Maximising value with the ‘soft’ side of M&A

October 2019  |  COVER STORY

Pre, pending and post M&A deal, issues such as finance, IT systems and operations tend to receive the lion’s share of dealmakers’ attention. Less consideration, if any, is given to a transaction’s softer side, specifically, people and culture. As understandable as it is...

Navigating global merger control and regulatory challenges

October 2019  |  FEATURE

A merger or acquisition may be scrutinised and blocked by the relevant competition authorities, whose job it is to protect competitive markets. These authorities have the power to block a merger outright, or to impose remedies which can be onerous and may impair...

Financial crime and the insurance industry

October 2019  |  FEATURE

The insurance industry is open to abuse by criminals, including money launderers and terrorist financiers. Fraud and financial crime in the insurance space has risen sharply in recent years. According to PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime Survey, 62 percent...

The importance of being just: speaking up at work

October 2019  |  FEATURE

The courage to speak up for what is right is a virtue that the majority of us like to believe we possess. When push comes to shove, however, many people end up looking the other way. Moreover, when a call to righteousness is made in a workplace context...

Risks facing directors & officers

October 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

In an increasingly complex and interconnected business environment, the risks and potential liabilities facing directors & officers (D&Os) have expanded simultaneously. Today, D&Os may be held to account for instances of corruption and fraud...

Q&A: Investment and finance for solar and storage

October 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on investment and finance for solar and storage between Dino E. Barajas at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, David Peill at BSR Energy, and Christian Hellmund at DWF Law LLP.

Fiduciary duties of directors appointed by private equity firms: pitfalls and best practices


It is a bedrock principal of Delaware law that a board of directors is responsible for managing the business and affairs of a corporation and that, in exercising that authority, the directors owe certain fiduciary duties to both the corporation and the corporation’s stockholders...

Net-short debt activism

October 2019  |  SPOTLIGHT

Over the last few months, borrowers have taken a proactive approach in credit agreements and indentures in an attempt to disenfranchise and otherwise limit the activities of net-short debt activists. The typical playbook of a net-short debt activist involves...

Transactional risk insurance

October 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion between Jeffrey Anderson, Wayne Datz, Andrew Belisle and Ryan Anderson at ASQ Underwriting on transactional risk insurance.

Impact of 3D printing on the chemicals industry

October 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW discusses the impact of 3D printing on the chemicals industry with Frank Jenner, global chemical industry leader at EY

Enhancing compliance programmes for sanctions and anti-corruption in APAC

September 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion between Nick Parfitt and Christophe Barel at Acuris Risk Intelligence on enhancing compliance programmes for sanctions and anti-corruption in APAC.

M&A analytics – deal valuations and due diligence

August 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion between Andrew Robinson, Steve Xing, Chris Woolley and Angelina Kuznetsova at Deloitte on M&A analytics, focusing on deal valuations and due diligence.

Considerations for strategic acquirers in the R&W insurance market

September 2019  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Over the last few years, the US market for representation and warranty insurance (RWI), has continued to mature, with notable increases in the number of policies priced and bound. These increases have been driven by improved pricing resulting...

Hope for the best, plan for the worst

September 2019  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Data breaches and cyber incidents are an unavoidable part of doing business. While good cyber security and data protection measures will reduce the risk of an attack or breach, new threats continue to emerge. The job of defending systems and...

German legislation and its impact on employees’ rights in internal investigations

September 2019  |  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

In recent years, internal investigations have become common practice across continental Europe, and particularly in Germany. However, German legislation has not yet provided comprehensive and unanimous regulations. Currently, statutory provisions...

Privilege logs in the Delaware Court of Chancery


As the Sedona Principles recognise, “preparing and reviewing a privilege log can be extremely time-consuming. The immense volume of electronically stored information (ESI) now subject to discovery exacerbates the problem”. The volume of ESI in modern litigation...

Recent developments in the CFIUS process


The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) kicked into high gear this spring with a number of notable cases and developments. CFIUS is an inter-agency group authorised to review the national security implications associated...

Risky business: the use of INTERPOL by states in politically motivated cases against company executives


The idea of an International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) began life in 1914, with a discussion between lawyers and police from 24 countries. Officially established in 1923 and headquartered in France, INTERPOL now has 194 member countries...

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