Dodd-Frank four years on

October 2014  |  COVER STORY

In late July, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act celebrated its fourth birthday. The Act, which was borne out of the financial crisis, has generated a mixed reaction since it was first signed in 2010. The legislation was designed to increase...

Closing the tax inversion loophole

October 2014  |  FEATURE

Increasingly, American corporations have begun to take advantage of a merger and acquisition loophole which provides them with considerable tax benefits. The practice, known as inversion, allows US firms to purchase foreign companies and re-domicile abroad. By engaging...

IASB unveils new accounting rules

October 2014  |  FEATURE

Tough new accounting rules were unveiled by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in July, which will force banks to change the way they view losses. The new directives are the product of a five-year project enacted to enable company accounts to...

Pension investment could bridge African infrastructure gap

October 2014  |  FEATURE

In recent years African nations have begun to experience a new feeling of confidence surrounding the role of their pension administrators. Built on a solid foundation of an increasingly stable political atmosphere, widespread social security reforms, a nascent...

Resolving patent disputes

October 2014  |  ROUNDTABLE

Market players are seeing a general increase in patent disputes across a range of sectors, but notably in pharmaceuticals and technology. Many disputes are brought by non-practicing entities, or ‘patent trolls’, attempting to monetise portfolios...

International dispute resolution

October 2014  |  SPECIAL REPORT

With each passing year multinational firms spread their reach ever further into new sectors and jurisdictions. With this comes a corresponding rise in the incidence of disputes. For international organisations, disputes in overseas...

Investors in US mid-market private equity funds continue to flex their muscles

October 2014  |  SPOTLIGHT

The 2007 financial crisis precipitated a shift of the balance of power in US-based mid-market private equity funds from general partners (GPs) to investors. Prior to the crisis, abundant capital and high rates of return created an environment where GPs generally dictated...

Reexamining the notion that public companies cannot fight criminal charges

October 2014  |  SPOTLIGHT

It is a well-understood maxim of US criminal practice that publicly-traded companies cannot risk indictment. This stems from the widespread belief that the collateral impact – from debarment, credit rating downgrades, reputational injury and investor...

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.

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.

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.

Corporate immigration in South Africa

August 2014  |  10QUESTIONS

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Restructuring Russian companies in England 


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


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...

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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