Opening up the private debt market

February 2016|  COVER STORY

Although its affirmation as an asset class in its own right is as yet unassigned, what is not in doubt is the private debt market’s status as a bona fide investment vehicle. In pre-financial crisis days, when the act of lending money...

London’s Islamic finance market

February 2016|  FEATURE

The global market for Islamic finance has grown steadily of late, in 2014 climbing 12 percent to $2 trillion. Indeed, the size of the market has more than tripled since the onset of the financial crisis in 2007 and shows little sign of slowing...

The role of the internal audit

February 2016|  FEATURE

In an increasingly connected and complex business environment, the internal audit is becoming one of the most important means of establishing and delivering value. Though it may not be the most glamorous corporate function...

UK steel: down but not defeated

February 2016|  FEATURE

Engulfed in crisis, in terminal decline, facing lingering death and an industry buckling under the weight of cheap Chinese product – these are just a few examples of the emotive language being used to characterise the current state of steel...

Transfer pricing

February 2016|  ROUNDTABLE

Transfer pricing is one of the most important issues currently tasking international tax authorities, with the last 12 months seeing some of the most significant developments in this arena for over a decade. Across the globe, governments are becoming...

Corporate fraud & corruption

February 2016|  SPECIAL REPORT

Corporate fraud and corruption – be it a company suffering economic loss or facing civil, regulatory or criminal liability due to the actions of its officers and employees – remains prevalent and is a major challenge for organisations and their boards...

Securities fraud cases in Europe

February 2016|  LEGAL& REGULATORY

Legal claims by shareholders against publicly-listed companies, commonly referred to as ‘securities fraud’ cases, have for a number of decades now been commonplace in the United States. Within the UK and across Europe, however...

Banks accelerate performance through culture change

February 2015|  SPOTLIGHT

Following on from the efforts of the UK’s coalition government, offshore tax evasion has appeared to be something of a pet project for the Conservative Party. Prior to the 2015 general election, George Osborne announced that a...

Real estate investments for sovereign wealth funds

February 2016|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on real estate investments for sovereign wealth funds between John L. Opar, Domenico Fanuele and Michael B. Shulman at Shearman & Sterling.

M&A in the government contract sector

February 2016|  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion M&A in the government contract sector between Holly Roth at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Marc Marlin at KippsDeSanto & Co and David Ayres at TATE, Incorporated.

Creating shareholder value through M&A in the life sciences sector

February 2016|  TALKINGPOINT

James C. Greenwood of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) moderates a discussion on creating shareholder value through M&A in the life sciences sector between Gregory K. Bell at Charles River Associates, Benjamin E. Clark at Deloitte & Touche LLP and Diane J. Romza-Kutz at Thompson Coburn LLP.

Swiss antitrust investigations

February 2016|  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Philipp Zurkinden and Bernhard Lauterburg at Prager Dreifuss about Swiss antitrust investigations.

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.

Outlook for the life and structured settlements markets in 2016

February 2016|  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Corwin Zass, the founder and principal of Actuarial Risk Management, Ltd, about the outlook for the life and structured settlements markets in 2016.

Outlook for the global steel market

December 2015|  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks with Nicholas J. Sowar at Deloitte about the outlook for the global steel market.

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.

Mergers and acquisitions – establishing a presence in Brazil


Foreign investors may decide to enter the Brazilian market through an M&A transaction. M&A transactions may focus on the assets of a Brazilian company (certain specific assets, such as real property, trademarks, patents and equipment, or a group of necessary assets...

Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the Mexican TMT sector

February 2016|  SECTOR ANALYSIS

On 5 October 2015, an announcement was made indicating that the negotiations of the TPP had concluded and that the signatory countries would start their internal ratification processes for the validation and entry into force of the TPP. Mexico, through its...

Business and human rights

February 2016|  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

Global employment conditions are under increasing scrutiny. Allegations of modern slavery and trafficking, sweatshop factories, dangerous working conditions and child labour have been made against a wide range of companies, particularly among those...

UK FinTech: the 2016 landscape

February 2016|  SECTOR ANALYSIS

As 2015 has become 2016, we have found the success story of FinTech – that is technology and its application in financial services – still high on the agenda for the year ahead. This is undeniably good news for the UK given reports that the UK technology sector...

The latest reform to the Italian bankruptcy legislation


Law no. 132 of 6 August 2015, which converted Law Decree No. 83 of 27 June 2015 (the so-called ‘anti credit crunch decree’), and came into effect on 21 August 2015, brought urgent and significant reforms to several areas of the Italian legal and judicial framework...

Credit vs private equity: what edge do secured lending funds bring to investment?


It has been apparent for some time that many small and rural businesses such as farmers, and companies serving the farming sector in the UK, have been struggling. They have been facing the combined challenges of falling commodity prices, and high...

The growing role of institutional investors in infrastructure finance


The need for infrastructure investment around the globe far outstrips the funds available from banks – historically the only organisations able to fund new infrastructure without direct recourse to the balance sheets of governments or major...

Recent EU judgments in privacy cause far reaching implications on online operations

January 2016|  RISK MANAGEMENT

On 1 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Weltimmo s.r.o. vs. NAIH case, and clarified how data protection law applies in cross-border situations within the EU. Five days later, the CJEU also delivered its...

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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