Open Course: Business in a Political Age

March 31, 2015

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The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management is offering an open course (a so-called MOOC) entitled Business in a Political Age taught by its leader, The Hon. Mark Kennedy. I have known Mark Kennedy for many years. He has been a successful business man, a politician who served his country and he now leads George Washington University’s […]

Overview of Private Investment Trends in Asia-Pacific

November 8, 2014

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Overview of Private Investment Trends in Asia-Pacific Recently, we explored the private equity investment climate in Southeast Asia in Next Stop, Southeast Asia and took a look at the potential implications of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in Shanghai Free Trade Zone – A New China Paradigm for Western Investors? This time around we are […]

Developments: Ocean Holding Acquires Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank

September 1, 2014

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Ocean Holding acquires Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank Completing one of the largest bank acquisitions in Germany in years by total assets at approximately €12 billion, Lone Star has sold its controlling interest in Düsseldorfer Hypothkenbank to Ocean Holding, an Attestor fund. After acquiring the bank in 2010, Lone Star injected €500 million to strengthen its core capital position. The […]

Posted in: Developments, Europe

Making the Most of the Mekong (Bangkok Post)

July 16, 2014

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In thinking about Frontier markets recently, I came across this interesting article relative to the countries that share the Mekong from the Bangkok Post this morning. I’m posting below as I think it would be of some interest to investors.   Bangkok Post article by Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, 16 July 2014, unabridged. Making the most of the Mekong Emerging markets that share the […]

Posted in: Articles, Asia, Perspective

A Respectable World Cup Analysis

June 16, 2014

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A new leader in World Cup analytics has emerged. It looks to be an extremely timely and thorough analysis undertaken, it seems, with great enthusiasm. It is also an informative and enjoyable read to boot, which I commend to you. You can click on the link below the picture to get there. They do have the proper Disclosure […]

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A Visit to California China Style

June 9, 2014

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According to the China Daily, southern California recently hosted a group of visitors from China for a week. This would have been an unremarkable event except that, impressively, this group consisted of 7,000 Chinese visitors. The group was large enough to have its parting event at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tait, gave the keynote speech. It will take more than 20 airplanes […]

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Hanoi in Late Spring

May 23, 2014

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Hanoi, May 23, 2014.  On a stop over in Vietnam, where we are working on several projects at the moment, to visit with clients and investors. It’s warm and a bit humid here, but otherwise the city is hard at work as always. This is truly one of the hallmarks of Vietnam and one of its […]

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Posted in: Asia