Prospects for outbound Asian M&A

November 2016|  COVER STORY

Mergers and acquisitions have enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in recent years; from the ashes of the financial crisis has emerged an active M&A market across the spectrum. Though 2014 saw considerable dealmaking activity, 2015...

Whistleblowing in the UK

November 2016|  FEATURE

To be a whistleblower, first and foremost, requires courage. Courage to speak up about illegal or fraudulent actions which, once reported, could lead to unwanted consequences for the person blowing the whistle – such as...

Tech sector M&A on the rise

November 2016|  FEATURE

If any sector, over the past six months or so, can lay an overwhelming and irrefutable claim to being a mergers & acquisitions (M&A) powerhouse it is technology – an environment with innovation at its heart, underpinned by...

Fighting the scourge of forced labour

November 2016|  FEATURE

Few topics raise the hackles among the global populace as that of forced labour – a reality that essentially represents a scourge on humanity. A contentious issue, forced labour – especially child labour – has been on the radar for many...

Corporate fraud

November 2016|  ROUNDTABLE

Corporate fraud is a global issue that damages reputations, costs millions (if not billions) and ruins untold lives. That said, in recent years there has been a crackdown on a broad range of corporate fraud, with the DOJ’s Yates Memorandum...

Energy & natural resources

November 2016|  SPECIAL REPORT

Operating as they do in increasingly volatile markets, global energy & natural resources companies have to deal with a range of issues on a day-to-day basis that have the potential to disrupt or damage their business, sometimes irrevocably...

Asset-backed loans in the funds finance market


There has been substantial growth in the funds finance market over recent years with more and more funds seeking subscription line or capital call facilities from lenders. These are debt facilities provided by lenders to funds where the...

Mapping leadership styles in private equity

November 2016|  LEGAL & REGULATORY

In problem solving, innovation and financial performance, diverse teams have been proven to outperform homogenous ones. Yet the bias (conscious or unconscious) that nudges leaders to hire and promote people ‘just like us’ remains...

Investing in India

September 2016|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on investing in India between Hiten Kotak, Ganesh Raju and Ashutosh Chaturvedi at PwC India.

Operational and financial restructuring in the energy & natural resources sector

September 2016|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on operational and financial restructuring in the energy & natural resources sector between Bruce J. Ruzinsky, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP, Gregory M. Gordon, a partner at Jones Day, Trey A. Monsour, a partner at K&L Gates LLP, George R. Ward, co-head and managing director at PJSC Energy Advisory Group, and Christopher M. Dressel, an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Pension challenges in bankruptcy and restructuring processes

August 2016 |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on pension challenges in bankruptcy and restructuring processes between Gary P. Squires at AlixPartners, Stephen E. Hessler at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Camilla Barry at Macfarlanes LLP.

Adoption of patent box in Europe

August 2016 |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the adoption of patent box in Europe between Alessandro Lualdi, Aldo Castoldi and Luca Bosco at Studio Tributario e Societario – STS Deloitte.

Intellectual property portfolio management

August 2016|  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Nicola Baker-Munton at Stratagem IPM about intellectual property portfolio management.

Developments in leveraged financing

June 2016|  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Neil Caddy at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy about developments in leveraged financing.

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.

Nigeria’s insolvency law and arbitration – like oil and water?


Formal insolvency law procedures are usually collective and centralised, overriding certain pre-insolvency agreements in order to achieve laid down objectives for the benefit of all creditors. In contrast, arbitration favours privacy of...

Third-party litigation funding in US enters mainstream, leading to calls for reform


Third-party litigation funding in the US has entered the mainstream. Investor groups are pouring unprecedented sums of money into financing litigation in the world’s largest litigation market. In recent years, well-heeled investors...

Legal implications of expanded use of blockchain technology

November 2016|  BANKING & FINANCE

The use of digital currencies, like Bitcoin, is becoming widespread. To date, much of the focus on digital currencies has been directed at their potential to substitute for or complement fiat currencies, but the true innovation lies in their...

Three keys to maintaining global workforce compliance

November 2016|  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

Corporations around the globe continue to seek new growth opportunities for their firms. In today’s economically ‘flat world’, many companies are going outside their own borders to target new customers and build additional product and...

Option agreements in private equity transactions in Italy

October 2016|  PRIVATE EQUITY

Put option agreements normally play a significant role in private equity transactions. In Italy, foreign investment funds frequently invest in companies and receive, as guarantee of their investment, put options at a fixed price, allowing them to put...

A Mexican approach to Latin American investment opportunities


The commercial exchange between Latin American countries and the United States and Europe is dominated by exporting raw materials and importing finished products. This and other weaknesses translate into volatility. The subprime mortgage...

Regulatory shockwaves threaten Silicon Valley – when private investments become public problems


According to its website, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has three fundamental goals. The first, protecting investors, is achieved by regulating the flow of accurate and complete investment information disclosure. The second...

Brazilian courts approve doctrine for examination of trademark conflicts


In most jurisdictions, the ‘likelihood of confusion’ is one of the requirements for the finding of trademark infringement. But which factors should be analysed in order to determine whether or not there is ‘likelihood of confusion’ between two...

In compliance investigations, companies find that e-discovery technology delivers results and savings

May 2016|  COMPANY 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...

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...

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...


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