Amit Thakur, a managing director at Amax Capital and CFO of Augie, is a financial advisor in M&A, debt and equity raising, and strategic finance deals totaling $35 billion. A cross-border pro, Thakur launched Standard Chartered's U.S. M&A business, and led Morgan Stanley's Indian FIG group. He mentors startups as well as multinational companies, globally. As worldwide M&A activity reached $2.8 trillion in the first half of 2021, Thakur says there are plenty of factors that can affect deal pace, including heightened regulatory scrutiny, debt issuance and a tempering SPAC boom.
Puerto Rico recently received long-delayed funds to rebuild its infrastructure and economy, both having been hammered by storms as well as the recent global pandemic. Manuel Cidre Miranda, a longtime entrepreneur and businessman who became secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce in January, talks about recovery, rebuilding and lessons the island has learned from past experience about how to spend wisely for long-term resilience.