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How to Prepare for a SWIFT Message Investigation

May 2017

How to Prepare for a SWIFT Message Investigation

Millions of financial transactions are executed daily using the global messaging system known as SWIFT. These messages pose unique challenges for investigators. Here are seven steps to tackle them.

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Re-imagining Employer Healthcare: Transforming Benefits into a Competitive Advantage

May 2017

Re-imagining Employer Healthcare: Transforming Benefits into a Competitive Advantage

How “Self-funding” employer healthcare plans turn benefits into a competitive advantage for companies

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India and the UAE: Ancient Alliance, New Opportunities

May 2017

India and the UAE: Ancient Alliance, New Opportunities

The historical ties between India and the UAE form the foundation of a potentially lucrative partnership for investors. But you must know how to navigate the risks.

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Trump’s First 100 Days: What's "The Deal?"

Apr 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days: What's

How understanding the art of the deal can help you predict, prepare and succeed when Trump turns his attention to your policy priorities.

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Huge Payoffs for Hackers Targeting the C-Suite

Apr 2017

Huge Payoffs for Hackers Targeting the C-Suite

Business Email Compromise is a highly sophisticated fraud costing businesses billions each year. Here’s how it works, and the strategies for risk-reduction and recovery executives must consider now.

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Get Well Soon, Healthcare Providers

Apr 2017

Get Well Soon, Healthcare Providers

A wave of bankruptcies among stand-alone healthcare providers seems just around the corner. Here’s what distressed firms can do right now to get healthy.

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Do Political TV Ads Still Matter in the Age of Social Media?

Apr 2017

Do Political TV Ads Still Matter in the Age of Social Media?

Donald Trump exploited social media like no candidate before on the path to his stunning victory in November. Does his succees spell the end for political advertising on television?

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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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Full Speed Ahead: Renewable Energy Market Goes Mainstream

Apr 2017

Full Speed Ahead: Renewable Energy Market Goes Mainstream

New technologies, falling costs and reduced regulations have helped the renewables market capture share from fossil fuels around the world.

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4 Things Japan Needs to Do to Improve its Business Climate

Apr 2017

4 Things Japan Needs to Do to Improve its Business Climate

Japan’s recent corporate governance reforms, intended to help stimulate business, might need some reform themselves.

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To Do List for a New CEO

Apr 2017

To Do List for a New CEO

An FTI Consulting survey on CEO transitions reveals the key strategic milestones to success for an incoming C-Suite leader at the top.

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Prescription for a Successful Healthcare Rollup

Mar 2017

Prescription for a Successful Healthcare Rollup

Private equity investors are buying up physician practices and other fragmented segments of the healthcare market and rolling them into single entities ripe for sale. Here’s what buyers and sellers need to know.

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Roadmap to the Winners and Losers in the Auto Industry Under Trump

Mar 2017

Roadmap to the Winners and Losers in the Auto Industry Under Trump

From NAFTA to EPA regulations to tax reform, the wide variety of policy reforms raised by President Trump may have significant impact on the global auto industry across all sectors.

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A Yank’s Take on the Rise of U.S. Style Pre-Insolvency Restructuring

Mar 2017

A Yank’s Take on the Rise of U.S. Style Pre-Insolvency Restructuring

As the U.S. system of restructuring and insolvency gains popularity in Australia and other parts of the world, Carlyn Taylor, Global Co-Leader of the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment of FTI Consulting, provides her perspective on this growing trend in a Q&A presented by the FTI Journal.

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Healthcare Strategy: Integrated Planning Leads to Better Results

Mar 2017

Healthcare Strategy: Integrated Planning Leads to Better Results

This underutilized strategy can lead to improvements in operational efficiencies, cost savings and patient care.

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Warning: Fake News Can Damage Your Company’s Reputation

Mar 2017

Warning: Fake News Can Damage Your Company’s Reputation

The democratization of information allows anyone to be a publisher of news — fake or otherwise. Here’s how businesses must communicate in this new age to protect themselves.

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The Six Ground Rules for Successfully Navigating Any Corporate Crisis

Mar 2017

The Six Ground Rules for Successfully Navigating Any Corporate Crisis

No matter the size or scope, expected or unexpected, managers can apply the same principles across the board when planning for, and dealing with, a crisis scenario.

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Survey of 500 Senior Executives Reveals the Corporate Crises Concerns Keeping Them Up at Night

Mar 2017

Survey of 500 Senior Executives Reveals the Corporate Crises Concerns Keeping Them Up at Night

Results from The Economist Intelligence Unit’s global survey on corporate crises in 2016 sponsored by FTI shows risks looming larger in coming years.

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Global Survey: Politics as Unusual for Institutional Investors

Mar 2017

Global Survey: Politics as Unusual for Institutional Investors

An FTI Consulting survey of institutional investors shows concern about political disruption on the ability of companies they invest in to manage crises.

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Death of the Travelling Salesman?

Feb 2017

Death of the Travelling Salesman?

The growth of programmatic ad sales has the potential to displace, but not obliterate, sales organizations. Adapting to the new reality is the key to thriving.

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Wait and See: Investors Yearning to Break Out on Healthcare Deals in 2017

Feb 2017

Wait and See: Investors Yearning to Break Out on Healthcare Deals in 2017

As evidenced at the 2017 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, a number of uncertainties in the healthcare market are keeping investment dollars tight and point toward a major correction.

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Is America Ready for the Coming Trade Wars?

Feb 2017

Is America Ready for the Coming Trade Wars?

President Trump’s anti-trade policies, if enacted, could have severe economic consequences for the United States. That’s something the majority of the public doesn’t understand. The time to get America up to speed is right now.

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The Unknown Unknowns of Doing Business in India

Feb 2017

The Unknown Unknowns of Doing Business in India

India’s high-growth market is a pocket of optimism to global investors, but only those who can navigate the many quirks of the country’s business environment will find success. Here's what they need to know.

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Getting Corporate Communications Up to Speed in the Snapchat Era

Feb 2017

Getting Corporate Communications Up to Speed in the Snapchat Era

More and more companies are utilizing the vast array of social media networks to get their messages out to the public. So why is Corporate Communications so skittish about hopping on the bandwagon?

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Reorganize Now or Liquidate Later?

Jan 2017

Reorganize Now or Liquidate Later?

Why are so many chapter 11 retailers squeezed into liquidation?

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Preparing for Takeoff: What TV Ad Sellers Can Learn from the Airline Industry

Jan 2017

Preparing for Takeoff: What TV Ad Sellers Can Learn from the Airline Industry

The airlines have developed a sophisticated approach for maximizing the value of ticket pricing. The same approach can work for a TV ad industry combatting falling ad rates and viewership. Here’s how it’s done.

