HLB Cross-Border Business Talks Podcast Series
27 January 2021
Welcome to our podcast series, where we’ll be exploring the latest cross-border business topics with HLB thought leaders and special guests. Our podcast episodes provide bite-size analysis on today’s issues in 10 to 15 minute long episodes.
New episodes will appear regularly, as we share insights and ideas on a range of international business topics, from FDI and global economic trends, to the latest technology advancements in business and sector specific analyses. Sign up to listen to our podcast series via Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Eps 24: Emerging growth companies and M&A activity during the pandemic
For many emerging growth companies, the pandemic has presented unique opportunities. We sit down with Chris DeMayo, HLB’s Global Emerging Technology Leader, Patrizio Prospero from HLB Malta and HLB USA’s David Sacarelos to discuss how these companies have navigated M&A activity during 2020 and the expectations for 2021.
Eps 23: Cyber-risks in the age of remote working
In light of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, HLB’s Chief Innovation Officer Abu Bakkar is joined by Global Advisory Leader Jim Bourke and HLB Digital Partners Almerindo Graziano and Gustavo Solis to discuss the most pressing cyber-risks of today, the lessons learned from lockdown and the road ahead for CTOs to protect against cyber-crime in the age of remote working.
Eps 22: How the European investment climate is adapting to the New Normal
In a follow up to our North America podcast, we sit down with Bart de Volder from HLB Netherlands and David East, Head of FDI at Bureau van Dijk to discuss in what ways the European investment climate looks bright, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Eps 21: COVID-19’s impact on the North American investment climate
The global investment climate has been considerably impacted by the pandemic. We sat down with Anant Patel, HLB’s Global Transaction Advisory Services Leader and David East, Head of FDI at Bureau van Dijk, to discuss the North American investment climate and the impact COVID-19 is having on cross-border activity.
Eps 20: The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on financial reporting
COVID-19 has disrupted most professions across the globe with auditing being no exception. We sat down with HLB’s International Assurance Committee Member Jennifer Chowhan and HLB UK’s Caroline Monk to discuss the broader impact the pandemic is having on financial reporting. This includes some of the key issues global businesses and their auditors need to be aware of in light of operating in the “New Normal”.
Eps. 19: Transfer Pricing considerations in light of COVID-19
With the abrupt change in economic conditions and likelihood for ongoing challenges, existing Transfer Pricing policies may no longer reflect economic realities. We sat down with HLB’s Global Transfer Pricing Leader, Carlos Camacho and Marina Gentile from HLB USA to explore some of the issues being encountered and transfer pricing policy considerations when addressing short-term business disruptions as well as considerations for developing long-term strategies.
Eps. 18: Emerging technology trends for 2020
Smart technologies such as IOT and blockchain are having a huge impact on global businesses. We sat down with HLB’s Patrizio Prospero and Jim Bourke to understand what new emerging technologies trends are on the horizon for 2020 or if we can expect businesses to embrace these existing technologies more.
Eps. 17: Transforming business through AI
Business leaders across the globe consider Artificial Intelligence (AI) the most important technological innovation for business future success. We sat down with HLB’s Jim Bourke and Claus Frank and guest speaker Heiko Altrichter from AI research laboratory Laxford Capital to understand the benefits and limitations of AI for business.
Eps 16: Investor confidence remains uncertain but opportunities are ahead
David East, Director of Product Strategy at Moody’s Analytics working for Bureau van Dijk and Andrew Mosby from HLB’s Global Accounting and Compliance Services group discuss how increased levels of uncertainty are affecting European FDI trends.
Eps 15: The role of Not-For-Profits in the development of Africa
What role does the Not-For-Profit sector play in the development of Africa and overcoming key challenges such as social integration, unemployment and poverty alleviation? HLB’s Clensy Appavoo and Dave Springsteen discuss the matter.
Eps 14: M&A Trends in Africa
Africa remains an attractive destination for buyers, with its growing middle class, improving economies and increasingly stable political environment. HLB’s Marco Donzelli sits down with Neermal Shimadry from MCB Capital Markets, William Hunnam from Orbitt and Clensy Appavoo from HLB Mauritius to discuss the latest M&A trends across the continent.
