Rehabilitating the UK’s banking sector

February 2015  |  COVER STORY

Less than two years ago, Anthony Jenkins, the chief executive of Barclays Bank PLC, acknowledged that his firm had behaved irresponsibly in the past and was on the long road to rehabilitation. It was an admission of wrongdoing from one the UK banking sector’s powerhouses...

US real estate investment

February 2015  |  FEATURE

Given the impact of the financial crisis, it’s understandable that the level of investment into US real estate plummeted considerably, as it did in real estate markets the world over. However, the real estate sector is now enjoying...

Pariah to player: investing in the new Iran

February 2015  |  FEATURE

Once a country has been labelled a pariah state, rightly or wrongly, the tag can be difficult to shed. With little scope for contradiction, most people would readily assign this description to Iran – a nation that has been demonstrably lacking...

Superpowered stagnation: what next for the Russian economy?

February 2015  |  FEATURE

Mother Russia is, and always has been, a proud and dignified land. However, the national mood is currently none too happy. For the sixth largest economy in the world, 2014 was a particularly sombre year in the history of a nation that has experienced plenty of turmoil...

Transfer pricing

February 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

The transfer pricing environment has undergone significant change over the past 12 months. High-profile developments, such as the introduction of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) base erosion and profit shifting...

Corporate fraud & corruption

February 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Despite the robust anti-corruption action being taken by global authorities, corporate fraud and corruption remain an increasingly pervasive worldwide threat. The perpetrators of fraud and corruption now target an ever-widening playing field...

US Supreme Court weighing proposals to curtail scope, burden and uncertainty of discovery in US Federal Court

February 2015  |  LEGAL & REGULATORY

In US civil litigation, a party has a duty to preserve its documents and data, including electronically stored information (ESI) such as email, which are potentially relevant to a pending or reasonably anticipated lawsuit. The historically broad scope of civil...

Third-party funders come to the aid of management

February 2015  |  LEGAL & REGULATORY

What is litigation funding? Litigation funding is the financing by one party of litigation brought by another in return for a percentage of any benefits received by the litigant. Litigation funding is generally seen as a means whereby a party without the financial resources...

The evolution of competition/antitrust law

February 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the evolution of competition/antitrust law between Davina Garrod at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Philipp Zurkinden at Prager Dreifuss Ltd and Emanuela Lecchi at Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Integrity due diligence

December 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on integrity due diligence between Leah James, Mike Regan and Arno Robbertse, joint managing partners of G3.

Role of the audit committee in M&A

November 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the role of the audit committee in M&A between Jack Capers at King & Spalding LLP, Jason Anglin at KPMG LLP and Brian Hoffmann at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Foreign investment in Latin America – opportunities and challenges

November 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

Cate Ambrose of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) moderates a discussion on opportunities and challenges for foreign investment in Latin America between Alejandro D. Fiuza at Brown Rudnick LLP, Jaime Mercado at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Richard L. Winston at Richard L. Winston P.A.

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.

Impact of the AIFMD on real estate funds

December 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Heleen Rietdijk at KPMG about the impact of the AIFMD on real estate funds.

Corporate immigration in India

November 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Divya Baweja at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt Ltd about corporate immigration in India.

Developments in corporate immigration in Australia

October 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Alex Paterson at Fragomen about corporate immigration in Australia.

A post-merger challenge: ensuring the smooth integration of disparate IT systems

February 2015  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Organisations must overcome many technology challenges after an acquisition in order to unify and streamline business processes across the entire enterprise. It is rare (if not impossible) to find two organisations using matching...

Misselling claims in financial derivatives – the battle rages on

February 2015  |  BANKING & FINANCE

The approach taken by the courts in misselling claims to date generally favours those selling derivative products. In particular, the principle of contractual estoppel is potentially an effective line of defence to a claim of misselling...

Beyond cost-cutting


The list of challenges facing corporate leaders today is lengthy. It includes globalisation, rapidly shifting market dynamics, fallout from the European debt crisis, and a potential economic slowdown. Companies will also be faced with...

The impact of the US 2014 mid-term elections on energy matters

February 2015  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

The US 2014 mid-term elections were significant because they gave the Republicans a majority in the Senate, which previously was controlled by the Democrats and also gave the Republicans the largest majority in the House since World...

Securitisation and other transfers of loan portfolios in Belgium

January 2015  |   BANKING & FINANCE

Over the years, securitisations and other transfers of loan portfolios in Belgium have been faced with a number of legal issues creating a level of uncertainty, as well as long qualifications in legal opinions. In addition, the transfer of mortgage...

After target: a cultural sea change in the C-suite

January 2015  |   RISK MANAGEMENT

There is a spectre haunting all of Europe. In contrast to the revolutions of 1848, however, it’s not just Europe, and it’s not the spectre of communism. Instead, it’s the spectre of cyber attacks like those recently suffered by the US department...

UK contingency fees: a user’s guide for the in-house lawyer


The most eye-catching ‘Jackson’ reform was the arrival in April 2013 of contingency fees for English civil litigation. Eighteen months later, how has the world of commercial litigation changed, if at all? The theme of this article is to explore...

Tax avoidance clause in the Polish tax law

January 2015  |   CORPORATE TAX

Following the regulations of tax systems in other European states, the Polish Ministry of Finance is working on implementing to the Tax Ordinance a regulation regarding tax avoidance (‘tax avoidance clause’). According to the communicated...

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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