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Whose Mandate is it Anyway?

Jan 2017

Whose Mandate is it Anyway?

What do Americans expect in the first 100 days of a Donald Trump administration? An FTI survey of 2016 voters provides insightful, if not surprising, results.

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Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

Jan 2017

Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

When it comes to the future of nuclear energy, the EPA’s mandate to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants is well intentioned but could result in cost hikes for consumers. Here’s why.

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What's a Key Ingredient in the Formula for a Successful Spin-off?

Dec 2016

What's a Key Ingredient in the Formula for a Successful Spin-off?

Answer: A little “cash chemistry.” Companies that focus on optimizing their use of working capital stand a better chance of surviving and thriving.

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One Continent. One Market. One Click?

Dec 2016

One Continent. One Market. One Click?

The European Commission’s plan to create a digital single market that cuts across the national boundaries of the continent and boosts competition is gaining momentum. Now if the EC can just overcome those annoying regulatory hurdles...

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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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Memo to a CEO Considering Social Activism

Nov 2016

Memo to a CEO Considering Social Activism

Today’s public expects CEOs to take a stand on national policy issues. In this open letter, FTI’s CEO of Strategic Communications offers expert advice to a CEO preparing to speak out for the first time.

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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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Hurry Up and Wait, Argentina!

Nov 2016

Hurry Up and Wait, Argentina!

Argentina’s new President, Mauricio Macri, came into office in December 2015 with a mandate to evolve the nation towards a more market-oriented economy. The result has been limited progress mixed with pain. Will the people stick by him and allow him to reach his goals?

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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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Dead Malls Give Rise to New Town Centers

Oct 2016

Dead Malls Give Rise to New Town Centers

With a soft consumer economy and rise in online shopping, the majority of U.S. malls are struggling. But a new, innovative solution for reinvention holds promise for both investors and local communities.

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How to Get the Best Bounce for Your Buck When Starting Up a Business in Asia

Oct 2016

How to Get the Best Bounce for Your Buck When Starting Up a Business in Asia

When Senior Managing Director Michael McCreadie wanted to open a trampoline fitness center in Asia he discovered all sorts of cultural roadblocks. It took a ton of patience and a sense of humor to get the job done. Here are his hard-won lessons.

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Retail Executives Go on a Shopping Spree for Solutions

Oct 2016

Retail Executives Go on a Shopping Spree for Solutions

A bespoke playbook for success in the retail industry? Our exclusive FTI survey of 100 C-Suite retail executives reveals their individual concerns and strategies for battling back in a troubled industry.

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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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Online, Offline or Both, Shoppers Call the Shots 24/7

Oct 2016

Online, Offline or Both, Shoppers Call the Shots 24/7

No matter what you call the new kind of shopping—e-tailing, omnichannel, unified retail, O2O—consumers hold the power and are bending retail to their will. Adapting to that new reality is key to surviving and thriving. Here’s what to know.

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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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New Tax Inversion Rules: Good Politics; Bad Business.

Sep 2016

New Tax Inversion Rules: Good Politics; Bad Business.

The new anti-inversion rules may be politically appealing, but they will cause unintended consequences that could actually undermine U.S. businesses. Here’s why.

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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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The Urgent Need for Urgent Care

Sep 2016

The Urgent Need for Urgent Care

One key to controlling soaring health care costs in the U.S.? Urgent Care centers—the middle ground between primary and emergency treatment. Here’s ten ways to make it work

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The New Age of Political Discontent: Hammering Hard on Global Businesses

Sep 2016

The New Age of Political Discontent: Hammering Hard on Global Businesses

Intense public unrest is driving global politics in new and unique ways from East to West. Here’s what global executives must know to navigate the risks

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Why Augmented Reality is Making the Insurance Industry’s Head Spin

Aug 2016

Why Augmented Reality is Making the Insurance Industry’s Head Spin

The explosive popularity of Pokémon GO and the risks it presents to users and developers has the insurance industry watching carefully.

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How to Master the Ancient Art of Business Etiquette in South Korea

Aug 2016

How to Master the Ancient Art of Business Etiquette in South Korea

Westerners hoping to do business in the world’s 11th largest economy need an insider’s knowledge of some very unique customs to succeed.

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Activist Investors Swarming Biopharmaceuticals: Good for Business?

Aug 2016

Activist Investors Swarming Biopharmaceuticals: Good for Business?

With M&A deals totaling $300 billion last year, the biopharm industry continues to be a target for activist investors. Is that good or bad? An FTI-­‐led expert panel weighs in

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Keeping the Peace in the Cloud

Aug 2016

Keeping the Peace in the Cloud

When a software provider switches to a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) model, turf battles can boil over among internal teams. Here’s what managers can do to cut them off and maintain profitability.

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Before the Whistle Blows: Creating a Speak-up Culture at Work

Aug 2016

Before the Whistle Blows: Creating a Speak-up Culture at Work

Creating an environment in which employees feel empowered to speak up when they suspect wrongdoing starts at the top. It involves clear communications and creative thinking.

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How Will the Internet of Things Finally Start Paying Off?

Aug 2016

How Will the Internet of Things Finally Start Paying Off?

Here’s why companies are still searching for a way to capitalize on the IOT phenomenon—and three strategies they can employ now.

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Five Things Keeping Retailers Up at Night

Jul 2016

Five Things Keeping Retailers Up at Night

An FTI survey of retail industry executives across the country reveals concerns about the future of shopping in America. Still, there’s room for optimism. What’s going on in the aisles?

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Hunting Together for Success: A Remanufacturing Paradigm Shift Leads to New Partnerships and M&As

Jul 2016

Hunting Together for Success: A Remanufacturing Paradigm Shift Leads to New Partnerships and M&As

The long established remanufactured automotive parts market is being disrupted. Winners stand to gain through innovative partnerships with increased market share in untapped markets.

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The Brexit Effect: Worried Investors Advised to Stay Nimble & Informed

Jul 2016

The Brexit Effect: Worried Investors Advised to Stay Nimble & Informed

An FTI Consulting survey conducted immediately after the Brexit vote reveals concerns among institutional investors about economic fallout . . . with a glimmer of optimism.

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Quiz: How Vulnerable is the Power Grid to Cyber Attack?

Jul 2016

Quiz: How Vulnerable is the Power Grid to Cyber Attack?

It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. power grid comes under cyber attack by hostile nation-states or rogue hackers. Yet the electric utility industry is remarkably unprepared. What’s holding the industry back? Find out by taking our revealing true or false quiz.

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A New (and Better) Way to Read the Tea Leaves on Future Oil Prices

Jul 2016

A New (and Better) Way to Read the Tea Leaves on Future Oil Prices

U.S. rig counts have registered modest gains, and that has stirred up the tea leaves, with some analysts and investors seeing one thing, and some another, like people looking at a Rorschach blot.

