Digitalising M&A

January 2019  |  COVER STORY

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are complex and time-consuming endeavours. Companies seeking synergies that improve balance sheets and deliver increased shareholder value must be conscious of the risks and rewards present in every transaction...

FIRRMA: sharpening scrutiny of FDI

January 2019  |  FEATURE

In security-driven manoeuvres designed to reverse a decades-long trend toward increasingly open markets, western nations, the US in particular, are introducing stronger measures to vet foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign takeovers of strategic...

Compliance implications of RPA

January 2019  |  FEATURE

Though a relatively nascent technology, robotic process automation (RPA) is finding favour in the corporate world. Increasing productivity, agility and job satisfaction for employees, RPA is transforming working life. Through its ability to streamline...

Trilateral tribulations: unpacking the new NAFTA

January 2019  |  FEATURE

Widely agreed to have been long-overdue for an overhaul, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico has been repurposed and refined – the result of much-needed modernisation and president...

Cyber risk & security

January 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

At a time of great change for business, organisations and governments, the cyber risk landscape is becoming ever more complicated, persistent and data centric. Today, cyber criminals have substantial resources at their disposal, such as malware...

Intellectual property

January 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Businesses are able to increase their competitiveness in a variety of ways by dedicating time and resources to protecting their intellectual property (IP) assets. Without doubt, IP assets – such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs...

FORUM: Paragraph IV filings and patent protection

January 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on paragraph IV filings and patent protection between Christopher L. McArdle at Alston & Bird LLP, Sanya Sukduang at Finnegan and Jeanna M. Wacker at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

The role of intellectual hygiene in maximising shareholder value

January 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Virtually any company worth an investor’s interest will have demonstrated some level of financial hygiene, even if it is currently struggling. The concepts are familiar enough: strong ongoing business planning, profitable operating and pricing models...

Evolving commercial due diligence: value creation in M&A

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on evolving commercial due diligence and value creation in M&A between Sheil Malde, Colin Terry, Gabriele Vanoli, Michael van der Boom and Marc Becker at Deloitte.

Consumer products M&A

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on consumer products M&A between Will Hayllar, Coye Nokes, Christoph Treiber, Adam Xu and Marek Zdziech at OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Creating value in PE exits

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on creating value in PE exits between Neal McNamara, Tim Czmiel and Dean Dussias at Virtas Partners, and C. Craig Lilly and Michael J. Fieweger at Baker McKenzie LLP.

Driving value through HR transformation

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on driving value through HR transformation between Beth Bovis, Robyn Wright, Neeti Bhardwaj, Shirley Santoso and Kristen Etheredge at A.T. Kearney.

Outlook for blockchain in the global financial system

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the outlook for blockchain in the global financial system between Joaquín Sales, Rudolf Haas, Alix Prentice and Shawn Davis at King & Wood Mallesons.

Outlook for the energy & utilities sector

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the outlook for the energy & utilities sector between Ogan Kose, Miguel Gonzalez-Torreira and Rory Skrebowski at ATIOS (Accenture Trading, Investments and Commercial Optimisation Strategy).

Twists and turns on the road to a real rescue culture


Business failures are an emotional subject. Inevitably, stakeholders lose out, some more than others. Insolvency laws change in response to perceived problems and the mantra is to improve the prospects of business rescue. With further legal changes...

What about Brexit and financial institutions?

January 2019  |  BANKING & FINANCE

The exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) is fast approaching. On 22 November 2018, it was announced that the EU and the UK had reached ‘an agreement in principle’ on their relationship after Brexit. On 25 November 2018...

US enforcement authorities penalise companies for inadequate anti-money laundering compliance programmes

January 2019  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

In 2018, US enforcement authorities demonstrated their commitment to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance through prosecutions and resolutions with financial and non-financial institutions. This article will highlight 2018’s key enforcement actions...

Claims against states: investment treaties and the financial sector


When Croatia legislated to convert loans by Austrian banks denominated in Swiss francs into euros in 2015, after the Swiss franc surged in value, several affected banks made claims for compensation against the Croatian government. The banks brought their claims...

Increasing regulations amplify pressure on banks to revamp compliance framework

December 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Earlier this year, the UK’s banks and financial institutions were encouraged by the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to achieve better standards of operational resilience. The need to boost operational resilience has intensified against...

EU parliament versus FATCA

December 2018  |  CORPORATE TAX

Following the worldwide implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – a reporting regime that obliges financial institutions to disclose certain financial information on their US customers – thousands of law-abiding EU...

The Netherlands’ preferential IP regime for software companies

December 2018  |  CORPORATE TAX

The Netherlands government is promoting engagement in research and development (R&D) activities through a preferential corporate income tax regime, as well as specific R&D tax incentives granted to employers with regard to salaries paid to...

Fundamental rights as an alternative to restrain the reach of aggressive general anti-avoidance rules

December 2018  |  CORPORATE TAX

During the second half of the 20th century, drawing the line between legitimate and illegitimate tax avoidance was a priority for many, including legal and accounting firms that built an important part of their budgets around the business of tax planning...

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