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Political Risk in Global Energy

There are numerous examples of political risk affecting the operations and profitability of energy companies – sometimes very seriously. Stephen O’Sullivan, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, discusses the three main risks from...

DFC $60 Billion U.S. Corporation

The DFC (Development Finance Corporation) represents an important new financing source for companies investing in emerging markets overseas, as well as in projects in the U.S. that enhance the domestic response to COVID-19. The recently launched DFC has up to $60...

What is the difference between Bonds vs Bank Guarantees

People often ask what is the difference between Surety Bonds vs Bank Guarantees. The products are generally identical and have exactly the same obligations, at law when called on for payment. Under an unconditional bank guarantee, the bank’s liability to make a...

Kidnapped Victim Rescued

Businessman found safe and unharmed in rural Free State town after being kidnapped. Five alleged kidnappers have been arrested. Police in the Free State have rescued a businessman who was kidnapped nearly two weeks and arrested five of his alleged kidnappers. Shaiful...

Explosion Tragedy Was Man-made

This past terrible Tuesday, a bloodied young man as a result of the explosion stopped in a Beirut street to speak to a Western reporter. In that second, he spoke for us all in lamenting his stricken city. “We’re cursed. Even if the explosion was an accident, it is the...

Pressure Utilities Heightens Political Risk — Moody’s

MANILA, Philippines — The pressure exerted by Malacañang on big businesses, particularly on telecommunications providers as well as water concessionaires, may indicate unpredictability as well as weakening political and legal governance in the Philippines, according...

Kidnapping – Chinese Students Are Targets

Kidnapping - Chinese Students are Targets. Recent cases reveal the evolution of a crime that often exploits worry over family members abroad with digital savvy and old-fashioned coercion. Some scammers pretended to be from the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, Sydney-...

Pirates Kidnap Seven Russian Sailors

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russian sailors from the crew of a ship in the Gulf of Guinea, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria said on Monday. The seven Russians were among 13 crew members pirates abducted from the Curacao Trader 210 miles off the coast of Benin last...

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