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Posts from the ‘Investment’ Category

Should Russia look East or West for economic prosperity?

There have been many reports in recent weeks about Russia pivoting towards China and speculation that the Eastern market will soon replace Europe’s. Indeed, a number of key business deals...

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UK-Russia: Trade and Investment panel at the London Business School

This week I participated in a panel discussion about the investment prospects of Russia and the trade relationship between Russia and the UK. The event was held at the London Business School (LBS), I was joined on the panel by...

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Central Asian infrastructure development

A general theme of SPIEF 2015 and the SCO summit in Ufa this summer was the economic collaboration and cooperation between nation states. While the focus has largely been on the collaboration between Russia and China, or Russia and India, it is important to note that Russia is also making an increased effort to form economic unions with some of its Eurasian neighbours. Continue reading

BBC Newshour Extra: panel discussion on Russo-West relations (2)

The BBC World Service panel discussion which I participated in was broadcast this morning on BBC Newshour Extra. The moderator asked the panellists: “should the West be doing business with Putin’s Russia?”

I believe that it is important to differentiate between politics and business, and that the business community should lead the way in ensuring economic cooperation between Russia and the West.

You can listen back to the programme and discussion below or by following the link to the BBC page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0343hjp

Op-ed: Business links going back centuries give UK-Russian relations resilience

I have commented in the past that trade, culture, and science have served as fundamental links between Russia and Britain, fostering and maintaining relationships between the two countries over centuries. It is important that such collaborations and exchanges continue.

In my latest op-ed, published in Russia Beyond the Headlines, I consider the historic economic cooperation between Britain and Russia, and how this has recently changed. Mutual business ties have suffered, and there have been references to a ‘new Cold War’.

But behind the media headlines, investors and businesses are keen to keep trade going. The business community should therefore take on greater responsibility to re-establish stability and restore trust and cooperation between these nations.

You can read the full article on RBTH here: Business links going back centuries give UK-Russian relations resilience

Reforms to Tax on Debt: Caution Advised!

A series of articles in the Economist propose a radical revision of existing capital and debt structures. The newspaper explains that it considers subsidies on debt holdings offered by governments worldwide to be ‘senseless’. As ever, the articles present thought-provoking and valuable insights regarding the way in which these subsidies affect borrowing habits and therefore wider society. However, I would like to suggest that any reforms be approached warily for two reasons. Firstly, as many in PE will observe, any such changes will be hugely complex and disruptive throughout the finance industry. Secondly, and potentially more importantly, this disruption would likely spread to curtail investment in innovation across the western world: the issue of how these reforms will affect various borrowing and innovation ‘cultures’ globally must therefore be taken into account. Continue reading

Outcomes from SPIEF: continuing conversations and the wisdom of Jack Ma

In an earlier post I provided some background to this year’s St Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF) and focused on the event’s growing Asian connections. As expected, the 19th Forum did indeed produce a number of new deals in Asia, as well as globally. In this post I will discuss a number of key developments and reflect on the overall sentiment of participants at SPIEF, including that of Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma who shared some valuable insights on the state of Russian investment. Continue reading