Bridging the cultural divide

November 2018  |  COVER STORY

Given its impact on employee and company performance, corporate culture should be a primary consideration for all organisations – particularly those pursuing a merger or acquisition. Historically, however, companies have paid insufficient attention to cultural...

Impermanent partnerships: evaluating JVs

November 2018  |  FEATURE

Alliances are seldom ideal. It is human nature to be motivated by self-interest, and allies must overcome this emotion in order to establish a beneficial partnership. One type of alliance that is often an effective alternative to a merger, acquisition or organic growth...

Integrity-based GRC: conception and implementation

November 2018  |  FEATURE

Today’s business environment is characterised by myriad risks, including disruptive technologies, expanding regulatory compliance obligations and increasing governance expectations. In order to manage such risks, businesses need their governance, risk & compliance...

Oil & gas: a new reality

November 2018  |  FEATURE

The oil & gas space has undergone several notable and rapid changes over the last 20 years. The first decade of the 21st century saw a virtually unprecedented spike in oil prices, as a barrel climbed from under $25 to nearly $150. The global financial crisis brought a...

Corporate fraud

November 2018  |  ROUNDTABLE

Corporate fraud is a global scourge costing hundreds of billions per annum. Asset misappropriation, money laundering, insider trading, cyber attacks and general business misconduct are among the most frequently reported crimes, particularly by financial institutions...

Corporate tax

November 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The corporate tax arena has seen a number of significant developments in numerous jurisdictions across the globe over the past 12 months. Chief among these were the tax reforms signed into law by president Trump on 22 December 2017...

FCA enforcement – more is less?

November 2018  |  SPOTLIGHT

In July 2018, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its ‘Enforcement annual performance report 2017/2018’ (Performance Report), an overview of the FCA’s enforcement activities during the regulators’ past financial year...

The ‘making sense’ of risk

November 2018  |  SPOTLIGHT

Financial establishments, such as banks, routinely face different types of risks in the course of their operations. Risk stems from uncertainty of financial loss and can potentially cripple a business if not managed in time. This demands that mechanisms to manage...

Post-acquisition integration

November 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with David Bryan at BM&T LLP about post-acquisition integration.

Robotic process automation and cognitive intelligence in M&A

November 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on robotic process automation and cognitive intelligence in M&A between Mark Steele, Paul Leather and Mo Habbas at Deloitte.

M&A in the chemicals sector

November 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Steve Jenkins at Wood Mackenzie Ltd. about M&A in the chemicals sector.


September 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on IFRS 17 between Frank Pfaffenzeller, Mary Trussell, Pierre Planchon and Joachim Kölschbach at KPMG.

Digital transformation of the financial system in Spain

November 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

The FinTech sector – in its broadest sense, also encompassing InsurTech – has become more prominent in recent years in the framework of the digital economy. As startups aim to innovate and change the way we understand financial services...

Bribery in the mining and energy sectors

November 2018  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

With mining giant Glencore the subject of a US corruption investigation into its business in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria, the effect on the company has already been notable. When the Swiss-based company announced...

The California Consumer Privacy Act and the GDPR: two of a kind?

November 2018  |  DATA PRIVACY

While the dust of the entry into force of the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has hardly settled, a new, somewhat similar privacy law has been introduced overseas. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)...

Increasingly mandatory disclosure of third-party funding in arbitration


There is an ever-increasing focus on third-party funding (TPF), especially in the context of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. Still arguably in its infancy, at least with respect to international arbitration...

Mexico’s newly-elected president: potential implications

October 2018  |  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

The leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidential elections on 1 July despite scepticism across the financial markets and a rocky relationship between Mr López Obrador and local businessmen. Based on his discourse throughout...

Nullity of loans in Croatia

October 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Fifteen years ago, when foreign creditors were offering loans to Croatian borrowers, they were unlikely to believe that more than a decade later the repayment of loans would be jeopardised by a controversial law passed in the Croatian parliament...

Cyber security developments in Portugal

October 2018  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

When it comes to new sets of regulations and a demand for the law to catch up with reality, cyber security is a hot topic. The technological revolution brought by the worldwide web has transformed people’s lives in many ways. There has certainly been a...

Insights into a research-based legitimate interest risk assessment

October 2018  |  DATA PRIVACY

Before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, each European Union (EU) Member State had its own legislation based on an EU directive. This legislation dated back to the 1990s and thus preceded social media and the rise of e-commerce...

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