Scoping the landscape of legal and financial risk

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Geopolitical instability and regional realignments have always by definition had a profound impact on the shape and intensity of business and personal risk. The last two years are certainly no exception. In this report, Peters & Peters has invited prominent observers of the international political and economic landscape to share their thoughts on new and […]

Choosing Jurisdiction In A Fractious World

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Despite international tensions, London continues to be a popular hub for cross-border disputes.  Between April 2020 and March 2021, 50 percent of litigants in London’s Commercial Court1 were from outside the UK.2 Commercial parties wishing to resolve their differences in London can do so by inserting a clause in their contractual documentation nominating the Courts […]

Extradition – The Ultimate Form Of Interstate Legal Cooperation

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What is Extradition?   Extradition is the process by which an individual, who is accused or convicted of a criminal offence and is wanted to stand trial or to serve a sentence, is surrendered by one country (where that individual is physically present) to the country in which he/she is wanted. The procedure differs slightly, […]

The Hidden World Of Mutual Legal Assistance

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Regional tensions, populist movements and weakened multilateral institutions mean that international trust and co-operation are at a low ebb.  Countries launch state-sponsored cyber-attacks and even attempt assassination on our streets.  Meanwhile, out of sight and largely unscrutinised by our courts, those same countries issue written demands that the UK complies with, purely on their say […]

Asset Tracing 101

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We are in the midst of an epidemic of fraud.   In one global survey, over 5000 respondents in up to 99 countries were interviewed and nearly 50 percent had been the victim of at least one fraud. On average companies were found to have experienced six frauds in 2020 at a loss of $42 […]

Sanctions: 11 Things You Need To Know

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Over the last decade, reliance on economic sanctions as the spinal cord of western foreign policy has dramatically increased the risks for businesses with an international footprint.  The sheer number of countries that now feature in international or domestic sanctions regimes mean that anyone engaging, even indirectly, in any dealings involving such countries faces huge […]

Sino-US geopolitics are upping the risk ante for firms and investors

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The edgy relationship between China and the United States and other liberal leaning democracies is undoubtedly the principal drama of this part of the 21st century. In what is an existential, values-based struggle, the main protagonists have locked horns in the sensitive spaces where economic and national security meet. The NATO summit in June 2021 […]

The Exploitation of the Global Financial Crime System

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A system designed to tackle the dirty money of drug lords and terrorists, the use of which has been endorsed and encouraged by international bodies and leading nations, has become a favoured tool of state persecution.  Those that designed the system must take more muscular responsibility. Introduction Over the last 50 years, from the advent […]