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3 EDITOR’S NOTE


The majority of the world’s economies are on the up, with several countries reporting steady increases in GDP and a steadier financial status in general.


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As the air starts to warm up in the northern hemisphere with the onset of spring, I can’t help but feel that the sense of re-awakening and refreshment is reflected in the state of the world’s finances. The majority of the world’s economies are


on the up, with several countries reporting steady increases in GDP and a steadier financial status in general. Some countries in particular are reporting very impressive levels of growth, such as Brazil and India, and as such are becoming magnets for the world’s business investors. This of course is great news for all of us, as it is surely the latest big step we all take together towards complete recovery from the economic crisis that has affected so many. As reported in our feature looking at M&A


in China, this second largest economy in the world, has reported impressive economic growth in 2010 and high levels of cross-border deal activity and the outlook for 2011 looking just as hopeful. Technology is also having an effect on


the financial world. As reported in our cover feature by IBM’s John Granger and our interview with GFT Finance’s Graham Underwood, technology has the power to both push the recovery along as well as hold the financial sector back if it is not implemented. However, when I look at the news


this month it is clear that there are still problems afoot. The recent Trades Union Congress (TUC) protests in London which unforntunately turned violent, the Portuguese bail-out, and the inevitable financial issues which will arise from the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami, are all events which remind me that the world is still a long way from being perfect, however, has it ever been so? At least we are heading slowly but surely in the right direction, and I feel that is something to be grateful for.


Claire Higgins - Editor ...in this issue


Global Report Ask an Expert Features


4 Financial and business news from around the world 6 Peter Koomen, Partner, CDI Globa


8 IBM 10 M&A in China 12 GFT 13 Charles Schwab


Leading Advisor 100 14 Winners of Leading ADVISOR 100 Investing & Doing Business in Brazil


69 Executive Summary 71 Intercorp Group 72 Momsen, Leonardos & Cia 74 Di Blasi, Parente, Vaz e Dias & Associates 76 Bitelli Advogados


Investing & Doing Business in Italy


79 Executive Summary 82 Orrick 84 Compass, Rondelli Advisers


Investing & Doing Business in the Arab World


86 Pinsent Masons 88 Yehuda Raveh & Co


Across Project Finance Across Tax


Across Intellectual Property Across Alternative Dispute Resolutions


91 Executive Summary 92 Arkion SA 96 Kashish Itellectual Property Group


99 Executive Summary 100 AZB Partners 102 Bayo Ojo & Co


Across Labour & Employment Law 105 Fakhimi & Associates


108 Nationale Suisse 110 Jeffrey Soal & Associates


Feature Deals of the Month Transactions


112 Fi line-up of the latest corporate finance transactions from around the world


Gourmet Travel


123 The latest and best in travel. this month we look at Paris


Leading Advisor 14 PubLIsHEr


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