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Weaponising Currencies

The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes imagined a world where countries worked constantly to weaken each other. At the end of World War...

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Markets need clarity from Governments

This post is about markets, not morals. Markets need considered policies. Policies that are evidence-based, even-handed and transparently...

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EU M&A POST BREXIT

One consequence of Brexit is a dramatic increase in interest from UK-based companies looking at setting up distributors, developing green...

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Are the Chinese Coming?

After the Brexit vote, mainland Chinese investors were hailed as U.K. real estate's dragon saviour. Now they have other things on their...

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Construction is Stuck in the Ancient World.

We're in a time machine. For some reason best known to us, we go to Ancient Rome and kidnap a builder. It's cruel. He's terrified of our...

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Who wants a party with no lift home.

Consumer confidence has been the UK's post-Leave Vote safety net. People's minds are the ultimate mystery, but some reasons are clear....

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The Grey Tide is Rising

Short-term trend analysis is counting paper clips while your office falls down. Meanwhile, long-term trends grind the UK economy like...

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Bored by Brexit?

If you are bored by Brexit, you should be. The UK has massive long-term structural problems. Whether or not we leave the EU makes no...

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Importance of independence

Only this week Sir Philip Hampton was in front of a select committee in parliament discussing the difficulties in the role of independent...

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A step closer to working hours reform in HK?

In 2012, the Labour Department of Hong Kong published its “Report of the Policy Study on Standard Working Hours”. Since then, the...

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No kids, no flex?

In the UK the right to request flexible working has been open to all (for any reason) for a few years now. The growing popularity and...

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Can governance be fool proof?

Sir Philip Hampton's evidence to The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee raises important issues on corporate...

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Why will international M&A continue in 2017?

Surplus corporate cash, low interest rates and an America First policy should, on the face of it, result in a strong US domestic m&a year...

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Is 'red tape' actually gift wrapping?

'Red tape' is an incendiary term in most contexts but possibly never more so than when applied to the EU.  The phrase conjures up images...

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Pipelines or pipe dreams?

President Trump has been true to his word and had his pen out to sign a fair number of executive orders since coming to power.  Yes, he...

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Employee benefits that make a difference

Looking through the list of employee benefits at tech start up basecamp, I was struck by the fact that the company treats its employees...

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China - an environmental leader?

Somewhat surprisingly for those of us who feel the effects of China's air pollution on a regular basis, China’s decision to take a...

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Show me the money

Among all the global events of 2016, little mention was made that it seemed to exhaust the world's entire supply of superlatives - we had...

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New Industrial and Technology Strategy

It is really exciting to hear the Prime Minister talking about her plans for a truly global Britain and an innovative economy. This is a...

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CMA continues to fine cartels

We’re continuing to see the CMA pursue price-fixing and market sharing cartels.  This is the third cartel fine issued in a little over a...

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Did US robots vote for Trump?

While the new President will introduce favourable tax breaks and discourage imports by imposing tax/tariffs on goods produced from...

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The new chatering class?

The report from Intralinks and the Cass Business School on the number of deals being leaked makes interesting reading, partly from a...

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Learning from Singapore

We have heard about how the UK can mirror Singapore in a post Brexit world - whether it be it's transport, tax or free trade arrangement. 

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The real deal or another false dawn

There has been a lot of excitement over the announcement that law firms can open up offices in the special economic zones in India and...

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India here we come

The UK Government's trade ministers and advisors have been given a clear mandate by Prime Minister May; reach out to the rest of the...

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Finally some clarity on what Brexit means

Around the boards of industrial companies in the UK and globally and those trading with the UK or Europe via the UK, the overwhelming...

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Directors pay - time for action?

The rumblings over "say on pay" continue with BlackRock, the latest institution making comments on the transparency around directors pay....

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Supporting localism in M and A

Among the various points made in this story on uplift in M&A is an important comment on the increasing social responsibilities being...

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London: an industrial powerhouse ?

On the face of it, the London mayor advocating for an industrial strategy might seem strange; however, a UK industrial strategy which...

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Legislative equivalence can only be a stopgap

A lot of hope is being placed on regulatory equivalence - a concept that potentially allows businesses from a non-EU country to trade in...

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I, too, robot - the new manufacturers

We are in the middle of the latest industrial revolution with the opportunities created by robotics and AI . Rather than fearing change...

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UK - the 51st state?

There is no question that one of the first issues a republican president and congress will address is a review of trade tariffs.

The...

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M & A Hot Topics

The problems facing Purecircle actually flag a wider issue and means the traditional due diligence in m and a needs reviewing. 

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UK industrial strategy - the action needed

News that Greg Clark is meeting businesses to discuss the much heralded UK industrial strategy is important news. The UK has needed a...

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Another PRIIP-up?

Those familiar with the ongoing saga of PRIIPs will be aware that the presentation of performance has been an ongoing political hot...

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Brexit drives weak wage growth

Lower growth, higher inflation and weak wage growth have been linked to the uncertainty brought about as Brexit negotiations begin, and...

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Postive thinking in UK manufacturing

The very positive reading from the PMI index shows that while the market is uncertain, the immediate bounce created from Brexit - namely...

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Is the UK following Trump and reshoring?

The news that Weir Group may be reshoring in the UK is an interesting knock on from Brexit.

It's true that the devaluation in sterling has...

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Is Cash King or Caution?

The evidence that many companies are reducing gearing, stockpiling cash and not offering an immediate explanation as to what they will do...

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