Rise in African mergers and acquisitions

Rise in African mergers and acquisitions

Rise in African mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across Africa have risen in terms of value but not volume, according to the latest figures. The total deal value of M&A transactions in Africa increased by $21bn in the first half of 2019, a 31% rise on the same period of 2018. However, according to analysis by Baker McKenzie of Refinitiv M&A data for Africa,…

Global manufacturing supply chains failing to make progress on child labour risk, finds Verisk Maplecroft

Global manufacturing supply chains failing to make progress on child labour risk, finds Verisk Maplecroft

Global manufacturing supply chains failing to make progress on child labour risk, finds Verisk Maplecroft

Global manufacturing supply chains that operate through the world’s major hubs are making little or no progress in stamping out child labour, finds new research from Verisk Maplecroft. In its Child Labour Index, the risk analytics firm said manufacturing hubs most entwined in global supply chains – including China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia – have “not recorded any improvement”…

Ifrima plans academic study to back global programmes campaign

Ifrima plans academic study to back global programmes campaign

Ifrima plans academic study to back global programmes campaign

A serious academic study on the negative impact of inconsistent and protectionist insurance regulation around the world is likely needed if the international risk and insurance management community is to convince regulators of the need for reform from the top down, according to the chair of the International Federation of Risk & Insurance Management Associations (Ifrima). Mary Roth, who is…

Confronting the ethical risks of new technology

Confronting the ethical risks of new technology

Confronting the ethical risks of new technology

The relationship between business and business ethics has always been a contentious one. Notable economists have suggested that ethics are at best a secondary consideration: the overriding purpose of business is to maximise profitability and shareholder returns, constrained only by adherence to the letter of the law. But most modern businesses accept (as does the investor community) that that proposition…

EU bans Boeing Max as Global Aerospace confirmed lead insurer

EU bans Boeing Max as Global Aerospace confirmed lead insurer

EU bans Boeing Max as Global Aerospace confirmed lead insurer

The EU has banned all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying in Europe over safety concerns, with more than half of the world’s 350-strong fleet now reportedly withdrawn from use. Meanwhile, Global Aerospace has confirmed it is the lead insurer for Boeing. The policy could see heavy product liability claims from the grounded aircraft, which now face serious questions. “I…

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

US-China trade war and changing world order top business risks in 2019: Control Risks

There will be little time for multinationals to mourn the end of the post-war liberal consensus that brought about globalisation, as the developing US-China trade war, and the story it foretells about a new world order, becomes the defining geopolitical risk in 2019, according to Control Risks…

Without drone-ing on… a legal overview of drones in South Africa

Without drone-ing on… a legal overview of drones in South Africa

Without drone-ing on… a legal overview of drones in South Africa

The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry in South Africa is slowly gaining traction and is expected to take off swiftly into the horizon in the foreseeable future. In the South African market, the most common uses of RPAS are for personal or commercial use, the latter encompassing filmmaking, aerial surveys, search-and-rescue operations, agricultural observations such as crop counting, climate…

Egypt approves new data protection law

Egypt approves new data protection law

Egypt approves new data protection law

It has recently been reported that Egypt has become the latest jurisdiction in the Middle East and north Africa region to approve a data protection law. Here is what you should know about the proposed law and what this will mean for businesses in Egypt. News outlets reported that the Egyptian Cabinet approved a law in August 2018 to protect…

New guide published on state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa

New guide published on state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa

New guide published on state of bank recovery and resolution laws in Africa

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a comparative guide on the state of recovery and resolution laws for banks in Africa. The firm explained: “Banks require specific resolution arrangements as a result of their interconnectedness with each other, the rest of the financial system and the real economy. A credible recovery and resolution regime not only impacts depositors; it…

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