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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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Let’s Get Rio: There’s Money to Be Made in Brazil if You Know Where to Look

Jun 2016

Let’s Get Rio: There’s Money to Be Made in Brazil if You Know Where to Look

As odd as it may seem, Brazil’s economic and political crises offer reasons for optimism—and potential investment. This FTI infographic highlights four diamonds in the rough for investors.

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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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To Buy Online or In-Store? That is the Question

Jun 2016

To Buy Online or In-Store? That is the Question

Today’s shoppers hold the upper hand. They demand the unique benefits of shopping online as well as in-store when deciding when and how to buy. Wise retailers who incorporate the benefits of both into an omnichannel strategy stand the best chance of landing the sale.

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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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Customer Integration Risks in Insurance M&As

May 2016

Customer Integration Risks in Insurance M&As

Merging customer bases in an insurance M&A can bring great rewards. And great risks! Here’s what companies need to know.

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Poll: What is your top concern when buying online ads?

May 2016

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Making a Better Impression: Improving Online Ad Visibility

May 2016

Making a Better Impression: Improving Online Ad Visibility

Digital publishing, generating data that can accurately describe an ad’s success and reach, is driving sales and revenue, and has begun to move advertising from the realm of art to science. But advertisers and publishers need to be vigilant to ensure that ads are seen by humans, not bots. Here’s how they’re doing that.

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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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Social Media Analytics: The New Edge in Litigation

Apr 2016

Social Media Analytics: The New Edge in Litigation

The public's penchant for sharing connections and comments via social media is proving to be fertile ground in litigation support. Here's how social media analytics can unveil critical insights.

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We’re All Fashionistas Now

Apr 2016

We’re All Fashionistas Now

Consumers are wielding profound power in fashion retail thanks to the digital revolution. Retailers who adopt a “customer first” approach are best positioned to meet expectations. Those who resist risk losing their shirts.

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How to Invest in America’s Most Controversial New Industry without Losing Your Reputation

Apr 2016

How to Invest in America’s Most Controversial New Industry without Losing Your Reputation

When a pair of leading institutional investors set out to win a state license to open New York City’s first medical marijuana dispensary, they turned to an FTI Consultant with a unique background as a journalist covering the illegal drug trade. His advice? Differentiate your brand.

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Will New Medicare Law Get Lab Technicians Heated Up?

Apr 2016

Will New Medicare Law Get Lab Technicians Heated Up?

The government’s demand for reams of data from clinical labs is meant to help curb the cost of Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic testing. But it threatens to overwhelm the industry. Here’s what labs should know when trading big data for big bucks.

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Today's Derivatives Industry: Q&A with Walt Lukken

Mar 2016

Today's Derivatives Industry: Q&A with Walt Lukken

An insightful conversation with the President and CEO of the Futures Industry Association.

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Due Diligence and Caution: The Keys to Investing in Iran

Mar 2016

Due Diligence and Caution: The Keys to Investing in Iran

Western businesses are rethinking the Islamic Republic of Iran now that two decades of restrictions are slowly being lifted. But how should companies proceed?

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From Change Weary to Change Ready

Mar 2016

From Change Weary to Change Ready

The anxious tenor of recent conversations among the leaders and staff at a large, global technology company is not unusual.

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Measuring the Future of Healthcare

Feb 2016

Measuring the Future of Healthcare

The need for healthcare transformation has been widely recognized for some time and was a driving force behind the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("ACA").

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The Big Drop: How the Low Price of Oil Is Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

Feb 2016

The Big Drop: How the Low Price of Oil Is Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

The price of oil has ebbed and flowed, often erratically, over the years in response to geopolitical events and changes in supply and demand.

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Omnichannel for Retailers: It’s a Rocky Road to ROI

Feb 2016

Omnichannel for Retailers: It’s a Rocky Road to ROI

When Amazon.com, the online retailing pioneer, celebrated its 20th anniversary in July of 2015 with its Prime Day sales, we were reminded that despite its youthful glow, the online channel for retail goods has reached middle age ...

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Myanmar: Opportunities and Challenges for Businesses

Feb 2016

The 2015 landslide victory of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (“NLD”) ushered out more than 50 years of direct military rule.

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The Yakuza: From Tattoos to Business Cards

Jan 2016

The Yakuza: From Tattoos to Business Cards

It's legal to be a mobster in Japan. Indeed, crime groups often list their headquarters in the phone book.

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Biotech and Big Pharma: Keys to a Successful M&A

Jan 2016

Biotech and Big Pharma: Keys to a Successful M&A

Despite the recent (and largely negative) press around high drug prices, concerns about the possibility of a biotech bubble that could one day (soon?) burst and the autumn 2015 selloff in the health sector that some called the worst in the past four years ...

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Illiquid Investments in Cayman Islands Investment Funds

Jan 2016

Illiquid Investments in Cayman Islands Investment Funds

Some 11,000 investment funds are registered in the Cayman Islands, accounting for approximately half of the world's assets under management. When the 2008 financial crisis hit and global economies froze, approximately $175 billion was trapped in Cayman Islands funds that had become illiquid.

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The End of Traditional Holiday Shopping?

Dec 2015

The holiday season is in full swing, and it comes with the usual prognostications from retail pundits about how it will go.

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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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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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Free Money: Yes, It Exists — Right Here on Your Balance Sheet

Nov 2015

Free Money: Yes, It Exists — Right Here on Your Balance Sheet

A Business Leader’s Road Map for Making Working Capital Work Harder

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Britain & India: Old and Future Friends

Nov 2015

Britain & India: Old and Future Friends

Following his landslide victory in May 2014, newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States the following September. He packed New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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Geopolitical Risk: The Butterfly Effect and Black Swans

Nov 2015

Geopolitical Risk: The Butterfly Effect and Black Swans

Multinational corporations typically have processes and systems in place to evaluate and deal with risks around the globe.

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Why Wind and Solar Shouldn’t Be Spooked by Tumbling Oil Prices

Nov 2015

If you’ve filled up your car lately, you surely will have noticed that gasoline is dirt cheap (in relative terms). In June 2014, WTI crude peaked at $115 a barrel. In mid-October 2015, it was about $49.

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MEMO TO PHARMA: Don’t Get Complacent (DSCSA Deadlines Loom)

Nov 2015

MEMO TO PHARMA: Don’t Get Complacent (DSCSA Deadlines Loom)

According to the World Health Organization ("WHO"), from 1 percent to 10 percent of drugs sold around the world today are counterfeits, and about 50 percent of medicines purchased ...

