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The transforming business of estate agents

Frances Senn It is widely accepted that most things are easier done online. Physically entering estate agents is becoming a thing of the past. Nowadays potential buyers often have completed a preliminary property search online prior to their visit. Online property search companies offer clever capabilities; filters, price ranges and property comparisons, with the aim… Read more »

Financial volatility poses problems for Chinese markets

Oliver Dyson Since the 2008 crisis, sovereign debt from the Emerging Markets has been on a steady rise. From the 146% to 217% increase in public debt across the IIF 21 countries (compared to aggregated GDP), it is clear that developing nations are more indebted today than at any point since the crisis. The same… Read more »

Indonesia – a worthy investment?

Danielle Cuaycong Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, has experienced an increase in its sovereign credit rating. Indonesia’s upgrade to an investment-grade level Standard & Poor in May 2017 has indicated for the first time since the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis that Indonesia has an investment-grade rating by all of the ‘Big 3’ ratings agencies. Due… Read more »

EY Lecture with Charles Honnywill

A very senior partner at EY, Charles Honnywill, will be returning to give his annual lecture at Durham University on the 15th of February. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about EY and the transactions service line, as well to ask questions to a partner with decades of experience. Following the lecture there… Read more »

The digital Gold Standard?

Richard Holland Amongst the backdrop of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, a London-based FinTech company has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group and MasterCard to bring the world’s oldest currency back into the digital age: gold. In November 2017, Glint launched its multi-currency account, app and card that allows customers to use gold to buy goods and… Read more »

China’s green energy revolution?

Rajinder Dhesi China, the world’s largest energy consumer, has recently announced a new strategy to wean itself off its dependence on fossil fuels, which for the last two decades have powered the state’s unparalleled economic growth. Like other infrastructure projects, the scale of China’s foray into renewables is enormous; $136 billion was spent on renewable… Read more »

What has become of North Sea oil?

Alexander Le Grys In the past two months, there has been a certain buoyancy in the oil market. Brent crude oil prices reached below the $70 mark for much of January. As a result, 2018 looked to be a promising year for many oil-producing countries, particularly those that are not members of the Organisation of… Read more »

Pharma and biotech M&A activity to hit fresh highs in 2018

Hyesung Lim The year 2018 is set to be an M&A heavy one for the pharmaceutical industry, as companies look to boost drug portfolios, offset revenue declines from patent expiries, and compete with innovative rivals. The U.S. tax overhaul and repatriation of overseas cash is expected to inject billions into big pharma, boosting the incentive… Read more »