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2017 ExpertBriefing


Artificial intelligence: the investment of 2017 and beyond

February 2017|  PRIVATE EQUITY & VENTURE CAPITAL

Shoosmiths LLP

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has, for the last couple of years, dominated headlines as technologies associated with AI advance and appetite grows exponentially for AI products. Key market players in industries too many to mention...

The new Panamanian insolvency law and its cross-border insolvency provisions

February 2017|  BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING

Mizrachi Davarro & Urriola

The recent questions laid against the world’s offshore industry, amid the so called ‘Panama Papers’ affair, have overshadowed Panama’s enactment of Law No. 12 of 19 March 2016, “[w]hich establishes the Regime of the bankruptcy proceedings...

Quasi-security transactions in Nigeria: sidestepping the adverse effects of insolvency proceedings by taking back what is yours

February 2017|  BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING

Fidelis Oditah & Co.

The importance of a security interest is highlighted when a company is unable to pay its debts. A security interest primarily secures the debtor’s payment obligation and insulates a secured creditor from insolvency. Hence, so long as a company...

The exciting future of banking technology

February 2017|  BANKING & FINANCE

Syntel

As waves of technological change continue to sweep across the banking industry and innovative FinTech companies introduce new technologies, 2017 promises to continue the trend of disruption we have seen in recent years. Clearly, what we think of as the ‘traditional’ banking business is evolving, but what can we expect to see emerging in this important sector over the next year?

Recent changes in Germany regarding transparency of indirect major holdings in voting rights

February 2017|  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

K&L Gates LLP

The implementation of the EU Amending Directive (2013/50/EU) to the Transparency Directive (2004/109/EC) has resulted in a couple of changes to the notification and publication requirements for major holdings of voting rights in shares...

Listing on Euro MTF

February 2017|  CAPITAL MARKETS

Hance Law Avocats

The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LSE) operates two separate markets: the Bourse de Luxembourg (Bourse), the regulated European market, and the Euro MTF (MTF), the multilateral trading platform. With over 10,000 stock market introductions in...

GDPR: do not bury your head in the sand

February 2017|  DATA PRIVACY

REaD Group

2016 was the year in which the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became a serious topic. The year was tarnished by a number of high profile company data breaches which undermined public confidence in the way companies...

Sports and intellectual property in India: an emerging sector

February 2017|  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Jafa & Javali, Advocates

The Indian sports market is rapidly growing with different disciplines such as cricket, football, badminton, hockey, tennis and kabbadi proving popular. Sport in India has never really been taken seriously, however. It has always been seen as...

Is dumping of foreign capital to offer discounts ‘anti-competitive’?

February 2017|  GLOBAL TRADE

ARA LAW

E-commerce marketplaces have been a game changer when it comes to retail trading in India. E-commerce market players have been trying to acquire a customer base for the purpose of enhancing their gross merchandise value. For some years...

How a culture of altruism benefits the bottom line

February 2017|  LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Center for Conflict Resolution

In every culture, including corporate culture, there is conflict created in both the ‘quid pro quo’ profit motive and the losses inevitably resulting from the problem known as ‘the tragedy of the commons’. The secret to success lies in...

A step toward a more efficient dispute resolution mechanism in Brazilian public contracts

February 2017|  LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

GVM Advogados

On 25 November 2016 the Brazilian president Michel Temer signed Provisional Measure 752/2016, which, among other objectives, seeks to remedy a series of impasses related to concession contracts in infrastructure sectors. These concessions...

The alleged transition from partners to neighbours – US and Mexico 2017

February 2017|  SECTOR ANALYSIS

González Calvillo, S.C.

In December 2013 Mexico was energised by a widespread structural and constitutional reform which initiated the so called ‘Mexican energy reform’. This change of paradigm aimed to update the country after nearly eight decades of state...

Labour contingencies should not undermine M&A deals in Argentina

January 2017  |  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Perez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz

As in every other M&A deal elsewhere in the world, the potential buyer of a company based in Argentina will have to carry out due diligence processes on the target, its business and assets in an interdisciplinary effort. A properly designed and...

The Austrian HETA saga: successful investor appeasement at last?

January 2017  |  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

In October 2016, almost seven years after the emergency nationalisation of the failed Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank (a €40bn Austrian regional bank based in the province of Carinthia, which in 2014 was re-named ‘HETA Asset Resolution’ (HETA)), the Austrian...

Bridging the gap between impact investors and social impact opportunities

January 2017  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Reed Smith LLP

For impact investment to be able to unlock its true potential in targeting positive change around the world, both sides of the impact investment spectrum must be satisfied: there must be a robust supply of capital and a sufficient number of investable...

Brexit and FinTech

January 2017  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Morgan Lewis

Recent news reports and surveys suggest that UK FinTech firms are more concerned with the loss of EU free movement of labour than the passporting of their services to other EU markets. In many cases this is true. However, this does not...

There is such a thing as free-cash funding – but it is only for ultra-high-net-worth corporations, foundations and nations

January 2017  |  BANKING & FINANCE

PreConstruction Catalysts, Inc.

Raising funds for a given project is usually at the top of the to-do-list when a company, foundation or nation has a need. Conventional financing avenues can be quite disappointing in today’s environment, as banks and other financial institutions...

Maximising value in enforcement of development finance

January 2017  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

The current economic climate of low but potentially rising interest rates, increasing inflation, weak sterling, falling overseas investment and solvency concerns in the construction industry, poses multi-faceted risks to the real estate market, and in...

I don’t wanna TalkTalk about it?

January 2017  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Advent IM Ltd.

In October 2016, telecoms provider TalkTalk was hit with a record £400,000 fine (and a smaller £1000 fine for another, earlier data breach) by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for security failings that led to their failure to prevent...

EPA financial provision scheme for environmental liabilities

January 2017  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Philip Lee

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the statutory body responsible for the licensing of significant activities under environmental law in Ireland. Pursuant to a number of EU environmental directives and national legislation, licensees...


 
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