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How (and Why) to Value a Coal Mine

Oct 2015

How (and Why) to Value a Coal Mine

The world’s focus of late has been on the tumbling price of oil. However, coal, which gets far less media attention (except for talk of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change), still is critical to the world economy.

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When Investing in Africa, Fortune Follows the (Moderately) Brave

Oct 2015

When Investing in Africa, Fortune Follows the (Moderately) Brave

Any discussion of why it makes sense to invest in African companies, or to pursue mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") there, must begin by confronting all the negativity that historically has surrounded the continent.

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AS THE WORLD TURNS

Sep 2015

AS THE WORLD TURNS

A great many people suffered during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Unemployment soared in both the United States and Europe. Millions lost large chunks of their savings. Who was to blame? In the court of public opinion, big, “financialized” business was placed in the dock.

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A New Kid on the Global Finance Block

Sep 2015

In a bid to increase its international financial clout, and with much fanfare, Beijing last year announced a new initiative: the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), focused on supporting global infrastructure construction, especially in Asia.

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Loose Links in the Asian Supply Chain

Aug 2015

Loose Links in the Asian Supply Chain

A few years ago, an Oregon woman bought a $29.99 Halloween decoration kit at a local Kmart. As she opened the box, a handwritten note from a Chinese prison inmate fell out. Scribbled in broken English...

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Why Proxy Access Isn’t Fair

Aug 2015

Early this year, GE announced a new policy: It will allow groups of shareholders to nominate candidates to its Board and place those nominees in the company’s proxy statement, as long as the candidates’ backers have owned at least 3 percent of GE’s shares for at least three years.

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The 2015 UK Elections: Why 100% of the Polls Were Wrong

Jul 2015

The 2015 UK Elections: Why 100% of the Polls Were Wrong

The general election of 2015 in the United Kingdom was held on May 7 to elect the country’s 56th Parliament. Voting took place in all 650 parliamentary constituencies, each electing one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons.

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Why Data Deletion Makes Sense (and Dollars)

Jul 2015

Why Data Deletion Makes Sense (and Dollars)

The price of disks has been dropping for years. According to Gartner, the cost of disk storage per terabyte has been falling, too.

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Mobile Health: In the Middle of the Beginning

Jul 2015

Mobile Health: In the Middle of the Beginning

Healthcare and life sciences, more than any other sector in the world, are in an intense period of innovation and change. New science, technologies, regulations and reimbursement policies are pushing providers, payers and patients to rethink ...

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The Middle Kingdom at the Crossroads

Jul 2015

China looms large in the West’s imagination. The Middle Kingdom spent much of mankind’s history as the world’s most prosperous nation. Today, in terms of the sheer size of its economy, it is back on top.

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FTI Consulting Risk Research Project

Jul 2015

FTI Consulting Risk Research Project

For decades, large North American- and European-based companies have made significant investments in emerging markets, and foreign direct investment (“FDI”) inflows lately have increased in developed, developing and transitional economies.

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The ROI of Compliance

Jun 2015

The ROI of Compliance

But with the enforcement of anti-corruption laws intensifying globally, that’s a plan that will weaken the compliance function – and hurt companies – at a time when it’s most needed.

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UK Supermarket Wars Get Nasty

Jun 2015

UK Supermarket Wars Get Nasty

As the British media enthusiastically reports on the conflict, the ongoing supermarket war in the United Kingdom is taking its toll on small food and drink suppliers.

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What Are More Than a Billion Insured Patients Worth?

Jun 2015

What Are More Than a Billion Insured Patients Worth?

China’s population suffers from a debilitating lack of access to healthcare. To improve it, the government last year opened up the sector to foreign investors who are rushing in despite daunting challenges.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Jun 2015

FTI Consulting frequently is engaged to conduct after-the- event investigations to identify assets, unravel major frauds and help resolve other crisis situations. These often are extensive (and expensive).

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The Adoption Curve: How Professors Learn About Change

May 2015

The Adoption Curve: How Professors Learn About Change

The study of why and how people adopt new ways of doing things goes back decades. Innovation and marketing experts like Everett M. Rogers and Geoffrey A. Moore made "early adopters" and "laggards" familiar terms to describe those who do or do not embrace the new.

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Countering the Growing Threat of Cyber Blackmail

May 2015

Countering the Growing Threat of Cyber Blackmail

Extortion and blackmail have been around for centuries. Until recently, obtaining the hidden notes, secret plans and embarrassing photographs that were used to extract money from victims...

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Winners and Losers When Oil is $50 a Barrel

May 2015

Winners and Losers When Oil is $50 a Barrel

Major technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have dramatically expanded U.S. oil and gas production.

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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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Negotiating Strategies for Women on Their Way to the Top

Apr 2015

Negotiating Strategies for Women on Their Way to the Top

Carol Frohlinger is the founder of Negotiating Women, a consulting firm dedicated to educating women on how to rise to leadership positions and to advising organizations that wish to recruit, retain and advance talented women

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Geomarket Risk Management

Apr 2015

Geomarket Risk Management

For many large corporations, forays into foreign markets have delivered mixed results. Gains in developing economies have been subpar even in periods of remarkable growth. Today, even those returns increasingly are threatened by heightened geopolitical risk, protective nationalistic economies and constrained capital markets.

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Five Questions to Ask Before Your Next Healthcare Data Breach

Mar 2015

Five Questions to Ask Before Your Next Healthcare Data Breach

In early February 2015, Anthem, one of America’s largest health insurers, revealed that it had been attacked, with the personal information of some 80 million people exposed.

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Getting Smarter About Corporate Intelligence

Mar 2015

Getting Smarter About Corporate Intelligence

In the public imagination, corporate intelligence gathering occupies a shadowy realm where business detectives use any method they can to dig up critical information. These methods, people believe, include honey traps, wiretapping phones and hacking into computer networks — whatever it takes to ferret out the secrets the detective’s client can use to gain a competitive advantage.

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Risky Business: Is Dodd-Frank on Target?

Mar 2015

Risky Business: Is Dodd-Frank on Target?

Four years after Congress passed the most sweeping financial reform since the Great Depression, the regulatory framework shaped by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank") remains a work- in-progress, with many rules still unwritten.

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The Rise of Telemedicine: Yes, There’s a Virtual Doctor in the House

Feb 2015

The Rise of Telemedicine: Yes, There’s a Virtual Doctor in the House

As late as the 1960s, doctors often went to patient homes. A decade later, comparing something with “a doctor’s house call” had become a sarcastic comment on the loss of the personal touch.

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Trends in International Arbitration

Feb 2015

Trends in International Arbitration

In an FTI Journal article we wrote in 2010 we noted a surge in claims in international arbitration arising from the global economic crisis but also identified some longer-term underlying drivers of dispute activity based on cross-border investment flows.

