Selling to the enemy

May 2019  |  COVER STORY

Done properly, a merger of rivals can be hugely rewarding. The $107bn deal between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller in 2015, for example, created a powerhouse in the drink and brewing industry. Today, Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest brewer...

Screening FDI

May 2019  |  FEATURE

On 20 November 2018, the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission reached an agreement on the proposed European Union (EU) framework for screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs). The proposal, put forward by the...

Evolution of the CTO

May 2019  |  FEATURE

In a business world increasingly beholden to digital technologies, the role of chief technology officer (CTO) has steadily ascended the corporate hierarchy to become a critical component of day-to-day operations. Even a cursory examination of the roles and responsibilities...

Navigating evolving sanctions regimes

May 2019  |  FEATURE

Complex, volatile and challenging, the global sanctions landscape is an arena swarming with numerous statutes, executive orders and country-specific regulations – making compliance a minefield for companies. Indeed, non-compliance with a sanctions...

GDPR compliance & strategy

May 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

Since it came into force in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a significant impact on personal data protection. While many companies within the regulation’s scope are fine-tuning their strategies in order to ensure compliance...

Business strategy & operations


A company’s business strategy is (or should be) at the heart of everything it does. Therefore, an accurate business strategy overseeing operations carries inestimable importance. Such a strategy should not only be about how much money to invest...

Q&A: Responding to ESG activism


FW moderates a discussion on responding to ESG activism between Alex Heath at Edelman and Peter Montagnon at the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE).

Investment banker liability in M&A: complex, unsettled law heightens need for expert counsel

May 2019  |  SPOTLIGHT

On 4 January 2019, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the unusual securities law case of Varjabedian v. Emulex (2018). Argument is scheduled for 25 April 2019. The issue before the high court will be: “Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

International trade and foreign investment in ASEAN


FW moderates a discussion on international trade and foreign investment in ASEAN between Yeo Eng Ping, Adrian Ball and Tan Bin Eng at EY.

Digital transformation in the financial services sector

April 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on digital transformation in the financial services sector between Kevin Pleiter, Ilieva Ageenko, Joseph Pulicano, RK Madan and David G Royle at Grant Thornton.

Outlook for life settlements in 2019

March 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Corwin Zass at Actuarial Risk Management, Ltd about the outlook for life settlements in 2019.

Digital transformation in the chemicals industry

March 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Frank Jenner at Ernst & Young GmbH WPG about digital transformation in the chemicals industry.

Accumulated losses and risk of statutory dissolution under Saudi companies law


Most businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia operate on a Shari’ah-compliant basis but must also observe local regulations and need to understand the requirement to maintain stated capitalisation. A great deal of concern is in relation to the statutory dissolution...

An incremental improvement to capital markets


The offshoots of blockchain have induced speculative bubbles, promises of new paradigms, talk of disrupting status quo business models and even whispers of creating a new internet. But where are the practical applications that lay people can...

Enhancing compliance, accountability and transparency through whistleblowers

June 2019  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

In its 2016 communication, ‘EU law: Better results through better application’, the European Commission (EC) acknowledged that applying and enforcing EU law remains a challenge. Recent large-scale scandals such as ‘Dieselgate’, ‘Lux leaks’...

Employment issues to consider when expanding in the United States


So you want to open an facility or hire employees in the United States? Perhaps you seek to expand into new markets, open up to new customer bases or take advantage of a different pool of employees. You will, of course, face obvious legal hurdles involving...

Cryptocurrency and blockchain: hitting the real world, and some real-world problems

May 2019  |  BANKING & FINANCE

Greenspoon Marder LLP

Conferences and webinars devoted to cryptocurrency or blockchain are becoming increasingly common. Depending on an attendee’s attitude toward technology and, arguably, to new modes of finance, these events may seem like the wonders of tomorrow...

Infrastructure projects in Brazil: the road to partnerships


Investment Partnerships Program (IPP)

Brazil has, historically, had to contend with a huge infrastructure gap. Currently, annual investments from private and public sources are insufficient to even cover depreciation. The Brazilian public budget is unable to fill this gap; thus, the only way to satisfy...

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