2014

Mauritius: Stepping Stone To Africa

Situated in the southern Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius wants to be the go-to country for entrepreneurs seeking business opportunities on the African continent.

P&C Insurance: A Buyer’s Market

RISK MANAGEMENT By Paula Green Premiums for most insurable company risks have come down in price, but organizations will need to ensure that they have sufficient coverage and limits to deal with an increasing range of issues—including changes in regulations ...

Risk Management: Cyberrisk Insurance

CYBER SAVOIR FAIRE By Paula L. Green Regulation is still struggling to keep up with rapidly evolving cyberrisks but is already driving uptake of cyberrisk insurance in some markets. Companies are taking note of the changing landscape. Spooked by the ...

Risk Management: Insuring Trade Credit

A CONVERSATION STARTER By Paula L. Green Trade credit insurance is making it easier for companies to interact with their suppliers around the world, and usage is soaring as global corporations recognize the risk-mitigating benefits. For L’Oreal USA, one of ...

2013

US: Ratings Agency Fights US Lawsuit

MILESTONES By Paula Green Shareholders at McGraw Hill Financial, along with US taxpayers, could end up paying the price as the US government and one of the country’s major credit ratings agencies face off in a courtroom drama over its ...

US: Will Companies Fill In Pay Gap?

MILESTONES By Paula Green The frequently mind-boggling comparison between the pay of a US firm’s chief executive and the company’s rank-and-file employees is finally set to come before the Securities and Exchange Commission this fall. Tucked away in the 2010 ...

Salon: Maurice Greenberg, CV Starr & Co

THE PENDULUM SWINGS By Paula Green At this month’s Salon, Global Finance sat down with Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former chairman and CEO of AIG and current chairman and chief executive of CV Starr. Greenberg, who spent nearly four decades building ...

Risk Management: Emerging Markets Risks

SEEKING CONSISTENCY By Paula Green Multinationals struggle to manage business risks—such as political, reputational and tax risks—and insurance issues, as they expand their emerging markets footprint. And some of those risks are on the rise. Ace Hardware sees the potential ...

Risk Management: Crisis Containment

AUTOMATIC RESPONSE By Paula Green Recent natural disasters have shown that in times of crisis, having a robust crisis management plan that kicks in automatically—and a team to implement it—can make all the difference when it comes to minimizing the ...

2012

Risk Management: Business Continuity

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED By Paula Green Recent natural disasters in Japan and Thailand highlight the need for companies to insure against business interruption. Photo Credits: RUCHOS / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM About the only sure thing risk managers and their insurers will find ...

Treasury And Trade: Cash Forecasting

HIGH TECH MEETS THE LAW OF INERTIA By Paula Green Treasurers wanting to move to high-end forecasting solutions still face an uphill challenge. Even when a treasurer wants to move to a high-end system for forecasting cash, their efforts are ...

Risk Management: Political Risk

KEEPING RISK IN CHECK By Paula Green Political risk insurance is of increasing interest as unstable geopolitical conditions affect corporate operations. Expect the unexpected. That is what corporate risk officers worldwide have taken away from the unforeseen political and economic ...

Global Salon: Gary Gorton, Yale

FINDING BALANCE By Paula Green Global Finance sat down with Gary Gorton, professor of management and finance at the Yale School of Management, to get his perspective on the latest round of global financial turmoil. PHOTO CREDITS: KATE FREY Gary ...

Risk Management: Cyber Risk

COVER UP By Paula Green Insuring against cyber risks is stoking the imaginations of insurance companies as the risks to multinationals expand. However, companies should check what policies cover them for. Cyber risks are increasingly edging their way onto the ...

Small Firms Take On Big Four Accountants’ Fee Model

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES By Paula Green US tech firms, including Google And Twitter, are taking advantage of a new model for accounting and tax services. A stripped-down, low-cost solution is gaining in popularity among Silicon Valley tech firms weary of ...

Global Salon: Jan Stuart, Credit Suisse

NO MORE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS By Paula Green Global Finance sat down with Jan Stuart, managing director, head of energy commodity research, fixed income, at Credit Suisse in New York, to get his perspective on the global economy and oil markets. ...