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The ACA and Big Pharma After the 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Jan 2015

The ACA and Big Pharma After the 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Shortly after the Republican sweep of the November mid-term elections, FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications segment held a panel to discuss the election’s...

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Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Meet the Risks and Seize the Opportunities

Jan 2015

Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Meet the Risks and Seize the Opportunities

The Mexican opportunity comes into sharper focus. Mexico’s energy reform, passed in 2013, has generated unprecedented global economic interest.

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How Big Data and Analytics Are Disrupting the Financial Sector

Jan 2015

How Big Data and Analytics Are Disrupting the Financial Sector

Executives at a European financial services firm had a clear vision. The company would create a data analytics application for all the markets it served. The company would collect data...

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The Lure of 'Like New'

Dec 2014

The Lure of 'Like New'

Remanufacturing is a process that returns a product to “like new” performance, with a similar or extended warranty to match. Remanufacturing can provide consumers with products that are up to 40 percent less costly than new products while significantly lessening the environmental impact of their production.

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Five Red Flags that Investors in Developing Economies Should Know

Dec 2014

Five Red Flags that Investors in Developing Economies Should Know

For one American hedge fund, there were many compelling reasons to invest in a U.S. software firm with significant operations in India — 1.3 billion of them, to be exact.

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It Takes a Community to Improve Healthcare

Dec 2014

It Takes a Community to Improve Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act was designed to lower the cost of healthcare while improving its quality. One requirement for achieving both goals is to have individuals make better decisions about their own health and for the health of their community.

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Internal Investigations: Revealing The Core Of Corruption

Nov 2014

Internal Investigations: Revealing The Core Of Corruption

An internal investigation of fraud, bribery and other types of malfeasance often is difficult to conduct and can be disruptive to business operations.

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A State of Siege: Gangs, Drugs, and Violence in Central and Latin America

Nov 2014

A State of Siege: Gangs, Drugs, and Violence in Central and Latin America

Between October 2013 and July 2014, 52,000 children fleeing gang violence in Central America and Latin America were apprehended at the U.S. border.

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Investor Activism: IR’s New Rules of Engagement

Nov 2014

Investor Activism: IR’s New Rules of Engagement

The shareholder activism landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. Activist hedge funds today manage roughly $100 billion, almost three times as much as they managed just five years ago.

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Killing the Rate Card

Oct 2014

Killing the Rate Card

FTI Consulting is frequently called in by companies to help improve revenues and profits. In the media and entertainment industry, boosting revenues typically involves enhancing ad sales performance.

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Allstate Gives Voice to Middle Class Economic Concerns

Oct 2014

Allstate Gives Voice to Middle Class Economic Concerns

In 2009, Allstate, the United States’ largest publicly held personal lines insurer, saw that the confidence of America’s middle class – its core customer base – in its government and economic institutions was eroding.

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Game Of Shadows

Oct 2014

Game Of Shadows

Public relations (PR) has an evil twin: dark public relations (DPR), sometimes also referred to as black PR. It involves the unethical damaging of a client’s reputation or corporate identity; that is, it’s about getting the bad word out — and creating that bad word out of lies and falsehoods if need be.

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Drilling For A Social Media Strategy

Sep 2014

Drilling For A Social Media Strategy

Long disparaged as a forum for sharing silly videos and endless opining, social media channels like Twitter and Facebook are becoming increasingly important to energy company bottom lines.

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The Great Divide

Sep 2014

The Great Divide

Since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), healthcare payers and physicians — in concert and independently — have been preparing for value-based reimbursement programs in which meeting quality-of-care and cost-reduction targets would result in benefits both for payers and providers and for the nation as a whole.

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True Grit: What Every Woman Needs to Succeed

Sep 2014

True Grit: What Every Woman Needs to Succeed

Michele Coleman Mayes speaks with FTI Consulting Managing Director Dawn Hall and Senior Director Dana Hayes about confidence, self-doubt, mentoring, career trajectories and the challenges women face when reaching for the corporate brass ring.

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The Politics of Business

Aug 2014

The Politics of Business

After decades of scandals—from Enron to the 2008 financial crisis— corporations have found themselves squarely in the political limelight. Business strategies, actions and behaviors are increasingly subject to oversight and regulatory scrutiny.

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Saving the Twinkie

Aug 2014

Saving the Twinkie

Despite its iconic brand and products, Hostess Brands, which was founded in 1930 and was one of the largest wholesale bakers and distributors of snack cakes in the United States, emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 with a host of the same problems that had forced it into bankruptcy in 2004.

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How to Counter the Counterfeiters

Aug 2014

How to Counter the Counterfeiters

Despite significant government efforts, China remains the world’s primary source of counterfeit goods.

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In Case of Emergency, Open Browser

Jul 2014

In Case of Emergency, Open Browser

In 2010, the state of Nevada determined that its emergency preparedness for schools was struggling to comply with mandates and directives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Presidential Decision Directives and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Managing Cyber Risk: Job #1 for Directors and General Counsel

Jul 2014

Managing Cyber Risk: Job #1 for Directors and General Counsel

The results of the FTI Consulting 2014 Law in the Boardroom Study, conducted with NYSE Governance Services, publisher of Corporate Board Member magazine.

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Cross-Border Investigations

Jul 2014

Cross-Border Investigations

At the 2014 American Bar Association’s National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Counsel, co-sponsored by FTI Consulting, the panel discussion “Trends in Cross-Border Investigations” featured Veeral Gosalia, Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Technology segment.

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A Catch-22 in Asian eDiscovery

Jun 2014

A Catch-22 in Asian eDiscovery

In defending themselves in lawsuits and government investigations, companies easily can violate Asian data protection laws. The consequences are steep fines and even criminal prosecution.

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Case Study: Traveling the Hard Road to an Iraqi IPO

Jun 2014

Case Study: Traveling the Hard Road to an Iraqi IPO

Asiacell Communications, the second-largest telecommunications company in Iraq, last year brought a $1.24 billion offering to the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) — the first major public share offering since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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Let the Brazilian Compliance Games Begin!

Jun 2014

Let the Brazilian Compliance Games Begin!

As Brazil prepares to host the June 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the country’s recently enacted anti-corruption law presents a host of compliance challenges to domestic and foreign businesses participating in the preparations.

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The Life Science Boom

May 2014

The Life Science Boom

Last year was the Year of the Deal in life sciences. There were 43 U.S. healthcare initial public offerings (IPO), triple the number in 2012.

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Mexico's Oilfields of Dreams

May 2014

Mexico's Oilfields of Dreams

By opening up its oil and gas reserves to foreign investment, Mexico hopes to boost production and GDP. Foreign energy companies and investors hope to profit from new, rich and logistically convenient sources of gas and oil.

