PE in Africa: confidence with caveats

June 2016|  COVER STORY

As a global opportunity destination, the continent of Africa is as compelling as they come – a magnet for transaction-hungry investors and dealmakers, including private equity (PE) funds hunting high-growth yields...

Pharma M&A on the up as R&D slides

June 2016|  FEATURE

M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector has enjoyed a bumper last few years, with many companies embarking upon dealmaking splurges, including mega-mergers. In total, between the beginning of 2014 and...

Investing in emerging markets

June 2016|  FEATURE

During the strains and stresses of the financial crisis, the world’s undeveloped nations proved a safe haven for investors. Flush with resources and opportunities, emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, China...

Bribery and corruption in 2016

June 2016|  FEATURE

that we live in a world mired in bribery and corruption – a global society in which the name of the game is to get ahead, at any cost. In its latest...

International arbitration

June 2016|  ROUNDTABLE

International arbitration is extremely advantageous in that parties can select a neutral forum, choose the law applicable to their proceedings, designate highly specialised arbitrators specific to their dispute, ensure...

Mergers & acquisitions


The global mergers & acquisitions (M&A) landscape has been a hotbed of activity over the past few years, with companies around the world having spent $5 trillion on acquisitions during 2015. Analysts have put the record levels...

Cyber security and the board of directors


Cyber security has become an increasingly prominent issue of legal, reputational and financial risk for companies and thus for their boards of directors. According to one 2015 study, more than two-thirds (69...

Competition law disputes – new threats and opportunities

June 2016|  SPOTLIGHT

The past few years have seen a significant growth in competition law disputes in the UK (and, indeed, elsewhere in the EU). Cases range from civil damages litigation by businesses following on from competition...

Internationalisation of asset-based lending

April 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the internationalisation of asset-based lending between Alister Bazaz at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Bobbi Acord Noland at Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP.

Impact of the EU-US Privacy Shield

April 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the impact of the EU-US Privacy Shied between Dr Jochen Lehmann at GÖRG and Stuart D. Levi at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Real estate investments for sovereign wealth funds

February 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on real estate investments for sovereign wealth funds between John L. Opar, Domenico Fanuele and Michael B. Shulman at Shearman & Sterling.

M&A in the government contract sector

February 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion M&A in the government contract sector between Holly Roth at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Marc Marlin at KippsDeSanto & Co and David Ayres at TATE, Incorporated.

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.

Outlook for the life and structured settlements markets in 2016

February 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Corwin Zass, the founder and principal of Actuarial Risk Management, Ltd, about the outlook for the life and structured settlements markets in 2016.

Elucidating supply chain finance


The use of supply chain finance (SCF) in both domestic and cross-border trade has grown exponentially over the past few years, helping to optimise the management of the working capital and liquidity invested in supply chain processes and transactions...

Creating collateral in Mexico


Over the last two decades, Mexico has tendered an important amount of financing projects that have required all types of collateral structures, requiring the market to adapt and create more innovative ways of securing financing. In this article we will examine...

The General Data Protection Regulation – the employers’ perspective


After more than four years of negotiations, the European Parliament formally adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 14 April 2016. With effect from 25 May 2018, the GDPR will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive as well as...

Are business method patents dead from a practical standpoint?


Many start-ups and other businesses rely on patents to protect their innovations and inventive business practices. Although patents are often thought of as technological innovations, in the US, US Const., Art. I, § 8, cl. 8 states that “Congress shall have Power… To promote...

An update on Canada’s LNG industry


Canada, which ranks fifth in the world in terms of estimated shale gas reserves, is competing within the highly competitive global market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) with a number of other countries to build the infrastructure...

Integrating telecommunications, media and broadcasting in Singapore


The second half of 2016 presents myriad possibilities for Singapore’s telecommunications, media and broadcasting sectors. For over a decade now, Singapore’s telecommunications sector has been regulated independently from its...

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, a corporation faces...

Executive perspectives on top risks for 2016

April 2016  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Volatility in equity markets, falling oil prices, global terrorism, escalating healthcare costs, uncertainties in political regimes in certain parts of the world, disruptive technological innovation, expanding regulation and oversight, shifts...

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...

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...


Global biopharma between stagnation and outperformance

December 2015 |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

Looking at the market appreciation of biopharmaceutical companies during the last 2-3 years (biopharma share index, IPOs, funding flows) it is clear that this industry is back in the spotlight of investors. While the MSCI pharma/biotech index had risen some 100 percent...

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