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Binance’s $4.3 Billion Fine
Binance, world's largest crypto exchange, to pay $4.3 billion settlement, plead guilty to anti-money laundering, unlicensed money transmission, and sanctions violations. CZ faces criminal charges.
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Many executives today have studied, lived or worked internationally. One of the most indispensable ways to make sure you don’t end up with legal, financial or reputational damage from your next merger or acquisition is to conduct an international background check on any executives of companies you plan to go into business with. With the […]
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Pre-Suez Canal Shipping Routes
The maritime shipping industry has been the backbone of global trade for centuries, with technological and infrastructural advancements steadily reducing costs and shipping times. However, geopolitical tensions and missile attacks from Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have forced modern shipping giants such as Maersk to take a step back in time, and adopt logistical strategies […]
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Geopolitical Risk for Executives in China
Conducting geopolitical risk assessments before considering entering China is critical to protecting your firm and employees.    A Growing Risk for Foreign Businesses and Executives in China  China under Xi Jinping has presided over a regulatory crackdown against foreign businesses that has accelerated recently, leaving foreign business executives and investors at risk. The Chinese Communist Party […]
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New Restrictions on Outbound Investment
In August of 2023, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order (EO) establishing new outbound investment regulations targeting Chinese development of certain technologies deemed to be risks to US national security.  The order gives the Department of the Treasury oversight into US investors seeking to fund Chinese firms involved in developing sensitive technologies, including […]
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  The recent terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas in Israel have raised concerns globally about terrorist financing and money laundering. Given the subsequent conflict, regulators will undoubtedly look more closely at the financing of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the region, such as Hezbollah.  Hamas is a designated terrorist foreign terrorist organization by […]
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  Europe is once again experiencing intense, active military conflict on its doorstep. Accordingly, many European countries, motivated by Russia’s ongoing violent campaign to seize Ukraine, are now forced to re-examine their defense plans, capabilities, and, importantly, defense budgets.  For some EU countries, this is the first time they have had to seriously consider military […]
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China is Cropping Up on US Soil American lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have increasingly expressed concerns about  foreign investment in the US agriculture industry, including purchasing farmland. Although the  increasing criticism may seem like an overreaction because foreign investors own just 3.1  percent of all US farmland (as of 2021), significant strategic factors must be […]
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Albemarle corporation, agreed to a $2.8 million payment in penalties and disgorgement to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations related to bribery in Vietnam, India, and Indonesia. According to the DOJ, Albemarle conspired to pay bribes to government officials in these countries […]
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As the conflict in Ukraine continues, Poland has played an increasingly important role in  mitigating tensions along NATO and the EU’s easternmost flank. Although Poland, Latvia,  Lithuania, and Estonia have jointly made-up Europe’s eastern front as NATO allies and members  of the EU for nearly 20 years, the strategic importance of their location has come […]
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In 2022, Europe was overrun by war for the first time since World War II due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Though Russia’s onslaught has featured all the trappings of conventional warfare, like heavy artillery, ballistic missiles, and the mobilization of troops, it has also revolutionized the role of the cyber realm in armed conflict.  […]
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In today's interconnected world, the global landscape is constantly evolving and presenting new challenges. These challenges arise from various factors, including economic fluctuations, social dynamics, and regional conflicts. Understanding and navigating these dynamic landscapes is crucial for businesses and decision-makers. It allows them to anticipate and adapt to changes, mitigate risks, and seize opportunities. By […]
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