News analysis

  • Lax underwriting and fraud to blame for credit crisis

    31 Jan 2008

    As regulators search for the roots of the credit crunch, loose underwriting standards and "soft fraud" by originators have been highlighted by the UK's Financial Services Authority

  • Anti-monopoly law could turn China protectionist

    30 Jan 2008

    Counsel in China are fretting over the country's new Anti-Monopoly Law as it emerges that no decision has been taken on which agency will enforce it

  • UK hedge funds regulate themselves

    24 Jan 2008

    UK hedge funds revealed their voluntary guidelines to the industry on Tuesday and are set to disclose more information on their risk, fees and valuations

  • Renminbi funds: The party that never started

    23 Jan 2008

    The expected glut of foreign renminbi private equity hasn't arrived – and for once it's got nothing to do with the credit crunch

  • Sovereign wealth will help improve US liquidity

    23 Jan 2008

    Politicians may have criticised recent investments by sovereign wealth funds, pointing to their lack of transparency, but lawyers in the US say they should not be feared

  • Stop panicking over sovereign funds

    23 Jan 2008

    Standard Chartered's claim that sovereign wealth funds are potentially "irresponsible participants in the world economy" is an overreaction, according to UK counsel

  • Don’t regulate hedge funds

    21 Jan 2008

    The Madoff scandal creates no credible arguments for greater European regulation of hedge funds. The responsibility lies with investors and fund managers

  • PHH collapse: not a one-off

    09 Jan 2008

    More deals will collapse like PHH and private equity buyers will continue to blame banks, according to counsel

  • Hedge funds

    01 Jan 2008

    Hybrids create problems in Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong

    01 Jan 2008

    Funds will fall back in love with the SFC

  • Europe private equity

    01 Jan 2008

    Code of conduct to be stiffened

  • US acquisition finance

    01 Jan 2008

    Deals change; covenants return

  • Europe M&A

    01 Jan 2008

    Commission fights protectionism

  • Hedge fund regulation

    01 Jan 2008

    Debate fractures as states get involved

  • Europe leveraged finance

    01 Jan 2008

    Power to the banks, for now

  • Islamic finance

    01 Jan 2008

    Projects to grow

  • Restructuring

    01 Jan 2008

    Restructuring not insolvency

  • Five tips for private equity

    01 Jan 2008

    The problems Middle East funds have in adapting to western buyouts

  • Big and British

    01 Jan 2008

    Freshfields and Clifford Chance dominated the recent boom in Germany

  • Here since '87

    01 Jan 2008

    International firms that have been in Japan since 1987 are now reaping the rewards

  • Get into groups

    01 Jan 2008

    The winners in the M&A boom were the firms with connections

  • Fishing for work

    01 Jan 2008

    Competition between firms in Peru concentrated on fishing in 2007

  • How Americans have flown

    01 Jan 2008

    The expansion strategies of Baker & McKenzie, Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Latham & Watkins compared

  • How many roads?

    01 Jan 2008

    The many paths US global firms have taken to growth, from rescuing clients from the Nazis to the perils of the Middle East

  • Change of culture

    01 Jan 2008

    How working at Chadbourne & Parke, Morrison & Foerster and Jones Day compares to non-US firms

  • Reorientation

    01 Jan 2008

    US capital markets practices in Asia face a dilemma. Less outbound work and UK firms with US-qualified lawyers

  • Special relationship

    01 Jan 2008

    American firms need to hire new talent in the UK if they are to grow. Here's how they do it