Global Trade

Trump’s Tough Trade Talk: How Latin America Should Respond to Its Northern Neighbor Now

Jul 2017

Trump’s Tough Trade Talk: How Latin America Should Respond to Its Northern Neighbor Now

With the Trump Administration vowing to review all 14 U.S. trade agreements, the economies of Latin America must take proactive steps to protect their interests.

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Automotive Aftermarket: Disrupting the Future

Jun 2017

Automotive Aftermarket: Disrupting the Future

Technology and third-party services offer new and profitable revenue streams for the industry. But success depends on agility, innovation—and especially — collaborative strategies.

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Know Thy (Global) Business Partner!

Jun 2017

Know Thy (Global) Business Partner!

Infographic: Spotting the red flags of risk when doing business abroad can help you avoid a shady international business deal.

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Critical Reforms in Africa Paint a Bright Picture for Investors

Jun 2017

Critical Reforms in Africa Paint a Bright Picture for Investors

FTI Consulting’s annual survey of opinion leaders on Africa reveals a surplus of opportunity for investors based on reforms across the continent. Which countries are ready now?

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Africa: Fighting Corruption On Its Own Turf

May 2017

Africa: Fighting Corruption On Its Own Turf

Africa foregoes millions in corruption fines to foreign governments. Why not keep the money on the continent to fortify their own anti-corruption campaign?

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India and the UAE: Ancient Alliance, New Opportunities

May 2017

India and the UAE: Ancient Alliance, New Opportunities

The historical ties between India and the UAE form the foundation of a potentially lucrative partnership for investors. But you must know how to navigate the risks.

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Roadmap to the Winners and Losers in the Auto Industry Under Trump

Mar 2017

Roadmap to the Winners and Losers in the Auto Industry Under Trump

From NAFTA to EPA regulations to tax reform, the wide variety of policy reforms raised by President Trump may have significant impact on the global auto industry across all sectors.

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Global Survey: Politics as Unusual for Institutional Investors

Mar 2017

Global Survey: Politics as Unusual for Institutional Investors

An FTI Consulting survey of institutional investors shows concern about political disruption on the ability of companies they invest in to manage crises.

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Is America Ready for the Coming Trade Wars?

Feb 2017

Is America Ready for the Coming Trade Wars?

President Trump’s anti-trade policies, if enacted, could have severe economic consequences for the United States. That’s something the majority of the public doesn’t understand. The time to get America up to speed is right now.

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The Unknown Unknowns of Doing Business in India

Feb 2017

The Unknown Unknowns of Doing Business in India

India’s high-growth market is a pocket of optimism to global investors, but only those who can navigate the many quirks of the country’s business environment will find success. Here's what they need to know.

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One Continent. One Market. One Click?

Dec 2016

One Continent. One Market. One Click?

The European Commission’s plan to create a digital single market that cuts across the national boundaries of the continent and boosts competition is gaining momentum. Now if the EC can just overcome those annoying regulatory hurdles...

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Hurry Up and Wait, Argentina!

Nov 2016

Hurry Up and Wait, Argentina!

Argentina’s new President, Mauricio Macri, came into office in December 2015 with a mandate to evolve the nation towards a more market-oriented economy. The result has been limited progress mixed with pain. Will the people stick by him and allow him to reach his goals?

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How to Get the Best Bounce for Your Buck When Starting Up a Business in Asia

Oct 2016

How to Get the Best Bounce for Your Buck When Starting Up a Business in Asia

When Senior Managing Director Michael McCreadie wanted to open a trampoline fitness center in Asia he discovered all sorts of cultural roadblocks. It took a ton of patience and a sense of humor to get the job done. Here are his hard-won lessons.

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New Tax Inversion Rules: Good Politics; Bad Business.

Sep 2016

New Tax Inversion Rules: Good Politics; Bad Business.

The new anti-inversion rules may be politically appealing, but they will cause unintended consequences that could actually undermine U.S. businesses. Here’s why.

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The New Age of Political Discontent: Hammering Hard on Global Businesses

Sep 2016

The New Age of Political Discontent: Hammering Hard on Global Businesses

Intense public unrest is driving global politics in new and unique ways from East to West. Here’s what global executives must know to navigate the risks

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How to Master the Ancient Art of Business Etiquette in South Korea

Aug 2016

How to Master the Ancient Art of Business Etiquette in South Korea

Westerners hoping to do business in the world’s 11th largest economy need an insider’s knowledge of some very unique customs to succeed.

