Financial Services

Too Big to Fail? The Major Financial Risk We Need to Examine Now

Apr 2017

Too Big to Fail? The Major Financial Risk We Need to Examine Now

This FTI Q&A explores the explosive growth of one of the safeguards of Dodd-Frank — central counterparties clearinghouses — and asks: have they become too big to protect the system?

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10 Moves Your Company Should Make Now to Ward Off Shareholder Activists

Nov 2016

10 Moves Your Company Should Make Now to Ward Off Shareholder Activists

The term “shareholder activism” evokes the image of a white knight. But in the 1980s, activists were called “corporate raiders,” a term that evokes a much different image. As the perception of activists has changed over the years, so has the means for dealing with them.

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China M&As Eye Western Tech: Tense Times Follow

Nov 2016

China M&As Eye Western Tech: Tense Times Follow

Chinese companies are trying to scoop up Western tech companies in M&A mega deals, with big rewards for all. But suspicions on both sides continue to scuttle some of the deals. Here’s why.

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Five Key Takeaways from a Banner Year in Proxy Fights

Nov 2016

Five Key Takeaways from a Banner Year in Proxy Fights

Driven by a recent history of success, the number of winning proxy fights in 2016 again topped the 50% mark.

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Are We in Bubble Trouble?

Oct 2016

Are We in Bubble Trouble?

The state of the U.S. real estate market as an investment vehicle shows eerie similarities to the era before the Great Recession. Should we be worried?

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Third-Party Vendors: Love ’Em or Leave ’Em

Oct 2016

Third-Party Vendors: Love ’Em or Leave ’Em

Banks are increasingly outsourcing services to third-party vendors, which introduces all kinds of business risks. Here’s how banks can get a grip on that relationship and manage the anxiety.

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The Survey Says: Detroit is Flexing its Financial Muscles Again

Sep 2016

The Survey Says: Detroit is Flexing its Financial Muscles Again

Detroit’s Kresge Foundation engaged FTI Consulting to survey national business leaders about their impressions of the city’s potential for financial growth post-bankruptcy. The resulting Detroit Reinvestment Index shows a bullish attitude towards investment.

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Financial Fixes That Can Turn on the Cash Flow Spigot

Sep 2016

Financial Fixes That Can Turn on the Cash Flow Spigot

How can your company free up cash for investing in its future and improve operational efficiency at the same time? By better managing working capital. Here’s how to do it

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Let’s Make a Deal

Jun 2016

Let’s Make a Deal

With President Obama’s recent visit plus a strong GDP and pending ratification of the TPP, Vietnam is on the map for potential investors. But what about that Communist government?

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Colombia Gets a Business Makeover

Jun 2016

Colombia Gets a Business Makeover

Through numerous government reforms and initiatives, Colombia has emerged from decades of turmoil to become Latin America’s hot spot for global investors eyeing the construction industry.

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Five Things to Know to Avoid Doing Business with the Yakuza

Jun 2016

Five Things to Know to Avoid Doing Business with the Yakuza

Japan’s legendary crime syndicate is deeply embedded within Japanese society and is regulated by the government. Still, foreign executives looking to do business in Japan should take care: The Yakuza are as dangerous in the back alley as they are in the boardroom.

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Culture is King: Five Steps Managers Must Take to Drive Lasting Change within the Banking Industry

May 2016

Culture is King: Five Steps Managers Must Take to Drive Lasting Change within the Banking Industry

Financial services professionals are swamped by regulation after regulation in the effort to avoid the next big scandal. But good compliance processes can only take you so far in the highly scrutinized banking sector. A focus on corporate culture is the secret sauce to creating real change. How can you alter a company from the inside out?

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The Rise of Analytics in E-discovery:

Dec 2015

The Rise of Analytics in E-discovery:

There were just over 295,000 civil suits filed in U.S. district courts in 2014, an increase of 4 percent over 2013. On top of that, there were another 81,000 criminal cases (including fraud) filed.

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The Cautious Investors’ Guide to Brazil

Dec 2015

The Cautious Investors’ Guide to Brazil

It’s no secret that Brazil has been going through hard times and that investors — with good reason — regard the country as a high-risk environment.

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Let Fannie and Freddie Breathe

May 2015

The Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") recently reported that, due to a lack of capital reserves, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might need more government bailouts if housing markets decline.

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Searching for Value: Equity Market Valuations Home and Away

Feb 2014

Searching for Value: Equity Market Valuations Home and Away

U.S. equity markets have bounced back, and market valuation metrics now appear stretched even as prospective returns on investment are being compressed. Are U.S. equities overvalued?

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BANKS IN THE CROSSHAIRS

Jan 2014

BANKS IN THE CROSSHAIRS

It’s monumentally difficult for banks to ensure that they’re not being used by money launderers, terrorists, and other assorted bad guys. But governments increasingly are asking them to do just that, and punishing them severely when they fail. How can banks track customers and regulate transactions more effectively and cost-efficiently?

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Is “Business Ethics” an Oxymoron?

Feb 2014

Is “Business Ethics” an Oxymoron?

Scandals. Fines. Show trials. These days, just doing business can appear almost criminal. While government-imposed regulation can soothe the public’s ire, it can also create burdensome costs and competitive disadvantages. To survive, businesses must perform reputational due diligence and create self-policing organizational cultures.

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2013 Life Sciences Investor Survey

Jun 2013

2013 Life Sciences Investor Survey

The FTI Consulting third annual Life Sciences Investor Survey, a study conducted by the Strategic Communication practice, assessed U.S. and European investors’ outlook on the investment climate in life sciences and, specifically, their expectations for the sector with regard to transactions, drug development pipelines, subsector performance and geographic growth prospects.

