Return of Chinese Listings? Overcoming Reputational Fallout

Reports of a fresh wave of Chinese listings are likely to cheer IPO sponsors but elicit a loud groan from investors. Will this time around be different? The wounds from the recent boom-to-bust history of Chinese listings amid accounting scandals, missed numbers and falling share prices are still raw. This means Chinese companies will return to very different public markets and they will have to … Continue reading Return of Chinese Listings? Overcoming Reputational Fallout

Rule Britannia? Is Britain still a good place to do business?

Basel III, Ministry of Defence spending cuts and why Chicken Shack needs auto-enrolment pensions all became relevant to the latest The View from The Bridge debate: Rule Britannia? Is Britain still a good place to do business? Bill Robinson, one the most respected economists in the UK and a former advisor to a former Chancellor (Ken Clarke) kicked off the debate. The chairman of economics … Continue reading Rule Britannia? Is Britain still a good place to do business?

Javier Bardem’s Misery Bingo, and the end to triple dipping…

Since the world economy had a bit of a turn in 2008 there have been few things more miserable than the relentlessly apocalyptic economic coverage. One of those few things was Javier Bardem’s film Biutiful, which if you have not seen it yet is quite simply one of the most transcendentally grim movies ever made. So many miserable things happen to the protagonist (Bardem as … Continue reading Javier Bardem’s Misery Bingo, and the end to triple dipping…

Bird flu returns to China: Crisis communications – are you ready?

A collective shiver went through Hong Kong last week after it was revealed a deadly new strain of bird flu had broken out in China.  Coming on the tenth anniversary of SARS, this inevitably brought back memories of an unhappy chapter when Hong Kong went into lockdown and paralysis. For one of the most congested cities on earth it was a fraught period as companies … Continue reading Bird flu returns to China: Crisis communications – are you ready?

Tough choices await the victors in May’s council elections

After Eastleigh and the Budget, all eyes in Westminster are now focused on the outcome of May’s local government elections, as pundits and politicians alike try to size up the odds of the coalition Government clinging on to power in 2015. The three main party leaders have all launched their local election campaigns this week. While these elections are not at the forefront of the … Continue reading Tough choices await the victors in May’s council elections

Is banker baiting a cruel sport

In the US it is said that the media covers business as if it is sport – or sports as they would have it. One company is up, and executive is down, there’s always time for a recovery. In the UK it is going the same way. Except the coverage doesn’t resemble cricket, rugby or football, it’s more like a cruel sport such as fox … Continue reading Is banker baiting a cruel sport