Sleepwalking to disaster: global risks in a volatile world

April 2019  |  COVER STORY

Mankind is standing on the precipice of a total breakdown – economically, geopolitically, technologically and environmentally. Such is the prognosis for the world and everything in it according to those tasked with calculating the potential...

Cross-border M&A integration

April 2019  |  FEATURE

Cross-border M&A is a key instrument for generating shareholder value and entering new markets. It allows companies to pursue new technologies, capabilities and products while driving growth, innovation and transformation. According to Willis Towers Watson...

Private equity governance

April 2019  |  FEATURE

In today’s tightly regulated economy, good corporate governance may be the best way to create lasting value. A strong sense of corporate governance means the board of directors is likely to meet more regularly, will have clearly defined responsibilities and will...

The evolution of compliance

April 2019  |  FEATURE

As the regulatory landscape has evolved, compliance departments and the chief compliance officer (CCO) have become increasingly important, helping organisations to adapt. Today, companies are beholden to ever-changing and escalating regulatory demands...

Transfer pricing

April 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

Transfer pricing (TP) is a pressing topic at the moment, with a number of key developments impacting tax regimes across the globe. These include the ongoing implementation of country-by-country reporting (CbCR) exchanges by tax authorities...

Infrastructure & project finance

April 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The financing of infrastructure and large-scale projects – in the mining industry, transportation and telecommunications sectors and energy industry, among many others – continues to be a top priority for financial institutions...

FORUM: Sustainability in infrastructure projects

April 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on sustainability in infrastructure projects between Benjamin Assante Di Panzillo at Egis, Rahul Agarwal at Invest India, Joanne Emerson Taqi at Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP, and Simon Whistler at Principles for Responsible Investment.

Cyber security and privacy: fiduciary considerations and Dodd-Frank’s enterprise risk management

April 2019  |  SPOTLIGHT

Technology, and the risks posed by our use of it, are ubiquitous. As more companies recognise cyber and data privacy matters as enterprise level risks, many struggle with how to address it as a top line risk and to ensure its directors and executives fulfil any relevant fiduciary...

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.

Evolving commercial due diligence: value creation in M&A

January 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on evolving commercial due diligence and value creation in M&A between Sheil Malde, Colin Terry, Gabriele Vanoli, Michael van der Boom and Marc Becker at Deloitte.

Safeguarding corporate brand and reputation

April 2019  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

The most invaluable assets of a business are its brand name and reputation. Indeed, a company’s brand and reputation is often synonymous to its success. Corporates often believe that the trust and loyalty a brand can invoke in a market is a vital element in...

Cyber crime in the UK – is it is bad as they say or worse?

April 2019  |  RISK MANAGEMENT

In November 2016, the government published the ‘National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021’ (NCSS). Philip Hammond, who was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13 July 2016, drafted the forward that said: “Cyber-attacks are growing more frequent...

Patisserie Valerie and fraud prevention

April 2019  |  FRAUD & CORRUPTION

With the collapse into administration of Patisserie Valerie still fresh in everyone’s mind, this is a useful moment to reflect on fraud prevention measures and how the company’s collapse could have been avoided or the effects of the fraud mitigated...

Contract remedies in the United States


Whether in litigation or arbitration, the available remedies and the corresponding limitations for breach of contract claims drive decisions about whether to pursue claims or settle. The law in the US provides remedies for breach of contract that are monetary...

Solving the ethics enigma


For any company, even an allegation, much less the truth, of unethical or criminal behaviour may result in millions of dollars in legal fees, fines and penalties, reduced market capitalisation and, potentially, criminal liability. For example, Volkswagen’s diesel scandal...

The profits of zoom


We work in a world where being effective as a global business is essential. However, despite this, there is no single proven programme or discipline which provides leaders with the capabilities and competencies they need to succeed. If this is the case, then...

The new Italian CFC regime

February 2019  |  CORPORATE TAX

Legislative Decree No. 142 of 29 November 2018, published in the Italian Official Gazette on 28 December 2018, implemented Council Directive (EU) 2016/1164 of 12 July 2016, setting forth new rules against tax avoidance, known as the Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD)...

Reflections on the MTN Nigeria Communications case


On 29 August 2018, Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) announced the imposition of sanctions against MTN Nigeria Communications Limited (MTNN) and four commercial banks for the alleged “flagrant violation of extant laws and regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. The CBN demanded that MTNN return to Nigeria some US$8.13bn, which the CBN claimed...

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