M&A in the pharmaceutical sector

December 2014  |  COVER STORY

For the pharmaceutical sector, 2014 has been a landmark year in terms of M&A activity. While deal values may have rocketed across a variety of sectors, it was in the pharmaceutical industry that M&A really took off. In the first half of the year a record...

Cross-border M&A boom

December 2014  |  FEATURE

2014 has been a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Indeed, there has been a multitude of multibillion dollar corporate deals announced across a variety of sectors and locations. Although the onset of this activity was localised...

M&A rise set to continue

December 2014  |  FEATURE

Dealmaking and M&A activity is likely to continue to accelerate throughout the first quarter of 2015, according to a new report from Intralinks Holdings Ltd. The report, which is derived from a survey of 700 global M&A professionals conducted in Q3 2014...

Cyber security – boardroom responses

December 2014  |  FEATURE

Companies operating in the modern business climate appear to be doing so amid increasingly hostile conditions. Not only do many firms have to contend with more stringent compliance obligations, they also must face up to a wide variety of cyber security...

Energy & utilities sector

December 2014  |  ROUNDTABLE

The energy & utilities sector is currently experiencing a period of sustained disruption to the status quo – regulatory factors, global economic stagnation, and new entrants to the market are all playing their part in destabilising the landscape...

Investment funds

December 2014  | SPECIAL REPORT

The investment funds industry still faces challenging times, with restricted financing, depressed returns, and investor discontent providing a backdrop to activity. New regulations and compliance requirements are taking a financial toll...

FOREX manipulation


FOREX (the foreign exchange market) is a global decentralised market for the trading of currencies. The main participants are the larger international banks, with four banks – Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Barclays and UBS – accounting for half of all trading...

Why a tsunami of activist investors threatens to overwhelm public companies


No one thinks it is going to happen to them, until it happens to them. By then, it is too late. Such is the quandary more and more companies are finding themselves in as they suddenly discover they are under siege by an activist investor. Shareholder activism...

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.

Outlook for CFIUS cases

November 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Joseph G. Falcone and Karen Ip at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP about the outlook for CFIUS cases.

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.

The impact of regulatory reform on derivatives portfolio valuations

September 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with James Dimech-DeBono, a partner at Grant Thornton, about the impact of regulatory reform on derivatives portfolio valuations.

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...

The two-tier trigger policy for supervisory board members in Germany

December 2014  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

D&O damage cases are rife with conflicts of interest. In liability proceedings, an executive board tends to react according to the motto “attack is the best form of defence” and threatens the supervisory board with recourse...

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...

Mergers and acquisitions: Brazilian tax benefit on the payment of goodwill on acquisition of equity interest

November 2014  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

The Brazilian tax legislation has a tax benefit for the amortisation or depreciation of the goodwill paid on the acquisition of equity interest of Brazilian companies. This tax incentive was introduced by Law No. 9532, of 10 December 1997 (Law 9532/97), in order to foster the...

Sovaldi patent case hits the UK courts – decision expected Q4 2014


Sovaldi is Gilead Sciences’ blockbuster oral drug treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. It accounts for approximately half of Gilead’s current revenues. It has been hitting the news headlines recently, both for the hefty sums being required of payers to gain access...

Mergers and acquisitions in Vietnam – pitfalls and resolutions

November 2014  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Vietnam has recently become one of the favoured destinations for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for foreign investors, particularly from Japan, Korea and Singapore. Key sectors of interest include real estate, food and beverage, retail, and to a lesser extent, manufacturing...

Doing business in India – complying with employment and immigration rules

November 2014  |  EMPLOYMENT LAW

‘Make in India’, the new Indian tag line promoted by the Indian Prime Minister, has certainly struck a chord with domestic and foreign investors alike. If ever India found itself out of favour with foreign investors over the past couple of years, its fortunes seem to finally...

From the Archives

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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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