwai & Associates, about M&A activity in Malaysia.

The rise of online private equity deal platforms

February 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Urs Haeusler at DealMarket AG, about the rise of online private equity deal platforms.

ECB Asset Quality Reviews

February 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Dr James Dimech-DeBono at FTI Consulting about the European Central Bank’s Asset Quality Review process.

Argentina’s priority payment on its restructured sovereign debt

May 2015  |  BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING

Argentina’s external debt instruments have been a source of litigation before domestic and international courts since the country defaulted in 2001-2002 on $100bn of sovereign bonds issued in accordance with a 1994 Fiscal Agency Agreement...

Protect your brand the supply-side way

May 2015  |  CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Your brand may be an intangible asset, but it’s also your most valuable. ‘Father of advertising’ David Ogilvy has defined a brand as “the intangible sum of a product’s attributes”. It will often have...

Cyber liability: boards in the crosshairs

May 2015  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Cyber risk is shaking corporate boards by the collar. Last year, the number of worldwide data security incidents of any type soared to 42.8 million, a 48 percent increase from the previous year...

Bank account seizures for money laundering by US law enforcement

May 2015  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

It is increasingly common for companies to realise that the funds in their corporate bank accounts have been seized, without any advance notice, by a Federal law enforcement agency, especially...

Restructuring of bonds under the German Debenture Act – prospects and pitfalls

April 2015  |   BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The new German Debenture Act (Schuldverschreibungsgesetz) was introduced in 2009 and replaced the old Debenture Act from 1899. The new law significantly broadened the ability of the bondholders’ meeting to change...

Coming to the US to do business: overcoming legal and cultural challenges

April 2015  |  BOARDROOM INTELLIGENCE

Companies from across the world, both small and large, have decided to enter the US market of late. Their decision is predicated on a variety of strategic considerations. No matter how successful a...

Can stalking horse bids be used in Australian insolvency proceedings?

April 2015  |   BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING

It is disappointing that, while the use of stalking horse proceedings, or bids, appears to have widespread acceptance in the United States, there would appear to be little academic commentary on the topic beyond its borders...

Identifying networks: protect company assets with intelligence tools

April 2015  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Data security is one of the biggest issues for companies in 2015. Criminals are getting better at organising themselves in order to get at valuable company data. The internet and increasingly globalised markets make it easier for perpetrators...


From the Archives

A selection of past content chosen by our editors

Q&A: Managing pension liabilities in bankruptcy situations

January 2013  |  SPECIAL REPORT: GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING & INSOLVENCY

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

August 2013  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

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

March 2014  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

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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