Investor perspectives on activism

July 2015  |  COVER STORY

Though shareholder activism has been a feature of the corporate landscape since the 1990s, over the course of the last few years it has certainly gained traction. Shareholder activism is becoming increasingly...

Tech sector M&A on the rise

July 2015  |  FEATURE

Mergers and acquisitions have boomed over the course of the last 18 months. From mega-mergers to the mid-market and smaller scale transactions, the resurgence has been considerable. For the first time...

Is Africa still a land of opportunity for private equity investment?

July 2015  |  FEATURE

According to a recent report by the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), between 2007 and 2014, $22bn in dedicated private equity capital was raised for Africa and 983 private equity deals...

Avoiding the abyss: finding a way ahead for the Brazilian economy

July 2015  |  FEATURE

If ever a list was compiled of the world’s most put-upon presidents, one would surely wager on Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, appearing close to the top. Ms Rouseff is in the midst of a perilous...

Bankruptcy litigation

July 2015  |  ROUNDTABLE

Bankruptcy litigation is a challenging and complex endeavour, requiring a variety of tactics and resolution mechanisms. For the parties involved, financial expectations can be at odds with the reality of the situation...

White-collar crime

July 2015  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Often referred to as victimless, in reality, white-collar crimes such as securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, corporate fraud, and money laundering have the potential to affect all of us – from individuals through to big business...

Good culture can be an opportunity for growth


Culture. It can be a nebulous word for those involved in regulatory compliance. Difficult to define and often interpreted in different ways depending on who you talk to. But overlook culture at your own peril...

Corporate subscription financings – a sheep in wolves’ clothing


Convention dictates that a Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership (ELP) be utilised for offshore private equity fund subscription financings. The process is relatively straightforward. A limited...

Investments and acquisitions in the real estate sector

June 2015  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on investments and acquisitions in the real estate sector between Chris M. Smith at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Iain Morpeth at Ropes & Gray and Greg Williams at KPMG LLP.

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.

Effective representations and warranties in M&A

June 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Deborah McBrearty at HCC Global about effective representations and warranties in M&A.

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.

The enemy you know: an analysis of the insider threat


Many organisations are already cognisant of the fact that there are security threats originating from the inside, beginning with their own trusted employees and partners. However, many organisations do not necessarily differentiate between the various types of...

Privilege and internal investigations

July 2015  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Conducting investigations into allegations of fraud or corruption can present serious legal and commercial risk if privilege cannot be asserted over the findings of those investigations. That risk may be compounded if boards choose to conduct fraud or...

Facing litigation in the United States: plan, don’t panic


For many companies, the big questions in terms of litigation are: “I have been sued in the United States. Will my company get a fair hearing? Can I trust the system in the courts of the United States?” Most of the time the system will scare you...

Multijurisdictional investigations: challenges for Canadians


Regulatory investigations increasingly involve cooperation among authorities from multiple jurisdictions. In Canada, it is now routine for provincial securities commissions to share information with each other

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...

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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