5th May 2019
One Belt One Road Initiative

China’s Belt & Road Initiative – And Italy’s Symbolic Endorsement

In 2013, President Xi Jinping officially announced China’s Belt & Road Initiative (the “BRI”, then known as the “One Belt One Road” or “OBOR”). The BRI is a proposal to revive the Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road that were established during the Han Dynasty of ancient China: the “Belt” refers to the overland links between China to Central Asia and Europe, while the “Road” refers to the maritime routes […]
15th April 2019
SRA Code of Conduct - Ethical Dilemmas

Problems and perspectives of corporate lawyers and SRA Code of Conduct: some ethical dilemmas

Problems and perspectives of corporate lawyers and SRA Code of Conduct: some ethical dilemmas. This essay offers a brief analysis of the SRA Code of Conduct with regards to commercial practice and ethical dilemmas faced by solicitors. Starting from Richard Moorhead’s statement on the relationship between Code of Conduct and corporate practice, this essay provides a clearer picture of the entire scenario to conclude with some solutions. To recall Richard […]
21st March 2019
African legal market

Africa: Should businesses & law firms still be investing in this emerging market?

Africa: Should businesses and law firms still be investing in this emerging market? In simple terms an emerging market is a country which is shifting away from their traditional economy and developing their productive capacity. However, it is difficult to come up with a comprehensive definition, so emerging markets are typically defined by five key characteristics. Lower than average per capita income (less than $4.035) Rapid economic growth Highly volatile […]
11th March 2019
Lyft IPO

Lyft IPO: A bet on things staying the same?

Lyft is preparing its IPO. The ridesharing giant, dwarfed only by its counterpart, Uber, is said to be eyeing a valuation between $20 and $30 billion. Uber, whose IPO will likely be happening later this year is said to be valued 4x higher, at approximately $120 billion. As Lyft revealed its financials ahead of its upcoming IPO, it has become clear that no definitive path to achieving profitability has been […]
25th February 2019
Brexit passporting rights

Brexit impact on debt financing transactions

Since the UK’s vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, the debate around the impact of Brexit on the financial services industry has largely centred around ‘passporting rights’. Financial institutions and banks, amongst others, are rightfully concerned as Brexit poses a threat to their current ability to sell financial services and products across Europe with minimal additional authorisations. As the 29th March 2019 deadline looms, Brexit continues to […]