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For Family Offices, IPOs Remain an Excellent Exit Strategy

October 07. 2021 This year’s SPAC boom was big news, seeing more than 600 blank-check companies raise at least $182 billion between January and April 2020. According to Bloomberg, family offices were the most significant driving force behind the SPAC economics. Traditional IPOs are still fashionable But it was not long before the SPAC mania ran into headwinds, such as clogged deal pipelines and closer monitoring by authorities following Bill Hwang’s Archegos scandal. In other words, the same reasons that made blank-check companie...

Why the Idea of Billionaires Protecting Nature is Contentious

October 04. 2021 Jeff Bezos, former Amazon CEO and the world’s wealthiest individual, has an Earth Fund to protect land and water. The $10 billion funding commitment is the largest of its nature, especially considering that more donors are joining the chorus. Biodiversity conservation is in vogue Climate change is the hottest topic right now in many boardrooms and government offices. Leaders across many political and business divides are offering financial and reputational heft to help save the world from extinction. For example, J...

Investors On High Alert as the Evergrande Debt Crisis Threatens China’s Economy

September 30. 2021 Uncertainties in China’s business environment linger on as authorities ramp up the regulatory clampdown launched last year. One of the operation’s stated aims is to redistribute wealth for shared prosperity. But unfortunately, the new rules that regulators instituted to that end adversely affected heavily indebted companies, including the Evergrande Group. The Evergrande debt crisis underscores the dangers of a debt-fueled growth model Evergrande is a real estate colossus in China whose property portfolio accounts...

South Asia Countries Start Lifting Stringent COVID-19 Restrictions

September 23. 2021 Countries in SouthEast Asia are increasingly feeling the effects of stringent COVID-19 restrictions. Economies are slowly creeping into recession even as factory shutdowns continue to have a ripple effect worldwide, creating untenable supply chain hiccups. Stringent COVID-19 restrictions impact While the stringent COVID-19 restrictions have had to remain in place given the low vaccination rates in some countries, it’s becoming clear they are not tenable. Stretched state finances and dwindling monetary policies are f...

Indian Investment Landscape

Indian Investment Landscape

MarketCurrents welcomed Bharat Bhise of Bravia Capital in New York as well as Nitai Utkarsh of HeroMoto Corp’s family office based out of Delhi. Sumehr Sondhi moderated this panel on The Indian Investment Landscape.

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Coworking Spaces vs Traditional Offices: The New Phase of the Office Industry

September 01. 2021
I want to start with a quote by Daniel Ismail, the senior analyst and head of office-sector coverage for Green Street, a commercial real estate analytics firm.

IOCs Looks to Startups for Ideas on Low Carbon Emission

August 20. 2021 The giant international oil companies are seeking solutions to their overdependence on fossil fuels. The British Petroleum Company, Exxon Mobil, And Chevron have taken bold steps to back their intentions with actions–they have invested heavily in startups that can develop long-lasting solutions to carbon activities. This decision to increase investments in their venture capital arm came due to pressure from stakeholders, government, and non-governmental organizations to drastically reduce carbon emissions. Reports have surfaced th...

The Future for Aviation Industry Investors in a Battered Post-Covid19 Market

August 11. 2021
The aviation industry is unarguably one of the industries worst hit from Covid-19 when the virus literally brought the entire world to a standstill.