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In Focus: Risk in Thailand

In Focus: Risk in Thailand

September 24, 2020

Join Control Risks' Partner, Dane Chamorro, for a discussion with Harrison Cheng, Senior Analyst for Southeast Asia, about the current risk landscape for investors in Thailand. Its economy will shrink at least 8% this year, and its government faces almost daily protests in Bangkok. Under these circumstances, is Thailand really a great place to put new foreign investment?

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In Focus: Investing during and after Covid-19

In Focus: Investing during and after Covid-19

September 16, 2020

What are the implications of Covid-19 on private market investors? Join Control Risks experts Charlie Warren, Henry Smith and John Seddon for a discussion about the investment climate created by the pandemic, its challenges as well as its opportunities. 

Charlie Warren is a Partner based in our Singapore office and head of Control Risks’ business intelligence practice for Southeast Asia, Henry Smith is a Partner based in our London office head of Control Risks’ business intelligence and due diligence practice in EMEA, and John Seddon is a Principal responsible for the company’s business in Canada. 

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In Focus: The Africa Risk Reward Index 2020

In Focus: The Africa Risk Reward Index 2020

September 11, 2020

Covid-19 has set back the economic progress achieved across Africa in recent years, but this should not deter investors. Join Tom Griffin, Barnaby Fletcher, Bukola Bolarinwa and Jacques Nel for a look at some of the key insights from the 2020 African Risk Reward Index, produced jointly by Control Risks and Oxford Economics. The African Risk Reward Index is an authoritative guide for policymakers, business leaders and investors that illustrates the evolution of the investment landscape in major African markets and provides a grounded, longer-term outlook of key trends shaping investment in these economies. 

Tom Griffin is Partner for our Middle East and Africa region, Barnaby Fletcher leads our analyst team for East and Southern Africa, Bukola Bolarinwa is an analyst specializing in West Africa, and Jacques Nel joins from NKC African Economics, the Africa focused subsidiary of Oxford Economics, where he is Head of Macro. 

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The Global Insight: Belarus on the global stage

The Global Insight: Belarus on the global stage

September 10, 2020

What lessons can Belarus teach the rest of the world? Belarus held elections on 9 August in a race that, as always, Alexander Lukashenko won in a landslide. In the lead up to the election, Lukashenko was facing strong competition from Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, an almost accidental candidate, who, with the help of a team of powerful and creative women, mustered tends of thousands of supporters. When Lukashenko won, the citizens of Belarus took to the streets. Join Charles Hecker and a panel of Control Risks experts as they unpack the drivers behind the unrest and its regional and global implications. This week's panel includes Eimear O'Casey, a Senior Analyst in our global risk analysis division, Bota Iliyas, an Analyst also in our global risk analysis division, and Nabi Abdullaev, Partner and head of our Moscow office. 

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In Focus: The evolution of integrity in football

In Focus: The evolution of integrity in football

September 9, 2020

Join Jonathan Brown, Partner, and Alecia Futerman, Associate Director, from Control Risks' forensics team for a discussion with Benoît Pasquier, sports lawyer, CAS Arbitrator and former General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). They chat about the highlights of Benoît's unique career in sport and some of the challenges he faced at the AFC, as well as how football has evolved over the past decade and how that  has required a change in attitude to governance and integrity. 

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The Global Insight: Tracing the evolution of US-China relations

The Global Insight: Tracing the evolution of US-China relations

August 27, 2020
How did we get here? The relationship between the US and China has been frustrating politicians and business people for well over a decade. Control Risks has been following this relationship ever since our own forecasts, and everyone else's, began predicting that China was well on its way to becoming a modern global superpower. Join Charles Hecker and a panel of Control Risks experts as they trace the evolution of US-China relations over past ten years and on into the future, exploring what this all means for global business. This week's panel includes Andrew Gilholm, Principal and Director of the analysis practice for Greater China and North Asia, Jonathan Wood, Director and lead analyst for the United States and Canada, and Bliss Khaw, Principal and Americas-based representative on China issues. 
 
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In Focus: A new era for the Tennis Integrity Unit

In Focus: A new era for the Tennis Integrity Unit

August 26, 2020

Join Jonathan Brown, Partner, and Alecia Futerman, Associate Director, from Control Risks' forensics team for a discussion with Jonny Gray, CEO of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the anti-corruption body for all professional tennis played around the world. They chat about the changes taking place at the TIU following a review published in December 2018, which included over 200 recommendations aimed primarily at preventing and sanctioning corruption in response to an increase in online betting that has recharged incentives for foul play in sport. 

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Legal and Compliance Insights — Litigation readiness: asset tracing

Legal and Compliance Insights — Litigation readiness: asset tracing

August 20, 2020

In this episode we take a close look at the process of asset tracing: the investigative process of helping clients “follow the money” through identifying, locating, assessing the status and recoverability of counterparties’ assets. Our in-house experts, Ramon Ghosh and Jessica Pyman give you an inside look at their approach to asset tracing, the challenges they face, the global trends they are seeing, and what counsel should keep in mind when approaching the process.

