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Grading on a Curve: How ESG Ratings Can Fall Short in Emerging Markets

Grading on a Curve: How ESG Ratings Can Fall Short in Emerging Markets 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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Navigating the “Green Recovery” From COVID-19

Navigating the “Green Recovery” From COVID-19 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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Different Law, Same Challenges: New Japanese FDI Rules Unlikely to Deter Activist Investors

Different Law, Same Challenges: New Japanese FDI Rules Unlikely to Deter Activist Investors 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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The Launderers’ Labyrinth: The Growing Complexity of Iranian Money Laundering

The Launderers’ Labyrinth: The Growing Complexity of Iranian Money Laundering 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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The EU Implements New Regulatory Framework That May Hinder Chinese Investment

The EU Implements New Regulatory Framework That May Hinder Chinese Investment 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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Security Risks in Southern Thailand: From Origins to Current Situation

Security Risks in Southern Thailand: From Origins to Current Situation 1200 675 Blackpeak

In order to extract even more concessions from the Thai government, rebel groups in the southernmost provinces of Thailand may continue instigating violence.

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AI Ambitions: Challenges to Innovation as the US and China Drive Global Tech

AI Ambitions: Challenges to Innovation as the US and China Drive Global Tech 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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There’s Wood Enough Within: Trong’s Corruption Crackdown and Implications for Doing Business in Vietnam

There’s Wood Enough Within: Trong’s Corruption Crackdown and Implications for Doing Business in Vietnam 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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Guilt by Association – The Importance of Child Labor Due Diligence

Guilt by Association – The Importance of Child Labor Due Diligence 1200 675 Blackpeak

Child labor remains a complex and pernicious issue across much of the developing world. A mix of poverty, economic malaise, corruption, and lax enforcement make it a problem that is unlikely to be eradicated in the foreseeable future.

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More Than a Trade War: Understanding Political Risk as US Scrutinizes Chinese Investment

More Than a Trade War: Understanding Political Risk as US Scrutinizes Chinese Investment 1200 675 Blackpeak

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…

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