Note to Directors and Officers of Foreign Firms Doing Business in Russia and Crimea Today

Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation

Any organization doing business globally with interests in Ukraine and Russia is aware that the U.S. and European Union have imposed sanctions on certain individuals and institutions in the region, including asset freezes and travel bans. Continue reading →

SEC Uses Infographic and Deferred Prosecution Agreement to Bring Insider Traders to Justice

SEC infographic: Insider Trading in Advance of eBay’s Acquisition of GSI Commerce

Insider trading has the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as their litigation record proves, but a related settlement announced last week included a couple of firsts. Continue reading →

Got Ergonomics? Your Aging Workers Want to Know

female worker

Age is not an independent risk factor for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as strains, overexertion, rotator cuff injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, etc.  Yet, older workers are more susceptible to MSDs because of decreased functional capacity, strength and flexibility.  … Continue reading →

Supplanting Another Consultant


The interruption of a consultant’s service can create significant liability exposures for both the design firm(s) being replaced and the firm(s) taking over. Continue reading →

Video: What is Analytics?


In this interview I speak with Giorgis Hadzilacos, Senior Catastrophe Risk Analyst and Flood Specialist at Willis Re Analytics. Continue reading →

Video: RIMS Day Three, With Willis North America CEO Todd Jones

RIMS: Todd Jones interview

Summing up the thousands of conversations at RIMS 2014, Todd Jones, CEO of Willis North America, returned to the word “resilience.” As every conference attendee was reminded by the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the southern U.S. this week, the … Continue reading →

Video: RIMS Day Two, With Deputy CEO Steve Hearn

RIMS: Steve Hearn interview

One of the effects of economic globalization is the extension of the supply chain on a global scale for businesses of all kinds—including those that may not see themselves as global companies at all. Continue reading →

China: Year of the Horse or Rather Year of the Captive?

shanghai sunrise

Is this the year when, finally, captives take off in China? To me all the signs suggest so: Continue reading →

Video: RIMS Day 1, With CEO Dominic Casserley

RIMS: Dominic Casserley Interview

The risks that businesses face today are becoming more complicated, more interrelated and more difficult to manage. That is one of the key underlying themes at RIMS 2014 in Denver, according to Dominic Casserley, CEO of Willis Group. Continue reading →

Obligation to Advise on Tax Avoidance Revisited

business advice

In July 2013 I highlighted the case of Mehjoo v Harben Barker in which the High Court concluded that a firm of accountants was obliged to advise its clients about the availability of sophisticated tax avoidance schemes. It struck me … Continue reading →