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A Roadmap for Healthcare Convergence

May 2014

A Roadmap for Healthcare Convergence

The U.S. healthcare industry is undergoing a wave of radical change and disruptive innovation.

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Clinical Integration: Collaborating for Value-Based Care

May 2014

Clinical Integration: Collaborating for Value-Based Care

Bringing together physicians, hospitals and clinics under one umbrella can bring real benefits to patients, doctors and payers.

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The Long Road to Improved Utility Storm Planning Begins Here

Apr 2014

The Long Road to Improved Utility Storm Planning Begins Here

Hurricane Sandy made it obvious that electric distribution utilities were ill-prepared to prevent large-scale power outages or quickly restore power to businesses and households.

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Myanmar at a Pivotal Stage: Will Fortune Favor the Bold?

Apr 2014

Myanmar at a Pivotal Stage: Will Fortune Favor the Bold?

After nearly 50 years of economic decline and political isolation, Myanmar is experiencing a stampede of foreign companies seeking to stake their claim in one of the world’s last economic frontiers.

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When Is a Payment a Bribe?

Mar 2014

When Is a Payment a Bribe?

A recent panel hosted by Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting took a deep dive beneath the turbulent seas of global regulatory compliance and asked what a good compliance program really looks like for businesses, large and small, operating in a variety of jurisdictions.

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The Long (and Expensive) Good-Bye

Mar 2014

The Long (and Expensive) Good-Bye

The 2010 Affordable Care Act was designed (in part) to reduce the rising and unsustainable cost of healthcare while improving its quality. One area in which this value equation is vividly out of whack is end-of-life care.

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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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INSIDE THE BUSIEST PATENT COURT IN AMERICA

Feb 2014

INSIDE THE BUSIEST PATENT COURT IN AMERICA

More than 1,700 patent infringement cases were filed in the Eastern District of Texas in 2013. That’s more than in any other district in the United States.

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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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Social Media Power Users and Why They Matter

Jan 2014

Social Media Power Users and Why They Matter

Although social media has become a pervasive means of communication, businesses struggle to tie their social media efforts to demonstrable business results.

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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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The Affordable Care Act and Beyond: Winners and Losers in the New Era of Healthcare

Jan 2014

The Affordable Care Act and Beyond: Winners and Losers in the New Era of Healthcare

Bruised, bloodied but still standing, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving forward, bringing the most sweeping changes to the American healthcare system since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

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A Conversation With Steve Gunby, FTI Consulting's Next President And CEO

Dec 2013

A Conversation With Steve Gunby, FTI Consulting's Next President And CEO

FTI Journal sat down with FTI Consulting’s newly appointed CEO, Steve Gunby, to get an inside look into his experiences, leadership philosophy and expectations for his new role.

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When Your Taxes Are Everybody's Business

Nov 2013

When Your Taxes Are Everybody's Business

For a long time, when enterprises thought of taxes, it primarily was in terms of determining, paying and limiting them. Questioned about tax policies, the typical corporate response has been to say that the organization is complying with the law and is fulfilling its responsibilities to its shareholders.

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Not Your Father's Proxy Fight

Nov 2013

Not Your Father's Proxy Fight

In the energy and industrial sectors, activist funds are having more success re-making boards and influencing corporate strategies than ever before. Size is no defense; performance is no defense. The only real defense is a response plan that assumes your company eventually will become a target.

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Calling Dr. Data

Nov 2013

Calling Dr. Data

Many hospitals and physician groups in the United States are confronting new forms of reimbursement that seek to curb the upward spiral of healthcare costs. These forms of reimbursement are putting revenues at risk.

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Angels in the Analytics

Nov 2013

Angels in the Analytics

Boston Medical Center was the city’s largest safety-net provider. But with healthcare insurance reform, state funding dried up, and hospital revenue was in free-fall. Here’s how it turned a 2010 operating loss of $34 million into a $2.5 million gain in two years by deploying advanced analytics to inform decision-making at all levels.

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Blueprint for Innovation

Oct 2013

Blueprint for Innovation

Our survey of 500 London-based firms reveals both the current barriers to innovation and the future keys for creating a sustainable innovative culture.

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Ye Olde Supermarket

Oct 2013

Ye Olde Supermarket

There are new combatants entering the already crowded food retailing market every day, and conventional supermarkets of yore keep taking it on the chin. Can the traditional supermarkets of our youths ever again be what they once were to shoppers? It’s not going to be easy.

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Population Health Management to the Rescue

Oct 2013

Population Health Management to the Rescue

Late last year, a large U.S. regional health plan faced one of its toughest challenges in decades.

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Rx for Transformation

Sep 2013

Rx for Transformation

Strategies and tactics to succeed in the turbulent U.S. healthcare market

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Empower Your IRO

Sep 2013

Empower Your IRO

The risk of losing touch with investors increases with business and market complexity. In this environment, the role of investor relations (IR) needs to be strategic.

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The Big Steal

Sep 2013

The Big Steal

In a recent White House speech, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder quoted a security professional who quipped that "there are only two categories of companies affected by trade secret theft: those that know they’ve been compromised, and those that don’t."

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In Any Event

Sep 2013

In Any Event

The hurricane is not the risk. The risk is that the hurricane will disrupt your business. There’s not much you can do about the hurricane; there’s a lot you can do to make sure your business can recover.

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A New War Plan for Defense Contractors

Aug 2013

A New War Plan for Defense Contractors

With the Iraq war over and the Afghanistan conflict in its final stages, relentless pressure on government spending is creating a very different terrain for defense contractors selling to the U.S. military. If they expect to thrive in the “new normal,” contractors need to assess their situations and develop different competitive approaches and defenses.

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Nowhere to Hide

Jul 2013

Nowhere  to Hide

With the U.S. government cracking down on Medicare fraud, self-screening offers a smart way for healthcare providers to assess and reduce their risks.

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Overcoming Foreign Direct Investment’s Political Hurdles

Jul 2013

Overcoming Foreign Direct Investment’s Political Hurdles

In 2012, the Canadian government approved a controversial merger and acquisition deal that many expected legislators would reject.

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Stronger Economy Brings New Worries: Managing Legal Risks in 2013

Jul 2013

Stronger Economy Brings New Worries: Managing Legal Risks in 2013

The results of the FTI Consulting 2013 Law and the Boardroom Study, conducted with Corporate Board Member magazine.

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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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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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2013 Latin America Public Security Index

Jun 2013

2013 Latin America Public Security Index

Due to its relatively strong growth over the past years, Latin America has made some advancement as a whole in social inclusion, as well as in the fight against crime, in certain countries, leading to an improvement in public security. Growth slowed somewhat in 2012 and, at the beginning of 2013, lagged behind other emerging markets. However, growth in Latin America still is ahead of the developed world, and the region is more stable now than it has been in many decades.

