Trump’s trade wars: modest escalation or economic meltdown?

October 2018  |  COVER STORY

When does a trade spat become a trade war? Observers of the reciprocal trade tariffs imposed by the US and China have been pondering this underlying question in recent months while the bigger picture narrative continues to unfold. In some quarters...

Private equity investment in Latin America

October 2018  |  FEATURE

2017 was a notable year for the private equity (PE) industry in Latin America. According to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), 424 transactions were completed, a 20 percent year-on-year increase. Deal value reached $8.4bn...

Real estate investment in Asia-Pacific

October 2018  |  FEATURE

Despite numerous geopolitical issues, the global real estate industry enjoyed a prosperous 2017. While Europe saw rising deal flows, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region was a hive of activity, driven by interest in Hong Kong and Singapore in particular...

Shareholder activism in Australia: a force for good?

October 2018  |  FEATURE

‘Activism’ is a loaded word with often negative connotations. It can conjure up images of confrontational people behaving aggressively in volatile situations. However, when applied to a shareholder context, activism can be a noble aim...

Trends in biosimilars

October 2018  |  ROUNDTABLE

Already a multi-billion dollar market, biosimilar products are set to become even more prevalent as brand-name medicines progressively lose their grip on exclusivity rights and patent protection. Indeed, newer companies are spending vast amounts of time...

Energy & natural resources

October 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The energy & natural resources sector is dynamic, diverse and global in scale. It has also been, in recent times, a hotbed of disruptive activities, resulting in a state of flux. Despite this, however, the long-term outlook is for increasing demand and volatility...

Cyber risk psychology


Psychological phenomena often give cyber predators an important edge over their prey. Some of the most important phenomena are aspiration-based risk taking, excessive optimism, overconfidence, confirmation bias and availability bias. These phenomena give rise...

Ignoring the EU’s GDPR entirely is a perilous risk few non-EU companies can take

October 2018  |  SPOTLIGHT

On 25 May 2018, one of the most extensive and far-reaching privacy laws became enforceable in the European Union (EU). The same day, a number of large US media outlets blocked European residents from their online content. This article examines what was in Europe’s...


September 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on IFRS 17 between Frank Pfaffenzeller, Mary Trussell, Pierre Planchon and Joachim Kölschbach at KPMG.

Impact and treatment of IT assets in M&A

August 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Mark Steele at Deloitte LLP about the impact and treatment of IT assets in M&A.

Creating value in private equity carve-outs

August 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on creating value in private equity carve-outs between Mark Bunker, Jason Caulfield, Mo Habbas, Jan Rattay and Jason Spencer at Deloitte LLP.

People integration in M&A

July 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on people integration in M&A between Jeff Cox and Amy Kawabori at Mercer.

Mexico’s newly-elected president: potential implications

October 2018  |  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

The leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidential elections on 1 July despite scepticism across the financial markets and a rocky relationship between Mr López Obrador and local businessmen. Based on his discourse throughout...

Nullity of loans in Croatia

October 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Fifteen years ago, when foreign creditors were offering loans to Croatian borrowers, they were unlikely to believe that more than a decade later the repayment of loans would be jeopardised by a controversial law passed in the Croatian parliament...

Cyber security developments in Portugal

October 2018  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

When it comes to new sets of regulations and a demand for the law to catch up with reality, cyber security is a hot topic. The technological revolution brought by the worldwide web has transformed people’s lives in many ways. There has certainly been a...

Insights into a research-based legitimate interest risk assessment

October 2018  |  DATA PRIVACY

Before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, each European Union (EU) Member State had its own legislation based on an EU directive. This legislation dated back to the 1990s and thus preceded social media and the rise of e-commerce...

Hiring top-tier strategy consultants: what is important for financial services firms?

August 2018  |  BANKING & FINANCE

In the world of financial services, things are changing every day. From regulatory reforms to accelerating innovation to the rise of new competitors, it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the ever-changing tides – especially as the global war for talent...

Gender equality at the C-level – how women can help themselves to a seat at the table


There have been changes in attitudes toward women in the C-suite and increased opportunities for gender parity at the highest levels of organisations across industries in recent years. Not only has there been a spotlight on this issue in terms of fairness...

Development of third-party litigation funding in Asia


The use of third-party funding (TPF) is well-established in jurisdictions such as the US, UK and Australia. TPF in these jurisdictions has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, significant growth. In a 2015 market analysis of the TPF market in the UK...

A new era for eHealth in the EU

August 2018  |  SECTOR ANALYSIS

On 20 April 2018, Andrus Ansip, the current vice president of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market (DSM), stated in a blog post: “Digital technology can help: to increase efficiency, bring innovation, improve people’s quality...

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