Corporate board structure in 2017 and beyond

November 2017|  COVER STORY

Building an appropriate and skilled board is integral to the day-to-day operations of an organisation, defining its corporate governance and setting the tone for its wider operations. Corporate governance interests a wide spectrum...

The future of RegTech: a skyrocketing industry?

November 2017|  FEATURE

Amid an increasingly regulated global business landscape, many financial institutions (FIs) are turning to regulatory technologies (RegTech) to help them cope with greater scrutiny and the potential for hefty fines for non-compliance...

The blame game: D&O environmental liability

November 2017|  FEATURE

When environmental damage is alleged or proven to be caused by corporate wrongdoing the fallout can be fierce and uncompromising. In many cases the finger of blame is pointed at a company’s directors & officers (D&Os) – particularly those operating...

White-collar crime enforcement in the UK

November 2017|  FEATURE

Although often characterised as a victimless crime, white-collar criminality is no such thing. Rather, it is illicit behaviour that can have the direst of consequences for businesses and individuals alike. Yet despite its gravity, white-collar crime often goes...

Corporate fraud

November 2017|  ROUNDTABLE

All available data seems to suggest that corporate fraud is unlikely to diminish any time soon, if at all. Indeed, such fraud permeates every country, every sector and every jurisdiction across the globe, with high volumes of anticorruption and antitrust...

Preparing for Brexit

November 2017|  SPECIAL REPORT

The UK’s departure from the European Union is scheduled to take place in late March 2019. Once Brexit officially takes place, the country will be heading into uncharted waters – an unprecedented environment in which no one truly knows what to expect...

The UK’s new money laundering regime


The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (MLR2017) introduced a number of new provisions that replace and expand the requirements of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. MLR2017 was laid before parliament with only a single working day...

To arbitrate or not to arbitrate – an expert’s observations

November 2017|  LEGAL & REGULATORY

Businesses are turning increasingly to arbitration as their preferred method of dispute resolution, evidenced by a rise in the number of new cases and from the opening of new arbitration centres. In recent years, new centres have opened in the...

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.

Optimisation of working time: how to use legal tools to improve working time management

November 2017|  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

French regulations on working time, and namely the 35-hour rule, can be too rigid a framework for companies needing flexibility and adaptability. A common rule is that working time is counted within one week. As soon as the employee works more...

How to comply with the Russian requirements on localisation of personal data

November 2017|  DATA PRIVACY

Recently, important changes to the Russian legislation on personal data have entered into force, requiring a response from foreign companies doing business in Russia. The new version of the Federal Law of the Russian Federation...

Cyber security and data privacy in Argentina

November 2017|  DATA PRIVACY

This article will analyse and summarise Argentine regulations regarding cyber security and data privacy and explore internet issues in the context of employment relationships. The most comprehensive statutory regulation regarding...

Telecom Italia takeover: will the government’s ‘golden power’ still be enforceable?


At the moment of privatisation in 2000, upon losing its majority control by virtue of the dismissal of the equity participation held in Telecom Italia, the Italian government modified the company’s articles of association in order to ensure the recognition...

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....

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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