Selling to the enemy

May 2019  |  COVER STORY

Done properly, a merger of rivals can be hugely rewarding. The $107bn deal between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller in 2015, for example, created a powerhouse in the drink and brewing industry. Today, Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest brewer...

Screening FDI

May 2019  |  FEATURE

On 20 November 2018, the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission reached an agreement on the proposed European Union (EU) framework for screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs). The proposal, put forward by the...

Evolution of the CTO

May 2019  |  FEATURE

In a business world increasingly beholden to digital technologies, the role of chief technology officer (CTO) has steadily ascended the corporate hierarchy to become a critical component of day-to-day operations. Even a cursory examination of the roles and responsibilities...

Navigating evolving sanctions regimes

May 2019  |  FEATURE

Complex, volatile and challenging, the global sanctions landscape is an arena swarming with numerous statutes, executive orders and country-specific regulations – making compliance a minefield for companies. Indeed, non-compliance with a sanctions...

GDPR compliance & strategy

May 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

Since it came into force in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a significant impact on personal data protection. While many companies within the regulation’s scope are fine-tuning their strategies in order to ensure compliance...

Business strategy & operations

May 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

A company’s business strategy is (or should be) at the heart of everything it does. Therefore, an accurate business strategy overseeing operations carries inestimable importance. Such a strategy should not only be about how much money to invest...

Q&A: Responding to ESG activism

May 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on responding to ESG activism between Alex Heath at Edelman and Peter Montagnon at the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE).

Investment banker liability in M&A: complex, unsettled law heightens need for expert counsel

May 2019  |  SPOTLIGHT

On 4 January 2019, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the unusual securities law case of Varjabedian v. Emulex (2018). Argument is scheduled for 25 April 2019. The issue before the high court will be: “Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

International trade and foreign investment in ASEAN

May 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on international trade and foreign investment in ASEAN between Yeo Eng Ping, Adrian Ball and Tan Bin Eng at EY.

Digital transformation in the financial services sector

April 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on digital transformation in the financial services sector between Kevin Pleiter, Ilieva Ageenko, Joseph Pulicano, RK Madan and David G Royle at Grant Thornton.

Outlook for life settlements in 2019

March 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Corwin Zass at Actuarial Risk Management, Ltd about the outlook for life settlements in 2019.

Digital transformation in the chemicals industry

March 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Frank Jenner at Ernst & Young GmbH WPG about digital transformation in the chemicals industry.

Cryptocurrency and blockchain: hitting the real world, and some real-world problems

May 2019  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Conferences and webinars devoted to cryptocurrency or blockchain are becoming increasingly common. Depending on an attendee’s attitude toward technology and, arguably, to new modes of finance, these events may seem like the wonders of tomorrow...

Infrastructure projects in Brazil: the road to partnerships

 May 2019  |  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

Brazil has, historically, had to contend with a huge infrastructure gap. Currently, annual investments from private and public sources are insufficient to even cover depreciation. The Brazilian public budget is unable to fill this gap; thus, the only way to satisfy...

Cyber risks coverage in Brazil

May 2019  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

The 21st century has been shaped by the fourth industrial revolution: primarily, the arrival of the digital age, the spread of technology and the nascent growth of the Internet of Things (IOT). And while everyday life has become more practical because of the growing influence of digitalisation and technology, companies are facing increased and...

Safeguarding corporate brand and reputation

April 2019  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

The most invaluable assets of a business are its brand name and reputation. Indeed, a company’s brand and reputation is often synonymous to its success. Corporates often believe that the trust and loyalty a brand can invoke in a market is a vital element in...

Cyber crime in the UK – is it is bad as they say or worse?

April 2019  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

In November 2016, the government published the ‘National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021’ (NCSS). Philip Hammond, who was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13 July 2016, drafted the forward that said: “Cyber-attacks are growing more frequent...

Patisserie Valerie and fraud prevention

April 2019  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

With the collapse into administration of Patisserie Valerie still fresh in everyone’s mind, this is a useful moment to reflect on fraud prevention measures and how the company’s collapse could have been avoided or the effects of the fraud mitigated...


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