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2018 ExpertBriefing

Chinese ODI and M&A in Latin America: new features of a current trend



Before 2010, Latin America was seen as a very remote region for most Chinese companies, simply the source of the many commodities that were exported to China. Trade and diplomatic ties were probably the only link between the two. However...

An analysis of the judicial approach to disputed debts in winding-up proceedings in Nigeria


Fidelis Oditah & Co.

A company may be wound up for its inability to pay its debts according to section 408(d) of Nigeria’s Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 (CAMA). Under section 409(a), a company shall be deemed to be unable to pay its debt if it owes a sum exceeding...

Outlook for FinTech investment and valuations in Brazil and the Americas


Legacy Partners

Over the last few years, FinTech has been the ‘it’ sector in global startup ecosystems and venture capital. The investing play is based on the promise of future disruption, momentum and the potential of continued valuation exit highs...

The new Italian law on corporate whistleblowing: an examination from the GDPR perspective

March 2018  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Martini Manna Avvocati

On 29 December 2017, Italy’s new law on the “Protection of individuals reporting crimes or irregularities learnt in the context of a public or private employment relationship” – already rechristened the ‘whistleblowing law’ – came into force...

Cooperation resulting in waiver

March 2018  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP

Just days before a potentially landscape-altering hearing in a Miami federal courtroom at which lawyers were going to be forced to testify about the legal advice they had given their clients during the course of an internal investigation, the parties quietly...

Litigation finance: where have we reached and where are we going?



To say that litigation finance is experiencing a growth phase would be a bit like saying cryptocurrencies can be a bit up and down. From its roots in the early years of this century in insolvency proceedings and in facilitating access...

Review of EU export controls of dual use items

March 2018  |  GLOBAL TRADE

Jones Day

2018 may witness an important overhaul of the EU’s export control regime on dual use items. This regime aims to control exports of items that could be used for purposes other than their legitimate civilian applications. On 17 January 2018, the European...

The growth of the serviced office

March 2018  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

Travers Smith LLP

A change in the way we work, ever-improving technology and a shift in workplace culture are just some of the key drivers in changing the way we do business faster than ever before. This has been reflected in the real estate market by a rise in demand...

Improving Nigeria’s insurance penetration: legal, regulatory and market considerations

March 2018  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

LeLaw Barristers and Solicitors

According to industry statistics, Nigeria’s insurance penetration rate (IPR) in 2013 was 0.39 percent, down from 0.48 percent in 2010. However, Nigeria’s IPR worsened to 0.06 percent in 2016 – by comparison, South Africa’s IPR reached 13.2 percent...

Blockchain, trade finance and sanctions issues

February 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Clifford Chance

Blockchain is the technology that underpins digital currencies such as Bitcoin, but it has far wider applications and is being used in a growing number of areas. The blockchain has the potential to drastically alter the global financial system. Trade...

AI, blockchain, augmented reality: what technology does 2018 really hold for banks?

February 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

World Wide Technology

With Bitcoin becoming more established, regulatory deadlines around data usage, such as Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the horizon, and artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented...

Brexit’s unlikely headline-grabber: contracts

February 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE


Corporate restructuring, job relocations… contract remediation? In testimony before lawmakers in December 2017, Barclay’s chief executive John McFarlane revealed that renegotiation of “hundreds of thousands” of contracts is one of his chief Brexit...

Banks can improve debt collections with tailored communications

February 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE


Consumer debts are a growing problem in the UK. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) sounded the alarm in July 2017 when it revealed that approximately one in six people with consumer credit debt are in moderate to severe ‘financial distress’...

Ascent to CFO – charting today’s finance talent career path to the top table


EOH International

At some point in their careers, most finance professionals will have dreamed of becoming a chief financial officer (CFO). But while becoming CFO remains a popular aspiration, it is not easy to achieve and the role itself is changing rapidly...

The new EU framework for ‘related party transactions’ and its implementation in Germany


Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG

On 20 May 2017, the Amending Directive to the Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II) was published in the Official Journal of the EU. SRD II follows the general goal of improving corporate governance in companies which have their registered office...

Arbitration of domestic disputes in Russia


Khrenov & Partners

Traditionally, the Russian legislator has established different legal regimes for arbitration tribunals dealing with disputes which are related to foreign jurisdictions (international arbitration) and purely domestic disputes (domestic arbitration)...

Argentina’s labour and tax reforms

February 2018  |  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal

One of the most important topics on Argentina’s economic agenda has been the need for fiscal and labour reform. The Draft Bill of the Labour Amendment (Labour Draft) sets out to pursue objectives which include human development, economic...

Understanding international sanctions

February 2018  |  GLOBAL TRADE

The Risk Advisory Group

Keeping abreast of new regulations is a challenge for compliance professionals. It has featured as a top priority every year that our Compliance Horizon survey has been running. It is especially difficult in the field of sanctions, and in 2017, close to...

Surging discounts for Canadian oil reignite talk of the bitumen bubble

February 2018  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, LLP

The bearish sentiment that plagued global oil prices for years was pushed aside as 2017 came to a close. Primary crude oil benchmark prices enjoyed meaningful gains during this time, including West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the most commonly...

Understanding the limitations of data solutions

January 2018  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Klink & Co., Inc.

We are awash in data ‘solutions’ relating to everything imaginable. Data providers claim that all risks now can be readily identified and mitigated with easy-to-use data solutions. Need to perform due diligence on a vendor for Foreign Corrupt Practices...

New Argentine law on corporate liability and compliance programmes for certain corruption cases

January 2018  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal

Several proposals for new anti-corruption regulations have been made by president Macri’s administration since he took office in December 2015. Some of these have been enacted into law including, for example, the law on access to public...

Corporate social responsibility: the capitalist’s dilemma

January 2018  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has fast become an evolutionary concept with different writers positing varying theories regarding the interface between CSR and businesses. For context, there exists a school of thought which believes that...

Brexit and the future of immigration in the UK and EU

January 2018  |  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

Berry Appleman & Leiden

Immigration played a central role in the Brexit movement – the recent rise in immigration was one of the defining arguments that united anti-globalists, eurosceptics and nationalists to vote the UK out of the EU. One of the goals of Brexit was to... 

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