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Africa Booms & Multinationals Take Notice

May 2013

Africa Booms & Multinationals Take Notice

Chinese firms have a head start in many of Africa’s booming economies, but now other multinationals are increasingly competing for opportunities in Africa. Going forward, both Chinese and non-Chinese firms will have the best chance to win African contracts by emphasizing high-quality deliverables, ethical business practices, community relations and a commitment to creating good local jobs.

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Hit Product Pirates Where it Hurts

May 2013

Hit Product Pirates Where it Hurts

As product packages have grown more sophisticated, packaging and label companies have become key high-value players in counterfeit supply chains. By targeting these counterfeit manufacturers rather than the street-level retailers, companies have a better chance of putting a major dent in counterfeiting operations and preventing counterfeit goods from reaching the market.

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Is The Price Right?

May 2013

Is The Price Right?

By simulating the competitive purchase scenarios that consumers face in real life, discrete choice analysis enables companies to gauge the price elasticity of demand. Such market response simulations allow companies to find the prices for their products and services that will best maximize revenue.

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Start Me Up

Apr 2013

Start Me Up

Challenges to the U.S. patent system, judicial activism, and the need for litigation reform — A discussion with Chief Judge Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Social vs. Traditional Media

Apr 2013

Social vs. Traditional Media

There’s no argument that sophistication in social media marketing is on the rise and creates unprecedented opportunities to connect with customers and constituencies.

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Corporate Anonymity

Apr 2013

Corporate Anonymity

Who really owns that business? The pros and cons of concealed company ownership.

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Don’t Cover Up, Fess Up!

Mar 2013

Don’t Cover Up, Fess Up!

Companies can avoid or reduce massive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) fines through voluntary remedial conduct and disclosures to the DOJ and SEC.

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The Realities of the New UK Bribery Act

Mar 2013

The Realities of the New UK Bribery Act

Research by FTI Consulting reveals that far too many managers are either unaware of the UK Bribery Act that criminalizes bribery, or surprisingly, willing to break the law to win business.

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The Legal Risks That Keep Directors and General Counsels Awake

Mar 2013

The Legal Risks That Keep Directors and General Counsels Awake

Find out what board members are concerned about when it comes to handling cyber risk, FCPA compliance, executive compensation and more. View highlights from the FTI Consulting/Corporate Board Member Magazine study.

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IPO Roundtable: Navigating the New IPO Marketplace

Feb 2013

IPO Roundtable: Navigating the New  IPO Marketplace

FTI Consulting recently convened a panel of IPO experts at the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Conference to talk about the current market and discuss how companies can best prepare for an IPO.

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China Plus One

Feb 2013

China Plus One

For the last 20 years, many Western companies have invested in China, drawn by its low production costs and enormous domestic consumer market. But in recent years, the cost advantage has diminished, while other business challenges have emerged. As a result, many companies are looking to exploit opportunities in other growing Asian markets both to hold down costs and to reduce overdependence on China.

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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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Latin America Security Index

Nov 2012

Latin America Security Index

In recent years, multinational corporations have stepped up their investments in emerging markets in order to take advantage of the more rapid growth rates and increasing consumer purchasing power.

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E-discovery – Taking Predictive Coding Out of the Black Box

Nov 2012

E-discovery – Taking Predictive Coding Out of the Black Box

In cases of commercial litigation, the process of discovery can place a huge burden on defendants. Often, they have to review millions or even tens of millions of documents to find those that are relevant to a case. These costs can spiral into millions of dollars quickly.

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From Cop to Counselor

Apr 2012

From Cop to Counselor

Independent corporate integrity monitors can help companies increase transparency and improve reporting standards.

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Re-Entering Latin America

Apr 2012

Re-Entering Latin America

Thirty years ago, Navistar International exited a Latin America wracked by political and economic turmoil. Navistar Truck Group President D.T. Kapur explains why the company returned to Latin America in the 1990s and how the region has evolved into a thriving market.

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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 Threat From Inside

Apr 2012

The Threat From Inside

Companies face serious risks from employee intellectual property theft. To protect themselves, they need strong onboarding and exiting policies, plus computer forensics expertise.

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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 Asset Tracers

Apr 2012

The Asset Tracers

How FTI Consulting combines sophisticated data analysis with classic investigative skills to help clients fight fraud

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The CEO As Statesman

Apr 2012

The CEO As Statesman

To keep investors happy and protect their own interests, companies and CEOs will need to play a more active role in policy and regulatory debates.

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Global Trade And Its Discontents

Apr 2012

Global Trade And Its Discontents

With protectionist sentiment on the rise and World Trade Organization disputes growing, advocates of free trade must defend the benefits of an open global trading system.

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The Data Conundrum

Apr 2012

The Data Conundrum

Develop protocols now to comply with court data demands without breaching privacy laws.

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Expanding Through Exports

Apr 2012

Expanding Through Exports

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk talks about the importance of the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership, explains how global trade can help Main Street prosper and gives a progress report on the five-year plan to double U.S. exports.

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Blocking The Breach

Apr 2012

Blocking The Breach

Up to 90% of U.S. companies have been hacked. By teaming with law enforcement to catch and prosecute hackers, companies can reduce their cybercrime risk.

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The Next China

Apr 2012

The Next China

Business leaders with deep experience in Latin America discuss how to overcome infrastructure and security pitfalls to seize opportunities in countries whose collective GDP is on par with China’s.

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Compliance’s Cultural Divide

Apr 2012

Compliance’s Cultural Divide

Justifiable concerns over corruption in cross-cultural situations lead many companies to overcompensate with harsh mandates that can destroy trust. Education and dialogue often produce better outcomes.

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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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CEO Transitions

Dec 2011

CEO Transitions

Leadership change affects a company’s enterprise value. Whether that’s positive or negative depends largely on measures taken by boards and CEOs in the months leading up to — and following — the change.

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After The Crisis

Dec 2011

After The Crisis

Regulators have done much to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 banking crisis. But will it be enough?

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The Diversity Advantage

Dec 2011

The Diversity Advantage

How regulation and competition are bringing more women into the boardroom

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Brazil's Fortunes

Dec 2011

Brazil's Fortunes

Brazil’s burgeoning middle class is pushing for stronger corporate governance to protect its investment interests.

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New Investor Power

Dec 2011

New Investor Power

Companies waiting until proxy season to engage investor issues may find themselves scrambling to address concerns that have been festering for months.

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Sue Or Be Sued

Dec 2011

Legal actions against global corporations are surging across the map, with every kind of company facing suits from regulators, shareholders, employees and competitors.

