Vital link: the evolution of the CCO

December 2018  |  COVER STORY

From relative obscurity to a place at the top table, the role of the chief compliance officer (CCO) has evolved rapidly in recent years to become a vital link in the corporate chain. Indeed, the role’s importance has grown to such an extent that today’s CCO oversees...

Talent retention in M&A

December 2018  |  FEATURE

Retaining talent through M&A can be challenging for both the acquirer and the target company as employees may perceive the deal as a threat. A merger can create uncertainty about not only the future direction of the combined company, but also job...

The future of tax technology

December 2018  |  FEATURE

Historic tax laws may not be fit for purpose in the modern economy. Given today’s regulatory, social, political and technological changes, tax authorities, regulations and legislation are struggling to keep up. In recent decades, organisations have employed a multitude...

Could trade tensions impel a WTO redesign?

December 2018  |  FEATURE

Since the trade dispute involving the US and China (which also encompasses numerous other countries) began in the spring of 2018, there has been numerous solutions mooted, such as a bilateral, enforceable, rules-based trade pact that creates...

Distressed M&A

December 2018  |  ROUNDTABLE

Too much money chasing few ‘good’ deals is the current distressed M&A market mantra. In many jurisdictions, strong economies and low interest rates have limited the opportunities for investors – many with substantial ‘dry powder’ to deploy – to purchase assets...

International dispute resolution

December 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

A dispute can have potentially damaging consequences for any business, regardless of size and sway. If a dispute is international in scope, then the issues involved are likely to be much more complex and challenging to resolve – often requiring recourse to unfamiliar...

FORUM: Quantifying damages in international arbitration

December 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on quantifying damages in international arbitration between Simon Braithwaite, Yusuf Abdoollah, Javier Espel, Andy Cottle and Gervase MacGregor at BDO.

Q&A: ITC disputes

December 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

W moderates a discussion on ITC disputes between Christine Lehman at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Blaney Harper at Jones Day, Paul Brinkman at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Jamie B. Beaber at Mayer Brown.

Corporate carve outs and spin offs

December 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on corporate carve outs and spin offs between Dan Beanland, Jason Caulfield, Alexis Christofides, Kristina Faddoul, and Justin Hamers at Deloitte LLP.

Managing real estate and property transaction risk

December 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Chris Hewitt at CLS Risk Solutions Ltd about managing real estate and property transaction risk.

Managing risk and insurance for financial institutions

December 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Ingrid Hernandez at Tokio Marine HCC about the process of managing risk and insurance for financial institutions.

New anti-corruption legislation in Ireland

December 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Muireann Reedy at Dillon Eustace about new anti-corruption legislation in Ireland.

Increasing regulations amplify pressure on banks to revamp compliance framework

December 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Earlier this year, the UK’s banks and financial institutions were encouraged by the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to achieve better standards of operational resilience. The need to boost operational resilience has intensified against...

EU parliament versus FATCA

December 2018  |  CORPORATE TAX

Following the worldwide implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – a reporting regime that obliges financial institutions to disclose certain financial information on their US customers – thousands of law-abiding EU...

The Netherlands’ preferential IP regime for software companies

December 2018  |  CORPORATE TAX

The Netherlands government is promoting engagement in research and development (R&D) activities through a preferential corporate income tax regime, as well as specific R&D tax incentives granted to employers with regard to salaries paid to...

Fundamental rights as an alternative to restrain the reach of aggressive general anti-avoidance rules

December 2018  |  CORPORATE TAX

During the second half of the 20th century, drawing the line between legitimate and illegitimate tax avoidance was a priority for many, including legal and accounting firms that built an important part of their budgets around the business of tax planning...

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...

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