Technology & Treasury Management: E-Invoicing

NOVEL SOLUTIONS By Paula L. Green E-invoicing is taking a quantum leap forward. New solutions help companies tackle age-old issues, such as how to stay compliant in an ever more complex regulatory landscape. Electronic invoices are helping companies gain access ...

Technology & Treasury Management: Bank Payment Obligations

BANKING ON BPOS By Paula L. Green Bank Payment Obligations could change the way that companies manage their global supply chains, making it easier and safer to work with new suppliers in risky markets. But acceptance takes time. Standardized rules ...

Poverty, Bank Fees Blamed For Growth Of The Unbanked

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Paula Green Whether it’s that endless, dusty bus ride to the nearest automated teller machine or simple poverty that keeps them from opening a bank account, the 2.5 billion people who do not have accounts with a ...

Global Salon: Instability And Finance

INSTABILITY AND FINANCE By Paula Green Global Finance sat down with noted author and international economist James K. Galbraith to hear his views on political instability, its relation to income inequality, and what the implications are for the European crisis. ...

Could Cooperatives Change The World?

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Paula Green Would the global economic crisis have been so severe if cooperative banks—which create value for their members as they achieve profits—ruled the financial world? And would the European Union and many of their banks now ...

Insuring Directors & Officers Liability

SAFE LANDING By Paula Green With new regulations and tighter enforcement that could lead to more corporate legal action, many companies are increasing their cover for directors and officers insurance. Most corporate risk officers should still enjoy favorable terms this ...

Global Salon: Ian Bremmer, Eurasia

NO HAND AT THE HELM By Paula Green As part of its Salon series, Global Finance sat down on January 11 with Ian Bremmer, president and founder of political risk analysis firm Eurasia Group, to discuss increasing geopolitical upheaval and ...

Passera Faces Tough Job To Win Over Italian Parliament

NEWSMAKERS: ITALY By Paula Green Ready or not, as minister of economic development, infrastructure and transport for the newly-formed government of prime minister Mario Monti, Italian banker-turned-bureaucrat Corrado Passera will be honing his political skills this year. Passera ponders his ...

Custody & Investors’ Services

RESTORING TRUST By Paula Green Custodians are dealing with the impact of major regulatory reforms and a loss of confidence in investors' services safety after the devastation of the MF Global debacle. The expanding web of government regulations permeating the ...

Barney Frank Says Farewell To Congress

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES By Paula Green Will Wall Street miss US Congressman Barney Frank, the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) and architect of the 2010 legislation aiming to avert another global financial disaster? Frank will not ...

2011

Trade & Supply Chain Finance 2011: Forfaiting

IN WITH THE OLD By Paula L. Green Thanks to new technology that improves information flow, traditional trade finance tools such as forfaiting are now being used more frequently as part of a broader supply chain finance program. Camerinelli, Aite ...

Bank/Insurer Relationship Called Into Question

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Paula L. Green Financial industry regulators better have their feet on the ground—and a sound understanding of the links between the banking and insurance sectors—when they lay down new rules meant to bolster the troubled global financial ...

Denmark Extends Claim In Arctic Seabed

MILESTONES: ARCTIC By Paula L. Green The Danish government is embarking on a precarious high-wire act as it presents an Arctic seabed claim to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Danish Arctic claims clash with Russia ...

Treasury & Cash Management Supplement: Who’s Who

WHO’S WHO By Paula Green Who’s Who In Treasury And Cash Management Scott Barton RBS Chief Executive Officer Global Transaction Services Scott Barton began working with RBS 16 years ago after his tenure with Andersen Consulting. Initially focused on corporate ...

Mexico’s Uphill Struggle

COUNTRY REPORT: MEXICO By Paula L. Green Safeguards put in place after the Tequila Crisis helped Mexico’s banks ride out the recent global turmoil. Now they’re facing some new challenges. On the spot: Mexico’s president Calderón faces tough questions over ...