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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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King Regulation

Dec 2011

King Regulation

National governments’ regulatory supremacy is under threat from local and global interests. Between them, they threaten to steal the crown.

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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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Prescription For Integration

Sep 2011

Prescription For Integration

Many U.S. hospitals and physicians are waiting on the sidelines to see if healthcare reform legislation will become a reality. But such hesitancy will put their economic health at risk — regardless of what shape the legislation finally takes.

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Time For Change

Sep 2011

Time For Change

Improving value in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service is an economic necessity, and while the government’s unpopular plan may have been watered down, it may yet serve as a model of what other cash-strapped health systems must do. And where private providers can help, they will be in demand.

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Unite And Conquer

Sep 2011

Unite And Conquer

Getting bigger is one way to cut costs and improve care, but merged hospitals often fail to achieve one or both goals. Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health System, discusses what it takes to integrate operations and cultures.

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All Hands On Deck

Sep 2011

All Hands On Deck

Accountable care organizations are the talk of the industry in the United States, but precious few actually exist — and that means few guideposts for getting an ACO up and running. That hasn’t stopped this health system.

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The Wrong Lessons

Sep 2011

The Wrong Lessons

The U.S. government, which has a history of responding to economic crises with counterproductive strategies, has done it again, argues this former regulator, who recommends a more effective path.

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Bridging The Divide

Sep 2011

Bridging The Divide

Health insurance CEOs are caught in a tug of war between companies whose employees want affordable care and healthcare providers that desire a decent return on their services. Yet many answers can be found in Europe, South America and Canada — and even the United States.

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A World Of Ideas

Sep 2011

A World Of Ideas

Around the globe, innovations in healthcare are coming from private enterprise. These successful projects could lead the way to many others.

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What's In The Pipeline?

Sep 2011

What's In The Pipeline?

Facing negative publicity and investor wariness, pharmaceutical companies need to communicate how investments in R&D will deliver meaningful future growth.

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Working Well

Sep 2011

Working Well

Helping employees kick unhealthy habits and prevent disease has benefits for companies too, and businesses around the world are stepping up their efforts.

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Healthcare In A Box

Sep 2011

Healthcare In A Box

One company’s simple but effective model for improving healthcare delivery in remote, impoverished locations is having an outsize impact.

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A Hard Look At Costs

Sep 2011

A Hard Look At Costs

As care costs rise, so does the gap between those who can and cannot afford treatment. Key industry players must come onboard to drive down fees and increase healthcare accessibility.

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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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Pressure Points

Mar 2011

Pressure Points

Activist shareholders are training their sights on how businesses deploy cash and run their operations. In this roundtable, corporate directors discuss the best ways to respond and a board’s proper role in helping companies compete and prosper.

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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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Detecting Fraud In Real Time

Mar 2011

Detecting Fraud In Real Time

Multinationals today face proliferating compliance issues that essentially come down to one requirement: putting technology in place to detect wrongdoing at any time and in any location.

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Rulebooks For A Changing World

Mar 2011

New thought leadership offerings propose solutions to some of today’s vexing issues.

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Crossing The Line

Mar 2011

Crossing The Line

Britain’s new anticorruption statute puts companies on the spot for the actions of anyone working on their behalf. And ignorance of an agent’s bribes is no excuse.

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Risks, Riots And Rewards

Mar 2011

Risks, Riots And Rewards

Diverse challenges, many of them unexpected, could slow Asia’s inexorable rise. Investors need to be wary, well informed and unafraid.

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Private Equity's New Rules

Nov 2010

Private Equity's New Rules

In a recent roundtable, five experts discussed whether new U.S. and European regulations hamper funds and investors — and whether there could be hidden benefits.

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Venturing Back Into Private Equity

Nov 2010

Venturing Back Into Private Equity

Many investors who retreated during the financial crisis are re-emerging to find new challenges — and opportunities.

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Powering Up

Nov 2010

Powering Up

Environmental policy objectives and regulatory incentives are spurring opportunities for private equity.

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Transparent On Demand

Nov 2010

Transparent On Demand

There’s little privacy for private equity when courts, regulators and plaintiffs’ lawyers zero in on firm's electronic communications.

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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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Filling The Corner Office

Nov 2010

Filling The Corner Office

When Cerberus Capital Management adds a new business to its portfolio, it knows just where to turn for management know-how.

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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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A World Of Growth

Nov 2010

A World Of Growth

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, who recently joined FTI Consulting as Chairman of the Global Affairs Practice, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing private equity firms in emerging markets.

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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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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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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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E-discovery Developments: Rewriting the Rules on Records Management

Apr 2010

A host of legal rulings over the past decade mean companies must think before they press “delete.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Truth in Advertising

Oct 2009

Truth in Advertising

In a comprehensive look at advertising spending, new research by FTI says that the market will not recover to 2008 levels until 2014 and examines the disruptive influence of the Internet on more traditional forms of advertising.

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The Need for Speed

Oct 2009

Access to high-speed Internet service is fast becoming a necessity that consumers cannot live without. Nonetheless, a sizeable minority remain unconnected. With policymakers working on efforts to make broadband more widely available and affordable, a recent report by Compass Lexecon, an FTI subsidiary, helps to inform the debate.

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Leaders Must Narrow the Employee Engagement Gap

Oct 2009

Companies are falling short in informing employees about how they are overcoming the challenges thrown up by the global downturn. New research commissioned by FD demonstrates that strong direction, a clear plan of action and straight talking will keep work forces on your side.

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What Next for Private Equity?

Oct 2009

What Next for Private Equity?

Following a turbulent 12 months for the industry, six experts from across the private equity spectrum explore the shape of things to come.

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Dealing with the Unforeseen

Oct 2009

Dealing with the Unforeseen

Great companies might not be able to predict the future, but they are ready for whatever fate throws their way. The FTI Journal examines best practices from a region familiar with crises.

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Cutting U.S. Healthcare Costs

Oct 2009

The FTI Journal recently convened a group of FTI experts from varied yet connected backgrounds and disciplines – from performance improvement and restructuring, to economic consulting and strategic communications – for a discussion about the state of healthcare in the United States and around the world, with a focus on what’s driving increased spending, and how to slow its growth.

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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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Turning the Turnaround on its Head

Oct 2009

Turning the Turnaround on its Head

In a turnaround situation, too many businesses rush to apply short-term fixes rather than diagnosing the real problem. There is only one cure: identifying the competitive advantage and transforming the corporate culture, while keeping a laser-sharp focus on the end-game.

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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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Don’t Run Before You Can Talk

Oct 2009

Don’t Run Before You Can Talk

Realizing that you have a problem and need specialist turnaround help is the first step in seeking to re-establish your business. However, don’t overlook the impact that communications can have, both positively and negatively, on that process.

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