Catalyst for change: the mechanics of leadership

February 2019  |  COVER STORY

“Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth”, wrote the late American historian and political scientist James MacGregor Burns in one of his many studies of the fundamental characteristics of leadership. A concept as old as human history...

Managing M&A communication

February 2019  |  FEATURE

Companies spend billions every year completing mergers, and yet many fail. One of the biggest issues which can upend a deal is communication. According to the Harvard Business Review, the failure rate for M&A is between 70 and 90 percent, and though it...

Outlook for real estate investment

February 2019  |  FEATURE

Global real estate investment has been strong in recent years. In 2017, $698bn was invested in the asset class, according to JLL. In 2018, despite uncertainty surrounding the global economy, investment in the global property market reached a record high...

Effective whistleblower protection

February 2019  |  FEATURE

Whistleblowing is one of the most effective ways of exposing malfeasance within an organisation. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, around 40 percent of all detected occupational fraud cases are identified by whistleblowers...

Shareholder activism and engagement

February 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

Shareholder activism continues to thrive and expand in scope and type of activist. Across the globe, activists are busy choosing their targets, preparing their campaigns and honing their attack strategies. And with shareholder activists increasingly...

Corporate fraud & corruption

February 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Corporate fraud and corruption across the globe continues to be an uncomfortable reality despite the major effort to facilitate its eradication. A scourge of our times, corporate fraud and corruption has the capacity to irreversibly damage...

FORUM: Tackling fraud and corruption in Africa

February 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on tackling fraud and corruption in Africa between Benjamin Haley at Covington & Burling (Pty) Ltd, Muhammed Essop at GE Power, and Bernice Asuquo at Nepal Oil & Gas.

Q&A: Mitigating fraud and corruption in Latin America

February 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on mitigating fraud and corruption in Latin America between Rodrigo Cunha at AB InBev, Michel Sancovski at Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP, and Pablo J. Miranda at Siemens S.A.

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).

Solving the ethics enigma


For any company, even an allegation, much less the truth, of unethical or criminal behaviour may result in millions of dollars in legal fees, fines and penalties, reduced market capitalisation and, potentially, criminal liability. For example, Volkswagen’s diesel scandal...

The profits of zoom


We work in a world where being effective as a global business is essential. However, despite this, there is no single proven programme or discipline which provides leaders with the capabilities and competencies they need to succeed. If this is the case, then...

The new Italian CFC regime

February 2019  |  CORPORATE TAX

Legislative Decree No. 142 of 29 November 2018, published in the Italian Official Gazette on 28 December 2018, implemented Council Directive (EU) 2016/1164 of 12 July 2016, setting forth new rules against tax avoidance, known as the Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD)...

Reflections on the MTN Nigeria Communications case


On 29 August 2018, Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) announced the imposition of sanctions against MTN Nigeria Communications Limited (MTNN) and four commercial banks for the alleged “flagrant violation of extant laws and regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. The CBN demanded that MTNN return to Nigeria some US$8.13bn, which the CBN claimed...

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...

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