Thought Pieces

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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Navigating Brazil’s 2018 Election: What Investors Can Expect

Navigating Brazil’s 2018 Election: What Investors Can Expect 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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The China A-Shares Adventure Begins

The China A-Shares Adventure Begins 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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Corporate Governance Reform: Enhancing Japan’s Power to EARN

Corporate Governance Reform: Enhancing Japan’s Power to EARN 1200 675 Blackpeak

“Japan to maintain itself as Asia’s Alpha” Background The implementation of the Corporate Governance Code (“CG Code”) in Japan has been a central pillar of the Abe administration’s Japan Revitalization Strategy. The strategy,…

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Cybersecurity Challenges in Japan’s Cryptocurrency Market

Cybersecurity Challenges in Japan’s Cryptocurrency Market 1000 563 Blackpeak

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…

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China Briefing: Trump’s Potential Trade Actions Against China and Their Implications

China Briefing: Trump’s Potential Trade Actions Against China and Their Implications 1200 675 Blackpeak

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…

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Small Loans, Big Profits: The Consumer Finance Market in China

Small Loans, Big Profits: The Consumer Finance Market in China 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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Security Awareness in Japan

Security Awareness in Japan 1200 675 Blackpeak

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.

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