2nd July 2019

A call for regulation of digital technologies and Over-the-Top (OTT) services

The explosion of digital services delivered via telecommunication networks is creating a challenge for the old regulatory framework. Voice, text, photos and videos are offered by OTT (Over-the-Top) services via the availability of connectivity services by network operators on the Internet. We are talking about Skype, WhatsApp and Google on our smart phones, which can offer communication systems to costumers at a very low cost with extremely handling software. Some […]
5th June 2019
Zombie Banks Europe

The Horde of the European Zombie Banks

10 years on from the financial crisis and the European banking sector is still suffering from a painful amount of problems; the sector is too large, lacks capital and most significantly has too many unprofitable, unsustainable players – the zombie banks. This final problem is the most troublesome and the focus of this article. The recent calamitous breakdown of the Deutsche Bank & Commerzbank merger was a timely reminder of […]
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 […]