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The Brexit Effect: Worried Investors Advised to Stay Nimble & Informed

Jul 2016

The Brexit Effect: Worried Investors Advised to Stay Nimble & Informed

An FTI Consulting survey conducted immediately after the Brexit vote reveals concerns among institutional investors about economic fallout . . . with a glimmer of optimism.

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Hunting Together for Success: A Remanufacturing Paradigm Shift Leads to New Partnerships and M&As

Jul 2016

Hunting Together for Success: A Remanufacturing Paradigm Shift Leads to New Partnerships and M&As

The long established remanufactured automotive parts market is being disrupted. Winners stand to gain through innovative partnerships with increased market share in untapped markets.

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Let’s Get Rio: There’s Money to Be Made in Brazil if You Know Where to Look

Jun 2016

Let’s Get Rio: There’s Money to Be Made in Brazil if You Know Where to Look

As odd as it may seem, Brazil’s economic and political crises offer reasons for optimism—and potential investment. This FTI infographic highlights four diamonds in the rough for investors.

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Let’s Make a Deal

Jun 2016

Let’s Make a Deal

With President Obama’s recent visit plus a strong GDP and pending ratification of the TPP, Vietnam is on the map for potential investors. But what about that Communist government?

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Colombia Gets a Business Makeover

Jun 2016

Colombia Gets a Business Makeover

Through numerous government reforms and initiatives, Colombia has emerged from decades of turmoil to become Latin America’s hot spot for global investors eyeing the construction industry.

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We’re All Fashionistas Now

Apr 2016

We’re All Fashionistas Now

Consumers are wielding profound power in fashion retail thanks to the digital revolution. Retailers who adopt a “customer first” approach are best positioned to meet expectations. Those who resist risk losing their shirts.

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Today's Derivatives Industry: Q&A with Walt Lukken

Mar 2016

Today's Derivatives Industry: Q&A with Walt Lukken

An insightful conversation with the President and CEO of the Futures Industry Association.

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Due Diligence and Caution: The Keys to Investing in Iran

Mar 2016

Due Diligence and Caution: The Keys to Investing in Iran

Western businesses are rethinking the Islamic Republic of Iran now that two decades of restrictions are slowly being lifted. But how should companies proceed?

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The Big Drop: How the Low Price of Oil Is Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

Feb 2016

The Big Drop: How the Low Price of Oil Is Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

The price of oil has ebbed and flowed, often erratically, over the years in response to geopolitical events and changes in supply and demand.

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Myanmar: Opportunities and Challenges for Businesses

Feb 2016

The 2015 landslide victory of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (“NLD”) ushered out more than 50 years of direct military rule.

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The Cautious Investors’ Guide to Brazil

Dec 2015

The Cautious Investors’ Guide to Brazil

It’s no secret that Brazil has been going through hard times and that investors — with good reason — regard the country as a high-risk environment.

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Why Wind and Solar Shouldn’t Be Spooked by Tumbling Oil Prices

Nov 2015

If you’ve filled up your car lately, you surely will have noticed that gasoline is dirt cheap (in relative terms). In June 2014, WTI crude peaked at $115 a barrel. In mid-October 2015, it was about $49.

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Geopolitical Risk: The Butterfly Effect and Black Swans

Nov 2015

Geopolitical Risk: The Butterfly Effect and Black Swans

Multinational corporations typically have processes and systems in place to evaluate and deal with risks around the globe.

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Britain & India: Old and Future Friends

Nov 2015

Britain & India: Old and Future Friends

Following his landslide victory in May 2014, newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States the following September. He packed New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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When Investing in Africa, Fortune Follows the (Moderately) Brave

Oct 2015

When Investing in Africa, Fortune Follows the (Moderately) Brave

Any discussion of why it makes sense to invest in African companies, or to pursue mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") there, must begin by confronting all the negativity that historically has surrounded the continent.

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AS THE WORLD TURNS

Sep 2015

AS THE WORLD TURNS

A great many people suffered during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Unemployment soared in both the United States and Europe. Millions lost large chunks of their savings. Who was to blame? In the court of public opinion, big, “financialized” business was placed in the dock.

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A New Kid on the Global Finance Block

Sep 2015

In a bid to increase its international financial clout, and with much fanfare, Beijing last year announced a new initiative: the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), focused on supporting global infrastructure construction, especially in Asia.

