Analysis

Multinationals in Russia in 2015: in their own words

20 Oct 2015
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Region: 
Russia & CIS

This report examines how international businesses are faring in Russia after 18 tumultuous months in which sanctions have been imposed, oil prices fallen and policy has been volatile. We look at what some of the biggest international investors are saying about Russia in their published reports,...

ASEAN Insurance Markets: Integration, regulation and trade

13 Oct 2015
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Region: 
ASEAN

ASEAN has a justified reputation for moving slowly on formal commitments to regional economic integration. However our report makes it clear that the real picture is much more complex, and that regional ambitions are driving important changes in the insurance market. Attitudes to foreign capital...

A small problem with big telcos? Competition policy and the EU Digital Single Market

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29 Sep 2015
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

The collapse of the proposed merger between Telenor and Teliasonera and the launch of antitrust proceedings against Sky and six Hollywood companies have highlighted DG Competition’s ambition and prominence in the EU’s ‘Digital Single Market’ (DSM). Its prioritisation of market competition and...

Third term presidents and first time voters: what Burundi tells us about African political risk

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31 Jul 2015
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Region: 
Africa

Investors in Africa routinely worry about the scope for politics to destabilise markets and undermine growth. Last week’s election in Burundi was a case in point. President Pierre Nkurunziza claimed an election victory for what many both in the country and outside believe to be an...

ITA: The tech imports deal with lessons for global trade policy

24 Jul 2015
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Region: 
Multilateral

On 24 July, the WTO announced the conclusion of negotiations to update and expand the product coverage of the 1997 Information Technology Agreement (ITA). ITA II will eliminate tariffs for over 200 high-tech products – including new generation semiconductors, videogame consoles and global...

The 'Chinese Put'

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21 Jul 2015
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Region: 
Asia

The full financial force of the Chinese state has been on display over the past few weeks as the authorities have responded to collapsing stock prices with an array of interventions that now appear to have established a floor under the Shenzhen and Shanghai indices. The episode is revealing...