The CLOUD Act: law enforcer or global privacy threat?

June 2018  |  COVER STORY

A long-overdue overhaul of outdated digital privacy and security law and a boon for enforcement agencies – that is how advocates of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act proclaimed the legislation as it traversed the...

Role of the CFO in M&A

June 2018  |  FEATURE

During a transaction, a company’s chief financial officer (CFO) will be a central figure. Though the chief executive is often the focal point of a company’s operations, the CFO will share with the CEO the key responsibility for driving a deal forward in his...

Impact of US tax reform on PE funds and portfolio companies

June 2018  |  FEATURE

Signed into law in December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the most significant overhaul of US tax policy since 1986. The new law will impact individual taxpayers in all income tax brackets, all businesses and virtually every sector of the economy...

Overcoming the fraud triangle

June 2018  |  FEATURE

Despite the efforts of authorities around the world, corrupt and fraudulent behaviour continues to flourish, with a debilitating economic effect. According to data published by Experian, fraudulent activity now costs the UK alone £190bn per year...

International arbitration

June 2018  |  ROUNDTABLE

International arbitration has been a hive of activity in recent times, with the number and value of disputes referred to arbitration continuing to grow. Concurrently, the arbitration community has observed a number of fresh trends and developments...

Mergers & acquisitions

June 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

Dealmakers seem generally optimistic that the number of mergers & acquisitions (M&A) will increase over the next 12 months. Indeed, many companies are sending strong signals that they intend to aim for bigger deal targets in 2018, with cash...

The new roadblock to cross-border M&A in an ever-more globalised world

June 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

As if it was not already tough enough to get a complex cross-border deal done. Differences in valuation and pricing, legal pitfalls associated with the targeted business, financing and the conditions thereof as well as merger control...

W&I insurance as a regular transaction element

June 2018  |  SPECIAL REPORT

European M&A markets posted significant growth (14 percent) in terms of overall deal volume in 2017, and so far there are no indications of a significant slowdown in 2018. Within a strong overall environment, Germany continued to outperform...


June 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on IFRS 16 between Markus Kreher, Sai Venkateshwaran, Michelle Gibbs and Ruben Rog at KPMG.

Patents and trademarks in 2018

June 2018  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on patents and trademarks in 2018 between Josep Montefusco at Clifford Chance, S.L.P., Douglas Sharrott at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, Bernardo Herrerias at Hogan Lovells, Abigail Woolhouse at Stratagem IPM Ltd, and Helen Cheng at Zhong Lun Law Firm.

Impact of the Network and Information Security Directive

June 2018  |  LEGALREVIEW

FW moderates a discussion on the outlook for Latin America infrastructure between André Luiz Freire at Demarest Advogados and Vera De Brito de Gyarfas at King & Spalding.

GDPR due diligence in M&A


FW moderates a discussion on GDPR due diligence in M&A between Mark Steele at Deloitte LLP, Philip Whitchelo at Intralinks, Gail E. Crawford at Latham & Watkins LLP, and Siân John at Microsoft.

The currency of capitalism with a social conscience


When attendees of the World Economic Forum gathered in Davos, Switzerland for its annual meeting, the topic of conversation was ‘Larry’s letter’. The week before the Forum, Larry Fink, founder and chief executive of the $6.3 trillion...

Cyber insurance mistakes that have cost risk managers their job


In the last few years, an alarming number of risk managers have lost their job because of mistakes they have made related to their cyber insurance programmes. The unfortunate thing is that, unlike a company’s ability to stop a breach, avoiding costly...

Shareholder activism is here to stay


When the German utility groups E.ON and RWE recently announced an asset swap, a whole series of transactions with a total value of approximately €43bn that would change the European utilities landscape, many observers were stunned...

Data privacy and cyber security: the importance of a proactive approach


New laws are taking effect across the globe to regulate the collection, use, retention, disclosure and disposal of personal information. At the same time, the rate of cyber attacks, data breaches and unauthorised use of personal data is growing...

The role of representations and warranties insurance coverage in M&A activity


Representations and warranties insurance (RWI) remains a hot trend, and because it is a category of insurance that is highly competitive and flexible as to its terms, purchasers benefit from careful negotiation of RWI policies. The number of M&As...

M&A in the Canadian cannabis industry


On 13 April 2017, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, into the House of Commons. To date, the proposed Act has moved through the House of Commons and has successfully passed its second reading at the...

New ‘piggy back’ scheme introduced for the development of electric power infrastructure


In Indonesia, the provision of electric power is the responsibility of the government, delegated to a state-owned entity, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (Persero) (PLN). Under the current applicable law, PLN is responsible for the provision of electric power...

Reflections on the Martin Shkreli case


Martin Shkreli made global news in late 2015 as the man behind the 5000 percent increase in the price of the HIV drug Daraprim. Despite an initially passionate defence, he was publicly pilloried, earning himself the dubious title of ‘most hated man...

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