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Three tobacco firms have been ordered to pay record fines for failing to warn consumers about the risks associated with smoking

Canadian tobacco firms ordered to pay record fines

Three tobacco firms have been ordered to pay record fines for failing to warn consumers about the risks associated with smoking

Following a lengthy class-action lawsuit, the Quebec Superior Court has ordered that three major tobacco companies pay C$15bn in damages, for failing to adequately inform smokers about the risks associated with their products. Legal proceedings began in M...

Deloitte Brazil on the country’s business environment

The arrival of the Company Recovery and Insolvency Law 10 years ago changed the business culture in Brazil, but no law is perfect and enhancements should be made to maintain its effectiveness

This year, the Company Recovery and Insolvency Law, which governs bankruptcy processes in Brazil, will have been in effect for 10 years. There is much to celebrate, but at the same time we should also take a moment to consider the results and advances ach...

While Brazil is not a member of the OECD, many multinational groups there are able to successfully navigate international transfer pricing standards, yielding effective results

How to navigate transfer pricing in Brazil; Deloitte advises

While Brazil is not a member of the OECD, many multinational groups there are able to successfully navigate international transfer pricing standards, yielding effective results

The economic view of Brazil has always been two fold for investors: on the one hand, there are good opportunities for sustainable growth; on the other, there is suspicion and concern about the direction in which Brazil is marching, economically and politi...

The British Virgin Islands is one of the world’s leading financial hubs, but its government is still looking ahead, hoping to build upon the successes of recent years

The British Virgin Islands draws in corporate business from afar

The British Virgin Islands is one of the world’s leading financial hubs, but its government is still looking ahead, hoping to build upon the successes of recent years

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of the world’s leading financial centres, with high-quality services able to meet the changing needs of international businesses and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). The government wishes to build upon the count...

Over the last few years, Nigeria has become the preferred destination for foreign direct investment in Africa, affecting the oil and gas sector outside of the FDI beneficiaries

DETAIL: Nigeria’s oil and gas sector attracts FDI

Over the last few years, Nigeria has become the preferred destination for foreign direct investment in Africa, affecting the oil and gas sector outside of the FDI beneficiaries

Nigeria received the largest amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of any African country over the period 2010-13. These inflows have grown in the last few years (see Fig. 1) – Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics recorded a total of $21.3bn of...

With the number of gambling tables in Macau capped by the government, live multi-gaming could offer a much-needed alternative avenue to expand the industry

Live multi-gaming: a new win for Macau?

With the number of gambling tables in Macau capped by the government, live multi-gaming could offer a much-needed alternative avenue to expand the industry

Macau is known as the Las Vegas of the East, although, ironically, its gaming revenues currently exceed the figures generated by the gambling industry in Las Vegas – by almost six times. Being the largest gaming city in the world by revenue, Macau fa...

The Legal Awards 2015

Despite an onslaught of dynamic challenges, the global law sector has achieved surprising gains in recent times. We look at those companies setting the pace in the new year with the World Finance Legal Awards 2015

The global law sector is facing a time of transition. Traditional bricks-and-mortar firms are struggling to cope with an incoming wave of alternative business models, and top fee-earners are either sinking or swimming based upon their ability to embrace t...

Global IP Law Group: business leaders must keep abreast of patent changes

Patents play an important role in encouraging innovation and determining long-term economic prosperity. Understanding the global changes in patent systems is critical for business and government leaders seeking to ensure future economic success

With a mix of expertise in patent litigation, high-value international patent transactions and IP public policy, Graham Gerst, a partner with US-based law firm Global IP Law Group, has a unique perspective on developments in the international patent syste...

KPMG: get to the core of your customers to promote business growth

By understanding what the core needs of customers are, financial CFOs are able to redesign client expectations by devising niche practices that best suit all parties

To become more effective and provide greater value, most finance organisations are striving to better understand business, provide relevant analysis and insights, and enable strategic decisions. But in today’s world, these capabilities are just the tabl...

In what has become yet another record-breaking settlement, the Bank of America has agreed to pay $17bn after claims it was dealing in toxic assets. But, despite the hefty price tag, the bank is still facing criminal charges

Embattled BoA faces fresh challenges

In what has become yet another record-breaking settlement, the Bank of America has agreed to pay $17bn after claims it was dealing in toxic assets. But, despite the hefty price tag, the bank is still facing criminal charges

Over the past two years, US authorities have not been shy about dishing out sizeable fines to banks and institutions found guilty of financial bad practice in the months and years leading to the meltdown of 2007. But, until now, none of the settlements im...

The way in which sovereign bonds are managed could soon change, as so called ‘vulture funds’ continue to destroy the market. What happens to the already written debt? Joseph Stiglitz and Martin Guzman discuss

Argentina’s debt dispute spawns SDRMs consensus

The way in which sovereign bonds are managed could soon change, as so called ‘vulture funds’ continue to destroy the market. What happens to the already written debt? Joseph Stiglitz and Martin Guzman discuss

In the midst of the on-going dispute between Argentina and the ‘vulture funds’ that hold its bonds, a broad consensus has emerged concerning the need for sovereign-debt restructuring mechanisms (SDRMs). Otherwise, US Federal Judge Thomas Griesa’s ru...

World Finance speaks to Steven Steger, Founder and Managing Partner of Global IP Law Group, about how intellectual property rights are a crucial part of ensuring investment in innovation

Global IP Law Group: patent rules do more than just protect innovators

World Finance speaks to Steven Steger, Founder and Managing Partner of Global IP Law Group, about how intellectual property rights are a crucial part of ensuring investment in innovation

Intellectual property rights have increasingly come to the fore, as the music and pharmaceutical sectors rally around protecting their interests. World Finance speaks to Steven Steger, Founder and Managing Partner of Global IP Law Group, about how patent ...

Since regulatory initiatives were brought in to restrict financial crimes, free markets are struggling to keep up with compliance rules

Compliance overload: finance regulations are damaging free markets

Since regulatory initiatives were brought in to restrict financial crimes, free markets are struggling to keep up with compliance rules

It is no surprise that the move towards more onerous anti-money laundering and information exchange procedures has significantly increased transaction costs for everyone in the finance industry. The concerning new development is that the costs are beginni...

Canada has been on a torturous road to unify its securities regulatory systems. Now, the central government is one step closer to a Cooperative Capital Markets Regulator

Canada set for unified securities regulatory systems

Canada has been on a torturous road to unify its securities regulatory systems. Now, the central government is one step closer to a Cooperative Capital Markets Regulator

It appears that Canada is tying the last loose ends before its dream of a unified national securities regulator becomes a reality. Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have become the latest additions to the roster of provinces that have signed up to the unifie...

‘Dark pools’ have been used for trading purposes since the 1980s, but following a number of investigations into leading financial institutions, they are set to become much more high-profile

Why everyone’s talking about ‘dark pools’

‘Dark pools’ have been used for trading purposes since the 1980s, but following a number of investigations into leading financial institutions, they are set to become much more high-profile

Many investors could be forgiven for having a knowledge gap when it comes to knowing what ‘dark pools’ are. The June 2014 announcement from New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, that he was launching a probe into the activities of Barcla...

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