Crumbling BRICS

April 2015  |  COVER STORY

The BRICS were supposed to redraw the map of global business, and for a short while they did. Following their christening in 2001, the countries which made up the bloc – Brazil, Russia, India and China, and latterly South Africa – all...

ECB opens the floodgates

April 2015  |  FEATURE

One of the worst kept secrets in Europe finally came to pass in late January as the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it would be injecting at least $1.3 trillion into the faltering eurozone economy. Under the plans...

Greek debt defiance and the potential for a eurozone Grexit

April 2015  |  FEATURE

A rollercoaster ride with no real end in site would be an apt way of describing Greece’s journey during the years since the global financial crisis. These years have seen the country descend into economic..

Cautious optimism for 2015

April 2015  |  FEATURE

2014 was undoubtedly a historic and newsworthy year for the global economy. The year began with much economic optimism, particularly as the global recovery seemed to finally be kicking into gear after years of false starts...

Private equity

April 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

In 2014, buyouts and exit activity reached levels unseen for some time. Private equity houses now appear more stable, with record levels of dry powder on hand, and the industry has contracted to a level that anticipated deal flow...

Managing risk

April 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Risk is a constant companion for those operating in today’s business world. And what constitutes effective risk management can vary considerably across the corporate spectrum. The types of risk faced by organisations are...

Are we sleepwalking into a future financial services sector that is not fit for purpose?


What will the financial services sector look like in five years time? It’s a good question, and one which is very difficult to answer. Certainly in 2007 there were few that would have predicted the scale of change that has taken...

Deferred tax assets: compounding value in distressed M&A

April 2015  |  SPOTLIGHT

The current investment environment is made increasingly challenging by historically low interest rates, volatility and globalisation. These conditions have generally inflated stock markets. In turn, higher markets emphasise the value...

Preparing for a dawn raid

March 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on preparing for a dawn raid between Satnam Tumani at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, Bernhard Lauterburg at Prager Dreifuss AG and Agnes Quashie at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP.

M&A and investment in Latin America’s natural resources sector

March 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on M&A and investment in Latin America’s natural resources sector between Alejandro D’Ambrosio at EY, Raúl Fernando Romero Fernández at Rodríguez Dávalos Asociados and Werner Ahlers at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

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.

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.

Restructuring of bonds under the German Debenture Act – prospects and pitfalls 


Hogan Lovells International LLP

The new German Debenture Act (Schuldverschreibungsgesetz) was introduced in 2009 and replaced the old Debenture Act from 1899. The new law significantly broadened the ability of the bondholders’ meeting to change...

Coming to the US to do business: overcoming legal and cultural challenges


Companies from across the world, both small and large, have decided to enter the US market of late. Their decision is predicated on a variety of strategic considerations. No matter how successful a...

Can stalking horse bids be used in Australian insolvency proceedings?


It is disappointing that, while the use of stalking horse proceedings, or bids, appears to have widespread acceptance in the United States, there would appear to be little academic commentary on the topic beyond its borders...

Identifying networks: protect company assets with intelligence tools

April 2015  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Data security is one of the biggest issues for companies in 2015. Criminals are getting better at organising themselves in order to get at valuable company data. The internet and increasingly globalised markets make it easier for perpetrators...

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...

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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