Assessing suitable candidates for the C-suite

October 2015|  COVER STORY

The C-suite. For many low to mid-level executives looking to ascend the greasy corporate pole it represents the ultimate destination, the business world’s version of utopia. For organisations striving to execute successful...

M&A momentum in the medical device sector

October 2015|  FEATURE

Historically diverse and innovative, but consistently subject to regulatory hurdles and demands for reform, the medical device sector is ever-evolving and 2015 trends have been no exception. Chief among these are three trends identified by...

Private equity in the food and beverage space

October 2015|  FEATURE

Although not a unique phenomenon, the food and beverage sector does appear to have been somewhat recession-proof amid the global economic downturn of recent years. This durability, set alongside a gradual but...

Toshiba: behind the numbers

October 2015|  FEATURE

The Toshiba Corporation has been a mainstay of Japanese business since its inception in 1875. It was recently ranked the second largest technology company in Japan in terms of revenue generation and appeared to be the epitome of good corporate governance. But it...

Resolving patent disputes

October 2015|  ROUNDTABLE

For companies involved in the competitive world of innovation there is always a chance they will have to make or defend a patent infringement allegation. Whether the dispute relates to rights, royalties or any other kind...

International dispute resolution

October 2015|  SPECIAL REPORT

For multinational firms unfortunate enough to find themselves embroiled in a dispute in an overseas market, the challenges and potential consequences are immense. In addition to an understandable reluctance to enter into a dispute in a foreign territory...

Communicating with shareholders in M&A


The received wisdom is that M&A situations and takeovers are decided by directors and their coterie of lawyers and advisers in lengthy boardroom discussions. After negotiations, terms are agreed and contracts are signed, and...

Hacking: the future of insider dealing?

October 2015|  SPOTLIGHT

On 10 August 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against an international hacking and insider dealing ring. Ukrainian hackers are accused of tapping into press release distributers...

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.

Volcker Rule implementation and its impact on European asset managers

August 2015|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on Volcker Rule implementation and its impact on European asset managers between Barry E. Breen and Carolyn H. Jackson at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP.

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.

Covenant-lite loans: an overview

October 2015|  BANKING & FINANCE

Generally speaking, a covenant-lite or ‘cov-lite’ loan is a type of borrower-friendly secured loan facility that lacks the usual protective covenants typically found in more traditional loan facilities, with limited restrictions on the debt-service capabilities of...


Investigation of insider attacks with computer forensics

October 2015|  RISK MANAGEMENT

The integration of technology with business processes has substantially changed the modern workplace. Whether or not this integration has led to dramatic efficiency gains can be debated; what is indisputable is that the amalgamation has exposed...


Asian investments: five key risks to watch


By any metric, Asia is increasingly assuming the mantle of a global commercial powerhouse. Despite a current slowdown in the Chinese economy, the Asia Development Bank has forecast the region to grow by 6.1 percent this year, and countries such as India...

To mediate in court or out of court, that is the question


Mediation has become a popular method of resolving disputes. In the US, over 90 percent of all civil cases are resolved prior to trial, and many of those cases are resolved through mediation. Mediation has become so popular that many courts have created...

Bond. Project bond

September 2015|  BANKING & FINANCE

In the wake of the global financial crisis, traditional lenders under attack from enhanced regulatory requirements and higher lending costs significantly reduced their exposure to the long-term project finance market. To enable project sponsors...

Reform of the Ukrainian gas sector

September 2015|  SECTOR ANALYSIS

The Ukrainian gas sector has faced turbulent times over the last 12 months – with the country experiencing the loss of gas deposits, disputes with Russian Gazprom, a significant increase in rental payments and new initiatives to decrease...

Investment arbitration of financial claims: the uncharted crossroads of two trodden paths


The latest issue of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Sovereign Borrowing Outlook estimated that the marketable sovereign debt issued by central governments in the OECD region would amount to roughly 77...

Involving IT early on: enhancing the success of M&A


Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) are among the most intense and challenging activities in business. Managing the IT integration risk associated with a merger has become a major component in determining the ultimate success or failure...

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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