LIFTING THE VEIL OF SECRECY: INVESTIGATING SHELL COMPANIES AND THEIR AGENTS

In this Veracity Insight, Barbara Yu Levy addresses recent initiatives in the EU and the US that allow for increased scrutiny of shell companies and their agents, including primary and ancillary parties. As Barbara explains, these initiatives stand to both expedite and widen the scope of investigations, whether for due diligence, litigation, or asset tracing purposes, including in historically opaque jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Lifting the Veil of Secrecy — Investigating Shell Companies and Their Agents.

Mining in Africa: Adjusting to the “New Normal”

In this Veracity Insight, Steven Fox and Stewart Kelly address the key themes that emerged at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, namely the necessity for mining investors to build strong government relationships while remaining cognizant of constrained budgets, the decline of strongman politics in Africa, and Japan’s growing presence on the continent. As the authors note, investors can protect their assets by making a few prudent adjustments to this “new normal.” Mining in Africa – Adjusting to the New Normal.

DISPATCH FROM ABUJA: BUHARI MAKING GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISES, SIGNALING A PRO-INVESTMENT FUTURE IN NIGERIA

In this Veracity Insight, our Senior Advisor in Nigeria, Mary Ellen Havlik, and New York-based Director, Yaël Eisenstat, consider the Nigerian investment environment nine months into Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency. As the authors point out, Buhari’s commitment to attracting foreign investment, rooting out corruption, and diversifying the Nigerian economy is already evident, suggesting that despite persistent challenges facing Nigeria — namely, Boko Haram, the worldwide drop in oil prices, and weak emerging market growth rates — now is an opportune time to establish a presence in the country. Dispatch from Abuja: Buhari Making Good on Campaign Promises, Signaling a Pro-Investment Future in Nigeria.