Magazine - May 2001

In publication since 1982, IFLR has become the trusted source for in-house counsel and law firms specialising in financial law.

Cover Story

  • Paying the price for America’s water needs

    The US water infrastructure needs billions of dollars of investment. As concern mounts that many towns and cities may struggle in the not-too-distant future to provide citizens with clean, safe water, IFLR invited a panel of industry specialists to discuss the obstacles and opportunities created by what may be the US’s next great infrastructure challenge

Features

  • In-house view: Andrew Whittaker, general counsel, Financial Services Authority

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is pioneering financial regulation in the UK by becoming its sole governing power, and is closely linked to the debate over European regulation. With the Authority fully assuming its powers in November this year, Sara Ver-Bruggen talks to Andrew Whittaker about the challenges it faces

  • Comment: European securities regulation

    Gilles Thieffry of Andersen Legal, London, looks at the controversial Lamfalussy Report and argues that more needs to be done to promote a pan-European securities regulator if the authorities are to keep up with market realities

  • Athens thinks big with small cap market

    The Athens Stock Exchange launched a new market for high-tech, high-growth companies in April, looking to capitalize on the same opportunities as exchanges like the Neuer Markt. Yannis Avgerinos, of the British Institute of International & Comparative Law, looks at the rules for companies listing on the new exchange

  • US tightens net on merger reporting

    The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act has been the cornerstone of merger control in the US for 25 years. But revisions made to the Act this year will change the threshold at which mergers need to be reported in an attempt to bring more consolidations in the high-tech sector under the control of the federal authorities. James Lowe of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, DC examines the changes to the notification regime

  • Brazil seeks stability through clearing system reform

    Rafael Maradei of Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão Advogados, São Paulo, reviews the Brazilian government’s new attempt to reform clearing and settlement systems

  • Part one: Corruption and legislative reform: Taming the risks of project finance

    There may be no such thing as a 100% risk-free project financing, particularly in emerging markets, but excess risk is still a deterrent to investors. In the first of a two-part series, Ellen Hayes and Amy Cummings of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington, DC, look at what steps being taken to mitigate the problems of corruption, legislation reform and arbitration procedures

  • Courts look for solution to creditor class confusion

    The Hong Kong and English courts of appeal have been trying to disentangle their respective company laws to identity classes of creditors for schemes of arrangement. Joe Bannister of Lovells, Hong Kong looks at two recent judgments and asks if progress has been made

  • China listing authority gets tough on unprofitable companies

    Although China has operated stock exchanges for a decade, it has never delisted a company. Now the Chinese regulator is tightening its rules to prevent unprofitable companies from continuing to have their shares traded. Liu Haili of Richards Butler, Hong Kong, explains

  • Cleaning up Hong Kong’s companies

    David Webb has long been a crusader against Hong Kong’s crony capitalism, but now he has upped the ante and is challenging the government to debate the issue of corporate governance openly. Nick Ferguson reports

  • Nordic lawyers see opportunities in downturn

    A year ago Nordic law firms were reaping the benefits of booming capital markets work for high-tech companies. The collapse in equity values may have frozen the flow of deals but, as Thomas Williams reports, lawyers are finding they can help clients in bad times as well as good

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