Venture capital and IP assets

September 2015|  COVER STORY

It is no secret that many companies today run on the strength of their intellectual property (IP) assets. When managed properly, IP, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, can generate profits and...

US M&A revival poised to continue

September 2015|  FEATURE

Economic recovery in the US, as is in other developed nations, is slowly taking shape. Though it may be a little too slow for some, national GDP is expected to grow at an annual average of around 2.3 percent. There are likely...

Benchmarking in private equity

September 2015|  FEATURE

Benchmarking in the private equity arena, as anyone tasked with overseeing the process can tell you, is an extremely challenging endeavour. One reason for this is that private equity is a relatively new asset class involving...

Anxiety breeds amorality: regulating financial institutions

September 2015|  FEATURE

A common axiom has it that when placed into a high-pressure situation, human beings rarely perform to the best of their capabilities. True, in some circumstances, certain people – perhaps a top performing athlete or a business leader...

Bankruptcy in the Americas

September 2015|  ROUNDTABLE

The corporate bankruptcy landscape in the Americas over the past 12 months has been shaped by a maelstrom of restructuring activity, insolvencies, technical recession, currency devaluations, tentative markets, fluctuating...

Private equity

September 2015|  SPECIAL REPORT

Despite coming off the back of a strong year for new fundraising and returns, as well as a record year for exits in 2014, the private equity industry now finds itself at something of a crossroads, facing myriad challenges which...

The challenge of innovation in financial services


Many financial services firms struggle with innovation. Weighed down by the ever increasing burdens of regulation and compliance, it is not surprising that 90 percent of senior leaders we surveyed admitted that they...

Proactive planning for post-merger integration in the US

September 2015|  SPOTLIGHT

Far too many business combinations are not successful. There are various reasons for the failure of a transaction and, while hindsight is 20/20, a common reason is failing to plan for post-merger integration at the outset of the...

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.

Negotiating cloud contracts


FW moderates a discussion on negotiating cloud contracts between Mark Lundin at KPMG, John C. Eustice at Miller & Chevalier Chartered and David W. Tollen, author of The Tech Contracts Handbook.

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.

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...

Post crisis banking legislation and regulation: the impact on access to banking services for the unbanked

August 2015|  BANKING & FINANCE

The aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-09 spurred regulators globally to enact new and enhanced regulations for the banking industry, as a way of protecting the global financial system from similar meltdowns in the future...

Recent developments relating to legal advice privilege


On 8 June 2015, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was ordered to hand over privileged documents relating to without prejudice negotiations with the Financial Services Authority (as it was then), now the Financial Conduct...

Brazil: arbitration law reloaded


Foreign companies doing business in Brazil often turn to arbitration as a form of dispute resolution. Arbitration is particularly popular because of its flexibility and efficiency in comparison to litigation. Arbitration...

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...

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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