The promise of honey without the sting

Any investor worth their salt will only be concerned with two things; a return on their investment and the risk associated with it. As anyone will tell you, Nigeria is a country of great investment opportunities wherever you look so why isn’ t the investment...

Why good business ideas fail

The most worrying outcome for any business owner is failure; it means a loss of capital, time, effort and an unrealised dream.  In many cases, this initial capital is a combination of lifetime savings, money borrowed from family members or  bank loans.  The...

Greed, reckless behaviour and the financial crisis: a timeline

Four years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and its devastating fall-out, we look at how weak oversight and a lack of transparency contributed to the financial crisis. This crisis was not just the result of a few rogue traders placing reckless bets. Corruption,...

Corruption and International Enforcement

International enforcement of corruption laws is increasing but far slower than many predicted.  As anti-corruption law enforcement increases, companies and individuals face the risk of a multi-jurisdictional nightmare:  when a company has to pay fines in multiple...