Current Affairs and Opinions

Our take on things happening outside the lab.

Copylab in Ireland: 33 is the magic number!

Copylab in Ireland: 33 is the magic number!

Now home to 20 of the 25 largest financial services firms globally, the country in many respects is barely recognisable from the Ireland of the late 80s and early 90s when the IFSC was in its infancy. It punches well above its weight through a combination of a highly educated work-force, a good quality of life, a pro-business regulatory and fiscal regime, and an English-speaking, common law legal infrastructure.
It is also noteworthy that Ireland will soon become the only English-speaking member of the European Union. In that regard, a recent EY report noted that some 29 financial services companies have relocated staff or services from London to Dublin as a result of Brexit, making Dublin the most popular relocation site for the sector, ahead of both Luxembourg (25) and Frankfurt (24).

Preparing for a Middle East Bounceback

Preparing for a Middle East Bounceback

While it’s still too early for companies to get access to Middle East markets, there are some signs of restrictions starting to ease. Dubai has led the way, easing daytime movement restrictions during Ramadan. And Saudi Arabia has allowed businesses to reopen and eased movement bans. And although doing in business in the GCC largely remains as difficult as in other parts of the world, there is still a lot that companies can do to prepare for the bounceback. Here are some ideas you could use to ready your business for the future.

Pollution and Pandemic: Sustainable Investing in Asia

Pollution and Pandemic: Sustainable Investing in Asia

Asia might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about sustainability. Air pollution, deforestation and a growing problem with plastics may be closer to your initial association. But with Asia set to dominate the global economy – with a growing middle class and subsequent rise in purchasing power – the continent will play a huge role in setting the tone for sustainable development. In this post, we explore how Asia is tackling environmental issues and what impact the coronavirus epidemic could have on responsible investing in the region.

10 Things to Keep Kids Occupied While Working From Home

10 Things to Keep Kids Occupied While Working From Home

It can be hard enough to stay on top of things with little ones during regular work-from-home days. But when home office meets home school meets quarantine meets one walk a day, keeping kids occupied while staying productive can become daunting.
We have a fair few working parents at the lab, so we asked them to share their top tips on how to keep their kids occupied while also managing fund commentaries, thought leadership pieces, and investment marketing clients across the world.

The Language of Coronavirus

The Language of Coronavirus

They say that the first casualty of war, or indeed any major crisis, is the truth. That may be so, but one of the first hostages is language.
Of particular interest to us as writers is the gradual takeover of the language used in relation to coronavirus – ‘language infiltration’, if you like – as a new lexicon develops to verbally frame the crisis.