Eps 13: Cities of the Future
Some of the world’s most well-known cities are often the most competitive. They must compete for talent and investment to ensure they become global hubs for businesses and people alike. In our latest podcast, Justin Kreamer, Senior Vice President, Partnerships, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Jason Mariarathanam, Practice Leader of Advisory Services HLB Netherlands; and Robin Chin, Senior Partner, HLB Singapore discuss what has made the top performing locations world leaders and where we see the ‘cities of the future’.
Eps 12: Consumer behaviour changes and the response of global businesses
Consumers no longer buy simply on price or brand name -there are now a variety of factors that influence their choices. For global businesses, keeping on top of the latest trends can be a challenge. Barry Sheldon, President & Chief Operating Officer, Illy Caffe, North America & Jim Bourke, HLB’s Global Technology Advisory & Digital Solutions Service Leader discuss the change in consumer behaviour and how global brands are responding to these challenges.
Eps 11: Challenges and opportunities in today’s global real estate market
Mark Robinson from Colliers International and HLB’s Global Real Estate Leader, Ralph Mitchison discuss how the global real estate market is well positioned for growth and why disruption in the market is not just limited to technology.
Eps 10: Why does the world need Cyber Security Awareness Month?
With the number and variation of cyber-attacks continuing to increase, cyber security remains a top concern for business leaders across the globe. On this episode, HLB Chief Innovation Officer Abu Bakkar and Global Technology Advisory Leader Jim Bourke discuss the importance of education and implementation of best practices to minimise cyber security risk.
Eps 9: Blockchain intelligence: A compliance framework for crypto-currency transactions
How is blockchain changing society and the way we do business? Together with HLB’s Patrizio Prospero, HLB CEO Marco Donzelli discusses the societal impact of blockchain technology and regulation around crypto-currency transactions with Giancarlo Russo, Founder of Neutrino and Alessandro Perillo, Innovation Manager at Young Platform.
Eps 8: Made in Italy: How Italian companies are successfully conducting cross-border business
While in Milan, HLB Italy Chairman, Marco Gragnoli, discusses the Made in Italy industry and how Italian companies are successfully conducting cross-border business.
Eps 7: The importance of soft skills in business
Professor Adrian Furnam and HLB’s Bettina Cassegrain discuss how having the ability to influence, persuade and negotiate with others, both inside and outside an organisation, is crucial for leadership success and business growth.
Eps 6: A profession in transformation: Audit practices are becoming more technology driven and culturally diverse
Julie Carman, Head of Global Strategic Alliances and Digital Transformation for Accountants at Sage and HLB’s Jim Bourke discuss the tech and culture driven evolution of the accounting profession across the globe and how it is creating value for clients.
Eps 5: Investor confidence remains fragile
David East, Director of Product Strategy at Moody’s Analytics working for Bureau van Dijk and HLB’s Marco Donzelli discuss global FDI trends and how escalating trade tensions and policy uncertainty is impacting investor confidence.
Eps 4: Why the revision of ISA 540 is creating a more collaborative dialogue between auditors and clients
Bettina Cassegrain, HLB’s Global Assurance Leader and Jennifer Chowhan, Leadership Team Member for HLB’s International Assurance Committee, discuss the importance of the ISA 540 revision and how a new emphasis on professional scepticism will impact and improve accounting estimates.
Eps 3: The next generation of start-ups: Going across borders
In the heart of Silicon Valley, HLB’s Industry X.0 Marco Donzelli, Chris DeMayo and David Sacarelos together with guest speaker Lei Wang, Chairman and CEO of Huahai Technology discuss the next generation of start-ups and the challenges and opportunities to grow across borders in today’s global business environment.
Eps 2: US-China trade conflict: In every crisis there are always opportunities
Zhenge Zhao, General Representative of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in the USA and HLB’s Coco Liu, Chief Regional Officer Asia Pacific discuss the trade war between China and the US, the impact on FDI activity between the two economies and the opportunities the current situation presents.
Eps 1: Challenges and opportunities for foreign companies in the US in times of trade uncertainty
Trade conflict and Brexit are cause for turbulent times for international businesses. Stephen Cheung, President of the World Trade Center Los Angeles and HLB’s Yan Jiang, Senior Tax Manager specialised in US-Asia cross-border activity discuss current challenges and opportunities for foreign companies operating in the US.
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