IP issues in M&A

July 2019  |  COVER STORY

The importance of intellectual property (IP) cannot be overstated. It is, arguably, a company’s most important asset, critical to fostering innovation and driving economies. According to the European Patent Office, for example, 42 percent of total economic activity in the...

Strategy for our time: ‘buy and build’ steps up

July 2019  |  FEATURE

Uptake of the ‘buy and build’ strategy by private equity (PE) houses has increased significantly in recent times – an uptick generated by rising competition for assets and record-high valuations. Essentially, investors in pursuit of value are eschewing...

Transaction reporting: the importance of getting it right

July 2019  |  FEATURE

Ensuring that transaction reporting is accurate and compliant has never been more important – a legal obligation that was brought into sharp focus by fines recently imposed on a number of high-profile firms. In March 2019, both UBS AG (UBS) and...

Reviewing EU vertical agreements legislation

July 2019  |  FEATURE

Vertical agreements are important in competition law. They create fewer antitrust concerns than horizontal agreements and allow two or more parties, which are at different levels of a production chain able to control costs, greater efficiencies while promoting...

Consolidation in the UK energy market

July 2019  |  ROUNDTABLE

The UK energy market is undergoing major change, with regulatory headwinds, soaring costs, increasing competition, new technologies, supply and storage issues and a growth in renewable consumption shaping activity. Also a key factor is the market’s drive...

White-collar crime

July 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

The term white-collar crime is generally associated with financially-motivated non-violent crimes – such as securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, corporate fraud and money laundering – conducted while maintaining a veneer of respectability...

Q&A: Impact of technology on bribery prevention and detection

July 2019  |  SPECIAL REPORT

FW moderates a discussion on the impact of technology on bribery prevention and detection between Alexandra Wrage and Robert Clark at TRACE.

Dauntless Dutch defending

July 2019  |  SPOTLIGHT

In past years, various unsuccessful attempts by foreign companies to acquire Dutch companies, such as KPN, PostNL, Unilever and AkzoNobel, have triggered a widespread and ongoing public debate in the Netherlands regarding the protection of Dutch listed companies...

De-risking M&A in EMEA: risk management and insurance

July 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on de-risking M&A in EMEA through risk management and insurance, between Kit Westropp, Mark Storrie and Carl Christian Rösiö at Euclid Transactional UK Limited.

The impact of large customer insolvency on supply chain companies

July 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Alan Tilley at BM&T European Restructuring Solutions about the impact of a large customer insolvency on supply chain companies.

Identity verification: risk, compliance and value

July 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW speaks with Henry Thomas, Darnell Walker, Gus Tomlinson, David Thomas and Adam Hancox at GBG Plc, about the risk, compliance and value issues surrounding identity verification.

Transformation in the oil & gas industry

July 2019  |  TALKINGPOINT

FW moderates a discussion on transformation in the oil & gas industry between Ogan Kose, Miguel Gonzalez-Torreira and Rory Skrebowski at ATIOS (Accenture Trading, Investments and Commercial Optimisation Strategy).

Spain: a frontrunner in using harmonised EU alternative investment funds


The Spanish alternative investment sector has experienced significant growth recently, as signalled by the increasing number of management companies and funds operating in the country. This growth has drawn the attention of private banking clients...

Recent cyber security and data privacy developments


Data privacy and cyber security continues to make headlines. Companies are continually being targeted by cyber criminals, ranging from lone hackers to state-sponsored hacking organisations, highlighting the risks and potential costs of cyber...

Controllership existentialism: recent CJEU case law on determining controllership and its implications for business

July 2019  |  DATA PRIVACY

Navigating the world of European data protection law is not for the faint hearted. With multiple interacting pieces of legislation in force in each European Union (EU) Member State, even getting to grips with the underlying principles of the law...

Possible amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information in 2019

July 2019  |  DATA PRIVACY

On 25 April 2019, the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan (PPC) published an interim report called “Interim report on the so-called review of APPI every three years”. The Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI)...

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...

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