Private equity fundraising

July 2017  |  COVER STORY

The private equity (PE) industry is in good health. According to Preqin, as of June 2016, there were $2.49 trillion worth of PE assets under management – an all-time high. With record levels of dry powder held by funds – $820bn by December 2016...

M&A in a world of protectionism

July 2017  |  FEATURE

If the seismic geopolitical events of the past 18 months are anything to go by, protectionism now pervades the new world order. In this ‘new normal’ the spectre of sluggish growth, international discord, increased uncertainty and reduced returns...

Fathoming corporate ethics

July 2017  |  FEATURE

In a world in which ethics and related concepts, such as transparency and democracy, seem to be under scrutiny like never before, a broad spectrum of stakeholders – including customers, shareholders and citizens – are demanding...

Extracting business value via ORSA

July 2017  |  FEATURE

In the realm of decisionmaking and strategic analysis, the Own Risk Solvency Assessment (ORSA) tool is a valuable resource for helping insurers conduct risk and solvency assessments. This series of processes and procedures is designed to ensure...

Bankruptcy litigation

July 2017  |  ROUNDTABLE

Bankruptcy litigation is a daunting experience for any individual or organisation caught up in the storm. Certainly, for debtors, creditors, committees and trustees, as well as other stakeholders, the processes and procedures involved in examining...

White-collar crime

July 2017  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Although there is no such thing as victimless crime, the white-collar variety is often afforded this erroneous description. In actuality, white-collar crime generally refers to infractions which are financially motivated, nonviolent, and often...

Are we pricing private equity risk properly?


Investment is a double-sided coin of risk and return. Quantifying risk is, therefore, integral in estimating expected returns. Finance theory tells us that the value of any stock, bond or business is a function of its cash flows, discounted at an...

Is industry 4.0 the new dotcom boom?

July 2017  |  SPOTLIGHT

Fear stalks the land. The robot apocalypse is nigh, destined to steal our jobs and our future. Worse yet, the machines are made elsewhere and the Western economies are being left behind in the race for manufacturing prowess. We have heard this...

Corporate immigration in 2017

April 2017  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on corporate immigration in 2017 between Maria Jockel at BDO Migration Services and Tom Mintern at Bird & Bird LLP.

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 at Jackson Walker LLP, Gregory M. Gordon at Jones Day, Trey A. Monsour at K&L Gates LLP, George R. Ward at PJSC Energy Advisory Group, and Christopher M. Dressel 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.

Outlook for the life settlements market in 2017

April 2017  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Corwin Zass at Actuarial Risk Management about the outlook for the life settlements market in 2017.

Proposed UK insolvency law reform

January 2017  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to David Bryan at BM&T LLP about proposed UK insolvency law reform.

Outlook for master limited partnerships (MLPs)

November 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to G. Michael O’Leary at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, about the outlook for master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Intellectual property portfolio management

August 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

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

FinTech and payment methods in Brazil – challenges and opportunities

July 2017  |   BANKING & FINANCE

Victor Hugo once wrote that one cannot resist an idea whose time has come. That certainly seems to be case with the revolution promised by FinTech and alternative payment methods when we look at the current developments in Brazil. The...

DCF and the future of corporate valuation


Business enterprise valuations are the foundation of investment analysis and banking, commercial lending, as well as financial accounting and bankruptcy reorganisation. At the core of contemporary valuation is the discounted cash flow (DCF) method...

Upward trend in patent litigation relating to automobiles


Cars may soon be the new smartphones, at least with respect to patent litigation and the market for patents. Patent litigation in the automotive industry is nothing new – in fact Henry Ford himself was sued for patent infringement in 1903...

End-to-end evidence


Technology is playing a key role in helping financial services companies both protect themselves from, and respond to, regulatory investigation and litigation. However, despite advances, gaps in the process still arise, leaving companies open...

Brexit – one year on


In some ways, it feels like the 12 months since the EU referendum has gone quickly. We have had the excitement of the US elections, the outcome of which enabled us to point fingers back at the Americans. There were the legal challenges to...

Wrongful trading developments – what is half of nothing?


Case law on wrongful trading has developed significantly over the past two years, with cases such as Brooks and another v Armstrong and another [2016] increasing judicial consideration of the conduct of directors in the period preceding an...

Document, document and document again


In recent months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have all issued consultations and guidance on outsourcing. Although the regulators advised on...

Going the rounds – from seed to exit


To get to the finish line, startups need funding to help them evolve through their lifecycles. This means more than just one round, with each kicking up different dynamics to the one before. According to a funding report from

Boards of directors neglect one essential duty: oversight of the relationship between governance and corporate culture


Corporate culture should be a set of authentic behaviours, set forth by a founder or management team of a company, which is embraced by the entire organisation. Certainly, each culture is distinctive and many diverse elements...

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...


Organising for creativity and innovation – lessons from the biopharmaceutical industry

December 2016  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

The biopharma industry is arguably the most knowledge intense industry of all. Human creativity and ingenuity within R&D and beyond play key roles in turning that knowledge into IP and value for patients and corporate stakeholders...


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...


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