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Loose Links in the Asian Supply Chain

Aug 2015

Loose Links in the Asian Supply Chain

A few years ago, an Oregon woman bought a $29.99 Halloween decoration kit at a local Kmart. As she opened the box, a handwritten note from a Chinese prison inmate fell out. Scribbled in broken English...

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The Middle Kingdom at the Crossroads

Jul 2015

China looms large in the West’s imagination. The Middle Kingdom spent much of mankind’s history as the world’s most prosperous nation. Today, in terms of the sheer size of its economy, it is back on top.

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What Are More Than a Billion Insured Patients Worth?

Jun 2015

What Are More Than a Billion Insured Patients Worth?

China’s population suffers from a debilitating lack of access to healthcare. To improve it, the government last year opened up the sector to foreign investors who are rushing in despite daunting challenges.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Jun 2015

FTI Consulting frequently is engaged to conduct after-the- event investigations to identify assets, unravel major frauds and help resolve other crisis situations. These often are extensive (and expensive).

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FTI Consulting Risk Research Project

Jul 2015

FTI Consulting Risk Research Project

For decades, large North American- and European-based companies have made significant investments in emerging markets, and foreign direct investment (“FDI”) inflows lately have increased in developed, developing and transitional economies.

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Trends in International Arbitration

Feb 2015

Trends in International Arbitration

In an FTI Journal article we wrote in 2010 we noted a surge in claims in international arbitration arising from the global economic crisis but also identified some longer-term underlying drivers of dispute activity based on cross-border investment flows.

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Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Meet the Risks and Seize the Opportunities

Jan 2015

Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Meet the Risks and Seize the Opportunities

The Mexican opportunity comes into sharper focus. Mexico’s energy reform, passed in 2013, has generated unprecedented global economic interest.

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The Lure of 'Like New'

Dec 2014

The Lure of 'Like New'

Remanufacturing is a process that returns a product to “like new” performance, with a similar or extended warranty to match. Remanufacturing can provide consumers with products that are up to 40 percent less costly than new products while significantly lessening the environmental impact of their production.

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Five Red Flags that Investors in Developing Economies Should Know

Dec 2014

Five Red Flags that Investors in Developing Economies Should Know

For one American hedge fund, there were many compelling reasons to invest in a U.S. software firm with significant operations in India — 1.3 billion of them, to be exact.

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Game Of Shadows

Oct 2014

Game Of Shadows

Public relations (PR) has an evil twin: dark public relations (DPR), sometimes also referred to as black PR. It involves the unethical damaging of a client’s reputation or corporate identity; that is, it’s about getting the bad word out — and creating that bad word out of lies and falsehoods if need be.

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A State of Siege: Gangs, Drugs, and Violence in Central and Latin America

Nov 2014

A State of Siege: Gangs, Drugs, and Violence in Central and Latin America

Between October 2013 and July 2014, 52,000 children fleeing gang violence in Central America and Latin America were apprehended at the U.S. border.

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How to Counter the Counterfeiters

Aug 2014

How to Counter the Counterfeiters

Despite significant government efforts, China remains the world’s primary source of counterfeit goods.

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Cross-Border Investigations

Jul 2014

Cross-Border Investigations

At the 2014 American Bar Association’s National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Counsel, co-sponsored by FTI Consulting, the panel discussion “Trends in Cross-Border Investigations” featured Veeral Gosalia, Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Technology segment.

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Let the Brazilian Compliance Games Begin!

Jun 2014

Let the Brazilian Compliance Games Begin!

As Brazil prepares to host the June 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the country’s recently enacted anti-corruption law presents a host of compliance challenges to domestic and foreign businesses participating in the preparations.

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The Life Science Boom

May 2014

The Life Science Boom

Last year was the Year of the Deal in life sciences. There were 43 U.S. healthcare initial public offerings (IPO), triple the number in 2012.

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Mexico's Oilfields of Dreams

May 2014

Mexico's Oilfields of Dreams

By opening up its oil and gas reserves to foreign investment, Mexico hopes to boost production and GDP. Foreign energy companies and investors hope to profit from new, rich and logistically convenient sources of gas and oil.

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Myanmar at a Pivotal Stage: Will Fortune Favor the Bold?

Apr 2014

Myanmar at a Pivotal Stage: Will Fortune Favor the Bold?

After nearly 50 years of economic decline and political isolation, Myanmar is experiencing a stampede of foreign companies seeking to stake their claim in one of the world’s last economic frontiers.

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When Is a Payment a Bribe?

Mar 2014

When Is a Payment a Bribe?

