Digital transformation and the C-suite

September 2017|  COVER STORY

Digital transformation has taken off over the last few years, with companies awakening to the myriad opportunities it can offer. Digital transformation involves the realignment of existing technology, or investment in new technology...

State of the UK M&A market

September 2017|  FEATURE

Though the spectre of Brexit looms on the horizon, creating doubt over the future of the economy, UK M&A activity is gathering momentum. The first half of 2017 saw new deals announced with encouraging frequency, culminating in the...

Bankruptcy boom: distress in the US retail space

September 2017|  FEATURE

Despite overall spending in the US retail space continuing to grow steadily, today’s reality is that traditional brick and mortar retailers are being squeezed out of the picture by online shopping competitors, with many filing for bankruptcy then...

Third-party relationships: advantageous or an Achilles’ heel?

September 2017|  FEATURE

In an ever-more globalised business world, third-party relationships provide companies with a multitude of opportunities to increase productivity and revenue. However, at the same time, these relationships also present a considerable...

Energy & utilities sector

September 2017|  ROUNDTABLE

The pace of change in the energy & utilities sector has continued to accelerate in 2017, with a fundamental transformation of the world’s energy and industrial systems under way. Chief among the changes have been alterations to the regulatory...

Private equity

September 2017|  SPECIAL REPORT

In recent times, the private equity environment has been as energetic as ever – an asset class that continues to see a high velocity of transactions, healthy fundraising, as well as high value exits and returns to investors. That said, there are a range of challenges...

New regulations on foreign investors’ acquisition of Japanese companies


On 17 May 2017, the Japanese Diet passed an amendment to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), which will come into effect in or before May 2018. The amendment places a new pattern of transferring shares in unlisted...

Encouraging whistleblowers in a complex environment: the way forward

September 2017|  LEGAL & REGULATORY

Fear stalks the land. The robot apocalypse is nigh, destined to steal our jobs and our future. Worse yet, the machines are made elsewhere and the Western economies are being left behind in the race for manufacturing prowess. We have heard this...

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.

The art of making the American economy great again

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

One of president Trump’s most memorable election slogans was his pledge to ‘Make America Great Again’. This had the twin benefit of being both memorable and vague. The US economy was growing reasonably well when Trump came to power...

Core concepts for a compassionate culture

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

The shared reality of the workplace requires individuals to perform and act autonomously yet cooperatively. In the compassionate workplace, the individual shifts from merely learning skills and gaining knowledge to a context where skills... 

Why bargain-priced e-discovery is a false economy

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

Every organisation is looking for ways to be more efficient and to save costs, so it is no surprise that many are interested in finding an electronic discovery partner which is offering a low price for electronic discovery services. What those offering...

Recent WannaCry ransomware attack likely first of more to come

September 2017  |  EXPERT BRIEFING

In what is being called the ‘worst ever’ ransomware attack, experts believe tools used to undertake a global malware campaign were part of a trove lifted from the National Security Agency (NSA) by as-yet-unknown parties. Apparently exploiting a...

Governance, risk and compliance: the need for integration on financial markets

August 2017  |  BANKING & FINANCE

In January 2008, Wachovia Bank, a North-Carolina based bank founded in 1879, enjoyed an Aa1 rating from Moody’s for its deposits, with over $810bn dollars worth of assets. Then Wachovia suffered a $23bn third-quarter loss in 2008...

The impact and far-reaching consequences of MiFID II

August 2017  |  FINANCE & INVESTMENT

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) is one of the most discussed and debated regulations in the financial services sector. The consequences of MiFID II’s implementation are widespread and profound – spanning the macro...

Cyber intrusion or IT single point of failure?

August 2017  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

Whether directed at governments or businesses, there are headlines about cyber intrusions virtually every day. Rather than publicly admit the cyber intrusion, victimised companies often claim that the Information Technology (IT) data centre actually...

GDPR: time to explain your AI

August 2017  |  DATA PRIVACY

One of the more promising applications of artificial intelligence (AI) is in regulatory compliance, an area that continues to get more complicated for financial institutions, many of which are struggling to implement IFRS 9, GDPR, PSD2 and other...

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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