Strengthening AML protection through AI

July 2018  |  COVER STORY

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform financial institutions (FIs), disrupting every aspect of financial services, from the customer experience to financial crime. AI technology can be utilised by FIs in a number of...

Deal boom on the way, say private debt professionals

July 2018  |  FEATURE

Buoyed by a strong economy and the free availability of capital, the private debt market may be on the cusp of a deal boom. 2017 saw private debt fundraising and capital deployment surpass pre-crisis highs, according to Preqin, with direct lending...

Regulating cryptocurrencies: virtually inevitable?

July 2018  |  FEATURE

Sitting on the fence appears to be the policy of many countries when it comes to regulating the $700bn cryptocurrrency industry. Yet while cryptocurrencies do offer potential benefits, such as lowering transaction costs, reducing payment time...

Transition tribulations: exiting a family-owned business

July 2018  |  FEATURE

When the owner of a family business decides to call it a day in order to enjoy the fruits of his or her labour, the transfer of ownership can be a challenging process. What is more, in the US in particular, transitions of this nature are becoming ever more common...

Financial institutions – compliance & risk management

July 2018  |  ROUNDTABLE

In addition to being attractive targets for hackers, criminals and state actors, financial institutions (FIs) are subject to multiple requirements under data protection and financial services legislation, as well as criminal law in each jurisdiction in which they operate...

White-collar crime

July 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

In 2017, the UK’s Financial Times reported that the number of white-collar crime prosecutions had fallen to a six-year low despite the fact that the amount of economic crime in the UK had risen over the same period. Yet the UK views white-collar crime as a major issue...

The developing attitudes and approaches of white-collar crime enforcement agencies in the US and UK

July 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The past 12 months have seen a number of significant developments in relation to the attitudes and approaches of white-collar crime enforcement agencies in the US and UK. A new US administration began to shape the Department of Justice (DoJ)...

The role of contemporaneous documents in EC Competition Law

July 2018  |  SPOTLIGHT

Recent cases have underscored the European Commission’s (EC) increasing reliance on company internal documents. Both in merger control review and in investigations, a greater emphasis is placed on the conclusions that can be derived from...

People integration in M&A

July 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on people integration in M&A between Jeff Cox and Amy Kawabori at Mercer.

Managing IT challenges pre- and post-M&A

July 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on managing IT challenges pre- and post-M&A between Shant Peter Yeremian, Ben Gaster and Aaron Collier at KPMG.

Investing in the US real estate market

July 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on investing in the US real estate market between Jill Starrs, Bob Bauer and John Warner at UHY LLP.



June 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on IFRS 16 between Markus Kreher, Sai Venkateshwaran, Michelle Gibbs and Ruben Rog at KPMG.

Due diligence – to have or have not?


Due diligence is a common component of any transaction, be it an acquisition of shares, a business or an asset deal. It is also an important part of IPOs and plays a role in intragroup transformations, such as mergers, with the scope of the due diligence...

Arbitration and the renewable energy sector


Not only after the US announced its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the renewable energy sector has been confronted with new challenges. Already before the industry, which had been accustomed to broad financial support and...

Pre-action disclosure


Asymmetry of information is a perennial problem for individuals and businesses who think they may have a claim against one of the major banks. Often it is only the bank that has the full picture. And it is a fair assumption that the bank is unlikely to admit...

Enforcing international commercial arbitral awards


Advocates of arbitration often cite the alleged ease and simplicity of recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards, as compared with the patchwork of rules applying to the enforcement of foreign court judgments, as one of arbitration’s...

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...

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