A recent panel hosted by Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting took a deep dive beneath the turbulent seas of global regulatory compliance and asked what a good compliance program really looks like for businesses, large and small, operating in a variety of jurisdictions.

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Searching for Value: Equity Market Valuations Home and Away

Feb 2014

Searching for Value: Equity Market Valuations Home and Away

U.S. equity markets have bounced back, and market valuation metrics now appear stretched even as prospective returns on investment are being compressed. Are U.S. equities overvalued?

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Ye Olde Supermarket

Oct 2013

Ye Olde Supermarket

There are new combatants entering the already crowded food retailing market every day, and conventional supermarkets of yore keep taking it on the chin. Can the traditional supermarkets of our youths ever again be what they once were to shoppers? It’s not going to be easy.

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Blueprint for Innovation

Oct 2013

Blueprint for Innovation

Our survey of 500 London-based firms reveals both the current barriers to innovation and the future keys for creating a sustainable innovative culture.

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The Big Steal

Sep 2013

The Big Steal

In a recent White House speech, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder quoted a security professional who quipped that "there are only two categories of companies affected by trade secret theft: those that know they’ve been compromised, and those that don’t."

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A New War Plan for Defense Contractors

Aug 2013

A New War Plan for Defense Contractors

With the Iraq war over and the Afghanistan conflict in its final stages, relentless pressure on government spending is creating a very different terrain for defense contractors selling to the U.S. military. If they expect to thrive in the “new normal,” contractors need to assess their situations and develop different competitive approaches and defenses.

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Overcoming Foreign Direct Investment’s Political Hurdles

Jul 2013

Overcoming Foreign Direct Investment’s Political Hurdles

In 2012, the Canadian government approved a controversial merger and acquisition deal that many expected legislators would reject.

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2013 Life Sciences Investor Survey

Jun 2013

2013 Life Sciences Investor Survey

The FTI Consulting third annual Life Sciences Investor Survey, a study conducted by the Strategic Communication practice, assessed U.S. and European investors’ outlook on the investment climate in life sciences and, specifically, their expectations for the sector with regard to transactions, drug development pipelines, subsector performance and geographic growth prospects.

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2013 Latin America Public Security Index

Jun 2013

2013 Latin America Public Security Index

Due to its relatively strong growth over the past years, Latin America has made some advancement as a whole in social inclusion, as well as in the fight against crime, in certain countries, leading to an improvement in public security. Growth slowed somewhat in 2012 and, at the beginning of 2013, lagged behind other emerging markets. However, growth in Latin America still is ahead of the developed world, and the region is more stable now than it has been in many decades.

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Hit Product Pirates Where it Hurts

May 2013

Hit Product Pirates Where it Hurts

As product packages have grown more sophisticated, packaging and label companies have become key high-value players in counterfeit supply chains. By targeting these counterfeit manufacturers rather than the street-level retailers, companies have a better chance of putting a major dent in counterfeiting operations and preventing counterfeit goods from reaching the market.

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Africa Booms & Multinationals Take Notice

May 2013

Africa Booms & Multinationals Take Notice

Chinese firms have a head start in many of Africa’s booming economies, but now other multinationals are increasingly competing for opportunities in Africa. Going forward, both Chinese and non-Chinese firms will have the best chance to win African contracts by emphasizing high-quality deliverables, ethical business practices, community relations and a commitment to creating good local jobs.

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Don’t Cover Up, Fess Up!

Mar 2013

Don’t Cover Up, Fess Up!

Companies can avoid or reduce massive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) fines through voluntary remedial conduct and disclosures to the DOJ and SEC.

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The Realities of the New UK Bribery Act

Mar 2013

The Realities of the New UK Bribery Act

Research by FTI Consulting reveals that far too many managers are either unaware of the UK Bribery Act that criminalizes bribery, or surprisingly, willing to break the law to win business.

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China Plus One

Feb 2013

China Plus One

For the last 20 years, many Western companies have invested in China, drawn by its low production costs and enormous domestic consumer market. But in recent years, the cost advantage has diminished, while other business challenges have emerged. As a result, many companies are looking to exploit opportunities in other growing Asian markets both to hold down costs and to reduce overdependence on China.

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Re-Entering Latin America

Apr 2012

Re-Entering Latin America

Thirty years ago, Navistar International exited a Latin America wracked by political and economic turmoil. Navistar Truck Group President D.T. Kapur explains why the company returned to Latin America in the 1990s and how the region has evolved into a thriving market.

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