Issue 2   |   April 2010

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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Understanding the Foreign Corruption Dragnet

Apr 2010

Understanding the Foreign Corruption Dragnet

As regulators dedicate more resources to global prosecutions and enforcement actions, FTI looks at what businesses, senior executives and boards can do to educate themselves and their companies

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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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The Bottom Line on the Top Line: When Will Revenue Growth Resume?

Apr 2010

The Bottom Line on the Top Line: When Will Revenue Growth Resume?

Companies across the U.S. are adjusting to the “new normal”, a term widely used to describe the changed business landscape that has emerged as companies respond to persistently weak demand for their products and services.

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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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Stimulus Spending: Plugging the Leaks

Apr 2010

Stimulus Spending: Plugging the Leaks

When governments pump money into stimulus programs, fraud inevitably follows. Here is how to fight it.

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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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Real Estate in M&A: Making the Right Move

Apr 2010

Real Estate in M&A: Making the Right Move

The prospect of an increase in M&A activity means now is the time to establish the true value of your organization’s real estate portfolio. Whether it is a hidden asset or a huge liability, the following steps should help to clarify its role in your business.

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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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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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Dispute Resolution in the Global Economy

Apr 2010

Dispute Resolution in the Global Economy

Global investment trends are causing a significant rise in international arbitration cases. FTI looks at the factors that contribute to success in this little known world.

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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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