Fighting back: responding to insider trading

May 2018  |  COVER STORY

Insider trading appears to be a rampant problem on Wall Street. Individuals at some of the US’ largest financial institutions continue to benefit from non-public information, according to a study by the University of Cambridge and Stanford...

Fiduciary to visionary: the evolving role of the PE-backed CFO

May 2018  |  FEATURE

Across the length and breadth of the private equity (PE) landscape, there is consensus that the role of the chief financial officer (CFO) within PE-backed companies is undergoing an evolution. As PE firms aggressively seek new opportunities to grow...

Hard to build, easy to destroy: managing reputation risk

May 2018  |  FEATURE

A good reputation is among the most important assets a company can possess. However, this asset is fragile. In the event of a scandal, disaster or accident, a reputation that has taken years of diligence to build can be damaged in the wink of an eye...

Compliance and the cloud – developing a GDPR strategy

May 2018  |  FEATURE

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a significant impact on data protection governance in the European Union (EU). It will strengthen data protection rights for individuals, while imposing restrictions on the transfer of personal...

Cyber risk & security

May 2018  |  ROUNDTABLE

Given how much they rely on technology, cyber risk and security is an increasing concern for all businesses. Protecting valuable data is now a critical issue for management, not just IT. However, many businesses neglect to update their cyber...

Business strategy & operations


All businesses are of course concerned about how they will grow and prosper in the future. Key to this is how effectively their business strategy – often characterised as a plan or set of intentions that will set the long-term direction of the actions needed...

The ‘Wild West’ of financing: are ICOs the end of venture capital fundraising?


Start-ups today have many options to raise capital, with many needing an infusion of funds to get off the ground. Traditionally, new companies would have looked to venture capital (VC) to raise capital and to help their growth plans. Now, however, companies...

Legal framework and risks of virtual currencies

May 2018  |  SPOTLIGHT

In 2009, and against the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2007-2008, an anonymous person or group called ‘Satoshi Nakamura’ created the first decentralised virtual currency, or cryptocurrency, the Bitcoin. Much more revolutionary than the cryptocurrency...

GDPR due diligence in M&A


FW moderates a discussion on GDPR due diligence in M&A between Mark Steele at Deloitte LLP, Philip Whitchelo at Intralinks, Gail E. Crawford at Latham & Watkins LLP, and Siân John at Microsoft.

Life settlements in 2018


FW speaks with Corwin Zass at Actuarial Risk Management, Ltd about the outlook for life settlements in 2018.

Latin America infrastructure outlook for 2018


FW moderates a discussion on the outlook for Latin America infrastructure between André Luiz Freire at Demarest Advogados and Vera De Brito de Gyarfas at King & Spalding.

Distress in the retail sector

April 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on distress in the retail sector between James Alt at Huron, Nicole Greenblatt at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Van C. Durrer II at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

The currency of capitalism with a social conscience


When attendees of the World Economic Forum gathered in Davos, Switzerland for its annual meeting, the topic of conversation was ‘Larry’s letter’. The week before the Forum, Larry Fink, founder and chief executive of the $6.3 trillion...

Cyber insurance mistakes that have cost risk managers their job


In the last few years, an alarming number of risk managers have lost their job because of mistakes they have made related to their cyber insurance programmes. The unfortunate thing is that, unlike a company’s ability to stop a breach, avoiding costly...

Shareholder activism is here to stay


When the German utility groups E.ON and RWE recently announced an asset swap, a whole series of transactions with a total value of approximately €43bn that would change the European utilities landscape, many observers were stunned...

Data privacy and cyber security: the importance of a proactive approach


New laws are taking effect across the globe to regulate the collection, use, retention, disclosure and disposal of personal information. At the same time, the rate of cyber attacks, data breaches and unauthorised use of personal data is growing...

The role of representations and warranties insurance coverage in M&A activity


Representations and warranties insurance (RWI) remains a hot trend, and because it is a category of insurance that is highly competitive and flexible as to its terms, purchasers benefit from careful negotiation of RWI policies. The number of M&As...

M&A in the Canadian cannabis industry


On 13 April 2017, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, into the House of Commons. To date, the proposed Act has moved through the House of Commons and has successfully passed its second reading at the...

New ‘piggy back’ scheme introduced for the development of electric power infrastructure


In Indonesia, the provision of electric power is the responsibility of the government, delegated to a state-owned entity, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (Persero) (PLN). Under the current applicable law, PLN is responsible for the provision of electric power...

Reflections on the Martin Shkreli case


Martin Shkreli made global news in late 2015 as the man behind the 5000 percent increase in the price of the HIV drug Daraprim. Despite an initially passionate defence, he was publicly pilloried, earning himself the dubious title of ‘most hated man...

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