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Argentina, on the Path to Investment

By Dr Gustavo Traversoni, Traversoni & Bengolea Abogados

For the first time in modern history, Argentina is being ruled by a non-traditional political party – neither Peronist nor UCR. The current government has a centrist profile and supports long term liberal policies; it is clearly promarket and has the strong determination to take the country back to the place it was wrongfully taken from owing to the populist policies of the last decades.

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UK company owners gamble wealth on business

Haines Watts have undertaken a UK company owner survey and found that business owners are drawing modest salaries and eschewing lavish lifestyles in favour of investing heavily in their business. They surveyed over 500 business owners from every region of the UK, from a complete range of sectors and a complete range of company sizes. UK Business owners are “crossing their fingers and hoping” that their business will deliver the returns needed to support them and their families – despite certain major risks to their business that have been heightened by the recent Brexit vote.

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Protection and security of client information data (2)

By Martin Straub

Automatic Information Exchange (AIA) of client financial data under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is now reality. Information is flowing under FATCA and information will start to flow under CRS in September 2017. These unprecedented invasions of personal privacy have now removed any remaining illusion of client privacy or confidentiality.

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Make in India – A fresh approach: the latest developments

By Vijesh Zinzuwadia, Zinzuwadia & Co. CA

Make in India is an initiative launched by the Government of India to encourage multinational, as well as national companies to manufacture their products in India. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 September 2014. The idea is for India to emerge, after initiation of the programme in 2016, as the top global destination for foreign direct investment, surpassing the USA and China. India received USD 63 billion in FDI in 2015.

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A Top-Down Approach: Tax Incentives and Their Effect on the Chinese Movie Industry

By Nan Sato and Jacopo Genova, Shimin Law Offices

The overall Chinese economy seems to be slowing down. Certain aspects of the economy, however, are growing fast. Fueled by an expanding middle class and the State government’s effort to transition from a manufacturing economy to a service one, the movie industry is growing at an extraordinary pace despite the downward pressure of the overall economy.

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Why can’t private individuals in India take advantage of cheap lending abroad?

By Raghu Marwah and Priyanka Ajmani, R.N. Marwah & Company 

Although the cost of money in India has been reducing, in large part thanks to Governor Rajan’s generosity, the arbitrage with western economies is still at between 400 and 500 basis points. With the RBI easing regulations on commercial borrowing through the ECB, individual entrepreneurs are now looking forward to the moment when they will finally be able to dip their hand in the honeypot. Recently, this has led to widespread debate on the issue of overseas borrowing.

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Three critical success factors for profitable lateral hiring

By Ian H. Turvill, Freeborn & Peters LLP

Across the globe, professional services firms are striving for growth. They employ many strategies to realise their objectives, but among the most common (certainly among law firms) is to hire partners from rival entities – so-called “lateral hiring.” Sadly, these hiring decisions often fail to live up to the heightened expectations associated with them. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, there are three factors that distinguish the firms that engage in successful lateral recruitment and integration, and those that do not.

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Where are we all heading economically?

By Prof. Robert Anthony, Anthony & Cie

Quantitative easing has clearly created employment, albeit sometimes at low salaries. Whereas in the late 1980s hyperinflation was considered to be a way of creating demand, since the crisis of 2007 we have seen a different strategy. Initially there was speculation in safe commodities such as gold, but the price has now dropped from its previous high levels. Several advisors regarded it as undervalued and predicted it would continue to rise. As markets settled, despite the problems not being over, gold stabilised at a lower level. As we come out of slow growth, what effect will this have? Many think European equity markets are still undervalued. We have seen recent speculative selling, but markets have been volatile for a while.

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Thailand at the crossroads

By Dr Anuphan Kitnitchiva, Dherakupt International Law Office Ltd.

This time last year, millions of Thai citizens took to the streets demanding political and social reforms for their beloved country. The demonstrations continued for six months until the tense situation erupted on Thursday 22 May 2014 at 4.30 p.m. local time, with the Thai approach to resolution involving a peaceful coup d’état by the military. The military government was formed with a strong commitment to reform the country and to bring back a genuine democratic regime in which Thais from all walks of life would have the opportunity to participate and be involved by the year 2015.

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