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In Focus: The rise of esports

In Focus: The rise of esports

August 20, 2020

Join Jonathan Brown, Partner, and Alecia Futerman, Associate Director, from Control Risks' forensics team for a discussion with Nick Iliffe, head of intelligence at Stats Perform, Control Risks' official partner for the delivery of sports integrity solutions. They chat about the rise of esports and how experts monitor and address issues around integrity, governance, and safeguarding. Nick also comments on esports' viability as an Olympic sport, and how Covid-19 has affected esports, though not in the way you might think. 

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Asia In Focus: A tale of two countries: opposition in Singapore and Malaysia

Asia In Focus: A tale of two countries: opposition in Singapore and Malaysia

August 19, 2020

Join Control Risks' Partner, Dane Chamorro, for discussion with Harrison Cheng, Associate Director in our Southeast Asia political analysis team, about the impact of political opposition in Singapore and Malaysia. In the recent general election in Singapore, the opposition Workers' Party took a record number of seats, and Singapore's northern neighbor, Malaysia, has had a series of electoral upsets over the last couple of years that have resulted in a fairly unstable ruling coalition. As a likely beneficiary of global supply chain restructuring, how wary should investors be of potential changes in this operating environment?

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The Global Insight: Airmic Risks & Megatrends 2020: the evolving cyber threat landscape

The Global Insight: Airmic Risks & Megatrends 2020: the evolving cyber threat landscape

August 19, 2020

This week we're taking a break from our usual panel discussion to bring you an interview from a podcast we really enjoy: Airmic Talks. Airmic is the UK’s risk and insurance association, and their podcast, Airmic Talks, is currently running a series on the key themes emerging from their annual survey: Top Risks and Megatrends 2020. In this episode, Airmic’s Richard Cutcher interviews Control Risks’ #James Owen, Partner, Cyber Security, on the role of technology in digital transformation programmes, new cyber attack trends, the vulnerability of social media to manipulation and disinformation campaigns and the growing tension between seamless digital connectivity, regulation and national sovereignty issues – including how this will shape the internet of the future.

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The Global Insight: Security dynamics in the Bay of Campeche

The Global Insight: Security dynamics in the Bay of Campeche

July 31, 2020

Join Charles Hecker and a panel of Control Risks experts for a discussion on security dynamics impacting companies operating in the Bay of Campeche, one of Mexico's oil and gas hubs. The panel this week includes James Sinclair, a Partner at the Mexico City office leading the Crisis and Security Consulting division in Mexico and Central America, Cormac McGarry, a maritime security specialist based in London, Adriana Thomas, a security analyst based in Mexico City, and Eduardo Arcos, a special risks analyst based in London. There is also a Spanish version of this discussion available on our channel hosted by Daniel Linsker, a Partner at Control Risks and currently managing Control Risks’ Mexico City office. 

 

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The Global Insight: La dinámica de seguridad en la Sonda de Campeche

The Global Insight: La dinámica de seguridad en la Sonda de Campeche

July 31, 2020

(The following episode is entirely in Spanish. An English version is available on our podcast channel.) 

Escuche a Daniel Linsker y a un panel de expertos de Control Risks discutir sobre la dinámica de seguridad y sus efectos en el entorno operacional para las compañías en la Sonda de Campeche, una de las áreas de mayor actividad para la industria de petróleo y gas en México. El panel incluye a James Sinclair, partner en la Ciudad de México a cargo del área de consultoría de seguridad y gestión de crisis, Cormac McGarry, especialista en seguridad marítima, Eduardo Arcos, analista de riesgos especializados y Adriana Thomas, analista de riesgos globales. 

In Focus: Oil and gas in Africa: what to expect as the pandemic eases

In Focus: Oil and gas in Africa: what to expect as the pandemic eases

July 31, 2020

Join Control Risks experts Barnaby Fletcher, Mikolaj Judson and Oulimata Soumaré for a close look at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa’s oil producers. Traditional producers like Nigeria, Angola and Algeria are expected to see some of the deepest recessions this year, but the critical question is what the longer term effects will be, both for the oil and gas industry and for economies across the region. Barnaby Fletcher leads our analyst team for East and Southern Africa, Mikolaj Judson is an analyst based in our Lagos office and Oulimata Soumaré is a researcher based in our Dakar office.

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Legal and Compliance Insights — Litigation readiness: expert issues

Legal and Compliance Insights — Litigation readiness: expert issues

July 21, 2020

In this episode we take a close look at the role of experts: those with knowledge around a specific area that can be used to help a court or legal body make a more accurate judgement. Our in-house experts, Steve Wilkinson and Mavis Tan, give you an inside look at how experts approach disputes, the growing importance of data analysis, and why you should always engage an expert earlier rather than later.

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