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  Iran in the context of the Middle East’s geopolitical situation has long provided both political risks and business opportunities. The oil and gas sector, service and agriculture sectors, and a “noticeable state presence in manufacturing and finance services” dominate Iran’s economy. Aiming to move Iran away from a heavily oil-dependent economy, Iranian authorities have […]
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  Geopolitical threats affect businesses, organizations, governments, and even individuals around the world. As a business owner, these threats can affect your profits, your reputation, and even your ability to do business in certain countries. If you fail to identify and understand the geopolitical threats that affect your business, you’re likely to end up losing […]
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New Grupo Aval FCPA Settlement On August 10, 2023, the Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice along with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pay $80.8 million dollars as a result of an FCPA fine. These fines were related to a toll road project the […]
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  Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, it has been faced with an unprecedented number of sanctions--over 10,000--as the United States, the European Union, and other Western countries have sought to undercut Russian wartime revenue and hinder its ability to fund its military efforts. Although many expert reports suggest that the sanctions have […]
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  In the nearly year and a half since Russia first invaded Ukraine, much has shifted in the European bloc as it responds and adapts to the conflict occurring in its own backyard. Russia’s apparent commitment to continuing the war has prompted many members of the bloc to ask themselves what could come next, and […]
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American and European sanctions against Russia have largely dominated discussions surrounding sanctions against foreign entities in 2022 and 2023 in an effort to hobble its war of aggression in Ukraine. Behind the scenes, however, there has been a slew of other sanctions in operation as the United States quietly tries to curb Chinese technological advancement […]
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The FTX Saga Continues   On November 2, 2022, the news website CoinDesk published an article that left many people wondering just how solvent the cryptocurrency trading platform FTX truly was. With questions about other companies founded by FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, many who held FTT, the platform’s cryptocurrency token, began selling their tokens. Within […]
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Geopolitical risks must be taken seriously, but there are many CEOs who don’t fully comprehend what these risks are or why they need to fully understand how geopolitical risks could affect their business. If you fail to understand what risks you’re facing when acquiring or merging with a company in a foreign country, hiring an […]
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We’ve taken a look at what cryptocurrency is and how it can be a risk for you and your business, but there’s more to it than that. While understanding the risks of crypto is certainly important, it’s also important to see the benefits. Cryptocurrency can be useful, but you must be careful about who you […]
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Cryptocurrency, or crypto for short, is a fairly new term. Coined in 2008 by a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the term combines the words “cryptography” and “currency.” Crypto is any type of digital currency that is maintained by a decentralized system instead of one single authority. While some cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have […]
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Some geopolitical risks remain for years, even decades, while others may seem to come and go within a few months. Typically, though, even these risks have built up for years. Those who pay attention to signs of geopolitical turmoil can recognize where issues are likely to arise. Infortal’s experts in this area have put together […]
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  Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) enforcements are picking up at the start of 2023 after a slow-down due to Covid-19 lockdowns which made it more difficult for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pursue prosecutions. The first quarter of 2023 sees two companies receiving FCPA enforcement actions totaling […]
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