Splits and divestitures

January 2015  |  COVER STORY

Splits and divestitures have been part of the fabric of dealmaking for many years. In 2014, the practice of breaking up businesses, particularly in the technology sector, was particularly prevalent. In the latter half of the year, a number of high-profile businesses...

FDI in Asia

January 2015  |  FEATURE

Over the last 60 years or so, globalisation has played a significant role in developing international trade and finance, shaping their place in a new global economic system. Furthermore, it has facilitated the acceptance and integration of a number of the world’s...

Investment in global agriculture

January 2015  |  FEATURE

In recent years, the world has been beset with myriad economic, financial and geopolitical problems. Financial crises, international terrorism and war are just a few of the issues humanity has been required to face since the start...

Succession planning in the oil and gas sector: unclogging the leadership pipeline

January 2015  |  FEATURE

 ‘Plan today, succeed tomorrow.’ This sensible sounding maxim could very well constitute the sagest advice currently available to companies operating in the volatile oil and gas sector – especially following recent events which, while tragic, served...

Cyber security

January 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

Cyber security is becoming a more pertinent issue in this electronic age, as companies wake up to the increasing threat of cyber attack. No longer considered an IT issue, but rather one of strategic risk, cyber security is now a core component...

Distressed M&A and investing

January 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Distressed M&A and investing has remained quite sluggish in recent years, due to persistently low interest rates, buoyant financing markets, a lack of restructuring activity, and the willingness of banks to ‘amend and extend’...

Protecting intellectual capital in mergers and acquisitions


In virtually every merger or acquisition, one of the most critical issues is the quality, stability and depth of the target’s management. For financial buyers, it is undoubtedly the most critical component because...

The market abuse regulation: are we nearly there yet?


The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), together with the Directive on Criminal Sanctions for Market Abuse (CSMAD), form a package of legislative proposals known as ‘MAD II’ which was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) on 12 June...

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.

Successful distressed investing

November 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on successful distressed investing between Evan D. Flaschen at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Joanna Anderson at Cortland Capital Market Services LLC and Graham R. Lane at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP.

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.

Regulatory response to patent trolls

September 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Robert H. Fischer at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto about the regulatory response to patent trolls.

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...

Anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance for multinational financial institutions: implementing a risk-based approach

December 2014  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

AML laws date back to 1970, when Congress passed the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act (commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act or the BSA), which requires that banks and many other financial institutions file currency...

Standing to sue for risk of identity theft based on the compromise of personal identifying information

December 2014  |  DATA PRIVACY

Courts in the United States are grappling, with an increasing frequency, with a fundamental legal question: does an individual whose personal identifying information (PII) has been compromised have standing to sue the company...

The changing landscape of the legal business


Change is in the wind in the legal profession. Some law firms are regularly downsizing and others going out of business altogether. The firms that do survive are separating into increasingly well-defined tiers. The paradigm...

Look out for the consumers: competition law, behavioural economics and consumer law reform

December 2014  |  COMPANY LAW

Businesses have long heard how it is all about consumers: regulators have a duty to regulate in the interest of consumers (sometimes consumers and citizens) and competition law enforcement is driven by a wish to ensure that markets...

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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