Legacy systems: the replacement and modernisation headache

August 2017  |  COVER STORY

The private equity (PE) industry is in good health. According to Preqin, as of June 2016, there were $2.49 trillion worth of PE assets under management – an all-time high. With record levels of dry powder held by funds – $820bn by December 2016...

JV dealmaking gains steam across US healthcare

August 2017  |  FEATURE

If the seismic geopolitical events of the past 18 months are anything to go by, protectionism now pervades the new world order. In this ‘new normal’ the spectre of sluggish growth, international discord, increased uncertainty and reduced returns...

MiFID II: US asset managers prepare for impact

August 2017  |  FEATURE

In a world in which ethics and related concepts, such as transparency and democracy, seem to be under scrutiny like never before, a broad spectrum of stakeholders – including customers, shareholders and citizens – are demanding...

Achieving operational excellence

August 2017  |  FEATURE

In the realm of decisionmaking and strategic analysis, the Own Risk Solvency Assessment (ORSA) tool is a valuable resource for helping insurers conduct risk and solvency assessments. This series of processes and procedures is designed to ensure...

Risks facing directors & officers

August 2017  |  ROUNDTABLE

Bankruptcy litigation is a daunting experience for any individual or organisation caught up in the storm. Certainly, for debtors, creditors, committees and trustees, as well as other stakeholders, the processes and procedures involved in examining...

Technology risk management

August 2017  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Although there is no such thing as victimless crime, the white-collar variety is often afforded this erroneous description. In actuality, white-collar crime generally refers to infractions which are financially motivated, nonviolent, and often...

An M&A oversight framework for boards


Investment is a double-sided coin of risk and return. Quantifying risk is, therefore, integral in estimating expected returns. Finance theory tells us that the value of any stock, bond or business is a function of its cash flows, discounted at an...

Stronger OFAC style sanctions enforcement comes to the UK


Fear stalks the land. The robot apocalypse is nigh, destined to steal our jobs and our future. Worse yet, the machines are made elsewhere and the Western economies are being left behind in the race for manufacturing prowess. We have heard this...

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.

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...

Governance, risk and compliance: the need for integration on financial markets

August 2017  |  BANKING & FINANCE

In January 2008, Wachovia Bank, a North-Carolina based bank founded in 1879, enjoyed an Aa1 rating from Moody’s for its deposits, with over $810bn dollars worth of assets. Then Wachovia suffered a $23bn third-quarter loss in 2008...

The impact and far-reaching consequences of MiFID II

August 2017  |  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) is one of the most discussed and debated regulations in the financial services sector. The consequences of MiFID II’s implementation are widespread and profound – spanning the macro...

Cyber intrusion or IT single point of failure?

August 2017  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Whether directed at governments or businesses, there are headlines about cyber intrusions virtually every day. Rather than publicly admit the cyber intrusion, victimised companies often claim that the Information Technology (IT) data centre actually...

GDPR: time to explain your AI

August 2017  |  DATA PRIVACY

One of the more promising applications of artificial intelligence (AI) is in regulatory compliance, an area that continues to get more complicated for financial institutions, many of which are struggling to implement IFRS 9, GDPR, PSD2 and other...

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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