Reparation and redress: ethical solutions to graceless governance

October 2017  |  COVER STORY

The extent to which ethical behaviour correlates with profitability has been the million dollar question for businesses since time immemorial, with no easy answer. To put it another way: is good ethics good business? In this regard, if the revelations...

Cultural integration in M&A

October 2017  |  FEATURE

Organisations pursue mergers and acquisitions (M&As) for a variety of reasons, including growth, to access intellectual property or to gain market access, among others. Properly executed, an M&A deal can generate significant value for an organisation...

Private investments and PE skyrocket in 2017

October 2017  |  FEATURE

Despite persistent uncertainty in the global economy, the private equity (PE) industry has performed well in 2017 to date. Though there has been speculation that deal activity may slow down as fund managers taking a cautious approach toward fresh funding...

Global sanctions – compliance and enforcement trends

October 2017  |  FEATURE

Sanctions are an essential and unavoidable facet of the modern global economy. For firms in the financial services sector in particular, navigating the shifting regulatory landscape can be a difficult task. With third parties, clients and staff all potential...

Patent disputes

October 2017  |  ROUNDTABLE

The patents disputes arena has been particularly disruptive over the past 12 months, with several key trends and developments emerging. Among them is the continued impact of the America Invents Act (AIA), the awarding of lower damages...

International dispute resolution

October 2017  |  SPECIAL REPORT

A dispute confined to a single nation is one thing, but when a disagreement erupts across international borders, the complexities involved, maybe even the stakes, are usually higher. Disputes in an international context may well be subject...

Valuing embedded optionality and other complexities in energy contracts

October 2017  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on the complexities of energy contracts between Dr James Dimech-DeBono, Patrick Hébréard and Nils von Hinten-Reed at CEG.

Preparing for Brexit

October 2017  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with David Bryan at BM&T about how companies can prepare for Brexit.

Corporate immigration in 2017

April 2017  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on corporate immigration in 2017 between Maria Jockel at BDO Migration Services and Tom Mintern at Bird & Bird LLP.

Investing in India

September 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on investing in India between Hiten Kotak, Ganesh Raju and Ashutosh Chaturvedi at PwC India.

Operational and financial restructuring in the energy & natural resources sector

September 2016  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on operational and financial restructuring in the energy & natural resources sector between Bruce J. Ruzinsky at Jackson Walker LLP, Gregory M. Gordon at Jones Day, Trey A. Monsour at K&L Gates LLP, George R. Ward at PJSC Energy Advisory Group, and Christopher M. Dressel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Pension challenges in bankruptcy and restructuring processes

August 2016 |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on pension challenges in bankruptcy and restructuring processes between Gary P. Squires at AlixPartners, Stephen E. Hessler at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Camilla Barry at Macfarlanes LLP.

Outlook for the life settlements market in 2017

April 2017  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Corwin Zass at Actuarial Risk Management about the outlook for the life settlements market in 2017.

Proposed UK insolvency law reform

January 2017  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to David Bryan at BM&T LLP about proposed UK insolvency law reform.

Outlook for master limited partnerships (MLPs)

November 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to G. Michael O’Leary at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, about the outlook for master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Intellectual property portfolio management

August 2016  |  10QUESTIONS

FW speaks to Nicola Baker-Munton at Stratagem IPM about intellectual property portfolio management.

Value creation strategy of private equity funds – opportunists or corporate marauders?

October 2017|  PRIVATE EQUITY

In the last decade, the growth of private equity funds (PEF) in Africa has been phenomenal. According to a 2015 study by the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), South Africa and Nigeria remain at the forefront.... Notably, Nigeria accounted for 67 percent of deal value – over $4bn – in this period.

FinTech businesses and securities law: is your initial coin offering regulated?

October 2017|  RISK MANAGEMENT 

Navigating securities law in the age of financial technology (FinTech) businesses is tricky. Excitement around the FinTech sector is rightfully accompanied by concerns that the industry is less regulated than any traditional financial services or banking industry...

Boards and stewardship: the evolution from mechanical governance to value-based governance as a challenge to GAFAs


Are failed boards structured significantly differently? Board structures are more or less the same in any regulatory environment – the mechanism of governance that relates to gender diversity, board size, independence, board meetings, CEO duality...

Big harm in little hands and the rise of the trusted organisation

October 2017|  RISK MANAGEMENT 

Our concerns over data privacy and legislation providing for interception and access are somewhat assuaged by our belief that we can control the availability of our personal data and that technological limitations restrict those who could....

The art of making the American economy great again

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

One of president Trump’s most memorable election slogans was his pledge to ‘Make America Great Again’. This had the twin benefit of being both memorable and vague. The US economy was growing reasonably well when Trump came to power...

Core concepts for a compassionate culture

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

The shared reality of the workplace requires individuals to perform and act autonomously yet cooperatively. In the compassionate workplace, the individual shifts from merely learning skills and gaining knowledge to a context where skills... 

Why bargain-priced e-discovery is a false economy

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

Every organisation is looking for ways to be more efficient and to save costs, so it is no surprise that many are interested in finding an electronic discovery partner which is offering a low price for electronic discovery services. What those offering...

Recent WannaCry ransomware attack likely first of more to come

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

In what is being called the ‘worst ever’ ransomware attack, experts believe tools used to undertake a global malware campaign were part of a trove lifted from the National Security Agency (NSA) by as-yet-unknown parties. Apparently exploiting a...

Boards of directors neglect one essential duty: oversight of the relationship between governance and corporate culture


Corporate culture should be a set of authentic behaviours, set forth by a founder or management team of a company, which is embraced by the entire organisation. Certainly, each culture is distinctive and many diverse elements...

In compliance investigations, companies find that e-discovery technology delivers results and savings

May 2016  |  COMPANY LAW

No matter what steps a corporation takes to ensure legal compliance by its officers and employees, there is no fail-safe. Violations of anti-corruption laws and other regulatory schemes can still occur. When they do...


Organising for creativity and innovation – lessons from the biopharmaceutical industry

December 2016  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

The biopharma industry is arguably the most knowledge intense industry of all. Human creativity and ingenuity within R&D and beyond play key roles in turning that knowledge into IP and value for patients and corporate stakeholders...


Effective board governance: the healthy tension between management and the board


In this age of heightened risk, the need for effective governance has caused a dynamic shift in the role of the board of directors. Cyber security, rapid technological growth and a number of corporate scandals resulting from the financial...


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