Austria relaxes legal hurdles

Austria relaxes legal hurdles

In the past, the registration of a branch of an English company in Austria encountered significant legal resistance and was often rejected by the courts. The cause of this resistance was more often than not a lack of understanding of the Austrian courts of the legal structure of English companies and the inability of the […]
Is the recovery still under construction?

Is the recovery still under construction?

It used to be said that you could measure a city’s economic wellbeing in direct proportion to the number of tower cranes visible along its skyline. But now, with so many building projects shelved or in limbo awaiting remission from the downturn, the exact opposite is often true, with those erstwhile symbols of prosperity standing […]
Tanzania poised to become a destination

Tanzania poised to become a destination

The largest state in East Africa has for decades been best known for its touristic attractions – most notably the ever snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Mining is giving the country a new layer of international prominence. In little more than a decade, Tanzania has emerged from being […]
The back-to-front world view of Standard Chartered

The back-to-front world view of Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered does not see the world in quite the same way as other banks. In March this year, the bank appointed V Shankar as chief executive of the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Europe and moved him to Dubai. Read the job title again, and it almost looks like a deliberate snub to […]
Uruguay economy braces for growth

Uruguay economy braces for growth

Besides its long-standing political and juridical stability, the richness of its natural resources and the high social and educational level of its inhabitants, a sustained process of economic growth experienced in recent years has turned Uruguay into the “jewel of the region”. The Oriental Republic of Uruguay, a small country located in the south east […]
Expanding Taiwan

Expanding Taiwan

Trying to find a success story in the financial industry from the past few years can be nearly as difficult as trying to untangle the global economic mess. With so many firms lying in ruin, it is a surprise to come across one that has managed not only to grow in its home country, let […]
Brazil markets continue surge

Brazil markets continue surge

Foreign companies have increased their interest in the Brazilian market and domestic companies have finally found room to expand their activities overseas and become multinationals. Machado Associados started its activities in 1990, initially as a tax boutique. Its tax expertise came from the wide experience of its founders who had previously worked as partners in […]
Autonomy sees upside to 2011 EPS consensus

Autonomy sees upside to 2011 EPS consensus

British software firm Autonomy said it was confident there was upside for earnings consensus for 2011, even after organic growth slowed in the third-quarter as some contracts were delayed. The company, whose software searches and organises unstructured information such as emails, phone conversations, documents and video, reported a 10 percent rise in revenue to $211m, […]
World stocks hit two-year high, led by emerging markets

World stocks hit two-year high, led by emerging markets

World stocks hit a two year high on Thursday, touching levels not seen since September 2008 just after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Emerging market stocks led the way, touching levels not seen since June 2008. MSCI’s all-country world index, a leading benchmark used by professional investors, was up 0.8 percent in the day at […]
Japan questions South Korea G20 leadership over FX

Japan questions South Korea G20 leadership over FX

Japan has called into question South Korea’s leadership of the Group of 20 forum because of Seoul’s interventions to stem the won’s rise and insisted its own currency action was qualitatively different. “As chair of the G20, South Korea’s role will be seriously questioned,” Yoshihiko Noda told a parliamentary panel when asked about South Korea’s […]