SPAC for good?

December 2015|  COVER STORY

Having previously disappeared into the folder marked ‘Inactive’ in the years following the 2007/08 financial crisis, the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) collective investment structure has now returned to add...

Zombie private equity firms

December 2015|  FEATURE

The Dodd-Frank financial reforms have been on the radar of firms in the financial services industry for years. However, one of the most important and divisive components – the Volcker Rule – has only just come into...

Initial impact of the Volcker Rule

December 2015|  FEATURE

The Dodd-Frank financial reforms have been on the radar of firms in the financial services industry for years. However, one of the most important and divisive components – the Volcker Rule – has only just come into...

Turmoil in the US shale industry


Few sectors have experienced as tumultuous a time in recent years as the energy fraternity – a period of turmoil which has seen oil & gas prices plummet and traumatised shale producers in the US. Once upon a...

Energy & utilities sector

December 2015|  ROUNDTABLE

Change and volatility readily describe the circumstances in which the energy & utilities sector has been operating. Technological advances are having a major impact on resource extraction and energy distribution and use...

Investment funds

December 2015|  SPECIAL REPORT

Fund managers continue to face new challenges and adapt their strategies to survive in the current climate. They are focused on addressing new regulations and compliance requirements as well as enhancing their relationship with investors...

Halting the CCO merry-go-round


Post 2008, financial institutions continue to be faced with more regulation than ever before. The compliance function has had to raise its game, with growing departments and, for many firms, direct reporting to the...

Global biopharma between stagnation and outperformance


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...

Legal issues surrounding mobile payment transactions

November 2015|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the legal issues surrounding mobile payment transactions between Obrea Poindexter and Sean Ruff at Morrison & Foerster, LLP.

Consolidation in the energy sector

September 2015|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on consolidation in the energy sector between Kerri Langlais at Beowulf Energy LLC, Allen C. Barron at Ralph E. Davis Associates. Inc and Lance Brasher at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Legal issues arising from the adoption of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

August 2015|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the legal issues arising from the adoption of Unmanned Aircraft Systems between Thomas L. Gemmell at Husch Blackwell LLP, Rebecca MacPherson at Jones Day and James Lawrence at Piper Alderman.

International e-discovery

August 2015|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on international e-discovery between Kelli Brooks, Torsten Duwenhorst and Darren Pauling at KPMG Forensic.

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.

Merger clearance in Ukraine – long anticipated reforms


Ukrainian merger control is, in most cases, characterised by extremely low notification thresholds and the fact that the merger control regime may catch foreign-to-foreign transactions even if they do not directly target Ukrainian assets...

Vietnam seeks to attract more foreign investment with two new laws


This article summarises the most important changes brought about by the new Law on Investment and the new Law on Enterprise which became effective on 1 July 2015 and their immediate impact. The Vietnamese authorities have confirmed...

European Tower of Babel – one market, many languages


It clearly follows from the communication ‘A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe’, issued by the European Commission in May 2015, that creating a single digital market is currently one of the Commission’s key priorities. This goal can...

The Italian Job – the ‘spalmaincentivi’ Decree

December 2015|  SECTOR ANALYSIS

Upon the enforcement of the so-called ‘Competitiveness Decree’ (the Decree) Italian PV operators had – mandatorily – to choose, by 30 November 2014, from three feed-in-tariff (FIT) reshaping options. They could chose from: (i) receiving a revised...

Cyber security: the dos, the don’ts and the legal issues you need to understand

November 2015|  RISK MANAGEMENT

Cyber security and data protection are buzzwords at the moment and for good reason. Banks and other financial institutions face constantly evolving cyber threats. The nature of the threat and the means by which cyber attacks are perpetrated are...

Arbitration in Brazil: from childhood to maturity


Arbitration in Brazil can be divided into three stages: implementation, consolidation and improvement. Despite the fact that arbitration was already envisaged by the Brazilian legislator since 1824 (although in a completely different formula)...

Institutional, multiparty and international disputes – is inter-disciplinary team mediation appropriate?


Mediation is not simple; it can be a daunting process. A cross-border project finance workout (including a project sponsor, a syndicate of international commercial banks, and multilateral financial institutions) presents significantly different...

Considerations for employers when terminating employment contracts

November 2015|  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

If handled incorrectly, terminating an employee’s contract can result in significant reputational and financial damage to a business. Therefore, employers will usually want to give careful consideration at the outset to the legal position and the best strategy...

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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