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Countering Risks in the De-SPAC Flood: Due Diligence Best Practices
After spending years as something of a sideshow, SPACs took market center stage in 2020, driven by government stimulus programs and expansionary monetary policy.
Shifting Tides in the Offshore World
Regulators have imposed new disclosure rules for ultimate beneficial ownership on companies in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI). Now, alternative offshore hubs, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have emerged to provide sought-after alternatives.
Grading on a Curve: How ESG Ratings Can Fall Short in Emerging Markets
2019 was a banner year in the remarkable rise of ESG investing. Morningstar reported that nearly 500 actively traded funds in the United States added ESG language to their prospectuses, up from 50 in 2018.
Navigating the “Green Recovery” From COVID-19
The global shift to green is likely to accelerate in the post-COVID-19 world, but this is only symptomatic of a broader trend where Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are becoming more critical to businesses’ long-term viability and value.
Different Law, Same Challenges: New Japanese FDI Rules Unlikely to Deter Activist Investors
In November 2019, Japanese legislators revised the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, requiring foreign investors to obtain government approval before purchasing 1% or more of a listed Japanese company in industries considered sensitive to national security.
The Launderers’ Labyrinth: The Growing Complexity of Iranian Money Laundering
As Iran’s access to the international market narrows in the face of sanctions, money laundering in and out of Iran is evolving. Compliance regimes need to keep pace.
The EU Implements New Regulatory Framework That May Hinder Chinese Investment
The EU has been tightening regulatory scrutiny of Chinese inbound investment over the last three years. The implementation in April 2019 of a new EU-wide framework for reviewing acquisitions intensifies the trend of already-declining Chinese FDI in the EU and high-profile blockages of deals there since 2016.
Security Risks in Southern Thailand: From Origins to Current Situation
In order to extract even more concessions from the Thai government, rebel groups in the southernmost provinces of Thailand may continue instigating violence.
AI Ambitions: Challenges to Innovation as the US and China Drive Global Tech
Both despite and because of the US and China competing in AI innovation for geopolitical and economic reasons, the two countries contribute to the industry’s development with their different tech and policy orientations.
There’s Wood Enough Within: Trong’s Corruption Crackdown and Implications for Doing Business in Vietnam
On 23 October 2018, Vietnam’s National Assembly elected Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as the country’s President with 99.8% of the vote from the Assembly members.
More Than a Trade War: Understanding Political Risk as US Scrutinizes Chinese Investment
In August 2018, President Trump signed a bill expanding the scope and powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The new law has important implications for Chinese…
Navigating Brazil’s 2018 Election: What Investors Can Expect
If there is anything that Sunday’s electoral results showed us, it is that Brazil’s political landscape in 2018 is as polarizing, unprecedented, and unpredictable as ever.
The China A-Shares Adventure Begins
The recent inclusion of hundreds of mainland China-listed companies into the MSCI Global Emerging Markets Index means money managers are now obliged to invest in companies many know little about.
Corporate Governance Reform: Enhancing Japan’s Power to EARN
The implementation of the Corporate Governance Code (“CG Code”) in Japan has been a central pillar of the Abe administration’s Japan Revitalization Strategy.
Cybersecurity Challenges in Japan’s Cryptocurrency Market
In December 2017, the price of a bitcoin was more than USD 19,000 – nearly fifteen times the price for an ounce of gold. But while gold is a physical object…
Anti-social Forces Screening in Japan
In Japan, screening for Anti-social Forces (ASF) issues requires careful, thorough review in each case. Careful and professional ASF screening cannot be achieved with a simple compliance database review…
China Briefing: Trump’s Potential Trade Actions Against China and Their Implications
In his 2018 State of the Union Address, United States President Donald Trump announced that “the era of economic surrender is totally over,” and that “we expect trading relationships to be fair and very importantly, to be reciprocal.”
Small Loans, Big Profits: The Consumer Finance Market in China
Since early 2015, consumer finance companies have been some of the hottest investments in China. But competition is harsher than ever, with pioneers and new entrants fighting for their slice of the pie. The industry is now at risk of becoming another investment bubble.
Security Awareness in Japan
Despite being one of the safest countries in the world, Japan lags behind many other economies when it comes to security and safety measures to protect the country against major threats such as terrorism, cyber-attacks or geopolitical tensions.
China’s 19th Party Congress: What You Should Know
China is at a critical turning point as the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (“CCP”) will be underway next week. The meeting will shape China’s political and economic trajectory over the next five years and beyond with key decisions made on party leadership and policy directions.
Investing in Myanmar: Southeast Asia’s Last Frontier
Myanmar’s robust economic growth and untapped potential have led many investors to name the country as “Southeast Asia’s last frontier”. Blackpeak shares its views on top foreign direct investment (FDI) sectors, key investors and investment risks and challenges in Myanmar.
Japanese Gaming: From the Bowels of Kabukicho to a Place in the Sun
After years of debate, the Japanese government has legalized casinos in the country. Nothing is expected to be built in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. So what is behind this historic decision? What are the consequences for the economy?
Investing In The Philippines: Is The Road Still Bumpy?
It has been nine months since Duterte became president of the Philippines. A shift towards a martial law seems entirely plausible. What can investors expect in the coming months?
Indian Family Businesses: Risks for Investors
India’s rapid economic progress is in large part due to the dominance of successful family-run conglomerates. While these companies have become some of India’s most successful, several have been tainted by corporate governance scandals…
Japan’s Yamaguchi-gumi Split and the Formalities of Gang War
In the wake of the recent split of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest organized crime group, Blackpeak has insights and an infographic to decipher the yakuza world and its recent events.
Investing In The Philippines: A Bumpy Road Ahead?
Post the Philippines’ elections, Blackpeak shares its views on the incoming Duterte regime and how it may affect investment risks in the Philippines.