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The Emergence of Non-Crypto Blockchain in China

In the upcoming years, the Chinese government and industries will pay increasing attention to non-crypto blockchain as a crucial technology that will support China’s pursuit of digitalization. This gives MNCs ample opportunities to pro-actively offer their experience and look for investment opportunities to establish a strong foothold in this emerging sector in China...
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Family Offices Grow in Asia and Face New Strategic Communications Challenges

High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWI) in Asia have increased, giving rise to the family offices as key players in the region's economic scenario...
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The Race to Sustainability: The EU Is One Step Ahead With New Sustainability and Due Diligence Rules

The EU has placed itself at the forefront of sustainability efforts, with ambitious climate laws and a 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality...
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Increasing the Presence of Startups in Japan

According to the most recent research by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, entrepreneurship activity in Japan remains low compared to the global average. ..
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Crypto as a Technology

As we head into 2022, it’s worth reflecting on the economy we want to build, while being clear-eyed in examining the negative social risks of emergent crypto technologies and Web3 visions. That is a conversation worth having and it’s important for industry and policy leaders to listen to new voices, understand new communities and engage generations of consumers that are growing up in this more decentralized layer of our economies and societies...
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Looking Ahead to 2021: Key Business Sectors and Issues

Looking ahead to 2021, APCO Worldwide’s business experts analyzed potential trends and provided their predictions for the new year—examining the future of hospitality, global energy, financial technology and capital markets—where all signs point to continued focus on health, tech and safety...
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Germany’s EU Council Presidency is Coming to an End, but the Financial Sector’s Digital Transformation is Here to Stay

Even with Germany’s EU Council Presidency coming to an end, it is expected that digital transformation in the financial sector will still be a widely discussed topic in 2021, in particular, as it intertwines with other legislative plans at the European level...
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Two Cheers for ESG from U.S. Regulators

ESG investing has become impossible for regulators to ignore. With the market moving fast, regulators are beginning to co-develop common practices and frameworks that have, until now, largely been left up to companies, shareholders and financial market participants...
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Lessons from the Wirecard Scandal and the Potential for Acting Bold in the Aftermath

Today, many in Germany consider the current Wirecard AG scandal as “their Enron moment.” By grasping this crisis, Minister Scholz stepped up to start the debate around the insolvent Fintech asking the obvious questions of how and where the oversight system has failed...
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This Time It’s Different for Financial Services

In the financial sector, leaders who are able to read the emerging social landscape—and are willing to lead through their values and actions—will have the most opportunities to come back from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger...
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