Understanding the Defend Trade Secrets Act

May 2017|  COVER STORY

Trade secrets, like all intellectual property (IP) drive profitability and generate jobs, and should be afforded the same respect and protection as any other asset, be it real estate or a key member of senior management...

PE in Canada: the state of the industry

May 2017|  FEATURE

“The world right now is awash with private equity (PE) money,” said Cameron Belsher, leader of the mergers and acquisitions group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, just a few short months ago – an assessment that certainly reflects...

Game changer: the countdown to PSD2

May 2017|  FEATURE

A game changer. That is how many in the payments industry are describing the forthcoming Payment Services Directive (PSD2) – revised legislation scheduled for implementation across European Union (EU) member states...

Global antitrust outlook 2017

May 2017|  FEATURE

One critical element of today’s business landscape is paying attention to antitrust and competition issues – an especially acute concern given the increasing prevalence of cross-border components in transactions and...

Data protection & privacy laws


Data protection and privacy concerns rank among the most pressing issues of our age, with accompanying laws attaining an ever-increasing level of importance. Certainly, new cyber security and data protection regulations issued by the New...

Operating an effective board


Today’s complex business world is rife with any number of challenging scenarios and environments. These include cyber security threats, the economic outlook, financial management and regulatory compliance, among many others. Against this backdrop...

When compliance policies fail: addressing the monitoring deficit


Many companies are finally ‘getting it’ when it comes to anti-corruption compliance. Nonetheless, whether it is in the due diligence review of a partner or potential acquisition target, conducting internal investigations, or defending organisations...

Distressed investing 2017: caveat emptor

May 2017|  SPOTLIGHT

Distressed investment performance, with few exceptions, has been very strong over the eight years since the collapse of the financial sector in 2008. Fund indices have been up well over 200 percent during this period. Recognising that trailing averages...

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.

Brexit – one year on


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

In some ways, it feels like the 12 months since the EU referendum has gone quickly. We have had the excitement of the US elections, the outcome of which enabled us to point fingers back at the Americans. There were the legal challenges to...

Wrongful trading developments – what is half of nothing?


Reed Smith

Case law on wrongful trading has developed significantly over the past two years, with cases such as Brooks and another v Armstrong and another [2016] increasing judicial consideration of the conduct of directors in the period preceding an...

Document, document and document again


Augentius Group

In recent months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have all issued consultations and guidance on outsourcing. Although the regulators advised on...

Going the rounds – from seed to exit


JAG Shaw Baker

To get to the finish line, startups need funding to help them evolve through their lifecycles. This means more than just one round, with each kicking up different dynamics to the one before. According to a funding report from Tech.eu...

Addressing the funding gap in post-Brexit Britain


Prestige Asset Management

Interest in the UK as a market for investment does not seem to have dissipated in the wake of the Brexit vote. Foreign investors see an opportunity from the weaker British pound to increase their exposure and there is also considerable interest...

The Trade Facilitation Agreement


Jones Day

On 22 February 2017 the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) finally came into force, following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership, including the world’s key trading nations. The TFA, which...

Securing your data: a shift across the board



Protecting what amounts to the lifeblood of a company – its data and its reputation – from both external attacks and operational errors is a staple business requirement. Gone are the days of limited corporate engagement on the topic...

Infrastructure vulnerability – what do you need to know?


CLT 3 Consulting

While disruption is now a business model, it is also a sobering concern for infrastructure security. With a politically unstable world climate, and volatility at home and abroad, essential services in the US can realistically be considered at risk from attack...

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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