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Better Healthcare Through Clinical Integration

Jun 2013

Better Healthcare Through Clinical Integration

A Discussion with Singing River Health System Facilitated by Phil Polakoff, M.D., FTI Consulting Chief Medical Executive

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A Communications Strategy for Volatile Times

Nov 2012

A Communications Strategy for Volatile Times

In today’s uncertain environment, companies need a sound understanding of what their stakeholders think.

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The Risk Manager

Apr 2012

The Risk Manager

Chief financial officers may have the ideal combination of perspective and abilities to link capital with strategy in order to quantify and handle enterprise risks.

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The Bribery Net

Apr 2012

The Bribery Net

Commercial bribery. Facilitation. Even failure to prevent a bribery from taking place. These are all serious offenses under the new U.K. Bribery Act. Will the Bribery Act really be like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on steroids?

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The Impact Of Global Financial Reforms

Dec 2011

The Impact Of Global Financial Reforms

The financial crisis spurred significant regulatory reforms including the Dodd-Frank Act. Six top financial leaders discuss whether these reforms can truly prevent another meltdown.

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The Asian Tiger's Camouflage

Dec 2011

The Asian Tiger's Camouflage

Once fraud is revealed, investor losses can be sudden and dramatic. When considering Asian investments, look beyond the audited financials.

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View From The Bridge

Dec 2011

View From The Bridge

Conversations with three CEOs who were at the precipice of the unparalleled banking crisis

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Restricted Access

Mar 2011

Restricted Access

Banks are lending again, but new banking regulations, loan structures and products, coupled with more conservative bankers, make for tough going.

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Ready. Aim...

Mar 2011

Ready. Aim...

After three years of hunkering down, deferring unnecessary investment and cutting costs, companies around the world are sitting on record levels of cash to spend as the global economy strengthens.

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Building a Better Public Image

Nov 2010

As new regulations and competitive necessity draw private equity firms into the public arena, ignoring reputational issues may no longer be an option.

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In - And Out Of - Control

Nov 2010

In - And Out Of - Control

Private equity funds are becoming more engaged with their portfolio companies. But there’s a fine line between fostering and stifling.

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Making 1 + 1 = 3

Nov 2010

Making 1 + 1 = 3

Most mergers come up short of their goals. Avoiding these five key pitfalls can help companies realize their full potential.

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The First 100 Days

Nov 2010

The First 100 Days

Well before closing on the acquisition of a company, the sponsor should develop a 100-day plan for the acquired company that will put it on the path to achieving the sponsor’s investment goals.

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On The Same Page

Nov 2010

On The Same Page

After acquisition, buyers and sellers must do some heavy lifting to ensure that each party holds up its end of the bargain.

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Why borrowers should do their homework

Apr 2010

Why borrowers should do their homework

When searching for asset-based financing, it is important for a company’s finance team to understand the value of their assets and their cash flow. This involves understanding the appraised value of their fixed assets, examining their working capital assets, and ultimately understanding how those values will be viewed by their potential lender. In larger, widely syndicated transactions, another important consideration is the current market depth and capacity for other investors.

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Taming the Banking Beast

Apr 2010

Taming the Banking Beast

After the turmoil of the financial crisis, the banking sector urgently needs regulatory reform. How can this be achieved?

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Executive Compensation: A New Solution to an Old Problem

Apr 2010

Executive Compensation: A New Solution to an Old Problem

Contrary to media “noise,” the issue of executive compensation is not a modern dilemma: economist Adam Smith analyzed it more than 200 years ago. Weak boards, dispersed ownership and an ill-informed financial community all contribute to the problem. But is there a solution?

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Hedge Fund Disclosure: The Best Defense for an Industry Under Siege

Apr 2010

Hedge Fund Disclosure: The Best Defense for an Industry Under Siege

Hedge funds are under the microscope like never before, as regulators and investors demand greater transparency and disclosure. What does this mean for an industry more used to operating behind a veil?

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Communicating Executive Compensation

Apr 2010

Communicating Executive Compensation

Each year during proxy season, certain company executives and directors wince in anticipation of publicly disclosing executive compensation. For the majority of workers, pay and benefits are a private matter between them and their employers, but financial regulators require full disclosure of the compensation of key leaders.

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Show Me the Money

Apr 2010

Show Me the Money

Non-investment grade companies needing to refinance maturing debt or seeking new money loans are still facing a tough lending environment despite the overall improvement in credit market conditions. This is especially true for middle market companies. FTI Consulting shares some practical insights on how best to find favor with lenders in these challenging times.

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The FTI Global Pulse: Monitoring Changing Economic Expectations

Apr 2010

Against a fragile economic backdrop, few are able to agree on what lies ahead. Will the global economy continue its climb out of recession? Or will the world double-dip into more financial woes? New global research from FTI, based on forward-looking global estimates, sheds light on regional economic performance around the world and provides insight into the possible shape of the global recovery.

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When Dealing With Debt, Confidence Is King

Oct 2009

When Dealing With Debt, Confidence Is King

Credit rationing means there is, and will continue to be, a race to access funds. While market confidence remains fragile, a company’s ability to communicate how it is addressing the threats and opportunities created by the current climate has never been more important.

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Proxy Reform–Be Careful What You Wish For

Oct 2009

Early next year, the five members of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are expected to vote on an issue that for years has sparked fierce debate between companies and shareholder activists. The issue revolves around whether to make it easier for shareholders to nominate directors for corporate boards.

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The Next Wave

Oct 2009

The Next Wave

A spike in maturities of corporate debt in the U.S. and other OECD countries threatens to capsize the nascent economic recovery. Falling assets prices, weak consumer demand and deleveraging by lenders means that many companies facing some $900 billion of speculative-grade debt maturities by 2014 will struggle to refinance. FTI Consulting counts the cost of going overboard during the boom years and examines the outlook for survivors.

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