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The Weekly Vulcan View For The 14th Of January To The 18th Of January Featuring Analysis Of The Latest EU Developments

Friday, January 18th, 2019

VULCAN VIEW- KEY EVENTS THIS WEEK: AfD decides on party strategy for EU electionsDuring a special AfD party convention last weekend in which the party decided on its campaign and strategic goals for the upcoming EU election in May of this year, hardliners demanded the immediate exit of Germany from the EU. Calling for “Dexit” did […]

What bad choices are left for Theresa May after the devastating Brexit defeat?

Friday, January 18th, 2019

By Sam Natapoff, President of Empire Global Ventures LLC  Confused by what just happened with Brexit and what happens next? You’re not alone. Here’s the way forward At 7pm Tuesday night in London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May lost a 432-202 vote in the House of Commons, on the Brexit deal she had personally negotiated. 118 MPs from her Conservative […]

2019 IPT changes in Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia, Spain, France, Italy

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The new year has brought changes that affect insurers writing cross-border business across the EU. Some territories have introduced new requirements, or amendments to existing obligations that necessitate the amendment of reporting procedures for insurers. Here’s a summary of some of the changes that have recently come into force, or are scheduled for 2019. Denmark […]

Flash Report on Today’s Brexit Vote

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

By Lucinda Creighton, CEO & Robert O’Reilly, Strategic Counsel | Vulcan Consulting  Situation Analysis Today’s vote presents yet another “crunch moment” in the long running Brexit saga.  For those who have not been following in any great detail, this is Prime Minister Theresa May’s big moment in the House of Commons, when she will attempt to get […]

Banks need a culture shock

Monday, January 14th, 2019

By William Rhodes | President & CEO | William R. Rhodes Global Advisors  A decade after the financial crisis, banks haven’t lost their capacity to shock. From Wells Fargo’s fake accounts to Goldman Sachs’ involvement in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal to allegations of money laundering at Danske Bank, failures of conduct and culture have damaged trust in […]

Don’t Let These 10 Legal Myths Stop Your Doing Business In The U.S.: Myths #6 and 7 – The U.S. is very litigious and that is too threatening to a small company like ours. As a result, the risk of liability and lawsuits relating to our products and/or services is too great.

Monday, January 14th, 2019

By Marc S. Friedman | Director of Professional Relations| Global Commerce Education In the most recent article in this series, I explained how many non-US companies, including Baltic businesses, are discouraged from exploiting a robust US marketplace by Myth #5 –If we enter the US we may be jeopardizing our valuable intellectual property. In this installment, […]

The Weekly Vulcan View For The 7th Of January To The 11th Of January Featuring Analysis Of The Latest EU Developments

Friday, January 11th, 2019

VULCAN VIEW – KEY EVENTS THIS WEEK: European Union: The Polish and Italian Election Coalition    With the European Elections in full swing, the leaders of the most popular populist parties in Poland and Italy will meet Wednesday to discuss a common strategy for the Elections in May.  Matteo Salvini and Jarosław Kaczyński (PiS) are hoping […]

Bannockburn Global Forex Update: Looking to 2019

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

2019: The Last Year for the Millennium to Be a Teenager The year may be drawing to a close, but it is not clear that Annus Horribilis for investors will end.  The projection of the 2017 synchronized growth upturn into 2018 hit the shoals of the business cycle.   The fiscal stimulus gave the US an […]

EU State aid investigation opened into Nike’s tax treatment in the Netherlands

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

On 10 January 2019, the European Commission announced the opening of a formal State aid investigation into five tax rulings granted by the Dutch tax authorities to two Dutch entities of the Nike group between 2006 and 2015. This investigation concerns individual tax rulings and as such should not directly impact other taxpayers. Nonetheless, the […]

A Canadian Perspective on the CUSMA

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

By John M. Weekes, former Canadian Chief Negotiator on NAFTA | Senior Business Adviser at Bennett Jones From a Canadian business perspective, restoring a more certain trade environment in North America is at the top of any wish list for 2019. The American Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum last year sent a shock wave through the […]