Ripple effect of tumbling oil prices

March 2015  |  COVER STORY

The oil market has long been a volatile one. Since the turn of the century, the daily price of a barrel has been, on average, 18 percent higher or lower than it was six months previously. Nevertheless, 2014 was an extraordinary year for the industry...

M&A activity reaches seven year high

March 2015  |  FEATURE

As predicted, 2014 was a bumper year for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, with global values for deals hitting their highest levels since 2007. According to data from Thomson Reuters, global deal values for the year reached $3.27 trillion...

Overcoming opacity: the importance of corporate transparency

March 2015  |  FEATURE

here should corporate transparency begin and where should it end? What information should be disclosed and what should be withheld? Boiled down, what determines the limits of transparency? Since the 2007-2008 global...

Intellectual property reforms in China: a long and tortured road?

March 2015  |  FEATURE

Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that: “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author”. In today’s...

Developing an effective compliance strategy

March 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

In today’s corporate world, an effective compliance strategy is a ‘must have’ component of a company’s management portfolio. Over the last 12 months, an increasing number of companies have reported a rise in the extent and frequency of the...

Global restructuring and insolvency

March 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

While many firms failed to emerge from the wreckage of the global recession fully intact, if at all, many of those that did survive only did so due to the refinancings and out-of-court restructurings instigated by lenders. Although there has been...

One size does not fit all: the complex relationship between M&A and shareholder returns

March 2015  |  SPOTLIGHT

There’s no question that doing deals can help a company to grow quickly. By expanding in this way, organisations can gain access to new market opportunities or enhance their products and services. What is less clear is whether M&A actually delivers value for shareholders...

Secured lending and the perfect storm: nontraditional lenders and covenant light loans

March 2015  |  SPOTLIGHT

A commonly expressed theme among those who comment on the relationships between lenders and borrowers is that secured creditors hold too much power, and that this power stifles a struggling company’s ability to recover and survive. In the US...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Equity bridge financings: an overview

March 2015  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Equity bridge facilities (EBF), also known as ‘subscription line facilities’ or ‘capital call facilities’, are short-term loans, leveraged on the limited partners’ commitments of infrastructure, private equity, real estate or other funds, and usually take the form of revolving facilities. The facility is...

The art of asset finance

March 2015  |  BANKING & FINANCE

There has been an explosion of activity in the market for art and collectables, including musical instruments, jewellery, classic cars and fine wine in recent years. Collectors are paying record sums and the market is more international than ever, with new players arriving from Asia...

Sukuk default


The Islamic finance industry continues to see rapid growth. So-called ‘sukuk’ or Islamic Participatory Certificates are a major factor of the continuing success of Islamic finance worldwide. The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) defines sukuk as...

Target data breach class actions withstand dismissal


The highest profile data breach incident in recent years in the US was the data breach sustained by large retailer Target in December 2013, which resulted in the theft of credit and debit card information for approximately 110 million of Target’s customers. That event has spawned...

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...

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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