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Blackstone in the news

BlackStone Energy Partners has made a capital commitment of up to $800 million in Tamarind Energy, a new E&P company.  Tamarind will focus on growing production and reserves from producing oil & gas fields, developing discoveries and capturing exploration...

AIFMD Update for Non-EU Managers

AIFMD: 22 July 2014 Deadline Consideration for Non-EU Managers Introduction The EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) introduces a new regulatory regime for alternative investment fund managers (“AIFM”) managing and or marketing alternative...

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 flowing...

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...