Human risk factors in M&A transactions

September 2016|  COVER STORY

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) offer companies an important source of growth. However, it is imperative that deals are conducted properly, for while a well planned and executed acquisition can boost a company, a poorly realised...

2016 M&A: reflections on an underwhelming first half

September 2016|  FEATURE

Ensconced as we are in the third quarter of 2016, it is an ideal time to cast an eye over the previous quarters of the year and highlight some of the trends and developments to have emerged. So far, M&A activity has been relatively strong...

The emergence of impact investing

September 2016|  FEATURE

Impact investing is a burgeoning growth area based primarily on the philanthropic goal of making a positive environmental and social impact beyond financial return. A term first coined by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007, impact investing...

The challenge of compliance

September 2016|  FEATURE

The regulatory landscape, as any compliance professional can tell you, is an ever-changing, fast-growing arena; an environment that can be said to pose a similar challenge as that of the mythical Hydra – in that as soon as one regulation...

Energy & utilities sector

September 2016|  ROUNDTABLE

The energy & utilities sector has witnessed extensive change over the past few years, with the regulatory environment, growth in distributed generation, new forms of competition and changes in customer behaviour all having a major...

Private equity

September 2016|  SPECIAL REPORT

The private equity landscape so far in 2016 has been relatively steady, despite the backdrop of an uncertain global economy. Private equity players continue to face a range of challenges in the wake of ongoing change. These include the need...

The impact of ‘Brexit’ on the UK’s fight against financial crime


Friday 24 June 2016 is a day that not many of those in the UK will forget in a hurry. As the UK public woke up to the news that it had voted to leave the European Union, the potential consequences of this historic referendum result began to sink in...

Early stage investing trends: SAFEs versus convertible debt

August 2016|  LEGAL & REGULATORY

There’s a new sheriff in town. Over the past 18 months, many start-ups and early stage companies needing a quick cash infusion have discovered a popular new device – the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE). The good old days of friends...

Pension challenges in bankruptcy and restructuring processes

August 2016 |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on pension challenges in bankruptcy and restructuring processes between Gary P. Squires at AlixPartners, Stephen E. Hessler at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Camilla Barry at Macfarlanes LLP.

Adoption of patent box in Europe

August 2016 |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the adoption of patent box in Europe between Alessandro Lualdi, Aldo Castoldi and Luca Bosco at Studio Tributario e Societario – STS Deloitte.

Regulatory changes affecting funds in Luxembourg

August 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on regulatory changes affecting funds in Luxembourg between Alexandrine Armstrong-Cerfontaine, Rodrigo Delcourt and Elona Ajdari at King & Wood Mallesons.

Out-of-court restructuring alternatives


FW moderates a discussion on out-of-court restructuring alternatives between Jeff Zappone at Conway MacKenzie, James Feltman at Duff & Phelps and James Sprayregen at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Intellectual property portfolio management

August 2016|  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Nicola Baker-Munton at Stratagem IPM about intellectual property portfolio management.

Developments in leveraged financing

June 2016|  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Neil Caddy at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy about developments in leveraged financing.

Complying with California’s Fair Pay Act

May 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Rebecca Torrey at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips about compliance with California’s Fair Pay Act.

Outlook for energy in emerging markets following the Paris Agreement

February 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Jonathan D. Cahn at Dentons about the outlook for energy in emerging markets following the Paris Agreement.

Third-party litigation funding in insolvency


Third-party litigation funding – the funding of a claim by a third party in exchange for a share of the damages – is making significant in-roads in both domestic and international litigation. It is also increasingly used by insolvency practitioners (IPs)...

Brexit: Has it created a unique opportunity for alternative finance providers?

September 2016|  BANKING & FINANCE

The UK referendum result has caused uncertainty in the financial services industry, but could this be a time of opportunity for alternative capital providers? Alternative capital providers are generally non-bank lenders or intermediaries...

Director disputes: removing a director or chairman from the board


Disputes between directors can be difficult to manage, particularly where the director in question is a shareholder. Businesses work because of the relationships between individuals, and when these relationships break down, problems can arise...

Building wealth from your intellectual property assets


You run a business – you are embroiled in the day to day activities: leads, sales, even staff; do you have time to consider the hidden gem – your intellectual property (IP)? Your IP could be as valuable as your plant, premises or stock...

What lies beneath

August 2016|  PRIVATE EQUITY

As anyone involved in a private equity transaction knows, the process of buying or selling an asset involves detailed, complex and often lengthy due diligence. Whether it’s analysing the cash flows underpinning an asset, ensuring that...

AIFMD solutions


This article considers the options for investment managers who wish to avoid authorisation under the Alternative Investment Managers Directive (AIFMD or Directive) as an AIFM and yet access EU investors. When used in this article...

Beyond the EU: reaching the emerging markets


Traditionally, the UK has relied on trade with other developed markets; in fact, nearly 50 percent of all UK exports go to the European Union. Of course, the recent Brexit referendum means this could all be about to change. While maintaining...

Increased transparency in international commercial arbitration


Transparency in international arbitration is increasingly a hot topic. The past year has seen arbitral institutions taking greater steps to improve the transparency of the arbitral process, particularly as regards decisions made by the institutions...

In compliance investigations, companies find that e-discovery technology delivers results and savings

May 2016|  COMPANY LAW

No matter what steps a corporation takes to ensure legal compliance by its officers and employees, there is no fail-safe. Violations of anti-corruption laws and other regulatory schemes can still occur. When they do...

The evolving standard in the US for injunctions in patent cases


In the US, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears appeals in patent cases. Four Federal Circuit decisions in two patent cases involving smart phones and tablet computers that Apple filed against Samsung...

Effective board governance: the healthy tension between management and the board


In this age of heightened risk, the need for effective governance has caused a dynamic shift in the role of the board of directors. Cyber security, rapid technological growth and a number of corporate scandals resulting from the financial...

Supreme Court to review barriers for wilful infringement


On 19 October 2015, in a somewhat surprising move, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases to review the standard for enhanced damages for wilful infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 284. The two cases...


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