New beginnings: life as a Chapter 11 emerged entity

June 2015  |  COVER STORY

For most companies, entering bankruptcy represents a nightmare scenario with no easy means of escape. Some organisations immediately crash and burn when finances hit the buffers. Some seek to avoid all liabilities...

FCPA successor liability in M&A transactions

June 2015  |  FEATURE

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has boomed over the course of the last 18 months, with 2014 seeing a great number of announced transactions. Global M&A activity hit $3.5 trillion in 2014, an increase of...

Is the appetite for private equity co-investment a healthy one?

June 2015   |  FEATURE

Within the rarefied world of private equity investment, there is consensus that a large appetite currently exists among GPs and LPs for indulging in some co-investment activity. LPs, it is said, are particularly...

Risk management drives growth

June 2015  |  FEATURE

In recent years, particularly since the stymieing effects of the global financial crisis took hold, risk management has been a dominant topic in the corporate boardroom. There are myriad potential problems that companies can experience...

International arbitration

June 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

In a complex and expansive global business environment, the relationships between businesses, investors and third parties are, for the most part, diverse and far-reaching. Yet business relationships conducted on a global scale involving...

Mergers & acquisitions

June 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

In 2014, global mergers and acquisitions activity reached $3.5 trillion – the highest level attained since the financial crisis. Throughout 2015, such exceptionally strong M&A activity is expected to continue and spread...

Traversing the new landscape of international tax compliance


In the wake of the recent global economic crisis and the media spotlight on multinationals which have been perceived to have eroded their local tax base, the global focus on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) has drastically intensified...

Australian tax treatment of earnout arrangements

June 2015  |  SPOTLIGHT

The Australian Treasurer recently released draft legislation to address significant uncertainty around the taxation of earnout arrangements. In Australia, earnout arrangements are used in mergers and acquisition transactions and their use...

Investing in Africa


FW moderates a discussion on investing Africa between Lwazi Bam at Deloitte Africa, Hurley Doddy at Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) and Maryam Haque at EMPEA.

Managing M&A in the biotech and pharma sector


FW moderates a discussion on managing M&A in the biotech and pharma sector between David Schechner at Baird, Gemma Descoteaux at Polsinelli and Graham Robinson at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Managing business immigration risk

April 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on managing business immigration risk between Jonathan Goldsworthy, a senior associate at Bird & Bird LLP, Alex Paterson, a partner at Fragomen, and Marco Mazzeschi, the founder of Mazzeschi s.r.l.

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.

Use of technology and software in MiFID II compliance programs

May 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Magnus Almqvist at SunGard about the use of technology and software in MiFID II compliance programs.

Strategies and solutions for Pillar 3 of Solvency II

May 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Anne Leslie-Bini at Invoke about strategies and solutions for Pillar 3 of Solvency II.

Accelerated M&A

May 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Barry Ross at PwC about Accelerated M&A.

Valuation of derivatives and complex securities

April 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Dr James Dimech-DeBono at FTI Consulting about the valuation of derivatives and complex securities.

It’s not just performance that matters in private equity and real estate

June 2015  |  PRIVATE EQUITY

Recent surveys have found that investors are not just looking for investment performance; operational excellence and transparency are also critical to an investor’s investment decisions. But for many firms this is hard to achieve. A recent global EY report on the...

The property-contract duality of Bitcoin

June 2015  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Bitcoin and other digital currencies are emerging as an entirely new asset class. While some oversight agencies treat digital currencies as money, other agencies view them as a kind of property. They are traded on exchanges like securities, mined like commodities...

Information exchange in criminal matters - who knows your business?

June 2015  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Business now more than ever is a global concern. We buy and sell goods globally at the touch of a computer screen; businesses can book a trade from one jurisdiction into another and arrange for the consequent payments to be transferred between financial...

An ounce of prevention: hints to help avoid post-acquisition disputes


All too often, the acquisition of a business does not end at the closing. The signing of contracts and shaking of hands too commonly only leads to a new stage of the deal: the post-acquisition dispute.

According to a 2013 study by a leading shareholder representative firm...

Argentina’s priority payment on its restructured sovereign debt


Argentina’s external debt instruments have been a source of litigation before domestic and international courts since the country defaulted in 2001-2002 on $100bn of sovereign bonds issued in accordance with a 1994 Fiscal Agency Agreement...

Protect your brand the supply-side way


Your brand may be an intangible asset, but it’s also your most valuable. ‘Father of advertising’ David Ogilvy has defined a brand as “the intangible sum of a product’s attributes”. It will often have...

Cyber liability: boards in the crosshairs


Cyber risk is shaking corporate boards by the collar. Last year, the number of worldwide data security incidents of any type soared to 42.8 million, a 48 percent increase from the previous year...

Bank account seizures for money laundering by US law enforcement


It is increasingly common for companies to realise that the funds in their corporate bank accounts have been seized, without any advance notice, by a Federal law enforcement agency, especially...

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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