Combatting insider trading

September 2014  |  COVER STORY

Insider trading is significantly more prevalent than many analysts had thought, according to a report from the New York and McGill universities. As many as a quarter of all public company deals may involve some degree of insider trading...

Global M&A boom

September 2014  |  FEATURE

Since the onset of the financial crisis, global M&A activity has been difficult to predict. And with deal volumes and values fluctuating wildly, the record-setting 2007 seems a long way off. However, the first half of 2014...

PE IPOs reach record levels

September 2014  |  FEATURE

Private equity (PE) backed IPOs rose to their highest ever level in the first half of 2014, according to data from the Centre for Management Buyout Research. In the first half of 2014 the IPO has solidified its status as the PE industry’s exit strategy of choice. PE-backed groups...

The role of the lead director

September 2014  |  FEATURE

Until recently, many American firms appointed one individual to act as combined chief executive and chairman of the board. To be sure, there are advantages to this system. Combining the...

Bankruptcy in the Americas

September 2014  |  ROUNDTABLE

The US restructuring industry continues to experience historically low Chapter 11 filings, driven by access to capital markets and an abundance of liquidity at attractive interest rates. However, that picture is not consistent across the Americas...

Private equity

September 2014  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The private equity market remains troubled by ongoing uncertainty. While 2013 proved the strongest year for PE since the financial crisis, sky-high asset prices and ferocious competition are create difficult circumstances for PE dealmaking...

Divestments – the preferred antitrust remedy for mega deals in Europe

September 2014  |  PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT

Mega deals are back. The total value of announced global mergers and acquisitions is at its highest level since 2007, hitting $1 trillion by April on a worldwide basis. Deals are perhaps less numerous but growing larger. This trend is also clear in Europe...

Litigation: the newest corporate finance tool 

September 2014  |  PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT

As company CEOs and CFOs search for new ways to de-risk liabilities and unlock hidden asset value, they are increasingly finding solutions in an unexpected place: the general counsel’s office. Long viewed solely as a cost centre, a company’s...

Analysis of MiFID II

July 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on MiFID II between Michael Thomas at Hogan Lovells, Kara Cauter at KPMG, and Marius Floca at RBS.

Managing cyber-security risks in M&A

July 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on cyber-security risks in M&A between Adam Pang at Merrill DataSite, David Stanton at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Timothy J. Nagle at Reed Smith LLP.

Protecting trade secrets in the European Union

June 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on protecting trade secrets in the European Union between Warren Wayne, Robert Williams and Simon Shooter at Bird & Bird.

Enhanced prudential standards for banks in the US

June 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on enhanced prudential standards for banks in the US between Jeff Berman at Clifford Chance,  Robin Maxwell at  Linklaters and Brian D. Christiansen at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The impact of regulatory reform on derivatives portfolio valuations

September 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with James Dimech-DeBono, a partner at Grant Thornton, about the impact of regulatory reform on derivatives portfolio valuations.

The evolution of virtual data rooms in M&A

September 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Torgny Gunnarsson, CEO of Imprima Group, about the evolution of virtual data rooms in M&A.

Corporate immigration in South Africa

August 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Angelika Yakovchuk at WerthSchröderInc Attorneys, about corporate immigration in South Africa.

Corporate immigration in Mexico

August 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Juan Carlos Aguilar Noble at Fragomen Mexico about developments in corporate immigration in Mexico.

Restructuring Russian companies in England 

September 2014  |  BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING

Companies throughout Europe, North and South America and the Middle East are using English law to restructure in times of financial difficulties. English law provides more flexibility in the techniques used, and does not require the consent of all creditors. The process...

Will enforcement of US sanctions reshape how US-dollar transactions are cleared? 

September 2014  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Banking reforms in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis have been singularly focused on preventing systemic risk in a market or across markets. Penalties for US sanctions violations that introduce that risk into the US-dollar clearing market would seem...

Your financial products and services are still patentable (maybe) – tips for procurement

September 2014  |  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Obtaining patent protection for financial products and services has never been more difficult. Such ‘business method patents’, which may cover data processing used in the practice, administration or management of a financial product or service, have been under...

EU data protection reform

September 2014  |  DATA PRIVACY

The current EU Directive 95/46/EC on data protection dates back to 1995. Each EU Member State has implemented and interpreted the EU 1995 Data Protection Directive differently into its national laws which has resulted in a patchwork of legislation across...

Avoiding successor liability in M&A transactions

August 2014  |   MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Imagine a relatively straightforward transaction: an expanding company acquires an attractive target that promises lucrative access to customers in emerging markets. Among the target’s key assets are agreements with state-owned companies in those markets...

Outlook for global mid-market M&A – onwards and upwards?

August 2014  |   MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

With a number of the world’s major economies showing promising signs of an upturn, it is unsurprising to see mid-market M&A activity on the rise. Acquisitions are once again becoming an increasingly important strategy for companies looking to strengthen...

Parent company liability in Europe

August 2014  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

The potential liability faced by parent companies for competition infringements committed by their subsidiaries has recently come into focus following a decision by the European Commission to fine Goldman Sachs €37m for the behaviour of an investee company...

Cybersecurity: legal trends for a major business concern

August 2014  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Even if this theme is not – yet – permanently all over the news, over the past few years, cybersecurity has gradually emerged as a major business concern. It is indeed now unfortunately becoming more and more frequent to hear about data thefts, ransom demands...


From the Archives

A selection of past content chosen by our editors

Q&A: Managing pension liabilities in bankruptcy situations

January 2013  |  SPECIAL REPORT: GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING & INSOLVENCY

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

August 2013  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

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

March 2014  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

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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