Defending against insider fraud

May 2016|  COVER STORY

Companies are coming to terms with the threat of attack from malicious parties. In recent years, cyber crime and cyber terrorism have become facts of life for businesses of all sizes. As the battle with external forces has intensified...

Shadow banking in China: boon or threat?

May 2016|  FEATURE

Having been viewed in a less than positive light during the darkest days of the financial crisis, shadow banking, though still perceived as risky, is now very much viewed as a niche trade providing substantial benefits (as well as...

Investors take bullish attitude to US real estate market

May 2016|  FEATURE

2015 was a strong year for US real estate investment. Commercial real estate in particular enjoyed high demand and few vacancies, driving commercial rents higher. Though the market could turn quickly, optimism is widespread...

Angst mounts as oil & gas uncertainty climbs

May 2016|  FEATURE

Turn to the business pages of any periodical on any given day and there is a strong chance that the latest instalment in the tale of woe that is the current state of the global oil & gas industry will have pride of place...

Data protection & privacy laws


Data privacy is increasingly complex and subject to constant discourse and revision. Indeed, over the past 12 months, there has been a host of major regulatory and legislative developments in this area, including the Safe Harbour invalidation...

Operating an effective board


In an ideal world, every organisation would have an effective board leading the way – especially in view of a business environment that has metamorphosed into its current form, in which dealing with intensive, increasing scrutiny is...

Auditing culture – a piece of a broader governance puzzle


The governance world is increasingly focusing on the relationship between organisational culture and risk. It’s also focusing on approaches to gaining deeper insight into the alignment between the culture throughout the organisation...

Triple negative – making sense of the current wave of corporate restructurings

May 2016|  SPOTLIGHT

In a persistently low-interest rate environment, investors have been scrambling for high-yield opportunities across a variety of asset classes. The last several years have seen an explosion in the issuance of high-yield debt, collateralised...

Internationalisation of asset-based lending


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


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.

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.

Outlook for the global steel market

December 2015  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Nicholas J. Sowar at Deloitte about the outlook for the global steel market.

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|  COMPNAY 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


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...

Steps to improve cyber resilience


Cyber risk is front-of-mind for Australian organisations following a series of significant developments in the last two years. A number of recent high-profile data breaches, including Ashley Madison, David Jones and K-Mart, have raised awareness...

New regulatory fines will impact upon the risk profile of organisations


The linking of fines to turnover is one of the most seismic changes to hit corporate offenders in a generation. The UK’s new Sentencing Council guidelines for Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene...

Insurance as a hidden asset on the balance sheet


Many companies purchase liability insurance as a part of the cost of doing business, but few executives or even in-house counsel understand the opportunities for coverage that may be unexpectedly available even under ordinary...

Distressed M&A in Brazil


The slowdown in the Brazilian economy, together with the repeated scandals involving the infrastructure and oil & gas sectors, have brought about successive drops on São Paulo’s stock exchange and a sharp devaluation of the securities and...

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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