Renewed struggles in the eurozone

November 2014  |  COVER STORY

Following years of uncertainty and stagnation, the global economic outlook has improved. Favourable economic conditions in emerging markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America have boosted talk of the nascent global recovery truly taking hold...

Private equity investment in Latin America

November 2014  |  FEATURE

The first half of 2014 was a mixed period for private equity (PE) firms operating in the Latin America region, according to a new survey from the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). Although large buyout funds...

Rise of the machines

November 2014  |  FEATURE

Robotics has been a longstanding fascination for mankind. From Hollywood action films to classic literature to the factory floor, the role of robots and their impact on everyday human life is a captivating subject. Although today robots are not...

Corporate criminal liability

November 2014  |  FEATURE

Corporate criminal liability has become a major talking point in recent years. Cases against large corporations and financial institutions have become more prevalent, particularly since the onset of the financial crisis. In the US during 2013...

Corporate fraud

November 2014  |  ROUNDTABLE

Conventional forms of fraud persist but are being joined by a new wave of technology-driven techniques. Regulators around the world are making a concerted effort to sharpen their prosecution tools and increase enforcement activities in this area...

Energy & natural resources sector

November 2014  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The major issue facing the energy and natural resources sector has remained much the same in recent years, namely the need to define and bring about the right balance between environmental, security of supply and cost pressures. The difficulty of this task...

Patents don’t bite – a licence to do the right thing

November 2014  |  SPOTLIGHT

Bad actors who pollute any business environment eventually cause public sentiment to turn negative and, in turn, instigate government intervention. Self-regulation isn’t a miracle cure either. Not all intentions are genuine and good, and one...

Perspectives on productivity in the financial sector

November 2014  |  SPOTLIGHT

Productivity is a major issue affecting the financial world, particularly as forward-thinking firms look to reverse their reputation for long hours as a measure of employee performance. But financial firms cannot hope to implement intelligent approaches...

Credit bidding challenges in bankruptcy

October 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on credit bidding challenges in bankruptcy between Nancy A. Peterman at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Sarah R. Borders at King & Spalding and Van Durrer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Post-merger IT integration

October 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on post-merger IT integration between Erika Schraner and Aaron Huykman at PwC.

Economic sanctions – managing compliance requirements

September 2014  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on compliance requirements arising from economic sanctions between Caroline Hobson at CMS – London, Charles Steele at KPMG LLP and Elizabeth Davy at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

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.

Developments in corporate immigration in Australia 

October 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Alex Paterson at Fragomen about corporate immigration in Australia.

Regulatory response to patent trolls

September 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Robert H. Fischer at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto about the regulatory response to patent trolls.

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 Justin Tinker at Imprima Group, about the evolution of virtual data rooms in M&A.

Mergers and acquisitions: Brazilian tax benefit on the payment of goodwill on acquisition of equity interest

November 2014  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

The Brazilian tax legislation has a tax benefit for the amortisation or depreciation of the goodwill paid on the acquisition of equity interest of Brazilian companies. This tax incentive was introduced by Law No. 9532, of 10 December 1997 (Law 9532/97), in order to foster the...

Sovaldi patent case hits the UK courts – decision expected Q4 2014

November 2014  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

Sovaldi is Gilead Sciences’ blockbuster oral drug treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. It accounts for approximately half of Gilead’s current revenues. It has been hitting the news headlines recently, both for the hefty sums being required of payers to gain access...

Mergers and acquisitions in Vietnam – pitfalls and resolutions

November 2014  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

Vietnam has recently become one of the favoured destinations for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for foreign investors, particularly from Japan, Korea and Singapore. Key sectors of interest include real estate, food and beverage, retail, and to a lesser extent, manufacturing...

Doing business in India – complying with employment and immigration rules 

November 2014  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

‘Make in India’, the new Indian tag line promoted by the Indian Prime Minister, has certainly struck a chord with domestic and foreign investors alike. If ever India found itself out of favour with foreign investors over the past couple of years, its fortunes seem to finally...

M&A in Ireland 


The 2014 M&A market in Ireland has shown promising signs of growth and recovery to date. Continuing the prevailing trends of 2013, the biggest deals of the year have all involved foreign acquirers...

Delaware Supreme Court upholds a one-way fee-shifting bylaw 


It has become an ingrained expectation that almost any merger or sale transaction at an American company leads to a lawsuit. This is particularly so for Delaware companies, by far the leading state of incorporation and the legal home of much M&A activity. Such...

Considerations for using the new state statutes to stop abusive patent troll assertions 


From President Barack Obama enacting several executive orders to Judge Randall Rader, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, penning an op-Ed in the New York...

Top security guidelines for CFOs 

October 2014  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Arguably, the role that often gets overlooked when managing risk and making security decisions is the CFO. The CFO is put in the tough position of balancing investment in IT security against so many other elements. For those ‘in the know’, investing in security technology...

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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